Towards Nearly Zero Energy

Towards Nearly Zero Energy

Urban Settings in the Mediterranean Climate

1st Edition - February 17, 2016

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  • Author: Annarita Ferrante
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007402
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081007358

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Towards Nearly Zero Energy: Urban Settings in the Mediterranean Climate discusses tactics that can be used to effectively reduce energy consumption towards zero energy. With energy usage in buildings accounting for over 40% of primary energy use and 24% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, this remains an unavoidable objective. The book looks at the life of the systems of energy production from renewable sources amidst the exceptionally challenging global economic crisis that the Mediterranean areas and other societies are currently experiencing. By using an innovative and interdisciplinary approach of socio-oriented technological design, the book indicates tools and measures that can be developed at the public, legislative, and market levels to counterbalance the large pay-back times of energy efficiency measures. In particular, the book displays guidelines and best practices to activate new forms of economic incentives in order to attract potential investors that demonstrate that a large set of possible solutions is technically feasible to achieve nearly zero energy, even in high energy consuming circumstances and urban settings. Furthermore, by discussing and comparing the economic and energy impact of different technology options, this work offers guidelines and best practices to activate new cost-effective forms and social incentives in order to attract both potential investors and motivate the urban stakeholders toward nearly zero energy.

Key Features

  • Strategies and zero energy solutions for practitioners
  • Policy s and economic resolutions to combat legislative barriers
  • Examples and case studies of nearly zero energy urban environments


Researchers, engineers and scientists working with renewable energy, energy storage and/or grid transmission; power engineers, systems planners and operators, energy storage engineers & designers

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Chapter 1: The Framework of Urban Built Environments
      • Abstract
      • 1.1. Introduction
      • 1.2. Urban environments and energy related issues
      • 1.3. Discussion
      • 1.4. Further steps
    • Chapter 2: Nearly Zero Energy Urban Settings (ZEUS)
      • Abstract
      • 2.1. Searching for homogeneous urban areas and urban units to depict a city model for Athens
      • 2.2. Case studies’ selection as potential reiterative units at the district city scale
      • 2.3. Three representative urban environments in the AMA
      • 2.4. On the technical feasibility of nearly ZEUS
    • Chapter 3: Understanding Economic Constraints to Achieve Nearly ZEUS
      • Abstract
      • 3.1. Overcoming existing constraints toward ZEUS
      • Acknowledgments
    • Appendix
    • Glossary
    • Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 292
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2016
  • Published: February 17, 2016
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007402
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081007358

About the Author

Annarita Ferrante

Annarita Ferrante, Ph.D, post-doctorate researcher at national and European level, School of Engineering of the University of Bologna, is now Associate Professor in the same Department. She is the author of 3 monographs and author/co-author of 100 national and international papers on issues related to the sustainability, with special reference to the energy and environmental rehabilitation in existing contexts. She is a reviewer in scientific journals like Applied Energy, Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Advanced Energy Research.

She was and is actively involved in the participation of national and European research program (PRIN 2007-2009), municipality of Bologna, CEPA_WIND Agreements, Minister of Environment, etc.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Engineering, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

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