Forschungsinstitut für Wärmeschutz e.V. (FIW) - DE

The FIW Munich is a modern research institute and a testing, monitoring and certification authority for insulating materials, building materials and building elements. The legal status is a registered association.

Founded in 1918 as a spin-off of the Technical University in Munich, FIW moved to Gräfelfing in the southwest of Munich in the early 1960s and today counts 70 employees and has 119 association members from all over Europe. The total revenues of about 8.5 Mio € (2014) are connected to 60 % business in Germany, 35 % in the rest of Europe and 5 % world-wide. FIW is accredited for World-wide testing, surveillance and certification of insulating and building materials. The organization is divided in four main divisions, namely “Insulation for Buildings”, “Technical insulation”, “Research and Development” and “Certification”.

FIW’s primary activities are defined by its core competences:

  • Insulating materials and elements for buildings
  • Technical insulation of industrial installations for a wide temperature range (-180°C to 900 °C)
  • Heat, cold and moisture protection and mechanical properties of materials
  • Energy efficiency of the opaque building envelope
  • Sustainability principles related to insulating materials and for the entire construction sector

The institute’s main clients are manufacturers of insulation materials, building materials and building components. Most of the Research Activities are carried out on behalf of the industry directly, without additional public funding.

FIW's R&D activities are oriented towards meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and connecting together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry but also science and society. Typical activities are accompanying the way of new or improved products into market. FIW provides testing, simulation, validation, monitoring and dissemination here.

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