Evaluation of the indoor comfort of the Arabic-Norman architecture for its valorization

Risultato della ricerca: Conference contribution


In 2015, the Norman Arabic itinerary of Palermo became a World Heritage Site. Among the monuments of this itinerary, the Zisa palace is an extraordinary example of building typology presenting some unique technological and environmental characteristics because, originally, it was characterized by the integration of some conditioning passive systems for the improvement of the indoor comfort. Zisa was built in 1160 by Arabian; it was characterized by the presence of an evaporative cooling system and natural ventilation that guaranteed levels of comfort that could be satisfactory even today. The research proposes the results obtained through the application of a fluid dynamics software able to simulate the internal comfort conditions obtainable with the presence of some of the conditioning passive systems present in the Zisa. Some specific computerized simulations have been carried out to prove the hypotheses concerning air movement and temperature control in the interior of the building. A computer model has been created; it considers the architectural configuration of the building, its position and its orientation according to the proposals of different historians. The work has achieved results that could enable some of these systems to be put back into operation. The application of this results could represent an added value in the enhancement of the Zisa for the benefit of the entire UNESCO cultural route.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteWorld Heritage and Knowledge : Representation, Restoration, Redesign, Resilience : Le vie dei Mercanti XVI International Forum
Numero di pagine8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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