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Sustainability 2015, 7(7), 9681-9695; doi:10.3390/su7079681

Energy Performance and Thermal Comfort of a High Efficiency House: RhOME for denCity, Winner of Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

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Engineering Department, University of Roma TRE, Via della Vasca Navale 79/81, Rome 00146, Italy
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Architecture Department, University of Roma TRE, Via della Madonna dei Monti 40, Rome 00184, Italy
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Academic Editors: Francesco Asdrubali and Pietro Buzzini
Received: 4 June 2015 / Revised: 8 July 2015 / Accepted: 14 July 2015 / Published: 17 July 2015
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The increase of people living in large cities and the expansion of new urban areas are keys to defining new sustainable models. It is estimated that about 70% of the EU population lives in urban areas, and it is expected to reach 80% by 2030. Consequently, it is important to find a new concept of buildings that can reduce the total energy consumption. The Solar Decathlon is an international university competition, born in 2002, created by the U.S. State Energy Department (DOE). Students are challenged to design and operate a full-scale, innovative and sustainable house able to exploit solar radiation as its sole energy source. The objective of the competition is to promote research and education in sustainable architecture and solar energy fields. This paper presents an overview on the contribution of LIFT (Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Technical Physics of Roma Tre University) to the winning project of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition: The RhOME for denCity. This project consists of a building properly designed to produce a solar-powered house that is cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar decathlon; near zero energy buildings; energy efficiency solar decathlon; near zero energy buildings; energy efficiency
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Battista, G.; Carnielo, E.; Evangelisti, L.; Frascarolo, M.; Vollaro, R.L. Energy Performance and Thermal Comfort of a High Efficiency House: RhOME for denCity, Winner of Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. Sustainability 2015, 7, 9681-9695.

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