Highly transparent envelope facade system: 3,5 cm transparent facade that insualtes the same as a 30 cm conventional brick wall
A multidisciplinary research team from ETS Arquitectura and Facultad de Informática at UPM has developed an envelope facade system, superinsulating (80-91% higher than current solutions), with cost savings in energy efficiency up to 77%, and highly transparent (89% in light transmission). Moreover, it allows free-form designs for use in all kind of arquitectural projects. The construction sector business sector is growing at a rate of 4,4-5,1% worldwide, in particular, the glazing manufacturing sector industry.
In pre-production development stage, this solution has already been highlighted by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), through its main developer, Luis A. Alonso, as one of the young people under 35 years most innovative of the year in Spain (TR35, MIT Technology Review).
F2TE3 is a new lightweight, slim, high energy efficient, envelope system that provides for seamless, free-form designs for use in arquitectural projects. Its innovative design combines thermal insulation materials (encapsulated transparent monolithic aerogel) with new technologies (vacuum chamber) to provide a vacuum insulation panel (VIP). The patented solution enables a complete facade system design, both in version transparent area for windows and opaque one for walls.
Model simulations ensure meet both spanish CTE (Technical Building Code) and UNE standards. F2TE3 technical performance provides highly relevant and specific values in terms of acoustics, energy performance and light transmission.
“Energy savings through the building envelope with a minimum thickness (3,5 cm transparent facade that insulates the same as a 30 cm conventional brick wall) including free-form designs”
“Improving insulation, energy efficiency and lifetime (5 times higher) than competing solutions, F2TE3 has a lower cost, around 1,4 and 3,7 lower than those ones”
Luis Alberto Alonso Pastor
ETS Arquitectura – UPM
Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM