In the spotlight: MIG
Please, introduce yourself, your technology and explain why you decided to be part of the BuildHeat project.
My name is Wolfgang Bonder, from company MIG in Germany. MIG stands for “Material Innovative Gesellschaft”. I am a concrete engineer by trade with a background of designing construction chemicals for various concrete applications.
I funded the company in 2001 together with my partner Burkhard Brandt who is a chemical engineer and an Electronic engineer with experience in electro Chemistry.
When we heard about the BuildHeat project we were just working on heat reflecting coatings and plasters. We thought it would be an excellent opportunity to introduce this technology in such a project so that it can be used for renovating buildings in the near future.
How will your technology be used in the BuildHeat project?
What are the main benefits linked with the use of this technology?
The transparent coating we have been developing reflects the infrared radiation. The initial application will be on the insulation newly installed onto the existing façade, with the function of reflecting the infrared portion of the solar radiation. This reduces significantly the solar gains to the building through the façade, therefore moderating the cooling demand during summertime.
It is suitable to be painted on all mineral and resin based plasters and all types of concrete and wood.
The challenge here will be to develop a coating that can get an ECO label by a NANDO accredited institute. This means that no hazardous chemicals will be washed away and get into the groundwater through the years. This solution will be environmental friendly on a top level (NOVUM).
Where exactly this technology is already being applied?
This technology is already being applied successfully in more than 2000 houses worldwide, in different climate conditions.