Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128128176

Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

1st Edition

A Life Cycle Approach

Authors: Umberto Desideri Francesco Asdrubali
Paperback ISBN: 9780128128176
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 816
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Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings offers a comprehensive and in depth coverage of the subject with focus on the Life Cycle. The editors, renowned academics, invited a diverse group of researchers to develop original chapters for the book and managed to well integrate all contributions in a consistent volume.

In the first chapter the editors introduce the role of the building sector on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Chapter two covers international technical standards, laws and regulations. Chapter three discusses building energy efficiency and Zero Energy Consumption Buildings. Chapter four covers the Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings from construction to decommissioning. Chapter five covers comprehensively the tools for building energy simulation. Chapter six discusses the elements of the building envelope, from the physical properties of building materials to adaptive facades and cool roofs. Chapter seven covers how renewable energy systems can be integrated into building plants. Chapter eight discusses how automation can further improve building energy efficiency including lighting, water, and energy management systems. Chapter nine covers renovations and retrofitting existing buildings including the best practices in energy audits, HVAC systems efficiency, and the cost analysis of the renovation. In the final chapter, the editors draw conclusions and future challenges of the field.

The multidisciplinary approach to the subject makes it valuable for researchers and industry based Civil, Construction, and Architectural Engineers. Researchers in related fields as built environment, energy, and sustainability at an urban scale will also benefit from the books integrated perspective.

Key Features

  • Complete and thorough coverage of Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • Provides an integrated approach to all the different elements that impact energy efficiency
  • Coverage of worldwide regulation


Professors, researchers, students, and professionals involved in building efficiency research, design and construction

Table of Contents

1) Introduction (the role of the building sector on energy consumptions and greenhouse gas emissions; data on the world building stock; policy and trends in the building sector)
U. Desideri (University of Pisa), F. Asdrubali (University Roma Tre)

2) Recommendations and standards (international technical standards, main laws and regulations; EU Directives; energy labelling)
2.1  EU legislation for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
P. Bertoldi (European Commission, Joint Research Center)
2.2) North American legislation for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
B. Liu ( Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
2.3) Asian  legislation for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
G. Trencher ( Clark University, Worcester)

3) From Efficient to Sustainable and Zero Energy Consumption Buildings
3.1) ZEB and NZEB (definitions, design methodologies, good practices and case studies)
U. Berardi (Ryerson University)
3.2) Passive houses and bioclimatic architecture
W. Feist (Passive House Institute)
3.2) Sustainability rating systems (LEED, BREEAM, Green Star, ITACA)
F. Asdrubali (University Roma Tre)
3.3) Life Cycle Assessment of buildings
V. Fthenakis (Columbia University)

4) Simulation tools (steady-state and dynamic codes, critical review, advantages and disadvantages, accuracy and reliability)
V.Corrado (Politecnico di Torino)

5) Building envelope
5.1 Physical properties of building materials (laboratory methodologies for the measurement of thermophyiscal and optical properties of building materials; acoustical properties; tables with a review of properties)
Giorgio Baldinelli (University of Perugia)
5.2 Innovative and advanced insulating materials (PCM, VIP, aerogel, recycled and natural insulating materials)
L. F. Cabeza (University of Lleida)
5.3 Innovative and advances glazing materials (electrochromic, thermochromic, selective coatings)
A.Shehabi (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
5.4 Adaptive façades
Marco Perino (Politecnico di Torino)
5.5 Cool roofs
M. Santamouris (University of Athens)

6 High efficiency plants and building integrated renewable energy systems
6.1) Building integrated PV
L. Lu and H. Yang (Hong Kong Polytechnic)
6.2) Solar thermal energy for building applications
S. Kalogirou (Cyprus University of Technology)
6.3) Ground source heat pumps
Marc A. Rosen ( University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
6.4) CCHP for buildings
P. Mago (Mississippi State University
6.5) Efficient heat and cooling distribution in buildings
RZ Wang (Shanghai Jiaotong UNiversity)

7. Building automation for energy efficiency
7.1) Efficient lighting systems
F. Gugliermetti (University Sapienza Roma)
7.2) Water saving
To be defined
7.3) Energy management in buildings
G.A. Augenbroe (Georgia Institute of Technology)
7.4) Smart building management
Stefano Panzieri (University Roma Tre)

8 Energy efficiency in building renovation
8-1) Energy audit of existing buildings (methodologies and tools for the energy audit of existing buildings, costs/benefits analysis)
C. A. Balaras (IERSD Athens)
8.2)  Challenges in energy efficiency building renovation
To be defined
8.3)  Solutions to improve energy efficiency in HVAC for renovated buildings
W. Grassi (University of Pisa)
8.4)  Costs-benefits analysis of buildings renovation
C. A. Bollino (University of Perugia)

9 Conclusions
U. Desideri (University of Pisa), F. Asdrubali (University Roma Tre)

10 List of symbols
11 Glossary
12 References


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About the Author

Umberto Desideri

Umberto Desideri is a full-time professor of thermal machines at the University of Pisa, with over 25 years of experience in research and teaching in energy systems, power plant technology, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Professor Desideri has authored more than 200 scientific publications in Journals, Proceedings of conferences, as book chapters and is Editor of Applied Energy. In his career he has also been guest editors of special issues of scientific journals, editor of books and has an extensive network of contacts. He is also reviewer for several scientific journals, which allow him to be most updated on new findings and research activities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Thermal Machines, University of Pisa

Francesco Asdrubali

Francesco Asdrubali is a full-time professor of Building Physics and Building Energy Systems at the University of Rome III, with over 20 years of experience in research and teaching of building acoustics, energy and buildings, building simulation, renewable and alternative energies, Life Cycle Assessment. PhD in Thermophysical properties of materials. Director of CIRIAF- an Inter-University Research Center in the field of environment and pollution, based at the University of Perugia - from 2004 till 2013. Coordinator of various EU- funded Projects (LIFE, Intelligent Energy Europe, VII FP). Currently member of two COST Actions on innovative acoustic materials and on adaptive facades of building.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Building Physics and Building Energy Systems, University of Rome III