Rossano Albatici

Rossano Albatici
Università degli Studi di Trento | UNITN · Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering

PhD

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June 2002 - present
Italian Association for Architectural Engineering
Italian Association for Architectural Engineering
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Publications (104)
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Sexual well-being is a fundamental facet of the overall well-being of most individuals and implies the ability to have safe and pleasurable sexual experiences, beyond the absence of disease or disturbance. The extent to which people can achieve sexual well-being depends, among other aspects, on whether they live in an environment that promotes and...
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Urban green infrastructure (UGI) has a key role in improving human and environmental health in cities and contributes to several services related to climate adaptation. Accurate localization and quantification of pervious surfaces and canopy cover are envisaged to implement UGI, address sustainable spatial planning, and include adaptation and mitig...
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The present study investigates acoustic comfort in naturally ventilated residential buildings through an indoor soundscape approach. Preliminary results from a laboratory listening test are presented, where, in a mock-up living room with a window sight, participants have been exposed to 20 acoustic scenarios, obtained as a combination of 4 indoor s...
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The present work constitutes the sequel to the analysis of data from an online survey administered to 464 home workers in London in January 2021 during the COVID-19 lockdown. Perceived affective quality of indoor soundscapes has been assessed in the survey through a previously developed model, as the combination of two perceptual dimensions, one re...
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Data from an online survey conducted in January 2021 by 464 participants living in London and working from home (WFH) after the COVID-19 outbreak were analysed, focusing on: (1) types of building services at home, (2) perceived sound dominance of building services, and (3) the perception of the indoor acoustic environment (i.e. the indoor soundscap...
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Nell’era della digitalizzazione anche il mondo dell’edilizia è chiamato ad affrontare le sfide deri- vanti dalla raccolta, dall’analisi e dall’ottimizzazione dei dati. I benefici sono molteplici: la pos- sibilità di identificare problemi di performance, monitorare prestazioni in tempo reale e control- larne i costi, anticipare azioni di intervento,...
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Results of an online survey conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown among 848 home workers living in London (United Kingdom) and in Italy are reported with a focus on (1) the impacts of building services on the perception of the acoustic environment while working and relaxing at home and (2) the factors associated with window opening behaviour. The...
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Data from an online survey conducted in January 2021 by 464 participants living in London and working from home (WFH) after the COVID-19 outbreak were analysed, focusing on: (1) types of building services at home, (2) perceived sound dominance of building services, and (3) the perception of the indoor acoustic environment (i.e. the indoor soundscap...
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Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of the adoption of worldwide lockdown measures, the home environment has become the place where all the daily activities are taking place for many people. In these changed social and acoustical contexts, we wanted to evaluate the perception of the indoor acoustic environment in relation to tr...
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Cities and urban areas have an essential role in contributing to sustainable development, as highlighted in the New Urban Agenda and in the Paris Agreement. To this end, experts and municipalities have been setting green and low carbon agendas to transform the built environment and promoting measures to make cities resilient and inclusive. Although...
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Cities have a key role in tackling the challenges related to climate change and they constitute an ideal framework to engage with low carbon and green agendas, and to transform the built environment with resilient and inclusive measures. In this paper, the relationship between adaptation and mitigation strategies has been investigated, to evaluate...
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Negli spazi costruiti in cui siamo continuamente chiamati a vivere e abitare, i temi del risparmio energetico e del comfort indoor hanno raggiunto ormai livelli di attenzione elevati, suscitando l’interesse e il coinvolgimento diretto di ogni singola utenza. Ogni operazione va dunque valutata in relazione a questi due aspetti i quali, anche se fort...
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Regenerative building design represents a paradigm shift from current sustainability practices towards a new design approach, as it focuses not only on limiting negative impacts but also on promoting a positive contribution to social and ecological systems. Regenerative design and indoor soundscape research share a multidisciplinary approach and th...
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Models of perceived affective quality of soundscapes have been recently included into standards to guide the measurement and improvement of urban soundscapes. Such models have been developed in outdoor contexts and their validity in indoor built environments is unclear. A laboratory listening test was performed in a mock-up living room with a windo...
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The focus of the building industry and research is shifting from delivering satisfactory spaces to going beyond what is merely acceptable with a wave of new research and practice dedicated to exploring how the built environment can support task performance and enhance people´s health and well-being. The present study addresses the role of acoustics...
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One of the key issues of the contemporary city is “urban voids”, characterized by disused buildings. Such spaces can be the starting point for a new urban setting, where the city reconnects to the rural environment. Vertical farming can be a new paradigm connecting these often-opposed concepts, bringing several advantages. This paper presents an ex...
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The indoor-outdoor connection provided by ventilation openings has been so far a limiting factor in the use of natural ventilation (NV), due to the apparent conflict between ventilation needs and the intrusion of external noise. This limiting factor impedes naturally ventilated buildings meeting the acoustic criteria set by standards and rating pro...
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The design of an indoor acoustic environment positively perceived by building occupants requires a perceptual approach to be adopted in order to define what makes it sound good. Soundscape standards ISO 12913 have been introduced to assess how the acoustic environment is perceived, in context, by people. According to the standards, a straightforwar...
