Demonstration

Demonstration plans

The MeeFS solution will be demonstrated in a real building in Spain, in the region of Extremadura. This is a region with continental climate, where extreme conditions in summer (>35°C) and in winter (<0°C) are common. The range in climatic conditions ensures that the system is tested in different conditions. The building will be monitored before and after the installation of the new retrofitting system to evaluate the performance of the solutions.

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The objectives are:

  • To demonstrate the system, including the structural panel and (some of) the technological modules in a real building retrofitting scenario
  • To identify the limitations and problems of the whole system and the technological units installed in the pilot building and to optimise their performance
  • To assess the performance of the integrated system
  • To certify the retrofitted building according to current national standards
  • To validate on-site cost advantages of the new system
  • To validate the façade configuration and general conditions to be suitable for at least two other European climates

 

 Progress

Five years into the project, the consortium has completed the design and development work and is completing the demonstration phase. The prototypes of the seven technological units - insulation, green façade, ventilated façade, solar protection, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), an advanced passive solar protector/energy absorption auto mobile unit, and an advanced passive solar collector/ventilation module – have been designed, manufactured, and successfully tested.

In line with these activities, the development phase of the standardised panels, along with its structure, have also been completed. Development of the structural grill required a new approach, with a focus on composite materials that could bear the heavy load of the added modules. The material had to be mechanically resistant, durable, not too sensitive to corrosion and outdoor elements, and have good thermal insulation properties. With this in mind, the team developed a new thermoplastic composite - Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) that unites the mechanical properties, durability and weak thermal conductivity, and can be easily recycled. It is also estimated to have up to 2.5 times less environmental impact than more traditional materials such as aluminium.

Once manufactured, the façade elements went through a series of extensive tests, which checked its fire, water, wind, impact, acoustic and permeability resistance. The façade successfully passed the detailed technical assessments, and therefore the insulation technology is now ready for full-scale implementation in a real building in Merida, a city in the south of Spain.

The installation begun in September 2016. The panels have been pre-assembled in a nearby workshop and transported on-site using a dedicated lifting beam. The pre-assembled panels were then hoisted directly into their definitive position and securely attached to the supporting trays.

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Once the modules are properly installed, they will be connected to the Building Energy Management System, which will manage and monitor the functioning of the active modules of the multifunctional façade, monitor the energy consumption, as well as sun orientation for photovoltaic units and water feeding for organic green components. The performance of the refurbishment will be monitored thanks to an extensive array of sensors developed by SKA, deployed in the dwellings. The first results will be available at the end of 2016.

 

                                                                                                            

 

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