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Assessment of Passive Retrofitting Strategies to Improve the Thermal Performance of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Storage Area in Traditional Rural Olive Mills

Department of Agraria, Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, 89122 Reggio Calabria RC, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010194
Received: 30 November 2019 / Revised: 23 December 2019 / Accepted: 23 December 2019 / Published: 25 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Exploration of Sustainability in Traditional Rural Buildings)
The quality of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) is strongly correlated to the fatty acid alkyl esters (FAEE) content. High storage temperature leads to degradation of positive oil attributes in the long term, while low temperature develops rancidity quickly, thus reducing the consumer’s acceptance and, therefore, the shelf life of EVOO. In Calabria, there are many traditional olive mills, yet only few are utilized nowadays. This is mainly due to the low building performance—in particular to the temperature control inside the oil storage area. This paper illustrates the thermal analysis carried out on a famous historical olive mill located in Lamezia Terme, the best agricultural land in Calabria. A thermal retrofitting assessment was conducted, and eight different passive strategies were evaluated to improve the sustainability of the buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: olive oil mills; thermal analysis; traditional rural buildings; phase change materials olive oil mills; thermal analysis; traditional rural buildings; phase change materials
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Barreca, F.; Praticò, P. Assessment of Passive Retrofitting Strategies to Improve the Thermal Performance of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Storage Area in Traditional Rural Olive Mills. Sustainability 2020, 12, 194. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010194

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Barreca F, Praticò P. Assessment of Passive Retrofitting Strategies to Improve the Thermal Performance of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Storage Area in Traditional Rural Olive Mills. Sustainability. 2020; 12(1):194. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010194

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Barreca, Francesco, and Pasquale Praticò. 2020. "Assessment of Passive Retrofitting Strategies to Improve the Thermal Performance of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Storage Area in Traditional Rural Olive Mills" Sustainability 12, no. 1: 194. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010194

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