El principal objectiu del GRIC ha estat des de sempre la millora dels processos productius de les empreses del sector de la construcció i dels sistemes constructius en totes les seves vessants, tant amb la introducció de nous processos i nous materials, com amb la introducció de millores mediambientals, organitzatives, qualitatives i formatives, amb l'objectiu de potenciar els seus avantatges competitius.
Aquesta millora inclou també els aspectes organitzatius i formals necessaris per a realitzar una correcta gestió del coneixement en els projectes, les empreses i les organitzacions vinculades al món de la construcció en general, considerant tot el cicle de vida dels projectes constructius, des del disseny i l'execució, passant pel manteniment i fins al desmantellament dels edificis.
Les línies de recerca més importants del grup son:
La millora de l'eficiència energètica en les edificacions, sobretot a partir de l'aplicació de millores i tècniques de baix cost i poc invasives.
El desenvolupament de solucions tecnològiques per la gestió del patrimoni construït.
La millora del comportament mediambiental de les obres i les edificacions.

El objetivo principal del grupo de investigación es la mejora de los procesos productivos de las empresas del sector de la construcción y de sus sistemas constructivos, en todas sus vertientes, incluyendo nuevos procesos, nuevos materiales, y asimismo y especialmente las mejoras organizativas, cualitativas, medioambientales, educacionales..., necesarias. Estas mejoras deben incluir también todos los aspectos organizacionales y formales necesarios para realizar una correcta gestión del conocimiento en los proyectos, las empresas y las organizaciones vinculadas con el mundo de la construcción en general.

The Group of Construction Research and Innovation (GRIC) conducts interdisciplinary research to improve the productive processes of the construction sector companies and their constructive processes in all their areas such as organizational, qualitative, environmental, educational, communication, management, etc. The GRIC's emphasis is on developing innovate solutions to the state-of-the-art technologies throughout the project life cycle from design to construction, and from operations to maintance and decommissioning. Research is focused in the following three major domains: construction management, management of technology and human resources management.

The most important research lines for GRIC are:

- Improving the ENERGY EFFICIENCY of BUILDINGS, especially through the implementation of low cost and non-invasive techniques. This research line focuses on improving building energy performance by addressing aspects related to the operation and control of buildings and higher clusters (neighbourhoods, districts, cities, etc.). The ultimate goal is to reduce energy consumption and increase the energy efficiency of the built environment.

- MODELLING of the BUILT ENVIRONMENT, including new and existing buildings and their surroundings. This research line includes modelling of all actions needed to improve the operation, maintenance and management of buildings. Environmental consequences of higher clusters (neighbourhoods, districts, cities, etc.) are also modelled. The ultimate goal is to use a lower quantity of resources and thus to reduce the global environmental impact.

The Group of Construction Research and Innovation (GRIC) conducts interdisciplinary research to improve the productive processes of the construction sector companies and their constructive processes in all their areas such as organizational, qualitative, environmental, educational, communication, management, etc. The GRIC's emphasis is on developing innovate solutions to the state-of-the-art technologies throughout the project life cycle from design to construction, and from operations to maintance and decommissioning. Research is focused in the following three major domains: construction management, management of technology and human resources management.

The most important research lines for GRIC are:

- Improving the ENERGY EFFICIENCY of BUILDINGS, especially through the implementation of low cost and non-invasive techniques. This research line focuses on improving building energy performance by addressing aspects related to the operation and control of buildings and higher clusters (neighbourhoods, districts, cities, etc.). The ultimate goal is to reduce energy consumption and increase the energy efficiency of the built environment.

- MODELLING of the BUILT ENVIRONMENT, including new and existing buildings and their surroundings. This research line includes modelling of all actions needed to improve the operation, maintenance and management of buildings. Environmental consequences of higher clusters (neighbourhoods, districts, cities, etc.) are also modelled. The ultimate goal is to use a lower quantity of resources and thus to reduce the global environmental impact.

