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    Q-Air at the international Conference on Advanced Building Skins in Switzerland

    The Advanced Building Skins conference sheds light on the significance of the building skin, with a view to putting scientific know-how into practice. Q-Air was presented at the conference programme under title “Modelling 6-pane transparent façade system to optimize daylight and thermal performance” and displayed at the exhibition part of the two-day conference. The conference participants – architects, consultants, researchers, university professors and other experts were totally impressed by the new “technology” of 6-pane glazing system and its performance, which is world´s unique.

    Q-Air, the leading European innovation for glass facades and perfect solution for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings or Passive Houses delivers outstanding thermal transmittance of complete curtain wall system Ucw ≥ 0,30 W/m2K at low solar heat gain coefficient Ug = 0,27 W/m2K. Furthermore, Q-Air requires no exterior sun shadings thus enables unobstructed view to the external environment. Living and working comfort for occupants is perfect – no cold draught at the glass wall at cold times and no “sauna effect” inside the building in hot days.

    As a result of the research work in the field of multiparametric analysis of daylight and thermal performance an office building model was created and calculated in BIM environment. The results are very promising for the current and future built and environment. E.g.: in case of using Q-Air glass façade system (six-layers of glass) instead of conventional triple glazing (three layers of glass), the reduction of energy need for heating is in the range of 81% to 98% (based on calculations for three locations – Oslo, Munich, Madrid). More accurate, energy need for heating is up to 3,2 kWh/m2a in Oslo and up to 0,2 kWh/m2a in Munich.

    Enter the Q-Air Point, an International Architecture Competition

    Our member Trimo, together with Kohlbecker, has launched an International Architecture Competition which invites architects and designers, both professional and students, to create a contemporary, vibrant and sustainable urban place for meeting, working and socialising by creating a building pavilion to be called Q-Air Point.

    Deadline is on 15th October 2018 and winner will be announced at BIM World MUNICH 2018

    What is your Q-Air Point? More information are available in the website: www.q-aircompetition.com

    AMIplexus Façade Technology Analysis

    Research and developmental efforts have been engaged in the race to develop zero energy and carbon free buildings in European cities. Due to the dual impact on both visual aesthetics and energy efficiency, façade technologies have naturally been a point of increasing interest within the Horizon 2020 framework, predominantly in the RIA and IA (Research and Innovation Action and Innovation Action). Current technologies under study in H2020 include fluid flow glazing and multifunctional ventilated façades, HVAC and ICT systems, integrated PV and, solid-state perovskite solar cells. Other areas of research are focused on the development of novel biopolymer and composite materials, as well as the establishment of an eco-friendly, efficient manufacturing method for mass production.

    Research projects within H2020 have been targeted towards the market introduction and acceptance of an end-product, materials and/or manufacturing process that defines the perfect balance between energy efficiency, environmental friendliness, safety, comfort and cost. Additional desirable properties that would set the standard for future state-of-the-art façade technologies include lighweightness, reduced CO2 emissions, adaptability, high performance insulation, low intrusiveness, reliability and durability. The complete market penetration of these products is, however, currently hindered by limitations such as bulkiness, high costs and insufficient thermal energy conversion efficiency. While the focus is mainly on the development of novel technologies, a few of the projects (e.g. LaWin) plan on developing their products based on already existing platforms to enable rapid market access.

    Ongoing projects in this technological field: Q-Air, TRACKWAY, InDeWaG, GOTSolar, PoLaRoll, ESPResSo, BRESAER, BuildHEAT, ABRACADABRA, GELCLAD, 4RinEU, Envision, PLUG-N-HARVEST

    Past projects in this technological field: LaWin and E2VENT. 

    EU projects results in the facade technologies are available for consultation in the EffiBUIDING database. More information about the visualisation data tool AMIPLEXUS are available here

    ECTP: 7th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review 2018

    The Energy Efficient Buildings Committee of ECTP is pleased to share with you the 7th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review. This yearly publication presents the progress and results of 110 European research projects co-funded within the Energy efficient Buildings Public-Private Partnership (EeB PPP) under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and 58 co-funded projects under Horizon 2020 programme from 2014 to 2017.

    The EeB PPP Project Review 2018 highlights current results and achieved or expected benefits of the EeB PPP projects. The overall target is to develop breakthrough affordable technical and business driven solutions at building and district scale. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across the whole value chain, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. Distributed into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), the 168 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

    The Project Review 2018 can be downloaded here or in the on ECTP website.

