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Buildingmass and Energy Demand in Conventional Housing Typologies of the Mediterranean City

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SOS Urban Lab—DICEA Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Architecture and Energy—Barcelona School of Architecture, UPC, Av. Diagonal 649, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3540; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133540
Received: 31 March 2019 / Revised: 21 June 2019 / Accepted: 24 June 2019 / Published: 27 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Urban Metabolism)
The causal relation among building typology and building energy demand is a complex balance of climate, morphology, technology and use. The assessment of the relation between mass of building elements and energy demand in different housing typologies is the main goal of this study. A novel indicator, namely the Buildingmass, is introduced and tested in the Mediterranean climate region. Explorations on nine conventional housing typologies in Barcelona and Rome are carried out. Buildingmass evaluation is based on the calculation of the mass of building elements. Energy demand is assessed by modelling on multi-space dynamic thermal analysis tool. Our results point out that the Buildingmass has a strong relevance on energy, playing an important role in reducing heating and cooling demand in the Mediterranean city, as described by the proposed correlation (R2 = 0.88). Moreover, this indicator gives a more detailed characterisation of the housing stock of the Mediterranean city. The study aims at bridging the gap between urban physics and urban metabolism studies and fostering energy conservation measures for the built environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban indicators; building energy performance; housing typology; heating and cooling demand; built mass urban indicators; building energy performance; housing typology; heating and cooling demand; built mass
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Morganti, M.; Pages-Ramon, A.; Coch, H.; Isalgue, A. Buildingmass and Energy Demand in Conventional Housing Typologies of the Mediterranean City. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3540. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133540

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Morganti M, Pages-Ramon A, Coch H, Isalgue A. Buildingmass and Energy Demand in Conventional Housing Typologies of the Mediterranean City. Sustainability. 2019; 11(13):3540. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133540

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Morganti, Michele; Pages-Ramon, Anna; Coch, Helena; Isalgue, Antonio. 2019. "Buildingmass and Energy Demand in Conventional Housing Typologies of the Mediterranean City" Sustainability 11, no. 13: 3540. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133540

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