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Refurbishing an existing apartment block in Mediterranean climate: towards the Passivhaus standard

Consoli, A., Costanzo, V., Evola, G. and Marletta, L. (2017) Refurbishing an existing apartment block in Mediterranean climate: towards the Passivhaus standard. Energy Procedia, 111. pp. 397-406. ISSN 1876-6102

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.201

Abstract/Summary

The Passivhaus standard, although widely appreciated in cold regions, is seldom regarded as a reference in the energy renovation of existing buildings in warm countries. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of a series of strategies for the energy refurbishment of an existing apartment block in Southern Italy, based on dynamic energy simulations. The paper aims to show that, in warm Mediterranean areas, a building refurbishment must not be oriented towards an excessive insulation level. Conversely, if aimed to comply with the Passivhaus standard, the renovation must look above all at those strategies that mitigate the energy needs for space cooling and improve thermal comfort in summer.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering > Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
ID Code:65956
Publisher:Elsevier

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