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Front. Built Environ. | doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2019.00125

Non-invasive methods for energy and seismic retrofit in historical building in Italy

 Elisabetta Negro1*,  MICHELE D'AMATO1 and NICOLA CARDINALE1
  • 1University of Basilicata, Italy

Italian historical buildings do not respect often standard requirements established by National regulations, so that they need of an energy requalification. In addition, commonly the adopted provisions do not belong to an integral design approach in which different aspects, such as architectonic, energetic and structural should be together considered for obtaining a total building rehabilitation.
This work mainly addresses to the application of non-invasive methods for energy retrofitting of historical buildings in Italy. In particular, an energy audit protocol is studied and applied to a case study, consisting on an ancient masonry building located within the historical centre of “Sassi of Matera”, recognized as UNESCO site since 1993. In the paper some energy efficiency measures are considered, by examining also alternative interventions with respect to the classical ones, by applying innovative and sustainable materials, fashionable as well from a structural point of view. This proposal, to be investigated more in detail in future, responds to the criteria of non-invasiveness for preserving the cultural heritage identity, and simultaneously improving the energy and the structural response.

Keywords: Energy audit, Kenaf fiber, indoor comfort, Thermography, Seismic Upgrading

Received: 26 Apr 2019; Accepted: 03 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Negro, D'AMATO and CARDINALE. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Elisabetta Negro, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy, ing.negroelisabetta@gmail.com