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The Group of Construction Research and Innovation (GRIC) is a research group of the Department of Project and Construction Engineering, composed of a team of professors and researchers of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).  GRIC is recognized as a consolidated research group by the Government of Catalonia in the 2009-2013, 2014-2016 and 2017-2019 calls.

The building sector currently accounts for 40% of energy use in most countries and holds the greatest energy saving potential. As buildings tend to have long lifespans and there is currently low turnover in the sector, new buildings are not expected to have a significant impact on the building stock as a whole in the short- and medium-term. Thus, there is an urgent need to address the energy consumption of existing buildings, neighbourhoods, districts and cities and the environmental impact that this may cause. This ambitious scientific and technological challenge may be addressed from multiple perspectives including energy efficiency upgrades, user knowledge and behaviour, building predictive and preventive maintenance, and smart grids, among others.

Main research areas of the group are:

  • Improving the energy efficiency of buildings, especially through the implementation of low cost and non-invasive techniques. This research line focuses on improving the energy performance of existing buildings by addressing aspects related to the operation and control of buildings and higher clusters (neighbourhoods, districts, cities, etc.).
  • Modelling the built environment, including new-start construction projects, existing buildings and their surroundings. This research line includes modelling all actions needed to improve the operation, maintenance and management of buildings. Environmental consequences of higher clusters (neighbourhoods, districts, cities, etc.) are also modelled.