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

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

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)

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ADVANCE COMPOSITE FIBERS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 496 402

TREMCO ILLBRUCK COATINGS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 347 000

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 492 210

MBN NANOMATERIALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 317 000

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 434 376

ADVANCED MATERIAL SIMULATION SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 239 300

IZNAB SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 248 008

COOL HAVEN - HABITACOES MODULARES E ECO-SUSTENTAVEIS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 176 100

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 188 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 609345

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    28 February 2017

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 038 666,56

  • EU contribution

    € 3 599 998

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece