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Functional and advanced insulating and energy harvesting/storage materials across climate adaptive building envelopes

R&D Projects
"Building the way to Europe’s sustainable future”

Buildings account for a large percentage of energy consumption and CO2 emissions. According to the European Commission's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the EU’s 2030 targets, newly erected buildings should be built with peak energy efficiency in mind. Therefore, it is deemed necessary to build according to the highest standards, using the best materials. EU-funded iclimabuilt aims to support small high-tech firms to scale up and cope with the increasing technological complexity, build the connection between suppliers and users, and translate research results into innovations for the building envelope's materials and technical systems. The project aims to greatly improve buildings' energy efficiency by developing the necessary materials and taking climate considerations into account to deliver Europe’s sustainable buildings of the future.


  • Buildings account for around 40% of total energy use and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe . According to the recast Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD) all new buildings after 2020 should reach nearly zero energy levels, meaning that they should demonstrate very low energy needs mainly covered by renewable energy sources. EU 2030 targets aim at least 40% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels), at least 32% share for renewable energy, at least 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency , and 80% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 . Therefore, an urgent need is present for a deep market transformation by deploying efficient materials and technologies in the construction sector to support the real implementation of nearly zero-energy/emission and plus-energy buildings with high indoor environment quality across Europe. As energy consumption of buildings depend strongly on the climate and the local weather conditions, additional aspects arise (such as environmental, technical, user experience, functional and design aspects) on the selection of the appropriate material and technical components installation for a successful implementation of nZEBs. Further, this selection of materials and design for climate should be based on a circular economy perspective considering environmental, economic and social effects along value chains. Better utilisation of products and resources via reuse-repair-recycling is essential in achieving a transformation from a linear to a circular economy model. Many of the current materials and technical systems still have varying degree of difficulty in accomplishing a circular perspective. Material and technical system development in a ZEB framework should focus on building thermal performance improvement, high quality of indoor environment according to occupants’ comfort and health needs, while reducing the emission intensity in terms of production, maintenance, assembling and operation.

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