Facade insulation – properly insulate the building envelope & save heating costs

Optimal façade insulation is an important factor for the feel-good climate, and you can also save considerably on heating costs with the right insulation.

Facade construction & facade insulation

Façade construction and façade insulation are two very important factors in the construction of a property. Because the façade in its entirety is on the one hand responsible for a feel-good climate inside, and on the other hand it defines to a not inconsiderable extent the level of energy costs or cost savings. As a builder, you should place particular emphasis on façade insulation. In the cold season it keeps valuable and pleasant warmth inside the house, while in the hot summer it keeps the heat out and the rooms cool.

But the façade also has other tasks. From an aesthetic point of view, it determines the character of a building and serves as a visiting card for guests, visitors and passers-by. From a technical point of view, it is a protective shield against weather and environmental influences. To a certain extent, however, it must also be permeable in order to be able to release the moisture produced in closed rooms to the outside. Because if moisture collects in the masonry, not only is the living comfort impaired, but the building fabric may also be affected.

Facade insulation is worthwhile

Facade insulation is one of the energy-related measures that are decisive for the well-being and quality of life within one’s own four walls. Warm in winter, cool in summer – this is how one could describe the essential task of façade insulation. But in today’s times, the private living climate is no longer a purely private matter. It’s not just about feeling good at home and significantly saving energy costs through good insulation.

Climate and environmental protection have long played an equally important role when it comes to façade insulation. Heat generation in particular accounts for the largest share of energy consumption in private houses and flats. It is largely responsible for wasting resources and excessive CO2 emissions, the number one climate killer. Yet there are now proven and uncomplicated ways to significantly reduce heating requirements. In addition, the costs for energy measures pay for themselves in a relatively short time, so that the investment is definitely worthwhile – both economically and ecologically.

What variants are available for façade insulation?

Basically, there are three types of façade insulation: core insulation, exterior insulation and interior insulation. However, not every one of these variants is suitable for every building. For example, in listed houses, the façade may not be altered, which is why external insulation with a thermal composite system or a rear-ventilated curtain wall is out of the question.

Core insulation, on the other hand, is only possible if the exterior wall has a double-shell structure. In this case, small holes can be drilled in the outer shell and the insulation material can be blown into the cavity and compacted using appropriate equipment. Interior insulation is – strictly speaking – not facade insulation at all. It is only considered when there is no other option, for example in houses under monument protection or for basement rooms.

Plan your façade insulation with MVM

Our team of experts has a lot of experience and know-how in the field of façade construction and insulation. Whether you are planning a new building or want to refurbish or renovate an existing property – we will advise you in detail in a personal meeting at our premises or on site. Our references will give you a first impression of what we can “do” with a façade. Simply contact us to arrange an appointment.

New building Beckenhof, Sursee

Plastered exterior thermal insulation, clinker bricks

Architecture: Galliker und Riva Architekten AG

Swiss Alps, Edelweiss, Andermatt

Plastered exterior thermal insulation, scratch plaster al fresco, decorative mineral glaze technique.

Architecture & construction management: Schmid Generalunternehmung AG, Ebikon

Photos: Schmid Group

Brunnhalde, Lucerne

Plastered exterior thermal insulation, mineral broom finish, metallic paint

Architecture & construction management: Scheitlin Syfrig, Lucerne


Reference: New building Beckenhof, Sursee

Reference: Swiss Alps, Edelweiss, Andermatt

Reference: Brunnhalde, Lucerne

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