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Radiant heating wall-to-wall carpet for energy efficiency space heating of existing non-residential buildings

Objective

Energy efficiency is using less energy while maintaining an equivalent service. EU set a target for 2020 of saving 20% of primary energy consumption. Nearly 40% of the energy is consumed by buildings. Large efforts are being invested in future low energy buildings, but the reality is that existing buildings represent 99% of the stock. The EPBD recast sets minimum requirements for existing buildings: Member States must set targets for the transformation of existing buildings into near zero energy buildings by 2014 (consuming 40-60 kWh/m2). Thus the current average energy consumption (150 -300 kWh/m2) will need to be reduced by <75%. Few innovative technical systems in the market are directed and optimised for the efficient use of energy in existing buildings. Therefore RADCARPET will be a radiant heating wall-to-wall carpet covering the floor surface of non-residential buildings (offices, hotels and educational buildings) that will work as a space heating system. The radiant heat from the RADCARPETED floor is naturally energy-efficient and will save up to 75% of thermal energy (in comparison to radiators and HVAC) an still produce an improve thermal comfort. RADCARPET will be tuft carpet including a thermal conductive tuft made of novel fibers, intermediate non-woven electro-thermal heating fabric made of novel conductive textile fibres, an insulating secondary backing, and a SMART control system. Being a carpet, it will be a non-intrusive, simple and inexpensive solution for building renovation to reduce energy consumption, thus overcoming the obstacles for existing building refurbishment (expensive, lengthy works, inconvenient). The economic impact of RADCARPET in 11 EU countries is 107€ million in 5years post project. Our consortium is composed of R-STAT (French conductive fiber producer, coordinator), MAXI (German non-woven manufacturer), TISCA (Swiss tuft carpet manufacturer) and CASACLIMA (Italian end user agency certification of building energy efficiency).

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/thermodynamic engineering
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

R STAT SAS
Address
Parc Technologique De Metrotech
42650 Saint Jean Bonnefonds
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 373 312
Administrative Contact
Pascal Peninon (Mr.)

Participants (6)

AGENZIA CASA CLIMA SRL

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Del Macello 30/C
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Uwe Staffler (Mr.)
MAXITEX GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 318 607
Address
Dr Albert Hoffa Strasse 12B
63834 Sulzbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ute Maxi (Mrs)
TIARA-TEPPICHBODEN AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 373 218,49
Address
Schwagalpstrasse 111
9107 Urnasch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kurt Honegger (Mr.)
AGENZIA PER L'ENERGIA ALTO ADIGE -CASACLIMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 33 480
Address
Via Allessandro Volta 13/A
39100 Bolzano Bz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Uwe Staffler (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 11 253
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen Vogtland e.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 080
Address
Zeulenrodaer Strasse 42
07973 Greiz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kay Ullrich (Mr.)