We want people to feel good in their houses.
Our Products are based on research in the Viva Park
Mag. Robert Schmid, founder of Viva Research Park Project
The Viva research park was founded in 2015 and is located close by the company’s HQ in Wopfing, Austria, right next to the Baumit Innovation Centre.
The Viva Park became Europe’s largest research facility of its kind. Its main objective is to exactly measure and evaluate the impact of different construction materials to living comfort.
How the research
The houses were built with different construction materials for walls, outer and inner layers. The roofs, windows and doors are the same in every house. To simulate authentic living conditions, a humidifier produces air moisture in defined periods automatically in every house. Its purpose is to simulate cooking and showering - activities that cause increased indoor humidity. The houses were also ventilated regularlly.
We built 10 houses in total, 2 of them had special purposes. House No. 5 was used for testing of new Baumit products, like colors and plasters. This house did not provide long term data. House No. 8 was dedicated for measurement of external conditions: temperature, wind, humidity, etc. House No. 8 comes with a data center which collects raw data from all other houses continually.
In every house there were 33 sensors which measured 10 different parametres. During two years of measurement, 5 million od data items were collected.
To make the most out of the data we cooperated with credible independent specialists:
- medical university Vienna
(Department of Environmental Hygiene and Environmental Medicine)
(Austrian Institute for Building Biology and Ecology)
- FH Burgenland
(University of Applied Sciences)
(Austrian Agency for Health and Food Security)
This instituitons helped us to analyse the raw data and formulate the results.
The final results are used and applied in different fields:
- We can evaluate strengths and weaknesses of constructions types and of building materials.
- We can give specific advices and solutions for each problem to customers.
- Naturally, we test our own Baumit products and solutions to proof their effects.
The results are also used by our Research & Development Department for improvement of existing and development of brand new products.