24 Apr First scientific article published on Pro-GET-onE !
Annarita Ferrante and her research team from the Department of Architecture, together with Giovanni Semprini from the Department of Industrial Engineering, School of Engineering and Architecture, UNIBO, published the first scientific article on the progress of Pro-GET-onE.
The paper in the journal Sustainability, at MDPI, Publisher of Open Access Journals describes the focus of the Pro-GET-onE on combining different pre-fabricated elements in a unified and integrated system resulting in high performance renovation of buildings in terms of energy requirements, structural safety, and social sustainability.
On structural safety, the GET system (inteGrated Efficient Technologies) introduces a metal structure with efficient stiffness, leading to an important reduction of absolute displacement and structural periods. In terms of construction site management, the GET system as externally applied exoskeleton does not require the performance of special operations within the building as with respect to the usual insertion of new reinforced concrete structures.
Different models and simulations on structural safety improvements are presented in the article, also showing the results of a case study building located in Peristeri, close to Athens. It can be highlighted that different envelopes are able to reduce up to 26% of the displacement and 7.8% of the period (as it is shown in figure 13 of the article).
Further analyses, which introduce other parameters apart from the seismic response, such as reduction of energy consumption, quantities of additional space, used material and costs were performed and are discussed in the article.
On the base of the case study in Peristeri, several architectural solutions have been developed to integrate the exoskeleton and show up the versatility of the additional volumetric units in relation to the possibilities and choices of the user (figure 17).
By assessing and answering – in one prefabricated solution – the energy, structural and fire security needs, together with the possibility of integrating the personalization of different components with the same mass-produced product, Pro-GET-onE aims to open a methodological revolution in the retrofitting practice.
 This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy and Seismic Renovation Strategies for Sustainable Cities, Ferrante, A.; Mochi, G.; Predari, G.; Badini, L.; Fotopoulou, A.; Gulli, R.; Semprini, G. A European Project for Safer and Energy Efficient Buildings: Pro-GET-onE (Proactive Synergy of inteGrated Efficient Technologies on Buildings’ Envelopes). Sustainability 2018, 10, 812, doi:10.3390/su10030812