Zero Energy Buildings in Smart Urban Districts

Edifici a Zero Consumo Energetico in Distretti Urbani Intelligenti

The introduction of the Nearly Zero Energy (NZE) Building standard is the latest step in the European trend towards the improvement of the buildings' energy efficiency, which has gained momentum in the last couple of decades, because of an increasing environmental awareness. To achieve this ambitious goal, new and retrofitted building concepts must result from the integration of a robust passive design and efficient services and through the introduction of a new class of active building components that can effectively adapt their behaviour to time-varying user loads, occupant requirements and weather changes (smart building). The accurate monitoring of real energy use in energy-efficient buildings is still an open RT&D issue. Integrated and standardised methodologies and tools to monitor and assess real building energy performance, including systems, user behaviour and climate conditions, are still missing.

This project aims at proposing solutions to improve energy usage in urban districts starting from the builings and its inhabitants.

Our contribution to the project is related to the data model, acquisition and managment in order to collect information on the building energy performance and occupants' behavior, to derive the information needed i) to make decisions to improve energy consumption, and ii) to increase the users' awareness.

The project started in Jan. 2014 and will run until Dec. 2017.