The House That Reduces Energy Consumption


A more efficient home to save on consumption, but above all to respect the environment and contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. Energy efficiency is among the first requirements in Europe for building renovation works: solutions that ensure comfort and sustainability are available to help – and which allow for benefiting from tax incentives

The last meeting between the Parliament, the Council, and the European Commission took place last week in Brussels to define the so-called “Green House Directive,” regarding the energy efficiency of dwellings in the Union countries.
After an initial draft that required all buildings to achieve at least energy class E by 2030 and D by 2033, the new shared goal has been set to reduce the average energy consumption of residential buildings by 16% by 2030 and by 20-22% by 2035, with the perspective of moving the building stock towards Net-Zero by 2050.
Greater discretion in the strategy chosen by the member states, therefore, but with clear guidelines that also involve the realm of tax incentives for renovations, in particular those related to heating systems.

If the draft text also reaches final approval, there would be more than 5 million residential buildings in Italy alone that would need a priority upgrade.
Among the main interventions to achieve the goal of energy efficiency are naturally those concerning the integration of solar collectors, the replacement of winter air conditioning systems, or the renovation of the building envelope: creation of thermal insulation, the installation of solar shading, and replacement of window frames.

Insulating Window Frames, Highly Efficient

Interventions dedicated to thermal insulation offer efficiency to the home, but also superior comfort, thanks to the ability to reach and maintain the desired temperature with less energy dispersion, at any time of the year. An aspect that allows for lowering the costs of bills and at the same time to rely on less polluting buildings.

Therefore, the choice of window frames and doors becomes fundamental during the building design or renovation phase. Among the most effective solutions are windows with double or triple glazing, or with low-emissivity glass that facilitates the entrance of heat, preventing its escape emitted by heating bodies. But there are also insulated doors and gates made with insulating materials, such as wood and steel, naturally in combination with PVC and thermoplastic seals, highly resistant and designed to keep the heat and avoid the entrance of air or water.


Insulation is there, but not visible: it’s called Frost, the insulating setup that consists of galvanized steel panels treated with a special coating with high insulating power, of 68 and 83mm thickness depending on the needs of each garage. An integration that preserves the aesthetics of the door, thanks to PVC profiles that hide the technical elements, thus achieving an elegant and uniform internal surface. Guides and lintels can instead be sealed with double lip frontal seals and single lip lateral seals for a complete barrier effect that eliminates drafts and water infiltrations.
When combined, coating and seals allow achieving the best insulation performance guaranteeing wind resistance of Class 3 and water of Class 0, in addition to an air permeability of Class 2.


Insulated Garage to Improve Home Performance

Designing the garage with an emphasis on thermal insulation and energy efficiency brings numerous benefits, especially when this space – usually considered a service area – is directly communicating or integrated into the house, thereby capable of playing an active role in its energy consumption.

Furthermore, a well-insulated garage is also synonymous with great versatility of use: the space can certainly be used to store vehicles and equipment, but it also allows for the creation of new living spaces, such as DIY workshops, gyms, studios, and – why not – even small guest houses.

And if the energy efficiency improvement of the garage is part of the renovation works of an existing building, it is also possible to benefit from the tax bonus, which allows recovering up to 50% of the expenditure for the purchase and installation of your new insulated closure.