IPCC report on 1.5 K

Not an IMPRESS activity this time. Last week, the IPCC released the draft text of their latest report, entitled “Global Warming of 1.5 °C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to…

Flexural Testing (mostly) Complete

The team at UCD have completed the majority of the flexural tests on the demonstrator panels, including full-size and smaller panels. Analysis is still underway but there are some promising results so far – watch out for the journal paper to come!

Dissemination to students

The IMPRESS team at UCD has been very active in promoting the project to the academic and student body within the university. Other academic staff have expressed an interest in running student projects connected to the themes of IMPRESS, and the UCD team were delighted to learn that three Masters projects will be running this…

EESAP 9 and CICA 2

IMPRESS was represented in the 9th edition of the European Congress on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Architecture and Urbanism (EESAP 9) and the 2nd International Congress on Advanced Construction (CICA 2) that took place in Bilbao (Spain) on September 10th to 12th. The poster and presentation featured the Iterative IMPRESS BIM Methodology and the…

Structural testing

Structural testing of the panels is continuing, with recent buckling and bending tests of bridged and unbridged panels. Analysis of the results is underway; early results look very promising, with satisfactory strengths, and enhanced understanding of the behaviour of the wythe connectors.

Civil Engineering Research in Ireland

On August 29/30 a number of project participants attended CERI2018, hosted at University College Dublin and organised by the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland (CERAI) along with the Irish Transportaion Research Network (ITRN). This is one of the leading conferences in Ireland, and attracted a wide audience, with interesting presentations on a diverse range of…

Sustainable Places 2018

IMPRESS held its second dissemination workshop at The Sustainable Places conference held in Aix les Bains. The conference featured a number of talks, presentations and workshops from a range of European projects. The conference allowed for a good opportunity for IMPRESS dissemination and networking with researchers of similar interests. Many of the workshops were pertinent…

Thermal testing of sandwich panels

Testing of scaled-down sandwich panels, incorporating vacuum insulation, has been carried out. The tests were conducted in labs at Trinity College Dublin, using a hot box large enough to take 1/4 scale panels (though of full thickness). Promising results were achieved, showing low U-values. Edge losses and thermal bridging effects are being analysed to determine…

IMPRESS Consortium Meeting and Project Review in Brussels

In May 2018, the IMPRESS project partners met in Brussels on the 23rd and 24th of May for a General Assembly. Almost the entire first day was devoted to a review of the WPs progress. The rest of the meeting was dedicated to the actual demonstrations of the IMPRESS results in 2 school buildings: One…

Advanced Building Skins 2017

Advanced Building Skins 2017 The aim of the Conference on Advanced Building Skins is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of buildings. The annual international conference attracts 600 participants from over fifty countries. and will be held this year at…

37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference

This long running Conference organised by The Institute of Concrete Science, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and China’s Southeast University was hosted this year by the Advanced & Innovative Materials Group at University College London. The paper describing the development of an ultra-high-performance quarry dust geopolymer concrete consisting of 96% industrial and waste…

3rd International Conference on Chemically Activated Materials 2017

The aim of the conference was to bring together leading experts in this field from around the world including keynote speakers John Provis, Angel Palomo, Jay Sanjayan, Caijun Shi and Jannie van Deventer to present recent achievements, share the latest developments and address the challenges of these innovative and very promising materials. The conference was…