Printable is involved in the world’s first “Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) binding” textile facade put into operation at the Hamburg ECE campus.

Besides Printable’s print and PU-coating, this facade has an additional coating with nanotitanium oxide. The coating binds the harmful nitrogen oxides that pollute the air through car emissions. The primary Printable PU-coating underneath protects the textile against degrading.

The aim of this pilot project is to test new solutions for the development of sustainable building envelopes and to test the innovative textile facade under practical conditions. Therefore complex digital measurement technology is installed and the project is scientifically supported by RWTH Aachen University.

The facade not only binds nitrogen oxides, but also helps to reduce the CO2 emission of the 22-year-old ECE office building: Studies have shown that this new mesh fabric building envelope can reduce up to 78 percent of the solar cooling loads of buildings in summer. 

The project is supported by the Institute for Textile Technology Aachen (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University and is part of a research project by architect Jan Serode, which started in 2016 and is carried out in close cooperation with industry and health organisations.

Project Description
Project ECE Hamburg
Location DE-22391 Hamburg
Substrate Serge Ferrari Frontside View 381
Quantity 75 m2
Year 2020
Contractor Hillebrandt Stahl- und Behälterbau