No. 24 (2022): Housing Renovation
Research and Experimentation

Positive Energy Districts and deep renovation actions to move beyond the 2025 EU Targets

Rosa Romano
Dipartimento di Architettura (DIDA), Università degli studi di Firenze
Maria Beatrice Andreucci
Dipartimento di Pianificazione, Design, Tecnologia dell’Architettura, Sapienza Università di Roma
Emanuela Giancola
Department of Energy, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) Madrid

Published 2022-07-26


  • Positive Energy District,
  • Climate neutral cities,
  • Energy transition,
  • Smart Cities and Communities,
  • Deep Renovation

How to Cite

Romano, R., Andreucci, M. B. ., & Giancola, E. . (2022). Positive Energy Districts and deep renovation actions to move beyond the 2025 EU Targets. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (24), 242–253.


Starting from selected results of the COST ACTION PED-EU-NET and IEA EBC Annex 83 PEDs, this article presents an overview of the European projects that, in recent years, have made it possible to evolve from the nZEB concept (applied to deep renovation interventions) towards the Positive Energy District model, redefining the spatial, functional, organisational, technological and environmental aspects of the interscalar relationship between housing, building and settlement. The ambition is to affect the ongoing change positively, developing tools for knowledge and validation of current experiences, generating new shared values of an ecological-environmental matrix and promoting quality of life, inclusion and social sustainability.


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