TECHNE 5 (2013): Environment emergency
Research and Experimentation

Integrated quality: a target for sustainable schools

TECHNE 5 (2013): Environment emergency

Published 2013-05-13


  • School buildings,
  • Sustainability,
  • Retrofitting,
  • Energy efficiency

How to Cite

Antonini, E., Boeri, A., Gaspari, J., & Longo, D. (2013). Integrated quality: a target for sustainable schools. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (5), 154–161.


Recent surveys on the condition of the Italian school building stock provide information on its relevant seismic behavior and fire safety levels, however no information is made available on its thermo-hygrometric conditions and energy behaviour, despite the fact that the former has a considerable impact on the use and physical conditions of indoor environments and the latter plays a fundamental role in limiting the buildings operating costs, as literature abundantly shows.
This paper reports the results of a study carried out on a sample of Italian school buildings, substantiating their high levels of energy consumption, and describes the application of a specific method of analysis used for identifying the main causes of these, therefore allowing to propose some possible strategies for retrofitting, aimed to improving the building energy efficiency and environmental quality, by way of simulations and validation of their relevant effects and benefits.


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