Special Issue "Buildings Integration of Renewable and Smart Energy Systems"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marco Dell'Isola
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, FR, Italy
Interests: His research interests are mainly focused on sustainability and integration of energy systems and energy, environmental and legal metrology issues. In particular, his research activity deals with: (i) energetic ed environmental diagnosis; (ii) thermal comfort and stress measurement with reference to instrumentation calibration; (iii) strategic planning, design and development social, territorial, and productive systems; (iv) fluid–dynamic energetic issues of mechanical control systems for local aspiration, energy efficiency, and environmental control; (v) buildings integration of renewable energy systems; (vi) air humidity measurement, temperature measurement, pressure and flow rate measurement, energy flows measurements; (vii) measurement uncertainty estimation, design of experiments, and simulation of measurement instruments; lighting system; loads and storage management; building automation
Prof. Andrea Frattolillo
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Civil, Environmental Engineering and Architecture, Universityof Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Interests: Research in recent years has focused on the issues related to energy and environmental planning, diagnostic methods and techniques for mitigating environmental impacts, including the light and the acoustic one. He also studied issues related to the use and integration of renewable energy sources in buildings and urban bounded contexts, carrying out studies and experiments related to the physics of buildings, building and environmental acoustics, environmental comfort issues and the conservation of cultural heritage beyond that technical and economic feasibility studies of industrial cogeneration systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, several new components and systems for renewable energy and smart buildings have been developed for different purposes: (i) long-term climate and sustainability goals; (ii) space optimization; (iii) distributed local energy production; (iv) energy independence, and (v) energy efficiency improvement. Today, the attention of designers and service providers is not only focused on energy efficiency technologies, but increasingly on their usability in terms of integration with the building. In particular, meaningful efforts are made toward the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) with different technical elements of the building envelope such as roofs, façades, and frames, at least from a functional point of view. Then, the integration aspects must be carefully taken into account for the different parts of the building system, and a comparative study of thermodynamic advantages/disadvantages coming from different building integration solutions has been carried out.

The proposed Special Issue aims to investigate: (i) new smart and renewable integrated technologies; (ii) analysis of the integration impact on the renewable energy system performance (e.g., installation, exposition, color, reshape), on the functionality of the building itself (in terms of reliability, flexibility, etc.) and on architectural features (e.g., identity, proportions, coherence with the urban context); and (iv) cases studies of smart and renewable energy systems integration with particular reference to functional components of the building system.

Prof. Dr. Marco Dell'Isola
Prof. Andrea Frattolillo
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • smart building integration
  • renewable energy sources integration
  • glazed balconies and solar walls
  • building automation and control systems
  • energy systems efficiency
  • lighting system
  • loads and storage management
  • building automation

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Analysis of the Impact of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) on Reducing the Demand for Electricity and Heat in Buildings Located in Poland
Energies 2020, 13(10), 2549; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13102549 - 18 May 2020
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Based on a method to reduce energy consumption suggested in a real energy audit carried out in an industrial plant located in Poznań (city in Poland), the potential of using photovoltaic (PV) panels as wall cladding was analyzed, in order to reduce energy [...] Read more.
Based on a method to reduce energy consumption suggested in a real energy audit carried out in an industrial plant located in Poznań (city in Poland), the potential of using photovoltaic (PV) panels as wall cladding was analyzed, in order to reduce energy (electric and thermal) consumption and financial expenditure. The authors’ concept of using building integrated photovoltaic installation (BIPV) was presented and tested. This study checked whether the presence of PV modules would also affect heat transfer through the external wall of the building on which the installation is located. The analysis consisted of determining, for two variants, the heat transfer coefficients across the partition, in order to estimate the potential thermal energy savings. The first variant concerned the existing state, i.e., heat transfer through the external wall of the building, while the second included an additional partition layer in the form of photovoltaic panels. As a result, the use of panels as wall cladding allowed the improvement of the thermal parameters of the building wall (by increasing the thermal resistance of the wall), and the reduction of gas consumption for heating. The panels also generate electricity for the factory’s own needs. Payback time, compared to calculations which do not include changes in thermal parameters, was shortened from 14 to 11 years. The main reason for this is that gas consumption is reduced due to the improved heat transfer coefficient of the wall and the reduction of the heat loss of the facility. This aspect is usually overlooked when considering photovoltaic installations and, as argued by this paper, can be important. Full article
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Working on Buildings’ Energy Performance Upgrade in Mediterranean Climate
Energies 2020, 13(9), 2159; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13092159 - 01 May 2020
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This article aims to present the results from studies on the energy performance upgrade of buildings and facilities located in Crete, Greece, in a typical Mediterranean climate. In Mediterranean islands, the most buildings remain uninsulated, classified in C or even lower energy performance [...] Read more.
This article aims to present the results from studies on the energy performance upgrade of buildings and facilities located in Crete, Greece, in a typical Mediterranean climate. In Mediterranean islands, the most buildings remain uninsulated, classified in C or even lower energy performance rank. In this article four reference buildings and one sports facility are investigated: a residential building, a municipality building, a school building, a museum and the Pancretan Stadium. Detailed calculations based on the computational simulation of each examined facility were executed, giving accurate results on the heating and cooling loads, both for the existing conditions and after the integration of the proposed passive measures. Thorough dimensioning and energy calculations have been executed for specific active energy systems too, particularly proposed for each examined case. With this parametric approach, the article indicates the effect and the economic efficiency of the proposed active or passive measures for each examined facility, expressed with specific key performance indicators. The common conclusion for all investigated cases is the huge margin for energy saving, which can reach 65% with regard to the existing annual consumptions. The payback period of the introduced energy upgrade measures can be as low as 15 years. Full article
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