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An Austrian SME developed a new method for interior thermal insulation of old buildings - distributors and investors sought

Country of origin:
Country: 
AUSTRIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOAT20180416001
Published
16/04/2018
Last update
20/11/2019
Expiration date
27/05/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Materials, components and systems for construction
Construction methods and equipment
Installations related to construction (energy, lighting, …)
Construction maintenance and monitoring methods & equipment
Thermal insulation
Thermal insulation
Heat recovery
Energy Storage
Manufacture of construction materials, components and systems
Engineering and consulting services related to construction
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Summary

Summary: 
An Austrian company active in the area of thermal energy efficiency since 25 years, has developed an innovative method for the inside thermal restoration of old buildings. In order to reach new markets, the company would like to establish distribution services and acquisition agreements. A financial agreement is also considered.

Description

Description: 

An Austrian family owned company active in the area of thermal energy efficiency, has developed an innovative method for the inside thermal restoration of old buildings solving the condensate problem of interior insulation.

Buildings can be insulated in two ways: from the inside and / or from the outside. Older buildings often cannot be insulated from the outside due to high-quality or historically-protected facades as exterior insulation would most likely change the appearance of these facades considerably. Therefore interior insulation is often the only feasible method for reducing heat loss from such structures. However, there is a drawback: the use of interior insulation always changes the moisture relationship of building components through the close interaction between heat and moisture. Therefore it is important for interior insulation systems to be able to cope with moisture that originates from inside – e.g. condensation.

The innovation is based on the discovery of a new physical principle or rather on a multidisciplinary combination of two energy efficiency measures: one is the interior insulation itself. The other measure is a plaster layer that is temperature-variable by means of invisible integrated wall heating. This also covers the heat requirement of the room. The heat source is hot water central heating or an existing radiator which is replaced by the wall heating.

Exterior wall surfaces of a room with windows can have a complicated geometry. For this reason a specialized pipe system was developed. This plastic-free branded product has a very high quality and functional level. Special manufacturing capacities have been built up for this product.

The technology is interdisciplinary: it includes thermal insulation, room heating as well as the solution of physical construction properties.

The Austrian company would like to expand its business within Europe is therefore looking for distribution partners and Investors with experience in construction engineering for internationalization. The type of cooperation envisaged by the company is a distribution service agreement and an acquisition agreement. A financial agreement is also of interest. The company is looking for Investors in Europe in the framework of an acquisition or financial agreement to strengthen its market position in Europe. The objective of the new investment partners would be to contribute to strengthening the market position.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
This technology makes the improvement of energy efficiency smooth and effective from the inside. The achievable saving potentials allow improvements up to low-energy house standard. At the same time, the energy efficiency and quality of central heating will be upgraded. Unlike with conventional internal insulation, using adjacent components does not increase moisture condensate. A further benefit of this technology are drier outer walls and the quality of indoor climate exceeds any other room heating technology. The building fabric is therefore significantly upgraded. The wall heating technology is characterized by three fundamental unique selling propositions: 1) consolidation of the plaster layer, 2) support of water circulation, e.g. in case of failure of the circulation pump a partial circulation can be maintained; compatibility with ordinary radiators; 3) superiority in the surface adaptation while maintaining the system properties (e.g. even window reveals, windowsill areas can be integrated). The advantages of this cost-effective and energy-efficient method for the end users are the thermal comfort, healthful indoor climate as well as the higher added value in housing quality. The large-scale arrangement and the absence of temperature drop on outer walls in the heating period lowers the temperature level of the central heating. Thus, all heat sources can be used at a modern low temperature level, such as heat pumps or solar technology.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is looking for distribution partners and investors with experience in construction engineering (buiding contactors, builder’s merchant, etc.) who can introduce the innovative method / technology to architects, professional planners as well as private citizens in their region. The company is also interested in a financial agreement as well as an acquisition agreement. The partner sought should be interested in a distribution, acquisition and / or financial agreement and dispose of a good international network. The partner could be active either in industry or sales. Moreover, the partner should have an affinity to at least one of the following subjects: re-development, central heating, preservation of cultural heritage, etc.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia