Around 20% to 60% of all energy used in buildings is related to design and construction and in more than 35% of the cases, walls are responsible for the total heat loss/gain through the envelope. This could be minimized by applying insulation materials that presented superior technical benefits, when compared with internal insulation methods.
Despite their efficiency, traditional envelope external insulation systems still pose several environmental and life-cycle cost issues, especially concerning its durability, performance and maintenance. Moreover, conventional systems are still associated to hard labour installation procedures.
The GELCLAD project aims to generate an affordable advanced external wall insulation system for building envelopes. GELCLAD will be a sustainable lightweight, ready-to-use composite product, made of a distinct aerogel insulation core and a weatherproofing eco WPC skin panel in one single and easy to handle unit, able to attain high energy efficiency goals and specially designed for the major building renovation action desired for EU.
- 45% improvement on insulation performance;
- Service life time over 30 years;
- Easy and fast application;
- Competitive cost/performance;
- Retrofitting oriented;
- Respect for sustainable principles.