The sensitive home: sensors for special environments: the home as normal as possible and as special as necessary.
The project aims to develop new smart home designs and technologies for people with autism spectrum disorder and disabilities. Specifically, the new smart homes are designed according to a user-centred approach and will be able to recognize critical events and to perform indoor condition monitoring and controlling, as well as to enhance independent living for their occupants.
Interreg V-A Italia-Austria 2014-2020 (2019).

Creating awareness and reduction of prejudices and barriers for high-volume wooden constructions.
The project aims to develop an interregional network to enforce large-volume timber constructions and to reduce the existing barriers. In order to achieve such goal, in the framework of the project a network and a platform for stakeholders will be developed, new tools for information and education proposed, and timber mock-ups and prototypes built for research and development purposes.
Interreg V-A Italia-Austria 2014-2020 (2019).

Internal UNIBZ projects

Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Offices: Monitoring and Improvement

The project contributes to assessment and enhancement of air quality in workplaces of commercial and office buildings. It aims to develop advanced controls for mechanical ventilation systems and assess the efficacy of air filters and purifiers to reduce the health hazard risk of pollutants and pathogens distributions in office buildings. Proposed controls are going to be defined to optimize occupants’ health safety, wellbeing and productivity and building energy performance.
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (2021).


MASS CUSTOMIZATION 4.0 – development and diffusion of Mass Customization and Tailoring (MCT) competences, to provide SMEs with advanced expertise and tools to better adapt products and services to user needs and quicker respond to industry 4.0 changes
The project launched the new MC4.0 Develop & Application (DEA) centres, created to assist SMEs in providing Smart Living solutions tailored on customer’s specific needs, delivering services using both internal and external resources, networked as in a cluster, and making related competencies accessible to the market. To achieve these goals, advanced configurators were developed for the DEA centres in agreement with the Industry 4.0 approaches.
Interreg V-A Italia-Austria 2014-2020 (2019)

Green Public Procurement for Buildings
The project designed and set up a transnational network of competence centres and competence bearers on green public procurement for buildings and minimum environmental criteria, in order to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and facilitate their participation to public tenders. In this framework, particular attention was paid to timber constructions, concrete constructions, and window supply chains.
Interreg V-A Italia-Austria 2014-2020 (2019)

Definition of a System of Laboratories for the development, characterization and the technology transfer for Smart Energy Buildings
The project E2I@NOI dealt with the development of laboratories and competences to analyse the interaction between indoor environmental quality IEQ, occupants’ behaviour, and energy efficiency in the framework of smart energy buildings.
ERDF (EFRE/FESR) Call 2017 – Research and Innovation (3rd call) European Commission (research)

Bolzano Solar Irradiance Monitoring Network
The project aimed to collect solar irradiance measurements integrating the current local network of meteorological stations with new ones, set up in different points of Bolzano. These data were used to assess the capabilities of current solar irradiance models in the mountain environment and to develop new models for this territory.
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (2019)

Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Effectiveness in Educational Buildings
In the framework of this project, several monitoring campaigns were performed in unibz teaching environments and in different local schools in order to assess the IAQ as well as the adequacy and the effectiveness of ventilation. Results were presented and discussed with the Municipality of Bozen-Bolzano and guidelines proposed to improve ventilation in educational buildings.
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (2018)

Human-Centred Design of the Built Environment: definition of a methodology for the experimental assessment of the overall Indoor Environmental Quality
The project aimed at filling some gaps in the current state-of-the-art regarding the global assessment of the Indoor Environmental Quality. Specifically, while each environmental stimulus is commonly measured and evaluated independently of the other ones, occupants are actually solicitated by several stressors at the same time. In this framework, the project provided an in-depth experimental investigation regarding correlations and interactions between the different environmental stimuli.
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (2017)

Intelligent Building Automation System for optimization of energy consumptions and indoor environmental quality
Development of an Intelligent Building Automation System (IBAS) integrated with the building monitoring system, able to give continuous feedback on the indoor conditions and, thanks to weather forecast, to define advanced control strategies (e.g., model predictive control MPC).
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (2016)

Creation of a network of the subjects from the innovation research and the production world on the topic of energy efficiency in production processes in the Province of Bolzano.
FSE (2014)

ProCasaClima: Consultancy activity for the validation of the ProCasaClima dynamic simulation module.
Assessment of the EN ISO 52016-1 hourly method implemented in the software ProCasaClima by KlimaHaus Agentur for the calculation of building energy needs for space heating and cooling, validation according to the ANSI/ASHRAE 140 BESTEST method, and sensitivity analysis on the software inputs.
Funded by: KlimaHaus Agentur / Agenzia CasaClima (2020).

IndAIR-QAES: Indoor Air Quality in Educational Buildings – QAES.
Supporting the Environmental Agency of the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano in IAQ monitoring activities in local schools, processing of the collected data and contribution for the preparation of a database about IAQ in schools in the framework of the INTERREG project QAES.
Funded by: Landesagentur für Umwelt (Public Administration, Autonome Provinz Bozen Südtirol), 2019-2020.

ReBuild-BZ: Development of strategies for the energy retrofitting of the private building stock in the municipality of Bolzano.
Supporting the Municipality of Bolzano for the definition of a subsidization and communication strategy for the energy retrofitting of the private building stock, in particular the residential dwellings in the municipality territory.
Funded by: Municipality of Bozen-Bolzano (Public Administration), 2019-2020.

Klimahaus und Energieproduktion (Förderung der technologie- und innovationsbasierten Forschung)
Capacity Building – Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano (2013).

Timber building with enhanced energy and structural performance.
Improvement of the summer behaviour of timber buildings without worsening their structural and seismic qualities and identification of technologies optimizing the trade-off between economic results, indoor comfort, energy performance and seismic behaviour in different Italian climates.
Funded by: Provincia Autonoma di Bozen-Bolzano L.P. 13.12.2006 N. 14 (Public Administration).

Piron: Experimental and numerical characterization of the thermal behaviour of professional ovens in the framework of the development of a control model.
Experimental tests on a set of new professional ovens, development of CFD models and a 0D heat and energy balance model to support the product development and development of for a set of new professional ovens.
Funded by: Piron srl (Private Company), 2019.

LignaWalls: Thermal conductance and resistance tests on timber wall specimens.
Evaluation of thermal conductance and transmittance of opaque components by means of the hotbox methods with heat flux meter according to the technical standards EN 1934, EN 1946-3 and ASTM C518.
Funded by: IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige (Public Company), 2019.

DH-BZ: Technical and economic analysis of the district heating system in the Municipality of Bozen-Bolzano.
Technical and economic analysis of scenario for the district heating system of the Municipality of Bozen-Bolzano supplied by the local incineration system.
Funded by: Municipality of Bozen-Bolzano (Public Administration), 2017-2018.

EN-LAN: ENvelope-LAbs Network dell’Alto Adige per la valutazione prestazionale dell’involucro edilizio
FESR (2012)

Air-to-air heat recovery in HVAC systems
Designing and building a laboratory test facility to measure the recovery efficiency of heat exchangers. The focus was on membrane-based air-to-air cross-flow heat exchangers. The facility was designed not only to be able to operate in the conditions prescribed by the current technical standards for the assessment of the efficiency but also to work under different conditions (e.g., dynamic conditions), more representative of the actual operative ones.
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 2011.

Modelling and designing solar barn dryers for forages according to modular approaches
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 2011.

Fluidodynamic and energetic behavior of ventilated opaque components
Funded by: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 2010.

The Building Physics Research Group