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Energy efficiency of rear-ventilated facades

Energy efficiency and conservation belong to the most important tasks in combatting global warming. Buildings alone take up 40 percent of the total power consumption. As an interface between indoors and outdoors, the facade plays a significant role in the definition of a building’s energy efficiency. By employing a rear-ventilated facade, an energy concept can be developed for each building that ideally combines heating requirements, cooling requirements for summer months and the perfect day light quality.

Passive house with rear-ventilated facade, made from weather resistant steel Photo: Provided by Schmiedle & Kaiser GmbH

FVHF cooperates with renowned research institutions in the search of solutions for a further increase of the energy efficiency of rear-ventilated facades, for example through innovative insulating materials. Another important topic is the upgrade of existing facades in respect to energy efficiency. The mastery of this task is a deciding factor in the significant cross-national reduction of CO2 emissions, and thus in the meeting environmental policy guidelines. Rear-ventilated facade technology can greatly contribute to the energy efficiency of a building.

All required thermal resistance values for new and modernised buildings can be implemented effortlessly, with an easy and secure variation of insulation materials. The option of simple and safe tolerance compensation is particularly important for construction on existing sites.

Many successful architectural objects show that aesthetics and energy efficiency are not mutually exclusive facade features. Modern planning and manufacturing technologies provide excellent possibilities for the construction of creative buildings with rear-ventilated facades.


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