    “Solar-Terra” module: high efficiency together with excellent aesthetics impact

    A BIPV modules has been developed by ISSOL applying a layer of color to the inner face of the front glass, both perfectly homogenous and highly translucent, to let pass without much loss of the energy from sunlight, the sole source of power for high-performance solar cells placed underneath. PV module possessing semi-matt and traditional looking colored Terracotta.

    Ideally, the "Solar-Terra" module is integrated into the roof and completely replaces the tile roof, its mounting system guaranteeing the same density as a traditional tile roof. A structured glass surface eliminates to a very large extent the reflections of ight considered untimely. In this way, the color is not impacted, even in case of very strong solar radiation.

    You can have more detailed information of the Solar-Terra" module, together with the other high aesthetics impact BIPV modules White and Colorful, in the PV session of the database.

    Low Emissivity Smart reversible windows developed in A2PBEER project

    A smart reversible window prototype has been developed and tested by Bergamo® Tecnoligie Spzoo in the framework of the A2PBEER project. The low emissivity windows have the E coating is either placed on the outer (max. solar gain, desirable in winter) or the inner side (min. solar gain, desirable in summer) of the glazed unit. The smart window can rotate the sash from a winter to summer position and vice versa to change the position of low E coating to select the right configuration.  Each window is fitted with an inside and external pane of glass which permit various amounts of solar radiation into the building at different times of the year. Each window can be regulated and controlled manually or electronically.

    A detailed information about the prototypes and the technologies tested in the project, including the insulation panel ISO-VAC from Isoleika, are available in the database and in the project website.

    Q-AIR project: leading European innovations for glass façades

    Q-Air is a unique single skin glass façade that offers all the performance and benefits of an active double skin façade.  A premium unitized glass curtain wall system, Q-Air uses an innovative, multi-chamber insulating core, which delivers exceptional energy efficiency, living and working comfortaesthetics and economic benefits.

    Q-Air represents one of the leading European innovations, which is underlined by being selected and supported by Horizon 2020 programme (GA No. 737757), a Fast Track to Innovation Pilot (FTIP) scheme. An innovation project Q-Air: Sustainable Prefabricated Glass Façade with Performance Exceeding State-of-the-art Glass Façades of five consortium partners Trimo, Kohlbecker Gesamtplan, ZAG, Cantori and Skandinaviska Glassystem is dealing with the innovative sustainable glass facade Q-Air and its broad positive impacts across architecture, building industry, environment and society.

    More information about the Q-Air Transparent, Opaque and Combination Unit prototypes are available in the Façade category of the database.

    tSENSE & eSENSE: instruments controls for indoor building monitoring

    tSENSE is an advanced and versatile 3-in-1 transmitter designed for installation in the air-conditioned zone. It measures CO2 concentration, temperature and humidity in the ambient air accurately without need for additional compensation ─ true read

    eSENSE is a CO2 transmitter for climate control and fits directly on top of EU electrical junction box standards. The units are available both with and without display for fixed installation in the climate zone. The transmitter helps you to save money by decreasing your energy consumption while creating a healthier indoor air climate.

    tSENSE and eSENSE are products of PSIDAC AB, a Swedish company which produces instruments controls and monitors pressure, flow and other parameters for indoor building monitoring. Detailed information about the IAQ, Temperature and Humidity sensors from PSIDAC AB are available in the database.

    Q CELLS Anti LID Technology eliminates light induced degradation

    Q CELLS Monocrystalline modules has advantages which they make them competitive on the market. The Q CELLS Anti LID Technology eliminates light induced degradation (LID), which can greatly reduce system performance, almost completely. Other conventional monocrystalline solar cells will lose much of their initial performance, once exposed to sunlight. With Q.PEAK DUO-G5, Q.PEAK-G4.1 (2705/285, 300/310, 315/330) from Q CELLS  this is not the case, thanks to Anti LID Technology.

    A detailed information for these monocrystalline modules with innovative German technology are available in the PV modules category of the database.  

    ExcEED briefing on EU data protection reform

    From the 25th of May 2018, the most important change in European data privacy regulation, in two decades, comes into force.

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation aims to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches. Although the key principles of data privacy still hold true, data collectors will have to abide by new rules such as: clear consent requests, timely breach notifications, the right to be forgotten, privacy by design, to just name a few.

    EffiBUILDING, together with other projects and initiatives dealing with data on the energy performance of buildings, must implement these new rules. The most important changes are highlighted in the briefing launched by our sister project Exceed and available here.

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