The link between urban form and building energy demand is a complex balance of morphological, constructive, utilization and climatic factor. Especially in the European compact city, where existing areas prevail on much more energy-efficient new settlements, it is evident that operative ways to transform efficiently the building stock have to be found. This paper explores the existence of a relation between built mass and energy demand depending on urban form. Focusing on the compact city of Mediterranean climate, tests on different case studies simulations are carried out. Results presented and discussed, point out that mass has strong relevance on energy demand and plays an important role in reducing energy consumptions. This paper is a preliminary report of an ongoing research study about one possible way to comprehend "metabolic rate" scaling law - The relationship between power and mass of a complex system in its process - concerning urban fabric. This knowledge-base could help verify the accordance with this rule on urban scale and give hints to conscious and effective built environment transformations towards more efficient conditions.

Built-form, mass and energy: Urban fabric performance / Morganti, Michele; A., Pages Ramon; A., Isalgue; H., Coch; Cecere, Carlo. - STAMPA. - (2013), pp. 1-6. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 28th International PLEA Conference on Sustainable Architecture + Urban Design: Opportunities, Limits and Needs - Towards an Environmentally Responsible Architecture tenutosi a Lima, Perù nel 7 November 2012 through 9 November 2012.

Built-form, mass and energy: Urban fabric performance

MORGANTI, MICHELE;CECERE, Carlo
2013

Abstract

The link between urban form and building energy demand is a complex balance of morphological, constructive, utilization and climatic factor. Especially in the European compact city, where existing areas prevail on much more energy-efficient new settlements, it is evident that operative ways to transform efficiently the building stock have to be found. This paper explores the existence of a relation between built mass and energy demand depending on urban form. Focusing on the compact city of Mediterranean climate, tests on different case studies simulations are carried out. Results presented and discussed, point out that mass has strong relevance on energy demand and plays an important role in reducing energy consumptions. This paper is a preliminary report of an ongoing research study about one possible way to comprehend "metabolic rate" scaling law - The relationship between power and mass of a complex system in its process - concerning urban fabric. This knowledge-base could help verify the accordance with this rule on urban scale and give hints to conscious and effective built environment transformations towards more efficient conditions.
28th International PLEA Conference on Sustainable Architecture + Urban Design: Opportunities, Limits and Needs - Towards an Environmentally Responsible Architecture
building mass; energy performance; energy demand modelling; urban fabric; built-form
04 Pubblicazione in atti di convegno::04b Atto di convegno in volume
Built-form, mass and energy: Urban fabric performance / Morganti, Michele; A., Pages Ramon; A., Isalgue; H., Coch; Cecere, Carlo. - STAMPA. - (2013), pp. 1-6. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 28th International PLEA Conference on Sustainable Architecture + Urban Design: Opportunities, Limits and Needs - Towards an Environmentally Responsible Architecture tenutosi a Lima, Perù nel 7 November 2012 through 9 November 2012.
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