Potential technical solutions
Industrialized internal partitions with minimum thickness that allow high thermal and acustuic insulation and ensure low carbon footprint are suggested to turn interior spaces more reconfigurable and flexible.
Common internal partitions of buildings are usually made of simple hollow bricks or plasterboards. To reconfigurate the space, this internal partitions, have to be demolished and a new one should be constructed. The use of offsite industrialized reconfigurable internal partition panels will reduce this impacts. Construction and demolition residues can be used in their constructions –, reducing thus the energy needs for new material fabrication. It represents at the same time a new application for the local construction and demolition residues, reducing landfill’s occupation.
Lighting is the second largest end use of energy in tertiary buildings and the third in domestic sector with a total share of 18% within EU9. And has been classified as one of the most cost effective solutions to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in future years. This energy performance improvement has to warranty visual comfort.
Lighting quality is also a financial issue. Poor lighting conditions can easily result productivity losses of the employees and the resulting production costs of the employer can be much higher than the annual ownership cost of lighting.
There are many high performance fenestration products on the market today with regard to glazing. The majority are triple or double glazed products with low-e layer coatings, but other solutions such as vacuum glazing, aerogel based solutions, electrochromic dynamic solar control glazings, solar cell glazing etc are growing and producing new glazing with competitive U-values and solar gain factors.
Glazing is a traditional building material. Because of its relevance on building energy consumption and indoor comfort issues, glazing have evolved dramatically since 1970, especially since market penetration of the low-e coatings. Although the glass panes production has always been related with large multinational industries (e.g Saint Gobain, Guardian, Pilkington, AGC), the whole window manufacturing is local. The bet for this type of products may have the potential to revolutionize the way windows are produced and increasing the competitiveness of these types of SMEs within the European market.