Historical Buildings and Energy

  • Giovanna Franco
  • Anna Magrini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Methodology

  3. Enhancing Energy Efficiency in a Monumental Complex: A Feasibility Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Simonetta Acacia, Marta Casanova
      Pages 101-132
    3. Giovanna Franco, Marco Cartesegna
      Pages 133-165
    4. Giovanna Franco, Marco Cartesegna
      Pages 167-189
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 217-221

About this book


This book provides a methodological framework to set properly the thermal enhancement and energy efficiency in historical buildings during a renovation process. It describes the unique thermal features of historical properties, closely examining how the building materials, structural elements, and state of conservation can impact energy efficiency, including sample calculations and results. It also describes means and aims of several fundamental steps to improve energy efficiency in historical buildings with an experimentation on a case study. This timely text also introduces leading-edge technologies for enhancing the energy performance of historical buildings, including the potential for integration of co- ad tri-generation though micro-turbines, photovoltaics and solar collectors and their compatibility with architectural preservation.

• Discusses the unique considerations for energy efficiency that are necessary when planning preservation and update work on historical buildings;

• Provides tools to help undertake such projects, including methodological frameworks, sample calculations, and the results of technical feasibility studies;

• Includes one complete case studies from work recently conducted on a listed building.


Building materials Building retrofitting Energy efficiency Energy management in buildings Green buildings Historic preservation Sustainable building Sustainable cities Sustainable development Sustainable historic preservation Sustainable urban development

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanna Franco
    • 1
  • Anna Magrini
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and DesignUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52613-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52615-7
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