Valeria Cascione

Valeria Cascione
University of Bath | UB · BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, Department Architecture and Civil Engineering,

PhD in Civil Engineering

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Introduction
Research Associate on life cycle assessment of cirucalr bio-based buildings
Education
October 2017 - October 2020
University of Bath
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering
September 2010 - December 2016
Politecnico di Bari
Field of study
  • Architecture and Building Engineering

Publications

Publications (16)
Conference Paper
In this article we report the results of a study using Life Cycle Assessment methods to evaluate the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of five bio-based materials (mycelium, flax, sheep's wool, cellulose, wood fibre and cork) and two non-renewable insulation materials (mineral wool and PUR). This research demonstrated that sheep's wool can have a GWP...
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To assess the potential benefits and impacts of circular bio-based buildings, life cycle assessment (LCA) is a valuable method to identify systems or elements that have negative effects on the environment during the whole building life. To achieve low carbon buildings, LCA should be performed during the early design stage of buildings, to influence...
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The construction sector is a large consumer of non-renewable resources and it is responsible of 44% of global energy related CO 2 emissions. Circular economy is an emerging strategy that has potential to make significant improvements in the construction industry, by taking efficient and sustainable actions against climate change. The principles of...
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Non-residential circular construction projects using bio-based materials have been realised in the United Kingdom. Case studies include the Adnams Distribution Centre, the University of East Anglia’s Enterprise Centre and the British Science Museum’s hempcrete storage facility. The bio-based buildings utilise the natural properties of bio-based mat...
Conference Paper
The construction sector is a large consumer of non-renewable resources and it is responsible of 44% of global energy related CO2 emissions. Circular economy is an emerging strategy that has potential to make significant improvements in the construction industry, by taking efficient and sustainable actions against climate change. The principles of c...
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High or low indoor relative humidity (RH) levels may have negative effects on people’s health and well-being. To regulate the humidity, air conditioning systems can be used, requiring energy and increasing the environmental emissions. However, some materials, like clay and gypsum, which are described as hygroscopic, can passively regulate the indoo...
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Wall constructions have the capacity to contribute to the passive regulation of indoor Relative Humidity. This property, referred to as moisture buffering, is linked to the hygroscopicity of materials, which allows materials to store and release moisture from and to the surrounding air, depending on the indoor Relative Humidity levels. Laboratory t...
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Buildings are subjected to the indoor environment, especially in non-controlled climates. Temperature and humidity variations might effect or even damage materials sensitive to moisture. For this reason, it is important to understand the response of hygroscopic materials to variable indoor environmental conditions. Existing methods looked into the...
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The regulation of indoor relative humidity is a key factor for the provision of occupant health and comfort. Passive humidity regulation is possible if porous materials, for example clay and gypsum plasters, are exposed to the indoor environment. Materials that are highly hygroscopic can help regulate relative humidity levels through their capacity...
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It is important to control indoor humidity level in buildings as it influences occupant's health and comfort. Hygroscopic building materials present great potential to passively regulate air humidity due to their ability to adsorb and desorb moisture. In recent years researchers have focused on this capacity, referred to as Moisture Buffering, as i...
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It is important to control indoor humidity level in buildings as it influences occupant’s health and comfort. Some materials, when exposed to the indoor environment, help regulate relative humidity levels due to their capacity to absorb and desorb water vapour. The potential of earthen plasters to improve indoor comfort was investigated through exp...
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Hygroscopic finishing materials can be used to moderate indoor humidity levels; they have the capacity to adsorb and release moisture from and to the surrounding air, depending on the indoor relative humidity levels. To determine the moisture buffering properties of materials several protocols have been introduced. However, testing procedures are b...
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Hygoscopic finishing materials improve the indoor hygrothermal comfort and air quality, as they reduce the extremes of variation in relative humidity. This property, known as moisture buffering, is related to the capacity of hygroscopic materials to adsorb and desorb moisture from the air. Air velocity plays an important role on the sorption perfor...
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The application of insulating materials for energy refurbishment of buildings improves the thermal transmittance of the envelope. However, if not properly planned and realized, it could reduce the wall's drying potential, modifying its original features and leaving it generally more humid. This can lead to moisture damages, humid insulation materia...
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The application of new insulating material during building rehabilitation makes the structural wall less permeable to water vapour. As consequence the thermal transmittance and the indoor thermal excursions increase in values, reducing the user’s living comfort. Therefore, it becomes essential to assess detailed hygrothermal evaluation of envelopes...

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Projects (3)
Archived project
Development of an experimental thesis on hygrothermal assessment of building envelopes through dynamic simulations with WUFI Pro and WUFI Plus software, researching the Italian climate and material property dates. The objectives of the thesis are to give a comprehensive assessment of the Italian and international legislation pertaining to energy-saving techniques and the management of hygrothermal problems of the buildings, to offer an overview of the functionality and potential of dynamic simulations and an analysis of the hygrothermal behavior of some typical Italian technical solutions depending on the type of energy building recovery work, the type of insulation materials and the climatic area.