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GARCIA FAURA Is Developing An Innovative Modular Façade For A Residential Complex In Barcelona

GARCIA FAURA is developing an innovative modular façade for a residential complex in Barcelona

GARCIA FAURA was part of the development team of an innovative and multifunctional modular façade prototype that was installed in a complex of 30 social housing units in Sant Quirze del Vallès (Barcelona). The action is part of a project led by the Catalan Housing Agency and designed by the architectural firm Pich-Aguilera as part of the European Plug-n-Harvest project.

The action stems from the energy rehabilitation of a residential building built in 2003 and which was suffering from moisture, thermal comfort and damage to the three ventilated facades facing the street, due to the decision to undertake improvement work.

The promotion is owned by Incasòl (Catalan Soil Institute) and is managed by the Catalan Housing Agency (CHA), a partner of the European Plug-n-Harvest project, which promotes public administrations as an example of social and environmental transformation and implements sustainable development projects.

Faced with this challenge, the architectural firm Pich-Aguilera has developed a renovation project in collaboration with the CHA based on a constructive and technological solution with an innovative dynamic façade. GARCIA FAURA was responsible for the development of the prototype, its testing in the test laboratory and, once the solution was validated, its production design, the manufacture of the modules and the execution of the renovation work on the façade and installation. The project was partially funded by the European fund Horizon 2020.

An example for other projects

With the project of the CHA and Pich-Aguilera, GARCIA FAURA has developed a design that not only solves the pathologies of the facade of the building, but also will reduce the high energy consumption and, at the same time, will reduce the bill of electricity for social rental housing.

The design of the new façade system (which can be extrapolated to other rehabilitation projects) incorporates a series of measures to reduce energy demand and increase the use and production of renewable energy, to the point of allowing surplus energy distribution.

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