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High thermal insulating window frames for energy efficient buildings

Objective

The heat loss per area through windows (U-value) is still much greater (around 1.0 W/m2K) than through the building’s walls and roofs. Reduction of window heat loss is essential to reduce the energy use of buildings and their environmental impact as required by the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), Directive 2010/31/EU.
While substantial effort has been made to improve glazing’s performance, frame’s properties need improvement as 30% of heat loss takes places through the frame. U-values below 0.7 W/m2K are required for best energy efficiency in nowadays buildings. Poly vinyl chloride (PVC) frames represent the highest market share (56%) in Europe due to better weather resistance than wood and lower maintenance required and over aluminium due to better insulating properties.
Our solution includes the development of an insulating foam material made of polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene (PE) filled with a Phase Change Material (PCM). It will be processed in-line with the PVC profiles made by extrusion and will provide ease of adaptation to current production methods of the industries involved, lower heat loss of the windows installed (U-value of the frame lower than 0.7 W/m2K ), improved energy efficiency of buildings (savings of energy and CO2 emissions at European level) and cost-effective solution (below 200 €/unit) able to compete with PVC systems (as low as 170 €/unit) of lower insulation properties.
THINFRAME’s SME proposers will achieve a leading position compared to their competitors due to the direct profits derived from their project participation since the market will continue to grow in the next years driven by the renovation works, the EU legislation on thermal efficiency as well as a continued annual net growth of the housing stock with around 0.5 million new buildings annually. Based on current market data and the expected market growth we can forecast profits of around 17 M€ in 5 years of commercial exploitation.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 39 178
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)

Participants (5)

POLINTER SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 138 671
Address
Carretera De Ribes Km 13
08110 Montcada I Reixac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ricard Ramos (Mr.)
ROSSI STAMP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 242 564,40
Address
Via Degli Artigiani 8 A
44011 Bando Ferrara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudia Masini (Mrs)
PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL PRODUCTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 267 926
Address
Mere View Industrial Estate Unit 32 Yaxley
PE7 3HS Peterborough Cambs
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zafer Ure (Mr.)
FAPES S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 183 460,60
Address
Via Marconi 23/25
26010 Sergnano(cr)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Verdelli (Mr.)
SKZ-KFE GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 11 200
Address
Friedrich Bergius Ring 22
97076 Wurzburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carolin Feser (Mrs)