Tag Archive for 'building envelope'

Window modules to upgrade energy efficiency of residential buildings with minimal disruption

August 20th, 2012 by Fraunhofer Institute for Building IBP

Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics researchers have developed prefabricated multifunctional window modules to improve the energy performance of residential buildings that offer a more convenient alternative to the usual renovation methods, which can involve messy construction work. “A form of minimally invasive intervention can be adopted by architects and builders for buildings in need of […]

Vacuum insulation panels will make it easier to retrofit buildings for improved energy efficiency

December 10th, 2011 by Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV

Insulation panels that are both thin and effective are expensive. At present these high-end products are built into energy-saving refrigerators. Innovative components and production techniques are now set to sink the costs – so that private home-builders can also benefit from the new technology. In Germany, the rising cost of heating has sparked a renovation […]