01.09.2013 – 30.08.2016


In the course of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development, the European Commission supported the ELISSA research project.

The aim of the ELISSA project was to develop nano-enhanced prefabricated lightweight steel skeleton/dry wall elements and to demonstrate their application. Thermal insulation and also earthquake resistance were improved and reduced flammability of the building components was achieved. On the one hand, this is achieved by carefully selected inorganic nanomaterials (aerogels, VIPs (vacuum isolation panels), CNT (carbon nanotubes) and NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems) with their inherent properties in terms of damping, heat transfer and fire resistance; on the other hand, this is made possible by the development of industrial-friendly methods for the application of the new building components. With the use of nanomaterials, new calculation and design tools for energy-efficient buildings in lightweight steel skeleton design with significantly improved fire and earthquake resistance have been developed, meeting the requirements of the relevant Euro Codes.

The new prefabricated ELISSA lightweight elements are optimized with regard to energy efficiency, room climate, fire resistance and earthquake resistance. The strength of the load-bearing building elements was successfully demonstrated in the structure of a building on a shaking table in an earthquake test.


  • Knauf GIPS KG (Germany)
  • STRESS S.c.a.r.l (Italy)
  • FARBE S.p.A (Italy)
  • Bayerisches Zentrum für Angewandte Energie Forschung e.V. ZAE Bayern (Germany)
  • National Technical University of Athens (Greece)
  • Univ. of Ulster, Institute for Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology (Great Britain)
  • Haering Nepple AG (Switzerland)
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico Ii. (Italy)
  • Knauf di Lothar Knauf s.a.s. (Italy)
  • VA-Q-TEC (Germany)

Funding details

European Comission, DG Research, FP7

Project management agency

  • European Comission

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