We work to transfer new energy-efficient building technologies from the research environment to the real world. We focus on developing cutting-edge solutions to improve energy efficiency, thermal comfort, construction processes and environment friendly materials.

The project, developed by CINARK, is an experiment, meant to generate, through a small pavilion, a discussion on wood, manufacturing, comfort and sustainability. The new envelope concept, developed by Jesper Nielsen, uses CLT panels, a material with inherent sustainable properties. Another feature of the building is the use of an "air heat exchanger" that works without the use of energy. Our part in the experiment is the understanding of the pavilion performance. By collecting on-site data and performing physical and digital variations of the building, we are defining ways to create an almost zero energy building with no active systems.

Research Topics: Building Performance Simulation, OnSite Data Collection  //  Year: 2012-13  //  Team: CINARK, Emanuele Naboni, Jesper Nielsen, Alessandro Maccarini, Jan Shipull, Nicolaj Callisen Friis  //  Credits: KADK

The project seeks to create an interactive tool aimed at architects, engineers and urban planners. The program will be an "online and open source" service and will therefore be freely available to private individuals, firms and municipalities. Accessibility and usability are both keywords in the project development. The goal is to guide the selection and evaluation of sustainable strategies by comparing the overall building geometry, micro-climate, energy and resource consumption. This will help ensure a more holistic and site-specific approach to sustainable strategies in the architectural practice.

Research Topics: Building Performance Simulation, Parametric Simulation, User-friendliness and Interoperability  //  Year: 2012-13  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni, Yi Zhang, Elian Hirsch, Alessandro Maccarini  //  Credits: KADK, De Montfort University

Hand sketches based on rules of thumb and technical knowledge can generally guide architects to come up with a reasonable design. They can be rapidly modified allowing predictions of different scenarios and enabling architects to control and promote specific sustainable features. Sketches can stimulate human thought and serve as a reference around which the conversation on building performance pivots. The research investigate how hand sketches could stimulate the development of sustainability in design.

Research Topics: Sustainable Design  //  Year: 2012-13  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni  //  Credits: Drawings by Emanuele Naboni

The research focused on different climate analysis of the "Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts" campus. Special attention was given to evaluate the possible natural resources that could be use in order to generate energy through renewable sources. Furthermore, the wind studies allowed to analysis the presence of comfortable areas in the campus.

Research Topics: Assessing the Urban Comfort, Outdoor Natural Ventilation  //  Year: 2012  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni, Salvatore Nasprato  //  Credits: KADK

A research, developed with Elian Hirsch, is about a research project carried out  in collaboration with the organization and all the 20 participant teams. The aim is to identify which are the key issues in a high-performance sustainable design process.

Research Topics: Green Building Design, On Site Data collection  //  Year: 2012  //  Team: Elian Hirsch, Emanuele Naboni  //  Credits: Solar Dechtalon

Enhanced occupant satisfaction and lighting energy savings are among the widely touted benefits of day lighting, which make it an attractive design feature for building occupants and operators. Despite of these wide ranging potential benefits of daylighting, there is a lack of consideration of daylighting in architecture design. The research goal is to understand how the integration and relationship between analogy and digital methods contributes to consideration and creative use of daylight in architecture. Also the research should make clear the advantages of the different kinds of tools suitable for the development of the daylight design.

Research Topics: Daylight Analysis  //  Year: 2011-14  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni, Katia Bulow  //  Credits: KADK

The research is focusing on how the use of environmental simulation could lead to the understanding of the underlying physical behaviors of architecture. The focus is therefore the holistic study of architecture environmental domains each one of which may interact with the others in a non-trivial manner. Air movement, thermal comfort, moisture flow, daylight distribution, operational energy, emissions, embodied energy will be studied in relation to design opportunities, architectural languages and integration in design processes.

Research Topics: Building Performance Simulation  //  Year: 2011-13  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni  //  Credits: KADK

The research is intended to explore how environmental simulation can be integrated in the urban design processes. A comprehensive suite of climate based dynamic thermal, energy, daylighting and computational fluid dynamic simulations are integrated to support a method for holistic urban design. The method will be tested with a series of site-specific geometrical relationships for different cities. The project will investigate how the integration of user-friendly environmental simulations, when applied by architects and urban planners, enables radical improvements in energy efficiency and comfort of buildings and public spaces

Research Topics: Sustainable Urban Design, Natural Ventilation (CFD)  //  Year: 2011-13  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni  //  Credits: KADK

Financed by UBS OPTIMUS foundation, this interdisciplinary research aims to develop prototypes for healthy homes in Tanzania. The region has a tropical climate and with it there is a high incidence of Malaria. The prototype, that reproduces a typical Tanzanian house, is used as a tool to understand the role of architecture in separating the disease vector from the building occupants. The research is an integrated project where building physic, architecture, medicine and epidemiology are all contributing factors in the development of the design domains.

Research Topics: Building Performance Simulation, Parametric Simulation, Thermal Comfort, Natural Ventilation (CFD), OnSite Data Collection  //  Year: 2011-12  //  
Team: Emanuele Naboni, Jakob Knudesn, Lorenz Von Seidlein, Salvatore Nasprato, Rasmus Bruun, Konstantin Ikonomidis  //  Credits: KADK

VENUS-C is a pioneering project for the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme which aims to develop, test and deploy an industry-quality, highly-scalable and flexible Cloud Computing infrastructure to empower researchers through the easy deployment of end-user services. Therefore the aim of AOLSBD is to address the problem of the improvement of buildings environmental performance as a contribution to mitigate climate change and increase human wellbeing, by using Cloud Computing to optimize the time and cost of building performance simulations (BPS).

Research Topics: Building Performance Simulation, Parametric Simulation  //  Year: 2011-12  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni, Yi Zhang, Elian Hirsch, Alessandro Maccarini, Furio Barzon  //  Credits: KADK, De Montfort University, Barcelona Super Computer Center

The project was inspired by principles such as: sustainability and social relationship with the community, adaptive use of space, green education and energy efficiency. The spaces are flexible and can be used by the community for various social activities. The presence of openings leads to phenomena of natural ventilation that reduce energy consumption during the summer season. The design focused on the use of passive architectural strategies, minimizing the presence of mechanical systems. The use of LEED certification allows an evaluation of the entire life cycle of the building.

Research Topics: LEED Certification, Sustainable Strategies  //  Year: 2011  //  Team: Emanuele Naboni, Gloria Rozzini, Martina De Medio  //  Credits: Ance, Ispredil

Due to the Environmental Design conditions of the site (e.g. summer mean temperature of 34º), the intention of using Natural Ventilation, and in order to verify the feasibility of the Stack Effect in the proposed design, a Computer Fluid Dynamics simulation was made with an average wind speed of 3,3m/s (12km/h).

Research Topics: Natural Ventilation (CFD), Shading System Development, Shadow Analysis, Climate Analysis  //  Year: 2009  //  Team: Elian Hirsch  //  
Credits: Elian Hirsch

Laminam has a wider scope of expression in its outdoor applications. Owing to the excellent physical and mechanical properties of the product, it is ideal for outdoor coatings and floors: it is weather-resistant, unalterable by UV rays, and resists the most extreme stresses, in addition to affording a modern appearance. The slabs can be bonded with common building adhesives or applied to systems for ventilated façades to ensure best results in terms of energy savings and building renovations.  We were involved in testing possible applications of Laminam product on building façades.

Research Topics: Building Envelope Optimization  //  Year: 2004  //  Team: Ezio Arlati, Emanuele Naboni  //  Credits: Laminam