POLITECNICO DI MILANO – DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING (DABC)


1. Prof. Niccolò Aste (PhD, Full Professor)

Graduated cum laude in Architecture with a thesis on building integrated photovoltaics, he received his Ph.D. in building physics and technology with a thesis on hybrid PV/Thermal systems. Starting from 1995, he has been actively engaged in the research activities related to energy efficiency of the built environment and to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, with particular reference to the topics of PV technology and its building integration. Since 2002, he is working first as Assistant Professor and then as Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano university. Over the years, he has been participating in various National and International research projects. He has also participated in the activities of International Energy Agency: IEA-PVPS Task 7 (PV Power Systems Integrated in Buildings), IEA-PVPS Task 10 (Urban-Scale Photovoltaic Applications) and IEA ECES Annex 31 (Energy Storage with Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts: Optimization and Automation). He has been a consultant in the field of photovoltaics for the Italian Ministry of Environment and for the National Energy Services Manager (GSE). He also worked as a professional designer and consultant in the field of architectural design and systems, with particular reference to building integration of photovoltaics. Over the years, he has significantly contributed to energy research and has more than 100 scientific publications including three books on the aforementioned issues and research themes. Prof. Aste is also coordinating the PV Test Facility at the Politecnico di Milano, where a specific section is dedicated to the outdoor testing of PV and PV/T components.

The global climate change challenge may be won only by radically rethinking our energy system. One of the most critical aspects of this endeavor is represented by our buildings’ consumptions – heating, cooling and electricity – making up for about 40% of Europe’s total energy budget. The EU’s recent energy policies aim at realizing nearly zero energy buildings; however, the greatest weight of the energy share is due to existing buildings whose low efficiencies risk becoming unsustainable. It is thus utterly important to devise building stock retrofit strategies able to produce concrete solutions effective at a large scale. The project HEART aims at realizing the transformation of existing buildings into nZEBs through multi-technological synergistic systems in which building envelop and technical plants closely interact to guarantee at the same time the highest levels of efficiency and economical convenience and comfort for tenants. The second challenge I will face in the next years is to coordinate with the same effectiveness the multidisciplinary team that supports the project and to adequately value the contribution of all the project’s partners.


2. Dr. Rajendra S. Adhikari (PhD, Associate Professor)

Graduated in Physics, Ph.D. in Advanced Technologies for Solar Energy Utilization and Master in Energy and Environmental Economics and Management (Master MEDEA). Dr. Adhikari is involved in teaching and research activities and his research work is mainly focused on renewable energy (solar thermal, PV and desalination), energy efficient buildings, energy conservation and low energy technologies. Over the years, he has been participating in various National and International research projects and significantly contributed to energy research with more than 80 publications in various International/National Journals of repute and conferences/seminars. He has participated in the activities of IEA-Task 25 (Solar Assisted Air Conditioning of Buildings), IEA SHC-Task 38 (Solar Air-conditioning and Refrigeration) and IEA PVPS-Task 10 (Urban-Scale Photovoltaic Applications). Dr. Adhikari has been the member of the editorial board of the international journal ISRN Renewable Energy (The International Scholarly Research Network Publishing) during 2011-13. Currently he is the member of editorial board of and Energy and Power (Scientific & Academic Publishing) since 2011 and Current Advances in Energy Research (American V-King Scientific Publishing) since 2013. He has been the member of the Technical Committee of International Conference PLEA-2011, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 13-15 July 2011 and PLEA-2012, Lima, Peru, 7-9 November 2012 and International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB’14), Frankfurt, Germany, 2-3 April 2014.

HEART is an innovative project for the development of a multi-technology toolkit, allows to transform an existing building in a highly efficient Smart Building exploiting synergistically installation and building sub-components. The use of HEART allows not only to optimize the building energy performance but also make it extremely reliable, documented and transparent. This latter aspect proves to be one of HEART’s greatest strengths as it constitutes an instrument of control and guarantee for the stimulation and promotion of incentives and (private or public) financial investments in building energy retrofit. As a key personal from POLIMI team, I am engaged in the scientific activities related to WP4: Cloud-based DSS and BEMS, in addition to support activities for WP1: Scientific and Project Management.


