Retrofitting existing buildings by means of innovative envelope components: low-impacting new assemblies

Risultato della ricerca: Conference contribution

Abstract

Current policies addressing the energy efficiencyof buildings aimed at the control of their overall primary energydemand, require not only that the edifice envelope has to beproperly designed to optimize its thermal performances, butalso that the eco-friendly properties of the involved buildingmaterials have to be properly taken into account, in order ofassessing all the associated environmental costs. In fact, thedesign of envelope structures that are able to realize properlevels of thermal insulation and, in the same time, to employmaterials characterized by low environmental impacts, arebelieved as the most effective strategies to be adopted in the aimof addressing the above-mentioned issues. In this regard naturalmaterials, such as vegetal fibres or materials derived from therecycling of industrial/ agricultural waste, reveal very attractivecharacteristics. Indeed, recent studies on the use of naturalmaterials in buildings concentrate on raw materials derivingfrom either agriculture, waste, or recycling processes. Suchtopics are the focuses of the present analysis. Specifically, thispaper intends to provide a contribution in the field byidentifying new types of environment-friendly composites,containing vegetal matters and ecological waste resulting fromrecycling activities. Outcomes of a series of performedlaboratory analyses concerning the thermal conductivity of fourdifferent samples of assemblies, are quite promising andcandidate these new composites – albeit further analyses arecertainly recommended – as a practicable alternative to themostly used traditional insulating materials
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteProceedings of the 2020 IEEE 20th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (MELECON)
Pagine500-505
Numero di pagine6
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 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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