Ralf Pasker / Carmen Franke
European Association for ETICS
76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
Tel. +49 7221 3009890
Fax +49 7221 3009899
Just like during the two previous forums, attending the third Forum were renowned speakers from all over Europe, from the world of academics, design, form associations of raw material producers, system suppliers and specialists, who discussed current topics regarding ETICS.
After the introduction and the welcome by the President of EAE Ruud Van Eersel and of the President of Cortexa, Werther Colonna, who hosted the event, the ﬁrst presentation was about the current status of the building sector and of ETICS in Italy. Ralf Pasker, Managing Director of EAE, added a detailed description of the market of ETICS in Europe. The Forum then focussed on more technical topics with two presentations regarding the life cycle of ETICS: key ﬁndings of a study approving that ETICS are long-lasting and reliable systems with a life-time of at least 50 years. If properly installed, their life-time is comparable to that of plaster, with the added value of oﬀering a stronger protection of the façade against climatic agents. After that it was described that even prolongation of the life-time of ETICS is possible, if the system is duplicated by installing a further ETICS layer on top of the old one.
And who says that architecture using EICS must be uniform and boring? The next speakers provided the audience with an interesting overview of solutions, where ETICS have been used in important architectural projects. Due to the variety of system components (insulation products, mechanical ﬁxings, mortars etc.) and ﬁnishes available almost everything is possible. So, energy eﬃcient construction and design are not contradictory. Even more: refurnishment with ETICS might even upgrade existing building stock!
The afternoon session was dedicated to energy eﬃciency. The European Member States depend to a level of 53% of their energy demand on countries outside of the European Economic Area.
Without the current policies aimed at reducing this percentage, this level would be as high as 71%. It becomes evident how the building sector will play a crucial role in future scenarios to reach the EU´s 2030 objectives. In this sense it is fair to state that ETICS represent the new energy for Europe. For this reason, when presenting the new “Energy Saving Guide 2016”, it was also pointed out that apart from oﬀering the advantage of lowering energy consumption, ETICS help to foster employment, economic growth and environmental protection. The topic of ETICS and the structure of the internal market in the European context was addressed by Georgios Katsarakis, member of the European Commission. Ingolf Kotthoﬀ, chairman of EOTA´s PT4 Committee, talked about the basic requirements and diﬀerent national safety concepts regarding ﬁre protection. Finally the current state of aﬀairs regarding the process of standardisation of ETICS was presented.
President Ruud Van Eersel highlighted the conclusions raised by this very interesting day and summarised the key aspects of each presentation. As a farewell he repeated the most signiﬁcant slogan that had emerged during the Forum, which he summarised as ETICS - the new fuel for Europe.