AMANAC Cluster

HIPIN is part of the Nano-E2B-Cluster. The cluster was formed in order to take advantages of synergies between different European projects dealing with energy efficiency and indoor quality for buildings. The cluster brings together projects under different thematic areas , as follows:

  • Insulation
  • HVAC
  • Lightweight Components
  • Embodied Energy
  • Smart Windows
  • Indoor Air Quality

The HIPIN project is part of the thematic area of Nano-Insulation. The projects in the Nano-Insulation thematic work in partnership with projects from the HVAC thematic. In addition to finding opportunities for common dissemination activities, projects from these two thematics collaborate on synergies in various areas such as a database of insulation products, fire safety, nanosafety, market positioning for building materials for insulation and energy efficiency, and Life Cycle Analysis.

You can find more information about the other projects below:

Aerocoins: Aerogel-Based Composite/Hybrid Nanomaterials for Cost-Effective Building Super-Insulation Systems


AEROCOINs proposes to create a new superinsulating material by overcoming the two major obstacles which have so far prevented a wide-spread use of silica-based aerogel super-insulation components in buildings and construction. These obstacles are the POOR MECHANICAL PROPERTIES of silica aerogels and the HIGH COST associated with its production.

EnE-HVAC - Energy Efficient Heat Exchangers for HVAC Applications

This project will achieve significant energy savings in future HVAC systems via new and innovative technologies. These technologies include nanotechnological coatings and surface treatments for improved heat transfer; new nano- and micro-materials for improved efficiency of the refrigerants, and improved efficiency and heat transfer capabilities of coolants via new nanotechnological additives.

MF-Retrofit: Multifunctional Facades of Reduced Thickness for Fast and Cost-effective Retrofitting

The project aims to deal with the numerous requirements of facade panel retrofitting by developing a lightweight, durable, cost effective and high performance panel. Its layered structure allows for separate but also synergistic function regarding high thermal and acoustic insulation, excellent mechanical properties, up to standards flame retardancy and photocatalytic activity. Employing nanofillers such as CNTs, TiO2 and perlite nanoparticles and cellular nanofibers, will lead to reduction of facade panel weight and thickness by at least 40%.

VIP4ALL - Highly Sustainable and Effective Production of Innovative Low Cost Vacuum Insulation Panels for Zero Carbon Building Construction

VIP4ALL project aims at developing a true technical and cost-effective VIP solution by using natural minerals and/or renewable organic by-products, as low cost VIP core materials through careful microwaving and doping of minor fumed silica, which will not only cut its final price by 50%, but also guarantee a superior thermal performance and eco-friendly status.

Other projects within the Nano-E2B-Cluster which are developing related technology include:

ADAPTIWALL - Multi-functional light-weight wall panel based on ADAPTIVE Insulation and nanomaterials for energy efficient buildings

The ambition of the ADAPTIWALL project is to reduce heating and cooling demands by more than 50% compared to current retrofittting solutions. To reach this ambition, the chosen principle is to use an adaptive insulation to regulate incoming heat or cold and to temporarily store this outdoor heat (or cold) in a lightweight concrete buffer until it is needed indoor for heating or cooling purpose. Furthermore, a drastic reduction in auxiliary heat recovery and ventilation installations is foreseen by including a total heat exchanger system within the wall.

BioBuild - Biocomposites for high-performance, low environmental impact, economical  building products

The aim of BioBuild is to use biocomposite materials to bring about a step-change in the reduction of embodied energy in building-facade and internal-partition systems, whilst being commercially competitive and, of course, delivering state-of-the-art-performance.

ELISSA - Energy Efficient Lightweight-Sustainable-Safe-Steel Construction

The ELISSA consortium implements commercial or close to the market nanomaterials (aerogels, VIPs, MMTs, CNT) and MEMs, “tunes” their properties and method of application in order to induce improved thermal, structural/vibration/seismic and fire performance to multi-functional light-weight steel/dry wall prefabricated systems.

FoamBuild - Functional Adaptive Nano-Materials and Technologies for Energy Efficient Buildings

FoamBuild will develop next generation External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) for new builds and retrofitting applications.It is focused on two main areas: Active monitoring and control of moisture and the development of a nano-celullar foam insulation material.

SESBE - Smart Elements for Sustainable Building Envelopes

The SESBE consortium will provide new solutions for lightweight, energy efficient and safe facade elements. For the first time nanomaterials and nanotechnology are suggested for this type of application. It will be used as a tool to custom design functional and performance properties of facade sandwich elements for new constructions and half elements for refurbishment of existing buildings.