High end material for modern buildings

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.

The European Commission has identified building sector as one of the key sectors to achieve 2020 strategy of the EU. The goal of the 2020 strategy is to create conditions for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. In regards to the building sector, the emphasis has been placed on two key principles – the principle of ‘nearly zero-energy building’ and the principle of ‘cost optimality’. Moreover, European legislators decided that by 31 December 2020, member states must ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings and by 31 December 2018, all new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities must be nearly zero-energy buildings. The developers, bearing in mind these regulations, realized that the building industry in general, and insulation sector in particular, need a game changer.

Curtain walls, i.e. facade modules, which span from floor to ceiling consisting mainly of transparent glass-walled component, have been an integral part of commercial and public building for over a century. Today curtain walls are associated with modern architecture and their popularity is exponentially increasing. However, curtain walls are often criticized for their limited insulation characteristics. For this reason, the developers of Eensulate technology came up with a product, which will reduce unwanted energy losses.

Furthermore, existing buildings, including historical ones, are responsible for up to 60% of energy losses through the envelope. Eensulate modules are suitable for both new and existing buildings and therefore have the capacity to solve the major energy losses through retrofitting of old buildings.

The goal of the project is to develop an affordable advanced architectural glass to address thermal and acoustic insulation. Eensulate is expected to minimize thermal bridges between curtain walls and sub-structures, have cost-effective control of solar radiation and approach to insulate the spandrel, allow for an easy implementation on site by reducing the weight of the curtain wall.

EENSULATE HIGHLIGHTS

Technology

EENSULATE project aims to develop innovative lightweight (35% weight reduction compared to the current best performing modules).

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Products

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.

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Targets & Objectives

Characterize and understand how the Eensulate Basic and Premium components work in real conditions considering the dynamic and thermos-tuneable characteristics.

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Demo versions

The performances of the Eensulate insulating solution will be assessed at full scale prototype.

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News

27.03.2019 |ANDAF Conference

ANDAF conference was focused on financing options for various stakeholders and industries. EENSULATE project along with other H2020 projects was presented by Gabriela Urbanová from FENIX TNT.

The conference took place on Monday 25th of February 2019, in Padova, Italy. Its goal was to spread awareness about possibilities that stakeholders have, to finance their innovative ideas.

It was great to present our project to the gathered audience and we hope that EENSULATE will be an inspiration for other innovative projects.

22.03.2019 |9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards

Our partners Ulster University and SELENA submitted a scientific paper "Investigation of synergistic effects of inorganic smart fillers and expanded graphite on the flame retardancy of polyisocyanurate insulation foam" for the 9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards. We are very happy that the paper was accepted by the Scientific Advisory Board and will be presented at the conference.
The seminar takes place on 21st−26th April 2019 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

During its more than 20-year history, it has become one of the important international events in fire and explosion science and engineering.

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