Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is the coordinator of a novel H2020 project - GELCLAD (Highly efficient cladding eco-panels with improved nano-insulation properties)
. This project that aims at creating a novel cost-effective, durable, industrialised and easy to install composite insulation cladding system, based on a single structured panel with excellent insulation properties.
GELCLAD panels will be designed with a wood-polymer biocomposite (ecoWPC) skin and aerogel core, presenting a unique constructive solution while incorporating, in one final off the shelf cladding product, an advanced insulation material able to answer the needs of new generation of energy efficient buildings.
Complementary, the novel cladding system can be set with passive pre-programed materials, able to respond dynamically to ambient stimuli and control the air flow inside the building facade structure.
The foreseen main impacts of the novel GELCLAD system will be 20% lower embodied energy when compared with traditional panels and bring to the market a new lasting cladding system (with up to 50 years of useful life), devoted to urban refurbishment and able to reduce installation and maintenance costs.
A 2-day project kick-off meeting was held in Brussels on the 8th and 9th of September, with all consortium partners and with the attendance of the EC Project Officer, Olga Rio Suarez
. The moderation of the work was in charge of the project coordinator and senior researcher at Laboratory for Wear, Testing & Materials
(LED&MAT), Jorge Corker
. IPN was also represented by João Paulo Dias
and Ana Manaia
, respectively adjunct director and project manager at LED&MAT.
The meeting agenda has included an overview of the project, with a detailed work plan and distribution of tasks explanation and where main challenges and risks, milestones and expected outcomes were also covered. Following the presentation of general administrative issues, a short workshop was given, covering financial reporting requirements and the importance of project dissemination, communication and exploitation activities during the next 36 months.
The GELCLAD system aims to reach the market with a new smart, multifunctional and eco-friendly cladding solution, alternative to traditional products.
Consortium consists of 12 partners from 5 countries (Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany and Slovenia):
Instituto Pedro Nunes
Navodnik Kemijski Inzeniring
Brunel University London
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil
Slovenski Gradbeni Grozd
Cosntrucciones Garcia Rama
Building Research Establishment
JUB Kemicna Industrija
GELCLAD project (Highly efficient cladding eco-panels with improved nano-insulation properties), has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the EEB-01-2016 topic of the H2020-EEB-2016-2017 call.
Project n.º 723425
Total financing: 4 792M.€