While the world is experiencing a strong demand for energy savings measures, today still 40% of energy consumption and 36% CO2 emissions in Europe are directly related to the construction sector,
due mainly to inefficient insulation materials and systems.
On the verge of a major European building retrofitting action that must be put into practice within a deep economic crisis, inevitably traditional thick and cheaper insulation products are still the first consideration, as the best state-of-the-art solution, Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP) is unaffordable for the majority of homeowners and householders.
The building sector has to overcome the biggest dilemma of coping with high mandatory levels of energy savings, at reasonable costs, without losing considerable areas of living space left for insulation.
VIP4ALL project aims at developing a true technical and cost-effective VIP solution by using natural minerals and/or renewable organic by-products, as low cost VIP core materials through careful microwaving and doping of minor fumed silica, which will not only cut its final price by 50%, but also guarantee a superior thermal performance and eco-friendly status.
The VIP4ALL proposes to bring to the market a new generation of highly sustainable and energy efficient solution for low budget renovation actions, creating an exceptional opportunity for SMEs (>99% in EU building sector) to increase their competitiveness before the current dominant US and/or Asian companies seize this market which represents around 9% of European GDP and a total workforce of 25 million jobs.
The VIP4ALL RTD results (products and technologies) will be scaled up through three SMEPs of the VIP4ALL consortium members and exploited by five SMEPs of the seven consortium members, who will hence lead the market entrance with a new and truly competitive superior insulation solution.
VIP4ALL project aim was to generate for the building sector a real and cost-effective VIP alternative solution, specially designed for energy efficiency goals of the major EU building renovation action in progress and able to provide superior thermal insulation for building retrofit activities at real competitive and affordable prices.
To outstand the new product solution, it is also provided to the novel VIP4ALL panels with a new thin exterior encapsulating face layer made with cork, making it much more user-friendly, e.g. easier to handle during stock, transportation and installation on-site, as well as protective, with less restriction regarding puncturing and consequent loss of performance.
VIP4ALL aims to be recognized for their excellent thermal insulation properties (achieving lambda value 7 mW/mK) at thickness smaller than one third of conventional air-filled insulation for the same R-Value.
Apart from excellent thermal performances, VIP4ALL products gather equal acceptance as standard VIPs regarding its design and fire resistant capabilities for building application (Class Bs1d0 as constructive solution with OSB and anti-fire gypsum board), but with superior handling resistance providing better installation capacities than its counterparts currently available.
With thicknesses between 3 and 4 cm, VIP4ALL products reach minimal thermal conductivities at common pore pressures, comparable to commercial VIPs for building applications and an expected lambda of 10 mW/mK after 25 years under ambient conditions, and about 15 mW/mK after 50 years, still providing much superior thermal insulation than any other conventional material used in the building market.
The VIP4ALL project finished on 30/11/2015. For more information on the achieved project results the final Product Data sheet can be downloaded below in the following languages: English, Español, Deutsch, Português, Dansk.