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Energies 2018, 11(9), 2396;

Towards Zero Energy Stadiums: The Case Study of the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy

CIRIAF—Interuniversity Research Centre on Pollution and Environment “Mauro Felli”, 06125 Perugia, Italy
Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, 06125 Perugia, Italy
Research Department, Link Campus University of Rome, 00165 Rome, Italy
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Received: 13 July 2018 / Revised: 3 September 2018 / Accepted: 4 September 2018 / Published: 11 September 2018
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The environmental impacts of sport events have been growing during the last decades, which has led to the organizing associations developing adequate countermeasures to both reduce carbon emissions due to construction and operational stages compensate for the emissions. This work aims at proposing an approach to stadiums energy enhancement that includes strategies largely recognized as effective and applicable to several building typologies (residential, commercial, academic, etc.). The selected case study is the Dacia Arena in northern Italy that has been recently refurbished and renovated. The proposed workflow has as a goal minimizing the increment of the operational emissions, caused by new heated areas in the stadium. Firstly, the energy consumption was estimated in dynamic state for Scenario 0 (current state) and Scenario 1 (refurbished state) to quantify the new plant’s energy demand. Secondly, two hypothetical system layouts were proposed and evaluated. In the first, the power for lighting, cooling and heating is supplied by a system that couples photovoltaic panels with heat pump. In the second, the same photovoltaic plant is integrated with a biomass plant and an absorption chiller. The comparison highlights the suitability of those interventions and the environmental advantages deriving from their exploitation. View Full-Text
Keywords: zero energy buildings; compensation strategies; low carbon architecture; renewable energy systems zero energy buildings; compensation strategies; low carbon architecture; renewable energy systems

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Manni, M.; Coccia, V.; Nicolini, A.; Marseglia, G.; Petrozzi, A. Towards Zero Energy Stadiums: The Case Study of the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy. Energies 2018, 11, 2396.

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