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Visual quality is an important component of indoor environment quality and greatly affects inhabitants’ perception of the living space. Nevertheless, the lighting design of residential buildings is usually underestimated by both designers and standards. This paper presents an integrated index for evaluating the visual quality of an indoor environme...
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Buildings in Europe account for 40% of total primary energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. Nearly one-half of the building stock was built before modern energy efficiency standards and need urgent renovation. Urban retrofitting has emerged as a crucial factor for bringing about a radical change, the new construction rate being lower than 1%....
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European energy politics, usually focused on the single building scale, are now broadening their field of interest towards a wider context, defining more adequate intervention strategies aiming at facilitating virtuous relationship between buildings at district, city and region levels. Themes related to human comfort are properly considered as well...
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Passive solar elements for both direct and indirect gains, are systems used to maintain a comfortable living environment while saving energy, especially in the building energy retrofit and adaptation process. Sunspaces, thermal mass and glazing area and orientation have been often used in the past to guarantee adequate indoor conditions when mechan...
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The complexity of a subject such as indoor comfort has encouraged the development of evaluation methods and scoring systems aimed at presenting either multiple indicators in a reduced set of results, a score, or a single classification, which can be more comprehensible for all the stakeholders involved. This paper examines these existing indoor com...
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The paper examines the relationship between energy efficiency and indoor comfort presenting an original methodology to assess data from simulation software. Recently, concerns about aspects related to occupant indoor comfort are arising near energy issues, usually considered the predominant key point for a sustainable construction. Various energy-o...
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Nowadays, deep and sudden climate changes are occurring, and the human actions are considered to be widely jointly liable. Such events are connected most of all to the building sector where a reversal of trend is now on going with difficulty, by means of the introduction of design, constructive and management methodologies more respectful of the en...
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Buildings in Europe account for 40% of total primary energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 40% of Europe’s building stock predates the 1960s (in Italy the percentage increases to 63.8% considering the 1970s), when standards regarding insulation, energy efficiency and indoor comfort did not exist, and the stock is now...
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The paper deals with a research carried out within the project CASA “Comfort for sustainable housing in the Alps”, concerning the definition of an integrated rating system of inner comfort from a thermal, visual, acoustic and IAQ point of view. A preliminary phase of the project is presented, regarding the evaluation of a free running single buildi...
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Quantitative thermography is now mostly accepted as a reliable method to measure energy performance of existing buildings, in particular the thermal transmittance U-values of opaque elements. Some researches have been conducted in this field, each presenting a different procedure verified by the application on simple case studies. Anyway, a compreh...
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Following international standards concerning energy performance of buildings, in absence of reliable data on the envelope characteristics, thermal transmittance of building elements should be measured in situ. The method commonly used, based on ISO recommendations, is the heat flow meter measurement method. An alternative approach is based on the i...
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Electric lighting is one of the major energy loads in non-residential buildings. It is strategic to examine the real behaviour of available lighting control systems for practical applications so as to allow the development of strategies that can improve the reliability of measured data (in terms of illuminance at the desktop) and the consequent res...
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Due to new European standards and requirements for energy performance in non-residential buildings, it is important to explore and quantify the benefits of intelligent (automated) energy-efficient operating systems relative to conventional (manual) systems. This paper explores the energy performance of an automated lighting control system under rea...
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This paper presents a parametric approach to the definition of a proper building shape compared to the building heating requirement in the very first stage of the design process. A new simplified index is introduced, namely the south exposure coefficient Cfs. In fact, as far as bioclimatic architecture is concerned, the relationship between buildin...
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Due to new regulations in the field of energy saving, international standards concerning energy requirements of buildings have been developed. In this field, during the design phase, one of the most important parameters to be considered is the value of heat losses coefficient through the envelope. Anyway, very often a great difference is experience...
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In the last years, building regulation and technical standard concerning energy efficient design and indoor comfort conditions addressed their attention most of all to the thermal characteristics of the envelope and to the energy systems. Other aspects of the design process are often underestimated and delegated to the experience and knowledge of s...
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Bioclimatic architecture deals with the relationship between buildings and natural environment in order to guarantee indoor comfort conditions and to minimize energy requirements. The building shape is a fundamental aspect of that relationship. Usually, in thermal behavior analysis this parameter is considered only from the point of view of compact...
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This paper deals with research carried out at the Laboratory of Building Design, University of Trento, Italy to define possible design actions to improve energy efficiency and indoor comfort conditions in residential buildings. The paper presents retrofitting interventions both in wintertime and summertime, through the use of passive solar elements...
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It has always been an exacting work to plan an intervention regarding the restoration, the structural renovation and the new destination of use of a building having high historical and artistic values, whose realization involves many different designing and technical-scientific competencies. In order to change the destination of use of a building,...