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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations A University Master’s Course and Training Programme for Energy Managers and Expert in Environmental Design in Italy Published: 13 July 2018
Sustainable Building for a Cleaner Environment, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-94595-8_29
This paper presents the learning activities of the second level Master course, ABITA – Architecture Bioecology and Technological Innovation for the Environment – that involves energy expert training in the field of energy efficiency. The ABITA master’s course training programme is offered in Florence in Italy and covers nearly all the energy-relevant issues that can arise in public and private companies and sectors. The final output of the practical training is to achieve an elevated professionalism in the study of environmental design and energy management in buildings. The master’s includes studies on low-energy architecture and energy efficiency measures, integration of renewable energies in buildings, building information modelling, dynamic software for energy simulations and energetic diagnosis. Master ABITA training provides a solid basis for increasing the knowledge and skills of energy managers and is developed with an emphasis on practical experiences related to the knowledge through case studies, measurement and verification of energy-efficient solutions in buildings, in the industry and in the cities.
BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Integration Strategies of Luminescent Solar Concentrator Panels: A Case Study in Florence, Italy Published: 13 July 2018
Sustainable Building for a Cleaner Environment, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-94595-8_27
The paper deals with few solutions for the integration of a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) realized with color dye-sensitized solar cells, some of them produced by ENI Donegani Institute and analyzed by Politecnico di Milano. By this paper, we want to show the versatility of LSC panel either on the facade of a building or on urban lighting. luminescent solar concentrators have the capability to produce electricity on transparent surfaces , to be used in architecture, and to be integrated into the building envelope, such as in vertical walls . These panels do not need to have south-oriented surfaces because LSC panels are perfect in the presence of diffused light and their performance does not decrease during this condition . The visual effects of the dyed LSC integration are analyzed to find the potential use of such a component in the built environment. A typical LSC panel consists of three elements: a layer containing fluorophores (fluorescent molecules), a waveguide plate in PMMA or similar, and lastly solar cells along the edges of the plate. Peculiarities of these panels are: a brilliant colour, transparency, lightweight system good for building integration, use of direct or diffuse light, no heat production, use of low-cost materials, and 10% efficiency, and they also glow during the night with their own colourful light. It is also a feasible alternative to the classic PV solar panels. LSC panels can show identity value, sense of belonging, and iconography which is so much needed in an iconic building like university residence “M. Luzi,” in Florence. By four project ideas, we demonstrated the versatile usage of these panels; furthermore, we made a comparison, for equal dimensions, between same efficiency LSC panels and Si-polycrystalline PV panels . In a similar context, like the service industry, even an industrial building can evolve by changing the nature of a sad and empty suburb. LSC panels can be used for public urban lighting and also traffic lights. The LSC panel integration in the building envelope can contribute greatly to produce electricity and characterize the envelope through transparency and color . However, during the planning stage, it is necessary to focus on the internal and external context of the building. This is because LSC panels are characterized by very bright colors such as yellow and red (which have been commonly used up until nowadays). The usage of these colors can occur into a visual discomfort and dazzling light if they are not used correctly.
BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations A Project for the NZero-Foundation in the South of Italy Published: 13 July 2018
Sustainable Building for a Cleaner Environment, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-94595-8_30
NZero-Foundation is a complex future-oriented student housing. It has been designed thinking about the characteristics of the place that surrounds it, the specific climatic properties of the Mediterranean region, and the needs and the behavior of the final users. The model of the building is created using a BIM software, which permitted to simulate the performances of the envelope, annual energy consumption, life cycle cost, daylight, and shading of the facades and, most importantly, permitted to use a unique tool for the different phases of the design management. The NZero-Foundation is a green building; the energy consumptions are near to zero, maintaining reasonable realization costs. To reach the target, it adopts different strategies to reduce heat losses during winter (buffer spaces, roof gardens, low-transmittance glasses and walls, led lights) and during summer (brise-soleil, natural shading, natural daylighting, high-efficiency mechanical ventilation systems). The complex collects rainwater, coming from roofs and non-permeable soils, for domestic and watering uses buildings, recovers heat from geothermal, and produces energy from photovoltaic integrated into the rooftop obtaining a balanced system between energy performances and an affordable realization cost.
BOOK-CHAPTER 1 Read 0 Citations Photovoltaic-Integrated Buildings in Florence and Lucca, Italy: Case Studies Published: 30 December 2015
Renewable Energy in the Service of Mankind Vol II, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-18215-5_5
BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations 50—Energy Efficiency in Retrofitting a European Project for Training on Renewable Energy Solutions (REE_TROFIT) Published: 30 December 2015
Renewable Energy in the Service of Mankind Vol II, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-18215-5_6