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Zero Energy Building towards Zero Embodied Energy Building (ZEB twd ZEEB)

Goal: The Research Group, which until 2019/12/31 had the name "Zero Energy Building and Urban
Regeneration for Climate Friendly Cities", investigates the technical, procedural and
methodological issues of technological design and energy retrofit/restoration, with a
multidisciplinary and multiscalar approach (from urban landscape and open spaces, to building
materials and components), as well as with circular and regenerative methods, for the improvement
of energy-environmental performance of the built heritage, enhancement of the passive bioclimatic
performance of the building, reduction, rationalization and optimization of primary energy
consumption, integration and use of energy from renewable sources and definition of innovative
technological solutions and, at the same time, innovative use of traditional technological solutions.
A specialist focus is given by the role played, in this system, by innovative bio-based materials,
whose application in the architectural field is possible if not desirable from the point of view of the
"cradle-to-cradle" approach as an opportunity given by technological progress in order to orient the
construction sector towards environmentally conscious behaviour. The compatibility analysis
allows to define for each material the limitation of the carbon footprint, embodied energy and
identification of the environmental load capacity, which can be defined as the ability to absorb and
control the phenomena of environmental transformations with a sustainable impact for the
ecosystem.
The activities of the Research Group are part of the national SITdA-nZEB Cluster, to which 54
lecturers from 16 different Italian universities belong
(http://www.sitda.net/index.php/cluster/nzeb.html).

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La riconsiderazione del ruolo della materia nel processo di progettazione, con tutta la sua qualità morfologica, ecosistemica e funzionale, è il punto di partenza della speri-mentazione sulle bioplastiche innovative condotta in partenariato industriale dal grup-po di ricerca ZEBtwdZEEB dell'Università della Campania 'Luigi Vanvitelli' con la Service Biotech Srl. L'uso del microscopio elettronico a scansione ha permesso di valuta-re a livello micro le dinamiche biologiche evolutive alla base della sperimentazione, pie-namente in linea con l'approccio del Design rigenerativo e del Design eco-tecnologico. Reconsidering the role of the matter in the design process, with all its morphological ecosystemic and functional quality, is the starting point for the experimentation on innovative bioplastics conducted in industrial partnership by ZEBtwdZEEB Research Group of 'L. Vanvitelli' University of Campania with Service Biotech Srl. The use of the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) allowed evaluating the biological evolutionary dynamics at micro-level that are at the base of the experimentation, fully in line with the approach of the regenerative Design and the Ecotechnological Design. KEYWORDS materiali a base biologica, bioplastica, SEM, analisi EDX, approccio cradle-to-cradle bio-based materials, bioplastics, SEM, EDX analysis, cradle-to-cradle approach Salvatore Del Prete, Biotechnologist and CEO of Service Biotech Srl, carries out research on the morphological study of surface structures and eukaryotic and prokary-otic cell organelles (pathogenic and non-pathogenic) and on the biochemistry of the precorneal film and on the structure and morphology and function of the microvilli, thanks to the use of SEM and TEM microscopes. Speaker at national and international conferences. Mob. +39 329/987.10.535 |
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The research has led to the construction of a prototype of a zero-energy building (minimum single-user residential unit of 3x3m), built with the innovative LGS construction system in light bent recycled steel, produced with Controlling Automatically Roll Forming Machine for which different envelope solutions have been designed, which in just 20 cm thickness guarantee high technological performance.
The technological system uses new technologies and electronic systems adapted to the consumer's needs, optimizes its operation and improves energy performance and safety, meeting the requirements of Directive 2018/844/EU.
The technology used is characterized by a strong specialist know-how that concerns the design and engineering phases of the product, while the implementation phase is simplified and, above all, fast, without the need for skilled labor. This makes it easy to export the product, in any context, without the need to export the process.
 
