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Energy Performance of Buildings

Energy Efficiency and Built Environment in Temperate Climates

  • Sofia-Natalia Boemi
  • Olatz Irulegi
  • Mattheos Santamouris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes
    Pages 1-15
  3. Challenges and Priorities for a Sustainable Built Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Argiro Dimoudi, Stamatis Zoras
      Pages 37-62
    3. Sofia-Natalia Boemi, Charalampos Tziogas
      Pages 79-93
    4. Nieves García Martín, Gerardo Sabater-Grande, Aurora García-Gallego, Nikolaos Georgantzis, Iván Barreda-Tarrazona, Enrique Belenguer
      Pages 107-121
  4. The Built Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Antonio Serra
      Pages 167-202
    3. Sofia-Natalia Boemi, Olatz Irulegi
      Pages 235-250
    4. Martha C. Katafygiotou, Despoina K. Serghides
      Pages 251-268
  5. Building’s Design and Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Sergio Sibilio, Antonio Rosato
      Pages 291-318
    3. A. de Gracia, C. Barreneche, A. I. Fernández, L. F. Cabeza
      Pages 319-348

About this book


  • Examines the characteristics, challenges and energy potential of buildings in temperate climates
  • Provides sorely needed benchmarks for relative energy performance levels of buildings, as judged against current regulations, best case scenarios and emerging trends
  • Explains design techniques and technologies to achieve required energy efficiency, comfort and occupant health performance levels, with theory supported by real examples
  • Addresses such key topics as how the building performance may vary with climate change, increasing resiliency to heat waves and transitioning toward Net Zero Buildings
  • Emphasizes the differences between new construction and retrofitting

Energy Performance of Buildings addresses the imperative need to recognize the impacts of built environments on the world. It analyzes the trends and technologies of green and energy efficient building, identifying strategies for implementing energy savings and enabling the use of renewable resources in residential, commercial, healthcare and educational building sectors. The authors focus on best practices in temperate climates, providing in-depth coverage of urban heat islands, climate change and fuel poverty mitigation through architectural optimization, leveraging renewable energy sources and utilization of cutting-edge cooling materials. Pragmatic emphasis is placed on improving the energy performance of existing building stock to meet objectives of climate and energy conservation strategies. Engineers, architects, designers, students, policy makers and efficiency professionals will all gain valuable insights and ideas from this practical guide to greening the built environment.


Building Sector Trends Building Stock Cool Materials Energy Certification Energy Conservation Energy Efficiency Energy Performance Building Directive Heat Islands Zero Net Energy Buildings Zero Net Energy Buildings

Editors and affiliations

  • Sofia-Natalia Boemi
    • 1
  • Olatz Irulegi
    • 2
  • Mattheos Santamouris
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Process Equipment Design LaboratoryAristotle University ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.University of the Basque CountrySan SebastiánSpain
  3. 3.Group Building Environmental Research Athens, Physics DepartmentNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

About the editors

Dr. Mat Santamouris is Professor of Energy Physics at the University of Athens and The Cyprus Institute. He has served as visiting professor at the Metropolitan University of London, Tokyo Polytechnic University, National University of Singapore, and Bolzano University. He served as President of the National Center of Renewable Energies and Savings from 2010-2012. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Building Environmental Research, Editor of the Energy and Building Journal, Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal, Consulting Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Energy, Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Energy Conversion and Management and member of the Editorial Board of eight additional journals. He has been guest editor of twenty special issues of esteemed scientific journals, coordinator of many major international research programs like PASCOOL, OFFICE, POLISTUDIES, AIOLOS, BUILT, RESET, INTERSET, COOL ROOFS, etc. and consultant to many international and national energy institutions. In addition, he has performed as external examiner at eight international universities, referee for 72 international peer reviewed scientific journals and reviewer of  research projects in the European Commission, USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Sweden, Luxembourg, Ireland, Estonia, Slovenia, Qatar, Cyprus, etc. He is author of over 200 scientific papers published in peer review international scientific journals, as well as editor or author of 12 books on topics related to heat islands, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings.

Dr. Vitor Manuel da Silva Leal is Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Porto, managing the MIT Portugal Program in Sustainable Energy Systems. He teaches courses in Energy Planning, Energy in Buildings, Demand-side Management and Heat Transfer.

Dr. Sofia-Natalia Boemi is conducting post-doctorate research in environmental and energy management of buildings at the University of Porto, Portugal, having recently completed her PhD at University of Ioannina, Greece.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Energy Performance of Buildings
  • Book Subtitle Energy Efficiency and Built Environment in Temperate Climates
  • Editors Sofia-Natalia Boemi
    Olatz Irulegi
    Mattheos Santamouris
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-20830-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79319-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-20831-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 543
  • Number of Illustrations 60 b/w illustrations, 220 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Renewable and Green Energy
    Structural Materials
    Building Construction and Design
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