THINFRAME will respond to the European need for energy efficiency and reduction of energy consumption in buildings by providing a means of reducing thermal loss through the windows, a main source of energy loss in buildings (currently up to 50%).

The first economic benefit will be to the participating SMEs that will be able to achieve estimated joint turnovers of more than 17 million euros in five years post-project time by competing in the window market with very competitive prices per window unit. This means an advantage in the market compared to currently available alternatives required to achieve similar U-values. This will increase their market share and help to face current economic downturn. The THINFRAME solution targets both new construction as well as a suitable solution for renovation works (the core of current building industry) driven by European policies to improve thermal insulation. The economic benefit will also be reflected in energy consumption bills for the customers using this technology who will be able to experience a reduction in cooling/heating rates required in buildings.

THINFRAME is aimed also at improving the quality of life of citizens. An improvement in the quality of life in indoor conditions will be achieved after installation of THINFRAME window structures, improving the temperature regulation of buildings’ interiors, reducing the likelihood of illness due to bad heating conditions and improving air quality that may affect individuals with respiratory sensitive conditions. In addition, the appearance of mould will be avoided through the elimination of condensation in the inside of windows, reducing the incidence of respiratory illnesses.

THINFRAME windows aims to achieve U-values below 0.7 W/(m2K), meaning lower thermal loss and a high insulating capacity complying the most restrictive national regulations. The greatest impact for the window industrial sector will affect the frame production technology, since the processing or formation of the filling foam will be fully and easily incorporated into the in-line extrusion process. This will reduce cost of production which can be translated to a more efficient manufacturing process and a competitive advantage in the market.

THINFRAME will address the European Performance of Building Directive and be prepared for increasingly stringent normative in the construction elements both in existing and new buildings. Being a highly insulating material, THINFRAME will be adaptable to any European country regardless of the extreme weather conditions where building code regulations are more restrictive. THINFRAME will comply with REACH regulations by the use of safer materials than PU. We will develop this technology in accordance with European standards in order to satisfy CE marking requirements, which is compulsory for the future commercial exploitation.

THINFRAME will have an effect on the environment by its contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions at European level. Through better insulation in buildings, lower need for heating/cooling systems will be required. Thus, THINFRAME will also help Europe to comply with the proposed objectives in the Kyoto protocol as well as 20/20/20 targets. We have estimated that THINFRAME will replace 0.3% of current thermal inefficient window frames after 5 years post-project, meaning a total reduction of 12 kt of CO2 emission.


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