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Multifunctional facades of reduced thickness for fast and cost-effective retrofitting

Objective

The project aims 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. Employing nanofillers such as CNTs, TiO2 and perlite nanoparticles and cellular nanofibers, will lead to reduction of facade panel weight and thickness by at least 40%. Furthermore, individual components have a definite environmental orientation, taking advantage of recycled materials and biomass foams, low energy and low toxicity processes. Finally, project viability and sustainability will be ensured by performing a Life Cycle Analysis in order to optimize individual processes. Hygrothermal behaviour and thermodynamics will also be simulated and modelled to ensure the high performance of the panel.
The project’s advancements will be
1. Customization possibilities: Apart from panel thickness which can be easily tuned, integrated encapsulated nano-PCMs will be tailored along the customer needs regarding temperature of phase change.
2. Easy and fast to install: It is calculated that 10m2 can be installed in less than 3 hours by 2 workers
3. High acoustic and thermal insulation: The three internal layers offer varying degrees of insulation, with an ultra-light aerogel middle layer boasting thermal coefficients lower than 0.012 W/mK, thus allowing insulating layers 3 to 4 times thinner than conventional ones.
4. Photocatalytic activity offering self cleaning and antimicrobial behaviour, virtue of the surface coating. In addition, the surface coating will also contribute to flame retardancy due to nanofillers.
5. Reduction in weight and volume by 40%, as a result of applying polymeric and light-weight materials reinforced by nanofillers, therefore improving the panel mechanical properties

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/thermodynamics
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ENV-EeB
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 661 602
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Mrs.)

Participants (9)

ADVANCE COMPOSITE FIBERS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 496 402
Address
Calle Villamanin 29/4C
28011 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Gomez Sanchez (Mr.)
TREMCO ILLBRUCK COATINGS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 347 000
Address
Coupland Road Hindley Green
WN2 4HT Wigan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Johnson (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 492 210
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
MBN NANOMATERIALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 317 000
Address
Via Bortolan 42
31030 Carbonera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Matteazzi (Prof.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 434 376
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
ADVANCED MATERIAL SIMULATION SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 239 300
Address
Villamanin 29 4 C
28011 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Javier Gómez Sanchez (Dr.)
IZNAB SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 248 008
Address
Ul. Pory 78
02 757 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emil Lezak (Dr.)
COOL HAVEN - HABITACOES MODULARES E ECO-SUSTENTAVEIS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 176 100
Address
Rua Do Moinho Do Dias 24
3060 455 Cantanhede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Simão (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 188 000
Address
Campus Universitário De Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fernando Batista (Prof.)