The book aims to provide a basis for design and construction of resource-efficient buildings. The main concepts follow the vision of a European Sustainable Building as defined in the 2-years Smart-ECO research project funded by European Commission under the Sixth Framework Program. The focus is concentrated on innovations enabling the building sector to meet the requirements originating from the sustainability concept.
Innovation is considered at different scales: micro (product, service and process), meso (sector, supply chain, region and system) and macro (economy-wide).
Furthermore, the book focuses on aspects of relevance when striving to implement innovative technologies in building design: an integrated design process is indispensable to obtain a Smart-ECO building, independently of how effective a single technology is. Each chapter provides information on fundamental aspects of innovations towards resource-efficient buildings, shows examples and makes further guidance by way of a dedicated bibliography. Case studies are predominantly recent projects or experiences improving understanding and encouraging implementation.
A vision of sustainable buildings in the next future, helping researchers, students and also professionals to define a conceptual framework for their work
Several best practices and a wide international bibliography for reference
Information on innovative sustainable materials and advanced evaluation tools
Giuliana Iannaccone (1974) received a B.S. in Architecture and a PhD in Architectural Technology from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. Currently Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor of Technical Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, she is active in teaching and research. She teaches Building Technology and Integrated Building Design at Faculty of Architectural/Building Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. Her primary research efforts have been to study and develop strategies and innovative technological solutions for energy-efficient and zero-emission buildings, both new and existing.
Marco Imperadori (1969) is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano. He teaches Design and Technological Innovation at the School of Building Engineering-Architecture, he is also member of the teaching staff of PhD Course in Building Systems Engineering and Rector's Deputy for the Far East of Politecnico di Milano. He is owner, together with Valentina Gallotti, of the design Studio Atelier2 (Gallotti e Imperadori Associati, Milan).