AAS presents our first innovation product, the nature-inspired Modular and flExible Skin for High efficiency buildings (MESH).
MESH is a follow-up of the innovation experiment FLXiLight, conducted under H2020 SmartEEs Innovation Action (ICT- 04-2017). Buildings account for 40% of energy consumed in Europe and EU-wide surveys among architecture professionals capture the need for renovation in the market, and this is even more evident in countries and cities in the South Europe. In addition to new constructions, a deep renovation wave is expected in the EU Green Deal in order to double the current rate and reach the decarbonization goals. MESH responds to the rising demand for cost-effective, highly adaptable envelope systems for both new developments and deep refurbishment. Holistic approach in design and construction enables integration of multifunctional behaviour, capitalizing state-of-the-art materials, design and fabrication. It targets the market with a matrix of design combinations of cost-effective specialized units. Embedded smart materials enable climate-sensitive performance, e.g., geometric+physical adaptation is triggered by microclimate changes.
EU-wide surveys among architecture professionals capture the need for renovation in the market, and this is even more evident in countries and cities in the South, where approximately 40% of the stock was built before 1981 and 54% between 1981 and 2006, before the first normative energy requirements. Significantly it is expected that by 2030, more than 80% of the building stock should be energy efficient or renovated. This presents a great opportunity for MESH to pursue, which is multiplied significantly, when the market of South European Countries (incl. CY, GR, ES, IT, MT, PT) is targeted.
MESH complements the appealing targeted market proposition with positive community building actions, such as urban regeneration, climate change impact mitigation with building retrofit and adaptation, renovation of spatial identity and reuse of existing building stock.