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Glazed surfaces on facades of buildings, whether residential or not, are the elements through which most heat is transferred. State-of-the-art construction and insulation materials as well as structural solutions of external partitions currently used have thermal transmission coefficients Ug equal to approx. 0.15 W/m2K, but for windows this figure is 0.6 W/m2K.

In residential buildings, window surfaces represent at least 15% of the external surface of the building, and this proportion reaches 80% in public buildings. This means that at least 40% of heat escapes through windows.

Any further progress in the direction of widely implementing the passive or zero energy building concept, which needs minimal energy for heating, depends on a technological break-through in thermally insulating glazed elements, i.e. insulated glass units, window frames, glass facades and curtain walls.

The purpose of the SUPERWINDOWS project is to introduce a new generation of heat-insulating glazing systems (insulated glass units and glass facades) with extreme thermal and optical parameters which could not be achieved both at the same time before (R>10 Uw70% of visible solar light transmitted).

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Geoengineering’s new image

DATA: 01/07/2014

Unrelenting heat, blinding brightness and eternal drought. A desert is one of the places least hospitable for life. We have an idea how to change that.

This is Spacebreeze – an innovative system which can return a desert to a blooming oasis.

Innowator Małopolski Award

DATA: 16/11/2012

We are glad to announce that we have been awarded in Innowator Małopolski Prize.

Article on SUPERWINDOWS in Der Standard

DATA: 29/05/2012

Martin Putschögl and Winfried Schuh comment on SUPERWINDOWS. Click here to see the article

What do architects think about us?

DATA: 29/05/2012

Two architects from Brute Force Collaborative (Seattle, US) posted their impressions on our ideas here.

“The last highlight for me, and I’ll definitely do a summary post on this in the next few days, was the SUPERWINDOWS presentation from the idea generators at Kostka & Paszkowski (Poland). They presented a series of conceptual ideas that literally had my jaw on the floor and caused me to murmur, ‘no f*cking way!‘ every 2 minutes. Let’s just say it was a good thing I was in the back of the room. Though far from production ready, this outside the box thinking verifies why we need to keep the standards for Passivhaus stringent – this is really what is driving innovation. The SUPERWINDOWS presentation took the idea of innovation to an extreme, bypassing incremental steps to a whole new concept of glazing. In modeling, it’s appearing to achieve U-values of 0,1 – 0,3W/m²k (R-56 to R-19) – which makes the whole wall v. glass debate completely moot. A Miesian glass Passivhaus could finally be realized in Moscow. Game. Set. Match!

Finally, while a number of us were hoping the 17th PHI conference would be in Brussels, it is set for Frankfurt on 16-17 May, 2013. We look forward to seeing you then!”

SUPERWINDOWS at 16th International Passive House Conference

DATA: 05/03/2012

Get inspired by our ideas in Hannover, Germany from 2 to 6 May 2012. For more information see here or feel free to contact us.


Projekt współfinansowany ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Programu Operacyjnego Innowacyjna Gospodarka. Inwestujemy w waszą przyszłość.