Recent Submissions

  • Multicriteria analysis of the environmental and economic performance of circularity strategies for concrete waste recycling in Spain 

    López Ruiz, Luis Alberto; Roca Ramon, Xavier; Lara Mercedes, Claribel Melissa; Gassó Domingo, Santiago (2022-05-01)
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    Construction and demolition waste (CDW) is identified by multiple circular economy (CE) policies as a key sector for implementing circularity strategies due to the high volume of waste produced and the large consumption ...
  • Thermal comfort of older people during summer in the continental Mediterranean climate 

    Baquero Larriva, María Teresa; Forcada Matheu, Núria (Elsevier, 2022-05-23)
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    Globally, the population is ageing and extreme weather scenarios are expected, especially in southern European countries. In this context, the study assessed the thermal comfort of older people in five nursing homes in a ...
  • Integrating Artificial Intelligence Approaches for Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in H-BIM 

    Bienvenido-Huertas, David; Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Carretero Ayuso, Manuel J.; Rodríguez Jiménez, Carlos E; Torres Gonzalez, Marta (Springer, 2022-05-16)
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    Managing historic buildings is a process in which workers responsible for this task require many time resources. Its optimization through several techniques, such as artificial intelligence, reduces the time related to ...
  • Comparative Analysis of the Influence of the Convective Term in the Quantitative Assessment by Infrared Thermography 

    Bienvenido-Huertas, David; Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Marin Garcia, David; Durán Álvarez, Joaquín Manuel (Springer, 2022-05-16)
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    Envelope thermal transmittance strongly influences building energy consumption, so there is a significant interest in using methods that assess it accurately. The quantitative infrared thermography method is among the most ...
  • Combining Characterization Tests of Building Envelope Thermal Transmittance with the Acoustic Characterization Through Data Mining Approaches 

    Berti, Krizia; Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Durán Álvarez, Joaquín Manuel; Bienvenido-Huertas, David (Springer, 2022-05-16)
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    Climate change has forced many sectors to establish measures to achieve decarbonisation. Building is amongst these sectors with the greatest challenge. To achieve decarbonisation, energy improvement measures should be ...
  • Application of Qualitative and Quantitative Infrared Thermography at Urban Level: Potentials and Limitations 

    Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Lucchi, Elena; Nardi, Iole (Springer, 2022-05-16)
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    In recent years, the usefulness of infrared thermography (IRT) has been extended to multiple scenarios, due to several benefits: rapid inspection, multi-point detection, real-time monitoring, etc. However, the range of ...
  • User-Centric BIM-Based Framework for HVAC Root-Cause Detection 

    Alavi, Hamidreza; Forcada Matheu, Núria (2022-05-17)
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    In the building operation phase, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) equipment are the main contributors to excessive energy consumption unless proper design and maintenance is carried out. Moreover, HVAC ...
  • Strain-monitoring of a concrete tunnel lining with distributed optical fiber sensors 

    Gómez i Esteve, Judit; Casas Rius, Joan Ramon; Villalba Herrero, Sergi (International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII), 2021)
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    Despite their advantageous performance and reliability, distributed optical fiber sensors (DOFS) still constitute a recent technology and their reliability and accuracy when applied to real world structures is still under ...
  • Perceptual maps to aggregate information from decision makers 

    Porro Martorell, Olga; Pardo Bosch, Francesc; Sánchez Soler, Monica; Agell, Núria (IOS Press, 2021)
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    Understanding different perceptions of human being when using linguistic terms is a crucial issue in human-machine interaction. In this paper, we propose the concept of perceptual maps to model human opinions in a group ...
  • BIM-based Augmented Reality for Facility Maintenance Management 

    Alavi, Hamidreza; Forcada Matheu, Núria; Fan, Su-ling; San, Wei (European Council on Computing in Construction (EC3), 2021)
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    More than 65% of the total cost in buildings comes from Facility Maintenance Management (FFM). Despite that, facility managers have still relied on the traditional method. Building Information Modeling (BIM) based on Augment ...
  • Non-destructive techniques (NDT) for the diagnosis of heritage buildings: Traditional procedures and futures perspectives 

    Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Lucchi, Elena; Bienvenido-Huertas, David; Nardi, Iole (2022-05-15)
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    It is estimated that EU cultural heritage (CH) buildings represent 30% of the total existing stock. Nevertheless, all actions in terms of refurbishment need a deep knowledge based on the diagnosis of the built quality. For ...
  • Building-integrated greenhouses raise energy co-benefits through active ventilation systems 

    Muñoz Liesa, Joan; Royapoor, Mohammad; Cuerva Contreras, Eva; Gassó Domingo, Santiago; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro (2022-01)
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    Buildings and greenhouses consume vast amounts of energy and natural resources for heating and ventilation. It is still unclear how the synergetic effect of combining greenhouses and buildings' forced waste airflows could ...

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