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Thorsten Schuetze   Dr.  University Educator/Researcher 
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Thorsten Schuetze published an article in June 2015.
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Luca Salvati

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Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura

Ilaria Zambon

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Autonomous University of Barcelona

Jiyoung Park

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Inha University (Department of Architecture)

Alberto Sabbi

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Italian National Institute of Statistics

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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Development of a Holistic Evaluation System for BIPV Façades Thorsten Schuetze, Wolfgang Willkomm, Maria Roos Published: 19 June 2015
Energies, doi: 10.3390/en8066135
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Façades with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) have the advantage that they can produce renewable electric energy. Compared with conventional façades, BIPV façades have therefore a valuable additional property that can generally contribute to increasing the degree of sustainability of buildings. A holistic assessment system for BIPV façade systems for office and administration buildings was developed in the framework of the project “MULTIELEMENT II” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) in Kassel, Germany. The aim of this research was a comparison of conventional façade systems with BIPV façade systems regarding different technical, economical, sustainability, and design criteria. This paper discusses the basic conditions for a holistic evaluation of BIPV façades in comparison with conventional façades. A method for the execution of a holistic evaluation and characteristic values for a comparison interpretation of results is presented. Façade systems are evaluated regarding both quantifiable and non-quantifiable properties by means of a Microsoft Excel-based evaluation tool. The tool facilitates the comparison and evaluation of planned or built façades with and without BIPV. The detailed evaluation results aim to facilitate the certification of BIPV façade systems in the framework of sustainable building certification systems such as the German DGNB.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 0 Reads 0 Citations Energy Toolbox and Potential for Zero-Emission-Buildings in European and Asian Cities Max Talmon-Gros, Thorsten Schütze, Christoph Koller, Ranka J... Published: 10 June 2015
8th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), doi: 10.3390/ifou-E006
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A variety of computer-based simulation programs to calculate the energetic behaviour of houses and the use of renewable energies are available. However, these are developed for the detailed design of building physics or engineering design of heating- and solar systems. In many cases, these programs require detailed knowledge and licenses are expensive. A zero or plus energy house in many cases, is a continuation of the Passive House. For this purpose, space and resources need to be provided and the building structure needs to be adjusted. These considerations have to be taken into account early in the building design. The aim of this current study was to develop a concept for an Energy Toolbox. It aims to be a widely-accessible easy-to-use tool to designing Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) and is based on Microsoft Excel. The building structure design is introduced in the first part of the Energy Toolbox and takes common basic elements in building physics into account. This part determines energy demand for heating and cooling and meets Passive House criteria. In addition, the electrical demand for light and facilities is evaluated in this first part. Climatic parameters are taken into account for calculations of heat transfer coefficient, heat gains and ventilation losses. The calculation tool is designed for three different climates: Sub oceanic cool temperate zone, central Europe, warm temperate sub-tropical zone with Mediterranean wet winters and dry summers, Turkey, and a cold temperate zone with warm, humid summers, South Korea. In those zones, Zurich, Berlin, Istanbul and Seoul have been studied. Necessary climate parameters for solar-radiation, heating and cooling degree days, base temperature and other relevant temperatures for building calculation have been set. Those have a profound influence on the energy needs for heating and cooling. The second part of the Energy Toolbox determines technologies that could be used to cover the energy demand of buildings. These include heat pump systems with different heating and cooling sources (geothermal, outside air and waste water), solar (thermal and photovoltaic) as well as the adiabatic cooling. In addition, technologies and methods that contribute to a reduced energy demand are presented. Green walled buildings, adaptable dynamic lighting and shading devices provide this solution. A possible combination employs three main systems. An air-water heat pump compact system, a brine/ water heat pump system with sewage or geothermal utilization and a solar-thermal system with seasonal storage. All three systems can be supplemented with solar energy and designed in terms of a net zero balance. The energy consumption of the building corresponds to the concept of zero-plus-energy buildings. The second part of the Energy Toolbox is has been described schematically. It is designed such that it can be supplemented with additional technologies in the future.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 1 Read 0 Citations Comparative Analysis of LEED-ND &amp; DGNB-UD Rating System<strong> </strong> Joongwon Lee, Jiyoung Park, Thorsten Schuetze Published: 10 June 2015
8th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), doi: 10.3390/ifou-C004
