Based on the latest available data, it appears that around 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe are directly related to the inefficient insulation of building systems. The energy efficiency levels currently required by EU law can only be achieved by installing extra-thick conventional insulation materials at the expense of living space, or the use of unaffordable state-of-the-art insulation materials such as silica aerogel.
The ICECLAY project is developing a new generation of porous materials and products in the form of boards designed for energy efficient-efficient building solutions. These boards are capable of achieving superior thermal insulation performance with minimal thickness, providing a cost-effective alternative to the more expensive space-saving products. The same technology is used to develop similar powder-based filler solutions which can be employed in a broad range of building products such as concrete, drywalls, bricks, plaster and coatings. In technical terms, Iceclay is a new nano-structured, ultra-lightweight aerogel made from harmless and inexpensive nano-scale minerals, water and eco-friendly soluble low-cost polymers through an innovative and cost effective freeze drying process.