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