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The regenerative city uses water, land and energy in a coordinated way and in harmony with the environment, contributing to the resilience of the entire system. From an architectural point of view, the issue can be addressed according to both the eco-cultural and eco-aesthetic approach, which shifts the architectural debate into the sphere of metaphorical and paradigmatic values, far from the logic of mere energy efficiency, but utopianly connected with ecological consciousness and resilient intelligence, antidote to modernism and materialism. The paper presents the results of a research that has investigated the possible benefits related to the use of algae in architecture, according to the "Cradle to Cradle" approach, aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry. From a methodological point of view, the study of "algae based grown materials" was conducted according to the Biomimetic approach, which involves the conscious transposition of natural biological processes to the artificial world, " miming" the mechanisms that govern nature. The critical analysis of the characteristics and properties of algae used both as thermal insulators both as biomass for photo-reactors in some significant case studies, were evaluated in relation to the phases: Cradle-Operational-Grave-Cradle.
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This research proposes the development of a diagnostic tool to separately inspect the energetic and seismic behaviour of buildings in the small hamlet of Baia e Latina (district of Caserta) in order to evaluate and implement retrofitting interventions from seismic, energetic, and functional points of view. Methods, approaches, and tools relating to the minimisation of seismic vulnerability and energy consumption have been increasingly used and tested in order to ensure both sustainability and safety, with a connection that may improve the performances of both cultural and environmental heritage. The diagnosis method, stemming from the energy audit and the energy imprint evaluations of the buildings system (and the envelope above all), aims to redesign the whole construction or some of its parts within an energetic framework. With reference to the seismic behaviour of building aggregates, the basic methodology that has been conceived for isolated masonry buildings through a survey form has represented the starting tool for the application of an appropriate quick evaluation form considered for the aggregated structural units of historical centres. Finally, the methodology employed is aimed at obtaining an Energy Performance Certificate for the structural units of examined masonry aggregates without neglecting their seismic behaviour, which has been assessed in terms of vulnerability and damage.
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The roofs are a complex part of the architectural constructive system: they represent the attack on the sky, which has the role to mitigate the effects of weathering and to crown the building. However, they are also an unusual landscape that look from above, cover and protect their city. This paper presents an analysis of some interesting technological design works, conducted with methodological needs-performance approach. It is a part of wider research on energy and environmentally responsible retrofits of constructive characters of the architectural heritage in the Mediterranean area, conducted as member of the Inter-University Centre of Bio-ecological Architecture and Technological Innovation for the Environment (ABITA) and addressed to knowledge the local constructive traditions and bio-ecological potentiality of this existing building heritage.
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The Research Group, which until 2019/12/31 had the name "Zero Energy Building and Urban
Regeneration for Climate Friendly Cities", investigates the technical, procedural and
methodological issues of technological design and energy retrofit/restoration, with a
multidisciplinary and multiscalar approach (from urban landscape and open spaces, to building
materials and components), as well as with circular and regenerative methods, for the improvement
of energy-environmental performance of the built heritage, enhancement of the passive bioclimatic
performance of the building, reduction, rationalization and optimization of primary energy
consumption, integration and use of energy from renewable sources and definition of innovative
technological solutions and, at the same time, innovative use of traditional technological solutions.
A specialist focus is given by the role played, in this system, by innovative bio-based materials,
whose application in the architectural field is possible if not desirable from the point of view of the
"cradle-to-cradle" approach as an opportunity given by technological progress in order to orient the
construction sector towards environmentally conscious behaviour. The compatibility analysis
allows to define for each material the limitation of the carbon footprint, embodied energy and
identification of the environmental load capacity, which can be defined as the ability to absorb and
control the phenomena of environmental transformations with a sustainable impact for the
ecosystem.
The activities of the Research Group are part of the national SITdA-nZEB Cluster, to which 54
lecturers from 16 different Italian universities belong
 
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The nZeroEnergyBox project was presented at the Research Exchange in Salerno on May 22-24, 2017
 
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