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Heat insulation

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Windows have a substantial contribution to make to reducing energy costs in buildings and are central in meeting statutory heat insulation regulations. They accomplish this through good heat insulation and high impermeability.

Windows made from GEALAN vinyl profiles are the perfect energy savers, because the natural insulating properties of PVC already guarantee excellent heat insulation. The heat insulating performance is further improved by the large installation depth of up to 83 mm and the multi-chamber profile design with up to six chambers. This keeps the heat in and the cold out. Windows made from GEALAN profiles help save you money, greatly improve your living comfort and also make a significant contribution to environmental protection.

Passive house

What is a passive house?

A passive house enables a constantly comfortable temperature in both winter and summer without using a conventional heating and air conditioning system – the house "heats up" and "cools down" in a purely passive manner. Use of the heat provided by the sun's rays that shine through the windows and of the heat generated by appliances and inhabitants is sufficient to keep the building at pleasant internal temperatures during the colder season. An annual thermal heat value of less than 15 kWh/(m²a) is required for a passive house. This corresponds to a comparable heating oil requirement of around 1.5 l/(m²a). For a European passive house, the total energy requirement including hot water and household electricity is less than 120 kWh/(m²a).

Furthermore, passive houses are characterised by a high degree of thermal comfort. Even if outdoor temperatures are low for an extended period of time, the internal surface temperature of the components must not drop below specified values. In this manner, the "cold radiation" effect (which is caused by otherwise normally large differences in temperature between a colder structural component and warmer ambient air and perceived by the user as a draught) is avoided.

The passive house standard is a low-cost approach to reducing the energy requirement of new builds to a minimum and, at the same time, improving living comfort. The achieved energy saving conserves resources and contributes towards sustainability.

What requirements does this place on the window as a structural component?

Windows for use in passive houses have an especially high heat insulation value. The window's thermal transmission coefficient Uw must be less than or equal to 0.8 W/(m²K). The performance requirements for windows suitable for passive houses are set out in the ift guideline WA-15/2 "Suitability of windows, outer doors and façades for passive houses". But this guideline not only defines the requirements for the thermal losses generated by windows and their structural connections; it also stipulates the minimum surface temperature values for connecting to the structure, glass or panel area. Thermal comfort is thus ensured in the rooms and the formation of condensation in unfavourable locations is avoided. In addition, the usability requirements, which have to be proven by way of tests for air permeability, impermeability to driving rain, wind resistance, mechanical strength and shock resistance on the window, are set out.

Due to their excellent heat insulation and performance properties, windows suitable for use in passive houses are, however, also used when renovating old builds or any kind of new build.

Solutions from GEALAN

IKD® intensive core insulation

In times of rising raw material and energy prices, modern windows help to noticeably reduce heating costs. Builders and renovators therefore do not need to worry about further price increases in heating oil or gas. This is because IKD® intensive core insulation is a decisive step towards optimising the heat insulating properties of windows. It gives you the peace of mind of already meeting the heat insulation requirements of tomorrow, today.

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Passive house-compatible windows with S 9000

Developing a system with the best heat insulation properties does not happen by accident, but rather as a result of focused development work. Our success proves us right. Numerous calculations have produced outstanding heat insulation values. Right from the beginning, the goal of development was to achieve passive house suitability – and thus the best heat insulating properties – in accordance with the ift guideline in standard combinations with steel. This was accomplished through the sum of the innovative system design details.

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