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Energy Efficiency Directive issued by Russian Ministry of Construction will encourage the use of innovative materials and solutions in the construction industry
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Energy Efficiency Directive issued by Russian Ministry of Construction will encourage the use of innovative materials and solutions in the construction industry

The required energy efficiency levels for buildings, structures and constructions can be attained as long as advanced construction materials, technologies and architectural solutions are used.

The Directive ‘On Approval of the Requirements for Energy Efficiency of Buildings, Structures, and Constructions’ issued by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utility of Russia  comes into force on April 6, 2018. The document sets out energy efficiency standards, which are necessary to meet when commissioning new buildings and constructions after reconstruction or overhaul.

All of them include decrease of relative rates of heat energy consumption for heating and ventilation. At the first stage, it is planned to reduce heat energy supply of new buildings by 20% from July 1, 2018.

Conventional methods and construction materials have virtually exhausted their capabilities so up-to-date solutions should find their way to construction sites. They will help to meet the required targets of energy saving and energy efficiency, which will be controlled by Russian Ministry of Construction within Smart City program.

Andrey Chibis, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Construction commented that new energy efficiency standards will give momentum to the development of new materials, technologies, equipment and technical solutions.

A significant factor affecting the minimization of energy consumption is definitely the reduction of heat losses. This issue requires an integrated approach, starting with stages of design and construction, then overhaul or rehabilitation, including application of materials with appropriate performance levels.

It is possible to improve energy efficiency of buildings by developing the appropriate strategy for insulating enclosure structures, creating inseparable thermal insulation circuit, and thermal insulation of utility systems. Basalt fiber based composites perfectly respond to these challenges.

High-performance and long-lasting mineral wool thermal insulation is used both for thermal insulation of facades, attics, roofs (mats, slats, plates), and utility systems (cylinders and semi-cylinders, sleeves).

Basalt plastic products (mesh, rods, dowels and anchors) have a low coefficient of thermal conductivity, prevent thermal bypass and contribute to the energy saving of facilities where it is used for construction, masonry, and finishing works.

Basalt fiber based tapes and fabrics are used to repair and rehabilitate buildings, both residential and public ones, to externally reinforce architectural features in a reliable way, including non-linear surfaces.

The requirements to the building complex imposed by the Energy Efficiency Directive are expected to revive the interest of market players in innovative materials, their development, standardization and implementation.

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