Politecnico Milano

Technical University Italy

Within the Energy Department of Politecnico di Milano, the end-use Efficiency Research Group eERG, is dedicated to: research, technology transfer and teaching about the efficient use of energy in buildings. In particular in the areas of: building physics, low and zero energy buildings, passive cooling techniques, thermal and visual comfort assessment; monitoring of energy and comfort parameters, efficient lighting and daylighting; technical and economic analysis of energy-using products; evaluation and certification of energy saving measures in the context  of liberalised energy markets. Within the Energy Department of Politecnico di Milano, the end-use Efficiency Research Group eERG, is dedicated to research, technology transfer and teaching about the efficient use of energy in buildings. In particular in the areas of: building physics, low and zero energy buildings, passive cooling techniques, thermal and visual comfort assessment; monitoring of energy and comfort parameters, efficient lighting and daylighting; technical and economic analysis of energy-using products; evaluation and certification of energy saving measures in the context  of liberalised energy markets.

Past and ongoing work of eERG include:

  • Research via experimental test facilities and computer simulation on advanced glazing, shading, and ground exchangers for heating and cooling
  • Building simulation to identify retrofit saving potentials with special focus on passive summer comfort
  • Energy analysis to support the integrated design of advanced low energy buildings
  • Large in field measurement campaigns to assess comfort levels in buildings (ASHRAE class I measurements and subjective surveys in commercial buildings).

eERG has promoted and coordinated a IEE Project on the adaptation of the PassivHaus concept to the Mediterranean climates. This work has proposed a new performance oriented standard definition of PassivHaus (PH), adapted to warmer climates, including an upper limit to energy need for cooling and a more explicit definition of summer comfort. eERG performed simulations to find models of buildings able to meet the new PH standard in exemplary warm Italian climates and to support design of real buildings some of which have been extensively monitored and analyzed.

More information: http://www.eerg.it/