Title: Competitive landscape of the EU’s insulation materials industry for energy-efficient buildings
Authors: PAVEL CLAUDIUBLAGOEVA DARINA
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC108692
ISBN: 978-92-79-96383-4 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 28816 EN
OP KJ-1A-28816-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108692
DOI: 10.2760/750646
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Insulation materials could contribute significantly to improving the overall energy efficiency and sustainability of the buildings, especially by reducing the energy losses through the building envelope (walls, roofs, floors, etc.). The global demand for thermal insulation materials in building applications is projected to increase at a CAGR of 4.5 % between 2016 and 2027. In the EU the demand for thermal insulation materials is estimated at 3.48 % (2015-2027). Wool minerals (glass and stone wool) and plastic foams (EPS, XPS, PUR) are the most required materials for building insulation. The competitiveness of the European industry of thermal insulation materials in relation to other international competitors is moderate to strong. Six out of the top 10 manufacturers are European companies and some of them are world leaders in production of insulation materials (e.g. stone wool). Following the adoption of the EU legislation on energy-efficient buildings and in order to meet the increasing insulation requirements needed in buildings, the European industry should strengthen its innovation capability and look further to the development of advanced insulation materials.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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