Multifunctional facades of reduced thickness for fast and cost-effective retrofitting     MF-Retrofit project aimed to deal with the numerous requirements of facade panel retrofitting by developing a light-weight, durable, cost effective and high performance panel. Its layered structure allows for separate but also synergistic function regarding high thermal and acoustic insulation, excellent mechanical properties, up to standards flame retardancy and photocatalytic activity.  
Post date: 8 Sep 2017
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Smart elements for sustainable building envelopes     SESBE project, funder under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Union (FP7), aimed to provide new solutions for lightweight, energy efficient and safe façade elements.  
Post date: 25 Aug 2017
Type: Link

Forest based composites for façades and interior partitions to improve indoor air quality in new builds and restoration    
Post date: 16 Aug 2017
Type: Link

Within the scope of LaWin (LARGE AREA FLUIDIC WINDOWS), a Horizon 2020 project, an innovative material solution will be developed for efficient solar energy and ambient heat harvesting through an active building envelope. This uses large-area microfluid devices, which are implemented in windows and facades.   As a key feature, the LaWin devices are designed for compatibility with existing process chains in window and facade manufacture such as used in e.g. triple glazing.     Expected impacts:  
Post date: 9 Aug 2017
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The EU funded BRESAER Project (BREakthrough Solutions for Adaptable Envelopes in building Refurbishment) aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative envelope system that uses cost-effective, adaptable solutions for building refurbishment. It combines active and passive components, integrating them into a lightweight structural mesh.   The innovative solutions developed by the project include:  
Post date: 20 Jun 2017
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The EU-funded ADAPTIWALL project (Multi-functional light-weight WALL panel based on ADAPTive Insulation and nanomaterials for energy efficient buildings)  focuses on developing a multifunctional and climate adaptive lightweight prefab panel suitable for cost-efficient, rapid and energy efficient retrofitting of facades and eventually also suitable for roofing, inner walls or entirely new buildings.   The novel panel consists of 3 elements:  
Post date: 20 Jun 2017
Type: Link

“Development of innovative lightweight and highly insulating energy efficient components and associated enabling materials for cost-effective retrofitting and new construction of curtain wall facades.”  
Post date: 21 Apr 2017
Type: Link

The “energy eater” European building stock is aiming for a greener future. Researchers are testing an “envelope” system combining active and passive technologies, fitted over the existing façade, to make buildings more efficient. But will it work efficiently under different temperatures, both in northern and southern Europe?  
Post date: 8 Feb 2017
Type: News

This report, released by Arup, explores how the application of green infrastructure to the surfaces of buildings can have a positive impact on cities and inhabitants.   Can retrofitting cityscapes with vegetation (particularly in building façades) improve the health and well-being of urban citizens? Can we use green facades to capture renewable energy and drive sustainability? The authors try to provide answers to these complex questions that demand a multi-disciplinary approach to reach a reasonable view.  
Post date: 6 Dec 2016
Type: Publication

This mini conference will take place on 16 November 2016 in Brussels at 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm and will mark the end of the EU-funded MeeFS (Multifunctional Energy Efficient Facade System for Building Retrofitting) project, which was launched in January 2012. MeeFS set out to develop an innovative, energy efficient, multifunctional façade system for retrofitting, geared towards the residential building sector across Europe.  
Post date: 3 Oct 2016
Type: Event