Ultimate Insolation of existing Houses
Why is the starting image of isolation not a house covered in deep snow, but a city in the blazing sun? Contrary   to   what   many   people   think,   the   biggest   challenge   of   insulation   is   not   the   insulation   against   cold,   but the insulation against extreme heat. Why is this so? Today   we   are   able   to   generate   heat   with   a   very   high   degree   of   efficiency,   but   generating   cold   is   much   less efficient. In hot countries, most of the electricity generated today is used to run air conditioning systems. As a result of climate change, we often have extreme hot spells of over 50°Celsius in hot countries. In   the   meantime,   so   much   electricity   is   required   by   the   air   conditioning   systems   that   the   power   supply   often fails. With   our   super   insulation,   we   can   insulate   the   houses   so   well   that   we   can   cool   the   whole   house   with   the energy we collect on the roofs of the houses. The   same   applies   to   insulation   in   cold   countries   -   here   we   can   insulate   so   well   that   we   no   longer   need   extra heating.
Why do marketing-experts call the insulation market for existing houses "Sleeping Giant"? Markets   with   a   huge   potential,   whose   market   potential   is   only   exhausted   to   a   small   percentage   are   called "Sleeping Giant" or "Mega-Trends". Why is this so? In the course of climate warming, energy saving has become the number One Topic . Insulation   ensures   that   the   heat   stays   in   the   house   -   in   cold   countries   and   the   cold   stays   in   the   house   -   in   hot countries. This means that the energy expenditure for heating or cooling can be reduced to Zero in the Ideal Case. Saved energy is efficient energy! In   the   near   future   many   millions   of   houses   worldwide   will   have   to   be   insulated,   the   run   has   just   begun    -   the Sleeping Giant is waking up - and we have the Ultimate Insulation-Material for it! Why is this so? The   systems   most   commonly   used   today   are   gluing   an   insulating   panel   -   usually   made   of   Polystyrene-Foam   - onto the existing façade. As   can   be   seen   here,   this   is   very   time-consuming,   especially   if   the   insulation   panels   have   to   be   cut   exactly   to avoid thermal bridges. Then   an   adhesive   grid   is   glued   to   the   soft   insulation   panels   so   that   the   plaster   to   be   applied   to   the   insulation panels afterwards holds. After the grid has been applied, a thin plaster of a few millimetres is applied to the facade insulation. After the insulation panels are plastered, a coat of paint is applied. The paint used for such exterior coatings is provided with so-called "biocides".
The Vicious-Circle: in order to prevent algae growth on the damp exterior walls, highly toxic biocides are mixed into the wall paints. This poison only works if it is on the surface and kills the algae as a contact poison. The problem, however, is that the rain washes away the poisons and the poisonous broth gets into the groundwater. What is particularly frightening is that the poison is washed out after a short time and algae growth begins again. To prevent this, a paint soaked with poison must be applied again - the Vicious-Circle starts all over again. In Europe, the house insulation industry has already overtaken the biocide input from agriculture and every year thousands of highly toxic wall surfaces are added. The Federal Environment Agency is sounding the alarm, because not only the algae are dying, but with the poisoned groundwater, humans and animals are also dying. Why don't the SOTA-DOMUS top layers need biocides? Algae generally grow on damp surfaces. Due to the insulation under the plaster surfaces, these are no longer warmed by the heat from inside and the low surface temperature causes the temperature to fall below the dew point - the moisture in the air condenses to water on the surfaces. However, as the surfaces are not waterproof, they absorb the water and form an ideal breeding ground for algae growth. Completely different with SOTA-DOMUS, the SOTA-DOMUS top layers are absolutely watertight and do not absorb moisture. Condensation also occurs on SOTA-DOMUS surfaces, but the moisture is only on the surface and dries up immediately with the first ray of sunshine or breeze - algae growth is thus prevented without the use of highly toxic biocides.
The fundamental Difference: The SOTA-DOMUS insulation does not touch the existing wall. The SOTA-DOMUS insulation is a self-supporting wall element with integrated high-performance insulation. In fact, we build a New Building around the Existing Building. The picture above shows an example of the structure - an old brick wall 200mm thick with a SOTA-DOMUS  Panel 100mm insulation + 10mm inner top layer + 20mm outer top layer + 20mm ventilation and assembly level. After the thermal renovation the wall is only 350 mm thick and has a Lambda value λ of 0.14W/(qm.K) The video shows the basic structure of SOTA-DOMUS insulation.
