EENSULATE

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

Due to the variable ratio between the spandrel and vision glass, EENSULATE will match any existing façade design (where there are no constraints on original architecture) as well as new buildings. Furthermore, EENSULATE is expected to allow for fast retrofitting due to its characteristics, which would minimize the disruption of business and impact on occupants. The innovation potential and market competitive advantage lies in the combination of three different material innovations in a single product platform, scalable from Basic to Premium. EENSULATE components will make use as much as possible of existing components such as frames, structural silicon, gaskets, etc.), although some kind of adaptation will certainly be require.

Abstract

Eensulate will validate an affordable (28% reduction of total costs) and lightweight (35% weight reduction) solution for envelope insulation to bring existing curtain wall buildings to “nearly zero energy” standards while complying with the structural limits of the original building structure and national building codes.

Two key commercial insulating products:

• Highly insulating mono-component and environmentally friendly spray foam, EENSULATE foam, for the cost effective automated manufacturing and insulation of the opaque components of curtain walls as well as for the significant reduction of thermal bridges during installation;

• Lightweight and thin double pane vacuum glass, EENSULATE glass, for the insulation of the transparent component of curtain walls, manufactured through an innovative low temperature process using polymeric flexible adhesives and distributed getter technology, thus allowing to use both annealed and tempered glass as well as low emissivity coatings. A multi-functional thermo-tunable coating will allow for dynamic solar gain control as well as anti-fogging and self-cleaning properties;

They will enable insulating solutions with two different levels of performance:

• EENSULATE Basic curtain wall modules where the thermal and acoustic insulation will be provided by the novel EENSULATE glass and EENSULATE foam in the spandrel combined with state of the art low-e coated glass;

• EENSULATE Premium modules integrating the thermo-chromic coated glass with additional self-cleaning and antifogging functionalities. Consortium will exploit the limited thickness and high insulating properties of the EENSULATE glass to introduce in their range innovative solutions for the fenestration challenges in historical buildings, compatible with the original window frames and sash designs.

Partners

  • RINA CONSULTING SPA, Italy
  • AGC GLASS EUROPE SA, Belgium
  • SAES GETTERS SPA, Italy
  • SELENA LABS SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA, Poland
  • UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, United Kingdom
  • EVONIK NUTRITION & CARE GMBH, Germany
  • UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER, United Kingdom
  • TECNICAS DE VIDRIO TRANSFORMADO, Spain
  • FOCCHI SPA, Italy
  • Van Berkel & Bos U.N. Studio B.V., Netherlands
  • FENIX TNT SRO, Czech Republic
  • BERGAMO TECNOLOGIE SPZOO, Poland
  • UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE, Italy
  • GMINA MIEJSKA DZIERZONIOW, Poland


Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA (former D'APPOLONIA SPA), Italy

Duration

42 months

Budget

EUR 6,7 million

Funding Programme

H2020-EEB-2016

Area

Energy-Efficient Buildings

Our Services

  • Project Dissemination
  • Project Exploitation
  • Business Model and Business Plan Development


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