IMPRESS

New Easy to Install and Manufacture Pre-Fabricated Modules Supported by a BIM based Integrated Design Process

PROJECT STATUS: In Progress (June 2015 - May 2019)

PROJECT SUMMARY
IMPRESS aims to develop a new range of easy to install panels for retrofit, which reduce energy demand while preserving or improving building aesthetics. This includes three prefabricated panels, 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 design/manufacturing process has been created that includes Reconfigurable Moulding, 3D laser scanning, 3D printing technologies, and a cloud based BIM database. A Decision Support Software also helps the end user choose the most suitable renovation option.

Results will be demonstrated on two test sites where final as-built product performance will be validated against the initial design.

IES' ROLE
IES coordinated the project, bringing their knowledge and expertise as world leaders in Dynamic Simulation Modelling and proprietary VE software to the project as an essential component for the creation of the energy models and final BIM platform.

TEST SITES

  • Naples, Italy
  • Dublin, Ireland

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