The GELCLAD project aims at creating a novel cost-effective, durable, industrialised and easy to install composite insulation cladding system, based on a single structured panel with excellent insulation properties. The GELCLAD panels shall be made from a functional bio-polymer composite and an advanced foamable extrudable aerogel, produced using a co-extrusion/injection procedure, in which both the framing skin and the aerogel core will be simultaneously formed in a single product. Complementary, the novel cladding system can be set with passive pre-programed materials, able to respond dynamically to ambient stimuli and control the air flow in the building facade system. The foreseen main impacts of the novel GELCLAD system will be 20% lower embodied energy than traditional oil based panels and attain an improvement of more than 40% on energy savings in building refurbishment actions, while combining reduced installation and maintenance costs with a life span of 50 years. Full scale demonstration of the GELCLAD solution will be performed in demo and real size buildings for ready uptake and spreading of the new facade system.
Supply the market with a novel and improved external insulation solution
Develop a aerogel core capable to exceed conventional insulation materials performance by 45%.
Bring to the market a high performance solution at acceptable costs
Significantly cut the cost of aerogel material in about 1/3, when compared with current market products and reduce application labour costs by more than 65%.
Provide the market with an innovative and durable cladding solution
Engineer a system with superior service life time resistance (from 30 up to 50 years).
Address the market with a realistic answer for a faster and easier retrofit plan
Aim for an easy-to-install single multifunctional modular and lightweight construction panel system, capable of being competitive against labour intensive systems (ventilate facade frames, ETICs, standard cladding profiles, etc.).
Bring the state of the art nanotechnologies and smart materials into the real economy
Attain a real industrial breakthrough (co-extrusion of WPC and Aerogel). Provide the system with a complementary ventilation asset of active smart elements, capable of dynamically respond to ambient stimuli, without mechanic and energy consuming devices.
Reinforce the sustainability focus of the insulation market
Promote the development of sustainable processes through more eco-friendly aerogel production technologies and the use of sustainable bio-plastics and more environmentally friendly recycled polymers.
Answer the major european renovation plan with a versatile external insulation solution
Potential to be used on NZEBs and for retrofitting of multi-storey residential buildings.
Promote the certification of the insulation market
Full technical compliance and life cycle assessment program. Provide valuable contribution to European standardization and certification activities (European Committee for Standardization (CEN), European Organization for Technical Assessment (EOTA), national standardization institutes and ongoing H2020 projects).
WORK PACKAGES AND MILESTONES
Definition of raw materials and processing technologies
Development of functionalised GELCLAD ecoWPC frame
Creation of foamable extrudable aerogel (FEA) core/layer material
Manufacturing process development for GELCLAD commercial production
GELCLAD testing and certification
Environmental and economic analysis
Demonstration installation and BIM Support
Dissemination, communication and exploitation
Specification of scientific concepts for GELCLAD production and performance
Production of functionalised GELCLAD ecoWPC frame
Creation of extrudable GELCLAD aerogel
Production of GELCLAD prototype panels
Validation of commercially viable GELCLAD panels
Database of GELCLAD performance and guidance documents established for certification
September, 1GELCLAD has officially started! Stay tuned to our website and follow our social media channels for more news, events and updates!
September, 2GELCLAD project kick-off meeting will be held next 8th and 9th of September in Brussels. Check out the meeting agenda
September, 8IPN was at BEHAVE 2016 with GELCLAD discussing energy efficiency. Behave 2016 aims to bring researchers and practitioners involved in end-use energy efficiency ...
September, 9A very exciting 2-day project kick-off meeting was held last week in Brussels, with all consortium partners and the attendance of the EC Project Officer, Olga Rio Suarez. The meeting agenda has ...
September, 29IPN presented GELCLAD at ENEM2016 conference (Covilhã, Portugal). The ENEM - National Meeting of Materials Students are the result of a collaboration be ...
October, 13GELCLAD has proudly become a member of the Advanced Material and Nanotechnology Cluster (AMANAC) under the insulation materials thematic area. The scope ...
October, 14Following two teleconference meetings managed by different brainstorm and decision making working groups, the first face-to-face technical meeting was held last 12th of October, at ...
November, 7The third face-to-face technical meeting was held at BRE installations to discuss about the GELCLAD panels design. Details on panel's dimensions, ...
November, 17The 7th ECTP conference will be dedicated to present and discuss current and anticipated innovation in the built environment ...
January, 16BAU is the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems in the construction industry. It is where future-oriented manufacturers come together with an audience of interested ...
February, 07The conference New Tools and Approaches for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment will be held in Malaga on 07–09 February 2017...
March, 07Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for construction, design and energy in the built environment...
May, 10As request by the European Directive 31/2010, important measures are needed to increase the number of buildings...
May, 15The Energy Efficient Buildings Committee of ECTP made available the 6th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review 2017...
May, 16The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) organised by the EC will take place on 17 May 2017...
May, 23Building Construmat Barcelona will take place from 23 to 26 May 2017 in Fira de Barcelona...
Oct, 21GELCLAD project was once again presented on international stage. This time it was in Athens, on International Conference "ENERGY in BUILDINGS 2017"...
Nov, 06GELCLAD to be presented at the 33rd International CAE Conference and Exhibition 6-7 November 2017 at Vicenza, Italy...
JAN, 23Workshop on Novel Energy Efficient Envelopes - H2020 EU Projects, 23 January, Brussels...
Feb, 18AAAS' annual meeting will take place on Feb 15-19 in Austin, Texas. In the "Energy-Enabling Materials and the Smart Cities of Tomorrow" scientific session...
This project participates in the AMANAC Cluster, by developing advanced materials and nanotechnologies for improving energy efficiency in buildings with a forward looking to circular economy policy. The current H2020 running projects are:
A list of already concluded is also available here.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723425
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