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…

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…