will leverage on the potential of prefabrication by developing a new range of easy to install panels, which can reduce energy demand while preserving and/or improving the building aesthetics. The project objectives are:
Prefabricated Panel Development
Manufacturing Process / Formwork
Installation & Finish
New technologies and techniques are required to improve energy efficiency in buildings dated between 1950 and 1975, which were constructed in an era where energy performance was not a critical part of the design.
IMPRESS will develop a new range of easy to install panels, which reduce energy demand while preserving or improving the building aesthetics.
Three prefabricated panels will be developed, both for re-cladding and over-cladding, together with nano/micro particle based coatings, to achieve anti-corrosion and ageing resistance, improved solar reflectance and anti-vandalism properties. To produce the panels, an innovative manufacturing process will be created that includes Reconfigurable Moulding, 3D laser scanning and 3D printing technologies. A new Iterative Design Methodology will be developed, incorporating all stages of the Design-Construct-Install-Operate process, integrated with a cloud based BIM database. A Decision Support Software will help the end user to choose the most suitable renovation option.
The results will be demonstrated on two buildings where final as-built product performance will be validated against the initial design.
Reducing the primary energy consumption by 50%
Improve thermal performance and optimise its light radiation by at least 30%
Improving precision of formworks for irregular shapes by 50%
Reducing installation time of prefab panels by more than 30%
Validate the performance of the prefabricated modules on the 2 demo sites over at least 12 month
Allow for an RoI of < 10 years
The consortium includes the direct end users of the demonstrator sites, i.e. Severin for the building in Romania and Coventry City Council for the building in Coventry (UK). This ensures that there will be no doubt with respect to the activities that will be carried out on the demonstration buildings and more importantly that we are including end users in the value chain
Integrated Environmental Solutions
THE QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
TECHRETE IRELAND LIMITED
GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
BIESSSE TAPE SOLUTIONS
BERGAMO TECNOLOGIE SPZOO
NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES CENTER
MUNICIPIUL DROBETA TURNU SEVERIN
Council of the City of Coventry
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