EPICentre Seminar - iRESIST+ Innovative Seismic & Energy Retrofitting of the Existing Building Stock

21 July 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm


Of the current EU building stock, 80% was built before the 1990's when modern seismic and energy provisions were put in practice. These buildings require upgrading to meet modern standards, to prevent significant human and economic losses from earthquakes and reduce their energy consumption. To achieve cost effectiveness, and hence incentivise renovation, integrating energy retrofitting with seismic strengthening is explored in the iRESIST+ project at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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Arash Nassirpour – UCL EPICentre / Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering


A novel retrofit approach combining inorganic textile-based composites with thermal insulation systems was evaluated through numerical simulations and will be validated experimentally for a full-scale building at the JRC's ELSA reaction wall facility. The results presented in this presentation stem from a recent publication in collaboration with colleagues from the JRC, Dr. Dionysios Bournas (PI) and Dr. Leonidas Kouris (MSCA-IF SPecTRUM) and Carmen Maduta (PhD Student) from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara.

Disclaimer: The information and views set out in this presentation are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. 

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About the Speaker

Dr Daniel Pohoryles

Scientific Project Officer at European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Dr Daniel Pohoryles is a Scientific Project Officer at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) working on the combined seismic and energy retrofitting of existing European buildings. He has a research background focussed on the seismic behaviour and retrofit of structures with expertise in full-scale experimental testing, as well as numerical modelling. Past experience include postdoctoral stays at the University of Toronto and the Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Postdoc and PhD in Seismic Retrofitting at the UCL EPICentre.