• Sustainability assessment tools
  • Integration of Experimental and Simulation Computer Fluid Dynamics to Improve Natural Ventilation in Buildings for Hygrothermal Comfort and Energy Savings

    ABSTRACT: Buildings consume nearly half the global annual energy use that comes mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, which provokes the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG), and consequently global warming and climate change, among other consequences. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2014) confirms and ratifies the necessity for immediate and sustainable […]

  • Nearly zero and positive energy built environments
  • Bioclimatic architecture and energy savings of the urban housing in arid environments

    ABSTRACT: The energy consumption for thermal conditioning of urban dwellings located in a zone of arid mesothermal climate is studied to identify its incidence in the household energy structure. The study’s object is the city of San Juan (Argentina), located in the South American arid diagonal. The hypothetical comsumption of natural/liquefied gas and electricity, per dwelling […]

  • Technologies for a sustainable built environment
  • Characterization and Thermal Performance of a Compressed Earth Construction System for Improving Comfort and Achieving Energy Savings

    ABSTRACT: Earth has been used historically as a construction material in various regions and cultures for thousands of years. The primitive earth structures consisted mainly of simple wooden frames covered with mud. Earth constructions are usually built in locations where other construction materials are relatively scarce. The process of its fabrications consists of sun-dried mud or adobe bricks with […]