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The qualities of ceramics for building retrofits

by Andrea Serri

Building energy saving is a hot topic for today’s Italian and international architecture. It goes hand in hand with building renovation and finds in Italian ceramics industry one of the main actors involved. Apparently distant and far from one another, as technology, urban decoration, and materials are, they have experienced over the last few years a merging synergy, to which italian manufacturing has given a significant contribution.

According to the International Energy Outlook, 11% of world energy consumption is due to residential heating, lighting, and appliances. That’s quite a remarkable figure, considering that industrial users (agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and construction) consume about 37%. Hence the need for an immediate and broad-based intervention in policies on energy saving to increase the number of nZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) and passive houses.

This global approach aims at enhancing buildings’ single components: from thermal bridges to reduced transmittance of transparent surfaces as well as opaque ones which greatly outnumber other types of surfaces. LEED protocols and Casaclima certifications are a guide and beacon to that. One of the most effective and performing solutions is the employment of tiles in outdoor walls, which brings about use of structural materials and exterior insulation coatings. Whether ‘ventilated’ or ‘attached to the wall’, the use of Italian tiles on exterior walls increases building’s energy efficiency. This applies to single units as well as to apartment buildings, with an evident and direct reduction in management costs and building’s ecological footprint.

To ensure their popularity, these energy saving solutions must be able to enhance also the beauty and appearance of the building. That’s the secret of successful industrial design: to be able to hide and at the same time emphasise the functionality of an object through an eye-catching element of beauty or original feature. So as to catch the attention of the observer. In this respect Italian ceramic tiles are playing a leading role, as the architectural heritage in Italy and worldwide demonstrates. The possibility to vary the size of the slabs, to freely choose from any colour and to work with textures to create certain effects, as well as to reproduce via digital glazing any graphic design, is to designers worldwide both a solution of beauty and technology: after all, it is sufficient to think of tiles’ inner inert quality, of their durability and lasting nature (which extend LCA to the maximum), of their resistance to smog and air pollutants – which have tremendous impact on large big cities -; and of their resistance to trampling, impact and abrasion.

[ Editorial of Cer Magazine NEWS n. 3/2015, the Ceramics of Italy e-magazine ]

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