Innovation on tour

MUZA mobile pavilion

The MUZA mobile pavilion features Knauf Insulation solutions and is designed to highlight the benefits of nearly zero-energy buildings.

 

MUZA which stands for Mobilna, U inkovita, Zdrava, Arhitektura (mobile, efficient, healthy, architecture) will serve as an information and demonstration centre to maximise effective communication among stakeholders about the importance of nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB).

More than 20 industrial partners in Croatia joined forces to construct MUZA and the project has also been showcased in the country’s long-term renovation strategy, a plan drawn up to support the European Union’s 2050 ambitions.

MUZA is completely insulated with Knauf Insulation products and built to serve as an information and demonstration centre to raise awareness of Mineral Wool’s key role in NZEB. “NZEB construction is now mandatory for all new buildings in Croatia as well as other European Union Member States, but still many architects and specifiers need support to navigate this new reality. MUZA is here to help demonstrate how to achieve NZEB standards using best practice solutions,” says Krešimir Benjak, Knauf Insulation’s Marketing and Communications Manager in Croatia.

MUZA took part in a Nearly Zero-Energy Building Days in cities across Croatia, which highlighted events featuring construction products, real estate fairs, practical demonstrations, real-time NZEB construction, training courses for designers and construction workers (including Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality solutions).

The roadshow is a European Union Horizon 2020 project that focuses on the benefits of NZEB.

MUZA is insulated with Knauf Insulation products and designed to raise awareness of the advantages of nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB). For further information and tour dates visit www.nzebroadshow.eu

 

Knauf Insulation’s Glass Mineral Wool solutions are certified by DECLARE
Glass Mineral Wool with ECOSE® is certified Red List free

Knauf Insulation’s Glass Mineral Wool solutions with ECOSE Technology® are the first Mineral Wool products in rolls and slabs to be officially certified in Europe by the DECLARE label marking a major breakthrough for building well-being and health.

DECLARE certification is an important independent public declaration that our products do not contain any harmful or unhealthy chemical ingredients on the International Living Future Institute’s Red List such as added formaldehyde, fire-retardant additives or any anti-fungal intentionally added chemicals.

Health and well-being has been an area of increased focus in recent years. Just as customers increasingly want to know the ingredients of the food they consume, there is growing demand for understanding the ingredients of building products. People want certainty that there are no unhealthy chemicals being installed particularly homes, schools, offices and hospitals. DECLARE provides this certainty.

The certification also underlines the natural composition of our solutions such as 90% glass mineral wool — which is made up of up to 80% recycled content — and virgin raw materials such as sand and limestone.

Other Knauf Insulation solutions certified by DECLARE are SUPAFIL Blowing Wool and Urbanscape Rock Mineral Wool for green roofs. The Urbanscape solution was the first building material in Europe to be certified by DECLARE in 2019, while in North America most of our solutions have been DECLARE certified for many years

 

Photo: European breakthrough: Knauf Insulation’s Glass Mineral Wool solutions are certified by DECLARE

Safe at high temperatures: Knauf Insulation installed in Formlabs’ new 3D printers
Safety is a priority for 3D printers

When Formlabs was developing its pioneering new industrial 3D printer, the company called on Knauf Insulation’s OEM team to create a solution that was durable, sustainable, high-performing and safe.

Niki Entin, Strategic Sourcing Lead for Formlabs, says: “As our latest industrial quality 3D printer, the Fuse 1, operates at a very high temperature, we needed a safe way to insulate the inner chamber to avoid electronics and other components from getting too hot.”

The team at OEM within Knauf Insulation’s System Division was able to provide the technical expertise and custom-made insulation designs Formlabs needed at our Ajdovščina fabrication unit in Slovenia.

“The solution provided by the OEM team is durable, easy to handle, insulates consistently to our requirements and is cut to the precise dimensions required for our Fuse 1 3D printers. Most importantly it is safe at high temperatures,” says Niki.

Anže Vrbinc, Segment Manager OEM, says: “Another consideration of Formlabs was sustainability as the company prides itself on minimising waste and tackling CO2 emissions. Our customised solutions are produced with ECOSE Technology and made from 65% recycled glass.”

