At a European level, we take part in Clear-up, the first European R&D&I project that studies the use of materials and advanced technology to reduce the use of resources in buildings. The project takes into account the entire lifecycle of the building, having regard to economic profitability and user acceptance.
The main lines of research include: electrochromic windows—to reduce thermal changes and the need for artificial light—, walls with photocatalytic materials for cleaner air, nano-porous and PCM insulation, and monitoring and control of air conditioning and ventilation systems.
The project aims to achieve a 38% improvement in energy efficiency in buildings, while providing occupants with well-being, health, comfort and productivity. Clear-up solutions are designed to suit existing buildings as well as new builds.