No. 25 (2023): Enabling Roles of Technology
Research and Experimentation

Enabling technologies to support energy transition in social housing

Jacopo Gaspari
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Bologna
Ernesto Antonini
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Bologna
Lia Marchi
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Bologna

Published 2023-05-30


  • Enabling technologies,
  • Energy transition,
  • Social housing,
  • Predictive tool,
  • Building-user interaction

How to Cite

Gaspari, J., Antonini, E., & Marchi, L. (2023). Enabling technologies to support energy transition in social housing. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (25), 143–152.


Housing plays a key role in the world path to energy transition, and retrofitting buildings is a major asset to this end. Unfortunately, despite the supporting measures and incentives promoted in many countries, the renovation rate is still too slow. This is even more complex within some specific assets, such as social housing, which, especially in Italy, depends on the availability of public funds. The study proposes a predictive tool conceived as an enabler in the decision-making process, capable of considering and comparing the performance levels that different retrofitting actions can reach, according to building features, intervention costs, timing, and resource availability. The tool is tested on a social housing case study in Bologna.


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