T o    understand    the    big    differences    and    advantages    of    SOTA-DOMUS    insulation    in    contrast    to    the    old technique, let's take a closer look at a SOTA-DOMUS insulation panel. You can learn all about the SOTA-DOMUS high performance insulating panels by moving the cursor over the numbers
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At this point we would like to point out once again that the subsequent Insulation of Existing Houses, also known as Thermal-Renovation, is one of the largest Energy-Saving Measures we can implement. For this reason it must be carried out! Unfortunately the old techniques often lead to very unsatisfactory results. The task is too important that we fail here because we use insufficient techniques. Here we will show why the SOTA-DOMUS Insulation-Technique of Existing Houses is not only the right technique, but also brings extremely interesting additional Advantages
On closer inspection, the SOTA-DOMUS Construction Panels do not differ from the SOTA-DOMUS Insulation Panels. This is one of the Big Differences between the old insulation technology and the SOTA-DOMUS Insulation Technology. SOTA-DOMUS does not glue its insulation against the old wall, but places it in front of it. A new house is practically built around the old house.   This of course has considerable advantages: The old wall is not stressed. Between the old and new wall a ventilation and additional mounting level can be created. A ventilation level protects the old wall from moisture penetration from the inside. The additional mounting level allows new ventilation shafts to be mounted on the outside of the old wall before the SOTA-DOMUS Insulation-Panels are installed. This makes installation work in the most inhabited interior rooms unnecessary. After installing the SOTA-DOMUS Insulation-Panels, the old window systems can be removed and replaced with modern window systems. This is done extremely quickly and cleanly with the SOTA-DOMUS System. This is not only a financial advantage, but also the inhabitants of the houses benefit from it, as their living spaces are only briefly affected without getting dirty. SOTA-DOMUS Insulating-Panels are always delivered pre-cut to the construction site. For this purpose, it is necessary to carry out a 3D scan prior to installation, which provides exact measurements accurate to the millimetre. At the construction site, the finished insulation panels are only joined and glued together. Since the SOTA-DOMUS insulation panels do not require any reworking such as plastering or painting, there is no need for a complex scaffolding. The assembly work is carried out with mobile modern self-propelled telescopic working platforms. The innovative prefabricated SOTA-DOMUS insulation panels, which require absolutely no anchoring work, herald a new era in thermal renovation. The very time-consuming installation of old insulation systems is undercut by at least a factor of 10. The undoubtedly more costly SOTA-DOMUS panels, in relation to today's cheap, primitive insulation systems, more than make up for their higher quality construction through the ultra fast assembly without scaffolding, plastering and subsequent painting. The SOTA-DOMUS insulation panels are costly, but in the total accumulation cheaper and incredibly much higher quality - using SOTA-DOMUS insulation panels is the surest way to save money! Two special features are worth mentioning, the extremely high insulation performance and the solid-coloured outer shell of the SOTA-DOMUS Insulation-Panel. Due to the high insulation performance, particularly slim insulations are possible. The solid-coloured outer shell of the SOTA-DOMUS Insulation-Panel is practically maintenance-free. A new coat of paint is never necessary! In regions with particularly high levels of dirt, it may be advisable to clean SOTA-DOMUS-Facades with a high- pressure cleaner - but then you will be able to shine with a New Shine without further treatment. SOTA-DOMUS Insulation-Panel are especially useful for high houses, as they increase the value of the house for decades without any further treatment. The SOTA-DOMUS-Layers are made of a cold-curing ceramic, which are basically coloured through. The ceramic is absolutely waterproof, a water penetration depth is no longer measurable. This means that moisture caused by condensation cannot penetrate the surface. The moisture that is only on the surface dries out after a very short time. There is no moist breeding ground for algae and other organisms. This prevents the growth of algae and other organisms without having to use pesticides, as is the case with conventional insulation systems. Today's pesticide pollution from conventional thermal remediation is extremely harmful to the environment and with each further remediation the pollution of water and groundwater increases. The energy saving is bought with the pollution of the environment.
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