Video: Restoring historic buildings and saving energy

January 30, 2014 by Corinna Hackenbrock

A brand new window with thin-layer glazing combines energy efficiency with the aesthetics of a baroque window.

Restoring historic buildings and saving energy at the same time is now a reality. Passive house window expert Franz Freundorfer developed the heat-saver for the Waaghaus in Bolzano, a building from the 13th century. Combining and old traditions the scientists want to bridge the gap between the conservation of historic buildings and improving .

Also, the Palazzina della Viola, built in Bologna in 1497, was given a make-over. Preserving delicate original material had limited the , but even though the heating and cooling loads were reduced by 12% and 30% respectively. The indoor climate conditions were improved for achieving comfort and artwork-preserving conditions. Today,the building is the headquarters of the University´s Department of International Exchange, serving seven thousand students every year.

Passive house window expert Franz Freundorfer developed the heat-saver together with researchers and experts of the 3encult project for the Waaghaus in Bolzano, a building from the 13th century.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.

Explore further: Integration of energy efficiency throughout industrial buildings' life

More information: Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise: phys.org/news310293561.html

Related Stories

Scientists unveil energy-generating window

October 24, 2013

Scientists in China said Thursday they had designed a "smart" window that can both save and generate energy, and may ultimately reduce heating and cooling costs for buildings.

Recommended for you

Sydney makes its mark with electronic paper traffic signs

July 28, 2015

Visionect, which is in the business of helping companies build electronic paper display products, announced that Sydney has launched e-paper traffic signs. The traffic signage integrates displays from US manufacturer E Ink ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.