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Sustainability, Vol. 10, Pages 969: Renovation of a School Building: Energy Retrofit and Seismic Upgrade in a School Building in Motta Di Livenza

Sustainability, Vol. 10, Pages 969: Renovation of a School Building: Energy Retrofit and Seismic Upgrade in a School Building in Motta Di Livenza

Sustainability doi: 10.3390/su10040969

Authors: Tiziano Dalla Mora Maria Pinamonti Lorenzo Teso Giosuè Boscato Fabio Peron Piercarlo Romagnoni

The main part of Italian building stock was built before the energy and seismic regulations, so most of buildings need comprehensive refurbishment to achieve the performance required by laws that are in force. This paper presents an experimental study for an energy and structural upgrade methodology, applied to an existing school building in the north-east of Italy. The methodology is based on the International Energy Agency–Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (IEA–EBC) Annex 56 project guidelines. For the energy retrofit, a set of interventions is defined concerning the building envelope and systems. Among these interventions, the optimal cost is identified: this minimizes the energy demand and the CO2 emissions, and reduces the financial commitment. The analysis of the seismic retrofit is developed using innovative techniques of intervention and high-performance materials. The proposed interventions are evaluated in terms of efficacy and cost. The results show that it is possible to identify a comprehensive energy retrofit at optimal cost, thanks to high energy saving and subsidies. For the seismic retrofit, the intervention with the higher cost-effectiveness ratio is determined, but the related investment does not have a payback time. The union of the two retrofits permits the combination of benefits and has a payback time for both the interventions. It is possible to state that the cost of a combined intervention is lower than the costs of two different interventions; therefore, when a single retrofit is needed, the possibility of a combined intervention should be evaluated.

Authors:   Mora, Tiziano Dalla ; Pinamonti, Maria ; Teso, Lorenzo ; Boscato, Giosuè ; Peron, Fabio ; Romagnoni, Piercarlo
Journal:   Sustainability
Volume:   10
edition:   4
Year:   2018
Pages:   969
DOI:   10.3390/su10040969
Publication date:   26-Mar-2018
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