Energy efficiency - driver of the construction industry

2010-07-01 | Sector trends

In both the construction of new buildings and the refurbishment of existing ones there is an increasing trend towards construction materials with the highest possible energy efficiency. For structural glass producers and finishers this is a challenge and opportunity at the same time. Ever more efficient functional types of glass are being sought – in exchange for enormous market potential.

Energy efficiency - driver of the construction industry
The reduction of energy consumption so imperative to halt climate change makes the energy efficiency of construction products a pivotal requirement for architects. Over the past 15 years, enormous improvements have been achieved in the thermal insulation of windows and glazing (see Figures 1 and 2). High-insulation frame designs and insulation glass have long made a decisive contribution to bringing down energy consumption in public and residential buildings. And yet, against the background of new energy requirements glass producers have to consistently develop their products further in order to be able to compete “in the premiere league” for shares in the building skin market.

NEAR-ZERO ENERGY BUILDINGS
In Europe specified energy targets are already becoming clearly visible. With the implementation of the revision of Directive 2002/91, the EU Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the Energy Performance of Buildings adopted in 2009, final energy consumption is to be reduced by 5 to 6 per cent and CO2 emissions by 4 to 5 per cent in the EU by 2020. One of the essentially new
provisions of the Directive is that all 27 member states must now lay down a national minimum standard for the energy efficiency of buildings that is mandatory for new buildings as well as for larger reconstructions and this should be guided by the European comparative method. The Directive also states that from 2021 all new buildings in Europe shall be “Near-Zero Energy Buildings” with ...



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