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
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
HOMES Key INsulating material
The Advanced Aerogel-Based Composite (AABC) materials are a unique new class of materials. HOMESKIN, a Horizon 2020 project, aims at developing a new silica Advanced Aerogel-Based Composite material possessing the lowest thermal conductivity of all insulation materials found in the market.
Post date: 14 Aug 2017
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) raters are trained to assess the quality of insulation installation, using a three-grade approach developed by RESNET. Grade I is the best, while Grade III the worst. Understanding between the different grades of the quality of the installation of the insulation is necessary to properly rate the quality of the installation of insulation.
Post date: 30 Jun 2017
A radical approach to using natural construction materials at scale
The ISOBIO project proposes an innovative strategy to bring bio-based construction materials into the mainstream.
A key innovation consists of the use of pre-treated bio-based aggregates for construction, which include insulation materials, hygrothermal and moisture buffering materials, binders, sol-gel and resins.
Post date: 28 Jun 2017
The EU funded BRIMEE project (Cost-effective and sustainable Bio-Renewable Indoor Materials with high potential for customisation and creative design in Energy Efficient buildings) aims at the development of better performing insulation materials for improving building energy performances and having a significant reduction of building operational energy, in combination with the capability not to emit harmful substances and to act as an absorber for indoor pollutants.
Post date: 22 Jun 2017
We spend up to 90% of our lives indoors. Yet the air quality inside buildings has been shown to be 2 to 5 times poorer than outdoors. This can also true for modern energy efficient buildings due to increased insulation levels and greater air tightness.
Post date: 12 May 2017
“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
Unpicking the Secrets to Sustainable Urban Renovation and Regeneration
The CITyFiED consortium met in at demonstration site Laguna de Duero, Spain 27 and 28 February 2017 to keep the project on track to achieving substantial energy savings, emissions reductions and a climate of confidence for energy efficient renovations across Europe.
Post date: 18 Apr 2017
The use of bio-based materials is often met with scepticism from architects, insurers and contractors in the construction industry, which has led to slow market uptake. This scepticism generally results from a lack of adequate training and support with regard to regulatory frameworks.
Post date: 5 Apr 2017