During the last few years, the issues of energy efficiency and energy saving have dominated the buildings research field. New constructions are based on efficient design and, because of this, the real challenge is to retrofit existing buildings. Italian standards impose thermal transmittance limits for opaque and transparent surfaces, according to the climatic area. In order to understand buildings’ energy behavior, an accurate analysis, carried out by employing advanced calculation codes and instrumental diagnosis—provided by the use of heat flow meter, surface temperature probes and thermal imaging camera—is needed. In this paper, a structure built in the 50 s has been analyzed, by means of a measurement campaign, to investigate the building’s characteristics and its vulnerability. Finally, some retrofit hypotheses have been evaluated by means of a well-known dynamic code. All investments have to be analyzed under a financial point of view, considering materials and installation costs. For this reason, the payback time has been calculated in order to understand how quickly the energy upgrading can be repaid.

Evangelisti, L., Guattari, M.C., Gori, P. (2015). Energy Retrofit Strategies for Residential Building Envelopes: An Italian Case Study of an Early-50s Building. SUSTAINABILITY, 7(8), 10445-10460 [10.3390/su70810445].

Energy Retrofit Strategies for Residential Building Envelopes: An Italian Case Study of an Early-50s Building

EVANGELISTI, LUCA;GUATTARI, MARIA CLAUDIA;GORI, Paola
2015

Abstract

During the last few years, the issues of energy efficiency and energy saving have dominated the buildings research field. New constructions are based on efficient design and, because of this, the real challenge is to retrofit existing buildings. Italian standards impose thermal transmittance limits for opaque and transparent surfaces, according to the climatic area. In order to understand buildings’ energy behavior, an accurate analysis, carried out by employing advanced calculation codes and instrumental diagnosis—provided by the use of heat flow meter, surface temperature probes and thermal imaging camera—is needed. In this paper, a structure built in the 50 s has been analyzed, by means of a measurement campaign, to investigate the building’s characteristics and its vulnerability. Finally, some retrofit hypotheses have been evaluated by means of a well-known dynamic code. All investments have to be analyzed under a financial point of view, considering materials and installation costs. For this reason, the payback time has been calculated in order to understand how quickly the energy upgrading can be repaid.
Evangelisti, L., Guattari, M.C., Gori, P. (2015). Energy Retrofit Strategies for Residential Building Envelopes: An Italian Case Study of an Early-50s Building. SUSTAINABILITY, 7(8), 10445-10460 [10.3390/su70810445].
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