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High efficient multilayer lightweight enclosure system that can be implemented in any type of building, and completely modulated in the benefits provided

The system is a lightweight multilayer enclosure panel with a light steel frame structure, in which, depending on the materials used and their combination, features can be modulated and  adapted to the precise customer needs. Its main advantages are its suitability for industrialization and prefabrication (higher quality, greater safety, less implementation time, ...),greater lightness, reduced thickness, good thermal behavior modulable at will, excellent sound isolation, negligible use of water and chemicals products, susceptible to use recycled materials, completely recyclable and reusable, it provides additional safety, comfort, sustainability, health, ... features modulable at will of the client. 

It can be used in any type of construction system, from facade rehabilitation to three-dimensional lightweight modules, including facade panels with concrete or metallic structure, structures with self-resistant panels ....

Technology Solution

The solution is a lightweightmultilayer enclosure panel with a light steel frame structure, which can be applied in any type of construction system, from facade rehabilitation to three-dimensional lightweight modules, including facade panels with concrete or metallic structure, structures with self-resistant panels ....

It is based on a light steel frame structure with many layers of materials of different nature that provide selective features depending on the enclosure requirements: energy and isolation performance, security, comfort, sustainability, resistance and slimness ...

The industrialisable nature of the solution enhances its performance and quality assurance required. 

 “The high-performance lightweight multilayer enclosure enables industrialisable competitive in price solutions, adapted to the precise customer features needs with far greater sustainability parameters”

Market demands

  • Energy saving needs in buildings (20/20/20 objective of the European Union), since they represent 40% of European consumption, and are responsible for a significant percentage of CO2 emissions.
  • Need for a more sustainable development. As building consumes surface, natural resources, water, chemical products, It gives rise to a large amounts of waste, ... .That’s why seeking constructive solutions that minimize the impact on the environment is a priority.
  • Need to use enclosures systems in particularly noisy environments, ensuring acoustic comfort inside, without being a great increase in cost.
  • Solutions that improve the energy, comfort, and sustainability performance and at the same time are adaptable to customer needs, industrializable and competitive in price with traditional construction, are a need.
  • Construction requieres solutions being lightweight (with a mass of between one-sixth and one-tenth of a traditional enclosure), maintaining high energy ,thermal inertia, and acoustic performance.
  • Versatile solutions that can also be particularized for energy rehabilitation of buildings (priority objective of the European Union) are needed. 

“We need economical technical solutions that improve the energy efficiency of the building enclousures, and their conditions of sustainability, without compromising their comfort and safety performance”

Market potential

  • The building sector in Spain has been representing between 10% and 12% of GDP
  • Around 18% to 20% of the construction is directed to the building enclosure.
  • Due to the sharp contraction in the housing market and the global economic crisis, it is not easy to extrapolate the potential of the current market, but it is estimated to be above 2,000 million euros. This figure will increase gradually in subsequent years, but without reaching the 5,000 million euros of a few years ago.
  • The increasing competition, and the growing demand for more efficient and sustainable solutions, will foster the emergence of more innovative and efficient solutions as described.
Competitive advantages

  • The enclosure performance can be modulated to meet each client specific needs.
  • Comparing to others with the same thickness, the solution acoustic isolation against traffic noise is 47,3 dBA  while a traditional enclosure has between 45 -46 dBA.
  • The thermal isolation compared to others with the same thickness, is much higher, with much less weight and materials use.
  • Economic Study: without any industrialization process , the cost of material execution in a 4 to 8 floors building with the CML is 8.77% more expensive than using a traditional building enclosure.

  • Titan Steel - Bluecoast
  • Teccon Evolution - industrialized modular construction system.
  • TISE -UPM Group: phd thesis where tests were carried out in laboratory and also experimental tests of prototype modules.
Development stage

  • Concept
  • R&D
  • Lab Prototype
  • Industrial Prototype
  • Production 

Light multilayer facade system contact

Sergio Vega Sánchez, Letzai Ruiz Valero

e: sergio.vega@upm.es

e: letzai.ruiz@upm.es

TISE research group,E.T.S. Arquitectura

 UPM contact

Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area

Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM 

e: innovacion.tecnologica@upm.es

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