Development and advanced prefabrication of innovative, multifunctional building envelope elements for MOdular REtrofitting and CONNECTions

Project ID:  H20-633447
Funding provider: European comission - Horizon 2020
Investigator at UCEEB: Antotnín Lupíšek, Ph.D.
Project duration: 1. 12. 2014 - 30. 11. 2018
Partners: Huygen Installatie Adviseurs (coordinator), Zuyd University, BJW, WEBO, Riga Technical University, Latvia Wood Construction Cluster, Technological Centre of Zemgale, Tallin University of Technology, ASMatek, REF Ehitustood, University of Minho, Darkglobe, Cenergia, Innogie ApS, Invela ApS, RD Rýmařov, Econcept

The goal of the project was to develop a modular solution for energy renovation of apartment buildings, with low carbon footprint, enabling the conversion of existing buildings to zero energy standard, improving the indoor environment, to be industrially prefabricated.

We mapped the needs of users of older apartment buildings and the requirements for renovations arising from usual technical conditions onsite, which resulted in a set of architectural studies. On their basis we designed a system of prefabricated parts, whose compositions and critical details were subjected to simulations. We produced functional samples of components, verified the functionality of the anchoring and interconnections in lab conditions, and experimentally verified the fire safety of airducts conducted inside the composition. In BIM, we modelled a small demonstration object, on which was verified in full-scale installation of the elements in just one day. The building is in use and monitored, it is possible to see it at excursions.

The result of the project is a comprehensive system of prefabricated timber-based components for energy renovation of buildings, which is suitable for buildings with an external load-bearing walls and a reinforced concrete ceilings. It is designed primarily for apartment buildings but can be used also for family houses or office buildings. The main advantage of the system, which converts older houses into zero-energy buildings, is the speed of installation enabled by prefabrication, integrated ventilation distribution solution using an air handling unit with heat recovery and the ability to individually control the indoor environment from mobile app. The system as a whole is ready for production, we are ready to help with fine-tuning the details in relation to specific suppliers of integrated technologies according to the specific needs of the manufacturer.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 framework programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no 633477.