Passive components for reducing environmental impacts of buildings:analysis of an experimental green roof

Giorgia Peri, Laura Cirrincione, Maria La Gennusa, Antonino Nucara, Concettina Marino, Antonino Marvuglia, Antonino Marvuglia

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The reduction of the environmental impactsrelated to the building sector is a matter of outmost importanceconcerning the sustainable utilization of resources related tohuman activities. Such sector is in fact responsible for about40% of both release of pollutants in the atmosphere and energyconsumption. When trying to reduce buildings’ environmentalimpacts, as well as to limit their energy consumption, buildingenvelope passive systems can be used. Amongst these, greenroofs have been gaining global attention due to their benefits interms of resilience and sustainability, in order to mitigate theunfavourable urbanization effects. Research on the green roofhas been indeed increasingly raising in recent years. Althoughthe subject of green roofs has been dealt with extensively frommany different points of view, there are currently some limits onwhich improvements can be made. In particular, the aim of thepresent work is to consider a somewhat overlooked aspectregarding green roofs, which is the overall energyenvironmental impact of such building component. The presentwork reports the results of a case study conducted on a Sicilianbuilding sited in the Department of Engineering of theUniversity of Palermo, where the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)methodology has been applied.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IEEE 20th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (MELECON),
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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