The old buildings, which represents the vast majority of the building stock, are predominantly of low energy performance and subsequently in need of refurbishment work. Within the existing European building stock, a large share (approximately 34%) of the suburban multi-storey residential building stock is built in the 60’s 70’s, when there were only few or no requirements for energy efficiency. Those buildings are characterized by:
Post date: 22 Aug 2018
From 20th to 22nd July, San Sebastian, in the north east of Spain, became the set of one of the most interesting and attractive events for those dealing with façade systems and technologies, and in general for those active in the field of architectural envelopes.
Post date: 30 Jun 2018
The E2VENT WORKSHOP which will be held within the BUDMA - International Construction and Architectural Fair in Poznan, Poland.
Post date: 15 Dec 2017
Dämmstoffe sind aus dem Baualltag nicht mehr wegzudenken. Ihre Einsatzgebiete reichen von der Fassadendämmung bis zu Spezialanwendungen in der Versorgungstechnik. Nichts desto trotz wird gegenüber Dämmmaßnahmen vermehrt öffentliche Kritik laut, die den Anschein hat, dass sie sich hauptsächlich auf Fassadendämmung mit Wärmedämmverbundsystemen auf Polystyrolbasis konzentriert. Die vorliegende Analyse setzt sich deshalb aus Sicht der Bauforschung mit dieser Kritik auseinander. Sie betrachtet diejenigen Themen, die immer wieder diskutiert werden: Sind Dämmmaßnahmen wirtschaftlich?
Post date: 20 Oct 2017
External insulation of new buildings as well of existing buildings can substantially improve the thermal performances of buildings. Some recent fires, in particular the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, has drawn the attention to potential fire risks of such facades. This new report, released by the Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI), deals with various aspects of fire safety of such facades.
It aims to:
Post date: 27 Sep 2017
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
Forest based composites for façades and interior partitions to improve indoor air quality in new builds and restoration
Post date: 16 Aug 2017
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.
Post date: 9 Aug 2017
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