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    NanoSense technology for indoor sensors

    The E4000 probe uses solid state and NDIR sensors that only require a replacement of the sensor module every 10 years. This technology allows extremely low operating costs. Sober and discreet design of the probe allows easy integration in renovation and in new constructions. The modular architecture allows the probe to interface with various standardized automation systems (KNX, LON, Modbus RS485, IP (POE), EnOcean …).  

    E4000 IAQ probe together with P400 particles probe are products of NanoSense. Complete datasheets are available in the Sensors category.

    GLASSX solutions for façade to maximize natural lighting

    GLASSX Inc. develops and markets façade products. The core of all GLASSX products is a thin layer of translucent Phase-Change-Material (PCM). At room temperature, 16mm (5/8 inch) of this material can absorb as much heat as a 250mm (10 inch) concrete wall.

    This unique characteristic makes it possible to replace solid walls with glass elements. It prevents the building from overheating in summer while maximizing natural lighting.

    GLASSX offers two product lines based on the PCM technology: GLASSX®store, a modular interior element for curtain-wall constructions, and GLASSX®crystal, an all-in-one façade element with integrated sun protection and insulation for usage in light construction buildings.

    Both products’ descriptions and datasheets are available in the Façade category of the database.

    ECTP: 6th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review 2017

    The Energy Efficient Buildings Committee of ECTP is pleased to share with you the 6th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review 2017. This yearly publication presents the progress and results of 110 co-funded projects within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 45 co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

    This new edition highlights current results and achieved or potential impact of the EeB PPP Projects. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across all levels, 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 155 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

    You can download the 2017 version of the Project Review here or on ECTP website

    ENERGAID TC171: prototype for thermal insulation

    ENERGAID TC171 is a thermal insulation device used for structure's envelope, based on the active thermal insulation technology. It is inserted within panelings and coverage or roof cladding or façade cladding, during the prefabrication process. It finds application in the envelope of temperature controlled environments, such as food ageing, etc. It is activated by renewable thermal sources, and it multiplies the reduction effect of the heat exchanges, and it allows the full control of the internal temperature. The exclusive and direct employement of the geothermal, hydrothermal and solar energy, available on the site, makes almost insignificant the indispensable utilization of the electric energy.

    A detailed datasheet about the prototype is available on the Facade category (panel subcategory) of the database. 


    ECTP and EffiBUILDING Cooperation: most promising technologies and prototypes in the database

    The European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform (ECTP) is a leading membership organisation promoting and influencing the future of the Built Environment. First founded in 2004 ECTP brings together the collective vision for a leading edge European Built Environment on behalf of our Members. ECTP gathers 170 Member organisations from across the construction sector and other sectors from the whole supply chain of the Built Environment.

    ECTP is today one of the 38 European Technology Platforms (ETPs) which are industry-led stakeholder fora recognised by the European Commission as key actors in driving innovation, knowledge transfer and European competitiveness.

    We are glad to announce that ECTP and EffiBUILDING cooperates to disseminate, further develop and exploit the most promising technologies and prototypes selected from ECTP in the energy efficient of building European projects.

    For example, detailed information of BEEM UP, Hipin and MEM4WIN projects’ outputs are available in the database.

    SolarEdge’s HD-Wave: innovative technology for inverter


    SolarEdge's HD-Wave technology inverter breaks the mold of traditional inverters. Using a novel power conversion technology that is based on a distributed switching and powerful DSP processing, the HD-Wave technology inverter is able to synthesize a clean sine wave that leads to a dramatic reduction in the magnetics and heavy cooling elements. This small and lightweight inverter enables simplified shipping and storing and one-person installation. The record-breaking efficiency allows more energy production for an improved ROI.

    Data about the inverter SolarEdge SE2200H-SE6000H with HD-Wave technology are available in the database as well as the SE15K-27.6K, SE4K-SE12.5K, SE2200-SE6000.

    Construct PV project: developing aesthetic and cost-effective choices for PV modules


    The goal of the Construct PV project is to convert the standard industrial PV module into a product that offers greater design flexibility to meet the needs and requirements of different socio-geographic areas. A further aim of the research is to create a design catalogue with aesthetic and cost-effective choices for PV modules – and bring these possibilities to the European market, together with partners in the PV manufacturing industry.

    A BIPV solar shingles consists of a durable glazed panel (containing crystalline solar cells) integrated in a waterproofing back-sheet layer made of a bitumen-based membrane. Collection of output data on the prototype electrical efficiency, measured in real conditions, allows comparing the behavior of the solar shingle with existing products on the market, installed in the same conditions, as a comparison benchmark. Furthermore, it has been developed a mobile façade mock-up to demonstrate variants and possibilities in terms of architectural and technological design/manufacturing of BIPV systems for the building skin.

    Pilkington glazing systems and thermal insulations solutions for buildings

    Pilkington is a leading company in UK and Ireland in the production of glass for windows and for facades as well as for the thermal insulation of homes and buildings.

    The Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing system provides a flush glass surface by utilising stainless steel fittings housed in countersunk holes to fix the glass facade back to the structure instead of using the more conventional framed systems. With its unrivalled stability and safety, this innovative product allows architects to build entire structures out of glass, enabling design flexibility to create bright and highly attractive working environments, with more light and a greater feeling of space.

    There are a number of products available which are designed to improve the thermal insulation of homes. However, without doubt the most well-known energy-efficient glazing product is Pilkington K Glass™. This unique energy-efficient glass is still one of the UK’s best-selling low-emissivity glass products and can be used in combination with Pilkington Optiwhite™ to make up the Pilkington energiKare™ double glazing units. Each glass type conveys energy-saving properties to the thermally insulated glass unit.

    Description of the Pilkington products Planar™, Profilit™, K Glass™, Optiwhite™, energiKare™, Spacia™, Optitherm™ Range are available in the windows category of the database.

    Multilayer aerogel board technology

    The BEEM-UP project has developed and deployed a multidimensional methodology within the whole process of refurbishment where building owners, technology providers, construction companies and researchers collaborate to demonstrate successful methods for deep retrofit with the potential for large-scale replication.

    A multilayer aerogel board has been developed by BASF for facades insulation under BEEM-UP project. The prototype is thinner than standard EPS and has high fire resistance. This solution can be used as a new exterior insulation system or as a repair system for damaged and already existent insulation systems.Aerogel solutions are used mainly in new eco-buildings for the time being. The advantage is that although the thickness of the insulation. consists in a couple of centimetre, the k-values are in order of 0,06 W/m2K and 0,14 W/m2K. This product is a promising niche within a highly competitive market.

    The BEEM-UP project has demonstrated that reducing the energy consumption by more than 75% through deep energy refurbishment is indeed feasible in the long term. BEEM-UP project has been inserted in the promising technologies by the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP). 

    More information about the multilayer aerogel board is available in EffiBUILDING (BASF Aerogel).

    A modified lamp accomodates a IAQ sensor prototype


    A prototype unit for measuring the indoor air quality (IAQ) has been developed by CSP, a R&D research center based in Italy. All sensors are integrated on a customized board and measurement are sent to a server using WiFi connection. A lamp has been suitably modified to accommodate inside the sensors and electronic boards.

    The “lamp” measures Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde (CH2O) levels and get a feedback lighting in different colors (green for clean air, yellow for warning level, red for polluted air). Other physical parameters are acquired such as temperature, humidity and illuminance.

    Further information are available in the sensor category.