Project details



Development of innovative lightweight and highly insulating energy efficient components and associated enabling materials for cost-effective retrofitting and new construction of curtain wall facades

Start date: 01.08.2016

Duration: 42 months

Coordinator: RINA Consulting

Budget: 5.2 M€


Due to the variable ratio between the spandrel and vision glass, EENSULATE will match any existing façade design (where there are no constraints on original architecture) as well as new buildings. Furthermore, EENSULATE is expected to allow for fast retrofitting due to its characteristics, which would minimize the disruption of business and impact on occupants. The innovation potential and market competitive advantage lies in the combination of three different material innovations in a single product platform, scalable from Basic to Premium. EENSULATE components will make use as much as possible of existing components such as frames, structural silicon, gaskets, etc.), although adaptation will certainly be required.

EENSULATE project aims to develop innovative lightweight (35% weight reduction compared to the current best performing modules), highly insulating energy efficient components as well as associated enabling materials for cost-effective retrofitting and new construction of curtain wall facades. EENSULATE represents an ambitious project, which aims to introduce a novel unitized curtain wall system capable of meeting the market demand. It is expected to be an affordable (28% reduction of total refurbishment costs), high performance prefabricated façade retrofitting solution with reduced weight and thickness. It aims to bring existing curtain wall buildings to “nearly zero energy” standards, reducing energy bills by at least 20% while complying with the structural limits of the original building structure and national building codes.

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The project publications are available here.


Contact person: Daniela RECCARDO
Address: RINA Consulting S.p.A.
Tel: +39 010 3628148