Hydro’s aluminium building systems brand Wicona has won the first prize in the building rehabilitation category at the world’s biggest building exhibition, BAU 2011, in Munich, Germany.
Wicona's award-winning façade solution, TEmotion, can easily reduce energy consumption in existing buildings by more than 50 per cent.
TEmotion is a complete façade module with a series of energy-saving elements such as sun-shading devices, ventilation, lighting, heat pumps and electricity production from solar cells.
“Rehabilitation of existing buildings is crucial in the battle to reduce energy consumption and emissions,” says the head of Hydro’s building systems activities, Lars Hauk Ringvold.
About 40 per cent of the world’s energy consumption is related to buildings.
Hydro says that unlike ordinary rehabilitation projects, where the occupants of the building often must move out, the TEmotion concept makes it possible to rehabilitate office by office during a period ranging from just days to a maximum of a couple of weeks. This saves time, money and energy.
“TEmotion is a pre-fabricated façade solution, meaning that the only thing that has to be done on the construction site is to make a hole in the wall and replace the existing window with a new and energy-saving façade solution,” says Werner Jager, head of Research and Development in Hydro Building Systems.