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

  • Enhancing occupants' comfort through BIM-based probabilistic approach 

    Alavi, Seyedhamidreza; Forcada Matheu, Núria; Bortolini, Rafaela; Edwards, David J. (2021-03)
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    Despite the fact that buildings are designed to meet occupants’ needs, many do not perform as planned, impacting upon both building performance and occupants’ comfort. Analyzing occupants’ comfort based on questionnaire ...
  • Use of Grey-Box Modeling to Determine the Air Ventilation Flows in a Room 

    Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Casals Casanova, Miquel; Forcada Matheu, Núria; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta (Springer, 2021)
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    To determine the air ventilation flows in a room deterministic approaches based on the CO2 tracer-gas mass balance equation are usually used. Those equations do not enable to introduce to the system uncertainties such as ...
  • Paradoxes Between Energy Labeling and Efficiency in Buildings 

    Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Canals Casals, Lluc (Springer, 2021)
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    Buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and around 36% of CO2 emissions in the European Union. Administrations are funding projects enhancing energy efficiency to achieve a zero-emission building. As a ...
  • A dataset to evaluate IEEE 802.15.4g sun for dependable low-power wireless communications in industrial scenarios 

    Tuset Peiro, Pere; Cuerva Contreras, Eva; Egusquiza Estévez, Eduard; Vilajosana Guillén, Xavier (2020-09-01)
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    This article presents a dataset obtained from the deployment of an IEEE 802.15.4g SUN (Smart Utility Network) single-hop network (11 nodes) in a large industrial scenario (110,044 m 2 ) for a long period of time (99 days). ...
  • Impact of Stationary and Dynamic Conditions on the U-Value Measurements of Heavy-Multi Leaf Walls by Quantitative IRT 

    Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Barreira, Eva; Freitas, Vasco Manuel Araújo Peixoto de; Kisilewicz, Tomasz; Nowak-Dzieszko, Katarzyna; Berardi, Umberto (2020-12)
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    Infrared thermography (IRT) has become a commonly applied non-destructive testing method for assessing building envelopes. Like any diagnosis tool, IRT requires an appropriate experience and principle understanding, mainly ...
  • Automated data-processing technique: 2D Map for identifying the distribution of the U-value in building elements by quantitative internal thermography 

    Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Barreira, Eva; Almeida, Ricardo M. S. F.; Casals Casanova, Miquel (2021-02)
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    Computing a 2D colour map of average U-values pixel-by-pixel could become a challenging task in terms of complexity and time, especially for entire façades under the influence of anomalies. In a quantitative IRT test, a ...
  • Analysis of the Applicability of Non-Destructive Techniques to Determine In Situ Thermal Transmittance in Passive House Façades 

    Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Gaspar Fàbregas, Kàtia; Casals Casanova, Miquel; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2020-12-01)
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    Within the European framework, the passive house has become an essential constructive solution in terms of building efficiency and CO2 reduction. However, the main approaches have been focused on post-occupancy surveys, ...
  • Laboratory-based spectral data acquisition of roof materials 

    Zambrano Prado, Perla; Josa Garcia-Tornel, Alejandro; Rieradevall Pons, Joan; Pérez Aragüés, Fernando; Marchán Hernández, Juan Fernando; Gassó Domingo, Santiago; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (2020)
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    Roof characteristics such as material type and their properties information are essential to integrating urban agriculture (UA), rainwater harvesting systems (RWHS), and energy systems on roofs. Roof materials can be ...
  • Distributed Optical Fiber for laboratory and field testing in concrete structures 

    Rodríguez Gutiérrez, Gerardo; Casas Rius, Joan Ramon; Barrias, Antonio Jose de Sousa; Villalba Herrero, Sergi (World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 2020)
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    This paper outlines the principal results of laboratory and field testing in concrete structures to show the capabilities of distributed optical fiber sensors (DOFS) in their application to monitoring concrete structures. ...
  • Economía circular en el sector de los residuos de construcción y demolición: análisis de iniciativas en España 

    López Ruiz, Luis Alberto; Roca Ramon, Xavier; Gassó Domingo, Santiago (Asociación Española de Ingeniería de Proyectos (AEIPRO), 2020)
    Conference report
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    La Economía Circular (EC) es un concepto recientemente desarrollado que ha ganado un importante reconocimiento en el ámbito político, de negocios y academia, debido a que es considerada una alternativa innovadora aplicable ...
  • Human comfort modelling for elderly people by infrared thermography: Evaluating the thermoregulation system responses in an indoor environment during winter 

    Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Casals Casanova, Miquel; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta; Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Forcada Matheu, Núria (2020-12)
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    Elderly people are vulnerable to cold environments, due to aging’s impact on the density of nerve fibers. Nevertheless, automatic controls of HVAC systems do not consider the user’s real-time thermal sensation and most of ...
  • Summer thermal comfort in nursing homes in the Mediterranean climate 

    Forcada Matheu, Núria; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta; Casals Casanova, Miquel; Tejedor Herrán, Blanca; Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Gaspar Fàbregas, Kàtia (2020-12-15)
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    The number of people living in nursing homes is increasing due to the growth of ageing population. However, existing standards on thermal comfort do not consider how occupants of nursing homes perceive their thermal ...

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