In 2010 the IBO conducted a study about T-STRIPE
The effectiveness of T-STRIPE in preventing condensation has already been proven by two independent entities; the Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building (IBO) and the certified expert and graduate engineer Günther Apfelbacher.
While studying the heat bridge effect with an outdoor temperature of minus twelve degrees (-12°) centigrade the following results could be observed: Without T-STRIPE the lowest measured temperatures on the inside surface of the window pane were seven (7°) degrees along the edges of the pane. With T-STRIPE the lowest recorded temperature on the glass surface was sixteen (16°) degrees in the middle of the window pane. During these tests the T-STRIPE heating element itself reached a temperature of 38.9 degrees.
Mr. Heisinger summed up the effectiveness of T-STRIPE: ‘With T-STRIPE none of the limits for condensation or mold spores were close of being violated, and neither condensation water nor mold did occur.’
The study also unveiled another positive side effect of T-STRIPE. By heating up the window pane along the edges the resulting warm air circulation raises the temperature of the window as a whole. Most of this heat radiates back into the room, raising room temperature and therefore indoor environment quality as well. Up to 63.2% of invested thermal energy is being reflected back into the room.
Often times people who have problems with condensation on their windows are being advised to simply air their rooms more often and to turn up their radiators. Compared to these methods T-STRIPE offers several advantages.
By increasing the airflow within a room excessive humidity could be reduced and an increase in comfort can be achieved as well – as long as certain temperatures are not being exceeded – but condensation water can never be fully avoided. Additional heating expenses also depend on what heating system is being used. All of these methods do not reduce the likelyhood of condensation to occur.
Only with T-STRIPE condensation water becomes a thing of the past, the heat dissipation effect adds to a comfortable room climate.
Find the study here.
Certified expert and graduate engineer Günther Apfelbacher also confirmed the advantages and effectiveness of T-STRIPE:
„…it should be considered that – especially with regards to availability on the market – the T-STRIPE system marks an unprecedented contribution on the subject of condensation and mold spore prevention in conjunction with window constructions and exterior walls.
„Usage of the system in connection with a controlling unit for the purposes of minimizing energy costs (i.e. thermostat) can generelly be recommended.“
„The T-STRIPE heating system is the first truly flexible heating system that combats condensation along the edges of window panes.“
„One of the advantages of the system is the fact that it can be assembled and installed even in places where no other alternatives remain.“
„In closing it should be remarked that assembly and installation of the system is entirely customizable and can therefore be practically invisible to the naked eye.“