IMPRESS project member Shirley Gallagher presents at GrowSmarter

GrowSmarter: transforming cities for a smart, sustainable Europe In a rapidly urbanising world cities need to become smarter to respond to citizen needs and to reduce their environmental footprint. GrowSmarter brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights…

CITA BIM Gathering 2017

IMPRESS BIM Methodology (iBIMm) – Facade Retrofit Methodology Using Cloud Based Open Source BIM IES Ltd researcher, Adalberto Guerra Cabrera is presenting ‘IMPRESS BIM Methodology (iBIMm)- Façade Retrofit Methodology using Cloud Based Open Source BIM’ at the CITA BIM Gathering 2017 on Building Capabilities in Complex Environments. This is a 2 day conference taking place…

Article published: Thermal Mass

Thermal mass can have a dramatic effect on temperatures within a building. However, to properly understand its potential effects, they must be quantified, and previous metrics were not entirely satisfactory. The IMPRESS team developed a new methodology for measuring the impact of thermal mass, called the Transient Energy Ratio method. This method has been written…

Article published: Thermal Diffusivity

IMPRESS project members at Queen’s have collaborated with the engineering department at Trinity College, Dublin, to develop a new method of measuring the conductivity and diffusivity of complete wall sections. This is important, as the thermal diffusivity is an important parameter governing the rate of change of temperature within a wall. The team used the…

December Project Meeting

The IMPRESS project team met for the 6 monthly meeting, this time in Dublin, kindly hosted by Trinity College. The project meeting took place over several days, with technical meetings between the various partners, and presentations to the project advisory board; not forgetting of course,the dinner in the sumptuous surroundings of Trinity’s 18th century dining…

Reconfigurable Moulds

The Reconfigurable Mould (RM) is a technology patented by Stam, capable of generating double-curved 3D surfaces. In the IMPRESS project the RM will be used for the prefabrication of curved panels. Stam started a detailed analysis on the possibility to use this tool to precast Hypucem panels. Specifically, Stam is performing FEM analyses on the…

Panel performance

Sustainability issues associated with buildings are receiving increasing attention worldwide; this is a key driver for the IMPRESS project, and the thermal performance of the panels is critical to the project’s success. However, other issues are also important, and aside from their thermal characteristics, the panels must perform adequately in other aspects. Structurally, they must…

Poster Award

Roisin Hyde and Oliver Kinnane submitted a paper to the Cement and Concrete Science Conference detailing some of their work to date regarding a high strength geopolymer mix for use in cladding panels. The quality of this work was recognised at the conference and it was awarded Best Poster. The outcomes from this work to…

Advanced Building Skins

IMPRESS team members Aidan Reilly, Dervilla Niall and Oliver Kinnane all presented IMPRESS work at the Advanced Building Skins conference in Bern this October 9th/10th. All work was well received.

Behave 2016

Members of the IMPRESS team presented a paper at Behave 2016, which analysed the interaction between thermal mass and building users through a modelling study. This work will inform the optimisation of the thermal performance of the cladding panels. Image © Universidade de Coimbra

Thermal Mass

The project team carried out a modelling study and data capture on a sample dwelling undergoing renovation in Ireland. Data captured included heat flux and temperature measurements, and the model results and measured data will be used to inform the future direction of the project.