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In 2013 Fixit AG successfully introduced Aerogel high-performance insulating plaster to the market. Since then there has been a continuous stream of examples of buildings which have undergone energy-efficient renovation using Fixit insulating plaster. The advantages are clear: the energy consumption of the building is reduced enormously, but the appearance of its façade remains unchanged.
As a result of more stringent planning conditions and higher levels of environmental consciousness observed worldwide, the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings is becoming an increasing important consideration. For countless existing buildings the question is how to progress them into the 21st century in terms of energy efficiency. In the case of historically important buildings, an additional question rears its head: how can one improve the comfort level in valuable listed buildings while at the same time reducing their energy requirement?
Several years ago, Empa and the Fixit Co. took on the challenge presented by these questions and developed a novel Aerogel insulating plaster, with the help of supplies, provided by the Cabot company, of the material with the best thermal insulation properties of all known solids – Aerogel.
In collaboration with EMPA, the Fixit company has developed a world first – Fixit 222 Aerogel High-Performance Insulating Plaster, a product which offers incredible new opportunities for the construction industry. Aerogels have already been in use in space technology for some time, and now they are finding applications as a very high quality insulating material in the field of building construction. The range of applications encompasses the renovation of old buildings to conserve energy and the thermal insulation of historic buildings and structures. This means that listed buildings can also be optimally renovated in terms of energy-saving, naturally with the agreement of the appropriate conservation authorities.
Fixit 222 Aerogel High-Performance Insulating Plaster boasts an outstanding coefficient of thermal conductivity of 0,028 W/mK. Improved insulation of a building shell can make a significant contribution to reducing heating costs.Thanks to its mineral-based composition and high water vapour permeability, mould and mildew attacks are prevented and levels of living comfort enhanced. Fixit 222 Aerogel High-Performance Insulating Plaster is non-flammable, so it makes an active contribution to the fire safety of buildings in which it is used.