QUB is a leading partner in a 16 partner consortium that recently received significant funding (6,000,000) from the European Comission through the Horizon 2020 Framework. The project entitled IMPRESS, was funded as part of EE-01-2014 – Manufacturing of prefabricated modules for renovation of building. The project is focused on the development of novel overcladding and recladding products for the renovation of the mid to high rise European building stock, with particular focus on mid 20th century residential and commercial buildings with poor efficiency and thermal performance. Associated research projects include the integration of Phase Change Materials in concrete walls to regulate the thermal environment, development of lightweight precast panels using textile reinforcement, aggregate replacement and high strength cements.
See the project website for further information regarding the research.