More than 40 percent of the buildings in Europe have been built in the 1950s and 1960s. At that time sustainability and saving of energy had not been of any importance. Consequently, the majority of the buildings nowadays need an urgent redevelopment for a higher energy efficiency.  The project „RiFaRe“  faces these challenges: In cooperation with the TIS Innovation Park, the CasaClima Agency, the German Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, designtoproduction and several industrial partners, Fraunhofer Italia is working on an efficient solution to the energy-oriented refurbishment.

In order to solve the above-mentioned existing problems the RiFaRe project targets to bring forward the utilization of prefabricated wooden panels. These panels are able to combine lightweight construction properties with a high degree of processing, which makes them appropriable even in earthquake-prone areas. The project partners pursue the aim to develop a technology for prefabricated facades tailored to the needs of the Italian market and to reduce the costs of a refurbishment operation. The project “RiFaRe” also targets to reduce the noise pollution during refurbishment measures and to develop a technology that ensures the quality of the operation and create a construction process for the production of prefabricated facades in order to support the so-called customized mass production.  

The overarching goal of the project is to adopt the buildings in South Tyrol and Italy to the guidelines of the energy policy at local, national and international level.


Project details:

Term: 2014-2015

Support: LG14

Project partner: Wolf System s.rl., Proplan KG, Sto Italia s.r.l. - Sede die Bolzano, Rotho Blaas s.r.l., Tip Top Fenster s.r.l.