3. Dr. Claudio Del Pero (PhD, Senior Researcher)

Graduated cum laude in Environmental Engineering, he got a Ph.D. in building physics and technology. Starting from 2006, he has been actively engaged in the research and advisory activities related to energy efficiency of the built environment and to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, with particular reference to the topics of PV technology and distributed energy generation. Over the years he has been involved in various National and International research projects related to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency in the built environment and energy management. He has also participated in the activities of the International Energy Agency: IEA-PVPS Task 10 (Urban-Scale Photovoltaic Applications) and IEA-ECES Annex 31 (Energy storage with Net Zero Energy Buildings and Districts: Optimization and Automation). He is also the technical coordinator of the PV Test Facility at the Politecnico di Milano, where a specific section is dedicated to the outdoor testing of PV and hybrid components. He is co-author of more than 40 scientific publications.

HEART project is a unique opportunity to enable the systemic, cost-effective, smart and energy efficient retrofit of existing social housing buildings. As a member of the leading partner of the project, my main role will be to coordinate and support the smooth development of the different tasks and to ensure the integrated optimization of the whole system.


4. Dr. Fabrizio Leonforte (Research Fello and Adjunct Professor)

Fabrizio Leonforte, engineer and PhD, is a research fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Politecnico di Milano. Starting from 2010 he has been actively involved in the field of solar energy applications, low energy architecture and sustainable urban development. He has carried out different theoretical and experimental works related to such issue, with a special focus on renewable energy system for buildings integration. He has participated also in national and international research programs on the same topics. Recently he become contributor of the handbook “Sustainable building design for tropical climates – Principles and applications for eastern Africa” edited in the international program: United Nations Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) and Guidelines for Sustainable Energy Technologies for Food utilization by EU DG ECHO. He is also co-author of several relevant publications in scientific journal on the aforementioned issues and research themes.

HEART is a project that will revolutionize the retrofit concept in building construction and make users aware about energy consumptions. As member of Politecnico di Milano, I’ll carry out parametric analysis on the whole system in order to guarantee high levels of synergy between subcomponents and, hence, to achieve the expected energy saving.


5. Dr. Ingrid Paoletti (PhD, Associate Professor)

She is coordinator of the Department Laboratory for Technical Information and co-founder of the group of researcher ACTLAB – Architecture Computation Technology Lab where she experiments Innovative Technologies for Architecture. She is CIB member, Task Group 119 in Customized Industrial Construction and of the IIMCP network on Mass-customization. The research activity is characterized by a constant interest in deepening the role of technical innovation in architecture with a particular emphasis on advanced construction methods and machines. A special interest is focused on the role of innovative technologies and tools to combine design and production. She has won different national and international research on the topic, the last one by Lombardy Region for real scale experimental prototyping in architecture. She has written several books including “Una finestra sul trasferimento. Tecnologie innovative per l’architettura, Libreria Clup, Milano, 2003”, “Costruire le forme complesse, Libreria Clup, Milano, 2006” (completly translated in english) and “Dall’idea al cantiere, Hoepli, Milano, 2008”, “Innovative Design and construction Technologies, Maggioli, 2009”, “Future Systems, Franco Angeli, 2010”, “Mass Innovation. Emerging Technologies in Construction, Maggioli, 2011”, “Advanced Customization in Architectural Design and Construction, Springer, 2015”, articles in journals and paper for Conferences.

HEART is a revolutionary project in terms of how holistic is the approach: from energy, to sustainability to innovative technical solutions, always with a glance to the future. As advisor of the technological strategies for the envelope design solution in the Politecnico di Milano Team, I will develop with the manufacturers quick, light weight and efficient solutions for re-cladding that will foster innovative solution in the AEC Sector.