This article aims to evaluate the potential application of prefabricated
panels in energy retrofit of facades in the Portuguese building stock.
The fundamentals of this study were part of Annex 50, which was an
international ECBCS IEA project, with the purpose of developing an
innovative concept of building renovation for the most representative
buildings based on prefabricated systems. To analyze the potential
application of energy retrofit using prefabricated panels, was important
to know the reality of the existing building stock and its morphology.
To know the reality of the building stock, an analysis was done based on
the existing statistical data and to find the most representative
residential buildings, target of the study, three criteria were defined:
buildings built before 1990, with 2 to 6 floors and with renovation
needs in the exterior envelope.
In the absence of statistical information about buildings morphology,
a research work was done in the field. During the collection of data
a methodology was developed in which each opening was classified
according to a code with three parameters. In the end of the
classification, 29 final codes were achieved and was verified that three
types of panels have a higher probability of being applied.