Formlabs’ printers are used for printing out highly detailed, high resolution 3D objects such as prototypes or jewellery and also used by engineers and manufacturers to produce robust functional parts.

 

Photo: Safe at high temperatures: Knauf Insulation installed in Formlabs’ new 3D printers

Knauf Insulation’s SmartWall S C1 is installed in social homes in Italy’s Salerno province: our Italian team is supporting a digital platform to improve building energy efficiency
Knauf Insulation joins research pioneers

Knauf Insulation Italy is contributing to a pioneering project that aims to revolutionise energy savings in buildings.

Often there is a significant gap between the anticipated energy consumption of a building and the reality — the SATO project aims to bridge that gap and in the process to maximise building energy savings using smart technology.

To achieve this, the European Union-funded SATO (Self Assessment Towards Optimization of Building Energy) will create a state-of-the-art building energy assessment and optimisation platform that combines artificial intelligence, Building Information Modelling (BIM) 3D visualisation software, Internet of Things sensors, smart devices and building management systems.

A series of building projects across Europe — including one in Milan supported by Knauf Insulation — aims to explore how to maximise this platform and optimise building energy use by managing building energy in real time, bringing emissions close to zero and achieving almost zero energy consumption. The Milan project builds on a study carried out by the end-use Efficiency Research Group of the Polytechnic University of Milan which examined how deep renovation using high-quality wall and roof thermal insulation can generate energy savings of up to 80% in buildings.

Converting buildings into giant ‘batteries’ that store comfortable temperatures over several days optimises buildings by offering them the flexibility to use renewable energy sources or tap into cheaper off-peak power.

The SATO project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement Number 957128.

For more information about the project, partners and Knauf Insulation’s contribution, visit https://www.sato-project.eu/

 

Photo: Knauf Insulation’s SmartWall S C1 is installed in social homes in Italy’s Salerno province: our Italian team is supporting a digital platform to improve building energy efficiency

Knauf Insulation Sound solution
Sound solution

Knauf Insulation Customised Solutions has developed a new silencer for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems that is high in performance and competitive on cost.

Rather than featuring an inner metal tub, the silencer’s circular core is created from our specially-coated Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology® which is certified Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold for indoor air quality.

The structure of the insulation offers great acoustic performance, reducing vibration and noise, while the removal of the metal core cuts cost. The silencer can be tailored to meet any customer requirement.

Searching innovative ideas
Who will be the building innovator of tomorrow?

Knauf Insulation’s renovation experts are assessing the entries in our unique Race to Zero building innovation competition with the winners set to be announced at the end of 2021.

Hundreds of entries were received in the competition which was launched earlier this year to find new ways to scale up and industrialise the renovation of social housing with a focus on quality workmanship, improved thermal and acoustic comfort as well as quantifiable emission-reducing results.

As buildings are responsible for 36% of Europe’s CO2 emissions and more than 34 million Europeans cannot afford to pay their energy bills, Knauf Insulation wanted to find the young innovators who can inspire the change needed to drive renovation forward to tackle climate change and improve lives. Final year students and 2020 graduates in architecture, construction engineering, design and related building specialties from Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal were invited to participate in the competition which features a main prize of €15,000 and an offer of employment with Knauf Insulation.

The Race to Zero competition is a Knauf Insulation commitment For A Better World.

 

Photo: The search is on to find innovative ideas that will transform the mass renovation of social housing

House woth inclined flat-roof slabs
Customised inclined flat-roof slabs

A new Cut-to-fall digital app developed by Knauf Insulation Customised Solutions will soon help customers cut costs, reduce waste and speed up the design process and the installation of inclined flat roof slabs all at the swipe of a screen.

The user-friendly app works out the optimal position for the slabs, marks out each slab to speed up installation, precisely defines height, length and width dimensions, calculates detailed costs and then produces the slab using minimal waste.

Customers can draw any shape during the design process in the application. If this design changes, customers can simply change their roof design and get immediate feedback from the application and our team about the pricing and bill of materials.

For Knauf Insulation the application optimises production processes at our fabrication units at Adjovšcina in Slovenia and at Most in Czechia and reduces the generation of scrap.

Already the app has been used on a range of flat roof projects and shown great results for customers as well as for our company. The app is the first in our Customised Solutions business and is fully integrated with our products and work processes.

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