Climate Adapted in NZEB Retrofitting for Residential Buildings

  • Marco SalaEmail author
  • Lucia Ceccherini Nelli
Conference paper


The climate-adapted residential nearly zero-energy building (NZEB) retrofitting project aims to update and upgrade the knowledge and competence of building designers (architects, civil engineers) as well as the specific skills of experienced building workers (site managers, craftsmen, and construction supervisors) who already have a decent background in sustainable energy solutions for the building sector gained by attending national Build Up Skills initiatives or related training. The overall objective is to increase the energy performance of European building stock as envisioned in EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU by supporting specific professional development through a broad roll-out of an integrated training model targeting both designers in the building sector and higher-level building workers, especially of SMEs. The training model will address, among the others, the management of the construction process and the active promotion of market uptake of cost-efficient, climate adapted Smart Retrofitting Solutions in order to reach NZEB standards in existing residential buildings.


Energy Environment Energy savings Smart retrofitting Sustainable energy solutions Training model 



The authors would like to acknowledge Prof. Marco Sala, Centro Abita–Unifi research group leader, and Architect Rainer Toshikazu Winter, LUCENSE research group, Lucca, Italy, who organised the Didactical Training Centre in Lucca, Abitare Mediterraneo,, a 700-square-meter continuous exposition of about 60 building mock-ups representing state-of-the-art building technology for the Mediterranean climate. The Didactical Training Centre has dedicated part of it to analysis tools, such as a thermo camera, that will help to control the performance of existing building envelopes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DIDA Department—ABITA Interuniversity CentreUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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