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LEED Neighborhood Development (ND) is a sustainable certification rating system for a smart green neighborhood development conceived by the USA. Similarly, DGNB Urban Districts (UD) is a smart green certification rating system conceived by Germany. LEED-ND has set a standard for the smart green urban practices particularly in the USA and DGNB-UD has set a standard for the smart green practices particularly in Germany. However both sustainable district certification systems are applied also internationally to a growing extent. The comparative analysis in the LEED-ND and DGNB-UD identifies both common and different elements of the two smart green planning standards. This paper aims to analyze pros and cons of both LEED and DGNB district rating systems. The paper analyzes the credit categories, criteria, their weighting and overall method and process of each system, thereby articulating significance of each certification system. The paper discusses potential role of the rating methodology, process and country-specific aspects. In addition, the paper also addresses the potential role of both systems to function as a planning help for the design, realization, operation and maintenance of smart and green urban districts, and for the achievement of excellent rankings. Both rating systems address certification and rating criteria comprehensively from the very beginning in the design and planning processes. The comparative analysis of LEED-ND and DGNB-UD will highlight common and different elements of both smart green urban district certification rating systems.
Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Exploring forest ‘fringescapes’: urban growth, society and swimming pools as a sprawl landmark in coastal Rome Ilaria Zambon, Alberto Sabbi, Thorsten Schuetze, Luca Salvat... Published: 12 February 2015
Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, doi: 10.1007/s12210-015-0377-6
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The present study analyses the spatial distribution of urban settlements and residential swimming pools on the southern fringe of a large Mediterranean city (Rome, Italy) characterized by a mixed urban–rural landscape dominated by the forest of Castelporziano, one of the best preserved example of coastal flat oak wood in central Italy. Pool density was considered as a proxy for dispersed urbanization negatively impacting natural ecosystems at the local scale. We assess occurrence, frequency and dispersion of residential swimming pools as an indicator of urban sprawl around relict forest patches. A total of 6,336 swimming pools (29.4 % of total swimming pools found in Rome’s province concentrated in 19.6 % of the total surface area) were surveyed in coastal Rome (1,048 km2). The distribution of pools is spatially heterogeneous and reflects a mixed landscape structure alternating forests, cropland and human settlements with different density and compactness degree. Swimming pools concentrated in a few hotspots, especially in the western side of Castelporziano forest (Casalpalocco and Castelfusano districts) and along the coast (in Pomezia and Ardea municipalities), with a potentially higher pressure on forest ecosystem. The proposed approach based on spatial analysis proved to be effective in the study of latent landscape changes at the urban–wildland interface. Swimming pools are considered a reliable ‘sprawl’ landmark identifying dispersed settlements and indirectly quantifying the anthropogenic impact on fringe forests.
Article 1 Read 0 Citations Terra Preta Sanitation: A Key Component for Sustainability in the Urban Environment Thorsten Schuetze, Vicente Santiago-Fandiño Published: 05 November 2014
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su6117725
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Terra Preta Sanitation (TPS) plays a key role in sustainable sanitation (SuSan) and in the sustainable management of resources such as water, energy, soil (agriculture), liquid and solid organic waste streams as well as in the development of sustainable urban environment and infrastructure systems. This paper discusses the advantages of, and requirements for, SuSan systems, focusing on TPS. Case studies showing the stepwise extension and re-development of conventional sanitation systems (CSS) using TPS technologies and system approaches are presented and discussed. Decentralized TPS systems integrated in sustainable urban resource management were implemented in the German cities of Hamburg and Berlin. The compilation of best practice examples and findings using the newest TPS systems illustrates the immense potential of this approach for the transformation from conventional to SuSan systems. For this purpose, the potential savings of drinking water resources and the recycling potential of nutrient components are quantified. The results strongly suggest the need to encourage the development and application of innovative decentralized sanitation technologies, urban infrastructures, and resource management systems that have TP as a key component.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 2 Reads 0 Citations Zero Emission Buildings in Korea Thorsten Schuetze, Petra Hagen Hodgson Published: 31 October 2014
The 4th World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf-4-f001
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This paper discusses the history, the status quo, and future prospects of Zero Emission Buildings (ZEBs) in the Republic of Korea, illustrated by good practice examples. The advantages of, and requirements for, ZEBs are described, concerning the sectors energy, water, nutrients and biomass. ZEBs are characterized by net zero energy consumption through minimization of the service energy demand, which is covered with locally produced renewable energy. The direct water footprint is reduced up to 100% through on-site water supply and wastewater management according to the principles of Integrated Water Resource Management and Sustainable Sanitation. The fresh water demand is reduced through application of water efficient systems, as well as the collection, processing, recycling and reuse of wastewater for non-drinking purposes. Rainwater harvesting, storage, utilization and infiltration for augmentation of groundwater facilitates onsite freshwater supply and drinking water production from rainwater and groundwater. Nutrients and biomass from kitchens and sanitation systems are processed on-site and are recycled for local horticulture and agriculture. Traditional Korean buildings can be generally defined as ZEBs. With modernization and implementation of state of the art centralized infrastructure systems in the 20th century also traditional know-how and practice regarding the sustainable operation of buildings and resource management has been forgotten. However, since the beginning of the 21st Korean citizens, policymakers, scientists and companies have a growing interest in sustainability issues. This much promising trend is also reflected by a growing number of research and development activities, including the construction and operation of ZEBs.