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.
- Reduction of embodied energy and CO2 to 0 for window surfaces after four months of using (possible because of using regenerative energy with windows for climatisation of buildings, high insulation)
- Reduction of at least 123 000 t CO2 per year for heating (goal: at least 2% of window furnaces in Europe)
- Improving thermal insulation figures for window surfaces by at least 20%
- Reduction of total costs-Purchase price is higher, but running costs are really low
- Demonstration of at least a 10% reduction of the energy spent during the whole life cycle of a building
- Strengthen competitiveness for all project partners
- Clear and transparent information to facilitate better decision making
- High quality and environmentally friendly alternative for the building envelope
Project duration: From January 2015 to December 2017.