Buildings

Sustainable Buildings

This research line focuses on the analysis of building solutions, both at the level of energy and construction systems, which reduce the ecological footprint of the life cycle of buildings. Therefore, the research encompasses both the analysis and application of methodologies to approach the objectives of nearly zero energy consumption buildings (NZEB) in new and existing buildings, such as the study, proposal and testing of new materials, constructive solutions or systems for energy production or energy distribution of low environmental and economic impact, both in the first world and in developing countries. The research group has experience in projects in various areas in this field, such as: thermal inertia in buildings with phase change materials (PCMS) and with earth, monitoring of experimental buildings and construction systems, analysis of material and life cycle flows, and energy analysis of consumption and energy production of university buildings in relation to NZEB.

Currently the active lines of the group are the following:

  • Investigation of new economic constructive systems and with low environmental impact, applicable to projects for the development.
  • Simulation and evaluation of the thermal comfort of buildings with passive systems.
  • Study of the degree of attainment of the EU nZEB concept (nearly zero energy buildings) for institutional and commercial buildings and study proposals for enhancing energy efficiency.
  • Intelligent cities of Nearly-Zero Energy Cities, NZEC.