Buildings account for a particularly large proportion of global CO2 emissions (around one-third)1. As a consequence, the EU Commission‘s 2050 roadmap targets a reduction in the CO2 footprint of private and office buildings in Europe by 80% compared to 1990 levels2. Effective building insulation will play a crucial role in achieving these targets.

Effective insulation systems in buildings are key to optimizing their energy performance. Vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) are particularly promising in this regard. Evacuated materials can be extremely good insulators (far better than their non-evacuated equivalents) and panels based on them offer highly effective and space-saving solutions. Compared with conventional insulating materials however, VIPs tend to be relatively costly and difficult to use. They also lose some of their exceptional insulation properties during service life and there is scope to improve their sustainability. Moreover, to ensure a high level of market acceptance, the lifetime of the panels has to be improved.

The EU project INNOVIP (“Innovative multi-functional Vacuum-Insulation-Panels (VIPs) for use in the building sector”) will progress VIP technology by addressing these key issues: The international project team led by the Munich-based Forschungsinstitut für Wärmeschutz e. V. will use innovative technologies and develop new materials, as well as improve production processes. Using a new type of protective envelope and alternative fillers – for example perlite – the INNOVIP consortium is aiming to make this highly-efficient solution more competitive. Moreover, the project partners will be working towards a further improvement in the efficiency of the VIPs as well as the development of features such as anti-mould coatings and increased fire resistance.

1 IEA “Transition to sustainable buildings“, ISBN: 978-92-64-20841-2
2 COM (2011) 112 final

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