IMPRESS at the EASME Industry Days Expo

Following an invitation from EASME, the IMPRESS project will participate in the Industry Days Expo in Brussels on February the 5th and 6th 2019. EU Industry Days is an annual gathering for stakeholders from any sector of industry or the research and innovation community. For more details about EU Industry days please click here.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019! Progress continues on the IMPRESS project.

Project Meeting

The IMPRESS team met last week for a productive team meeting in Amsterdam. The team covered the development of the panels, installation in Ireland and Romania, and plans for future work.

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…