Summer Mitigation Strategies in an Urban Renovation Area in the South of Italy

Summer Mitigation Strategies in an Urban Renovation Area in the South of Italy

Paola LassandroSilvia Di Turi M.G. Perrini 

Construction Technologies Institute, Italian National Research Council, ITC-CNR, Bari Branch, Via Paolo Lembo 38/B, Bari 70126, Italy

ABITA - Bioecological Architecture and Technological Innovation for the Environment, University of Florence, Via San Niccolò 93, Florence 50125, Italy

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2 March 2018
26 May 2018
30 September 2018
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In urban regeneration process, one of the key components is the environmental and energetic improvement to contrast the negative effects of climate change in modern cities. In fact, temperature increase is exacerbated in more densely built-up urban areas by the phenomenon called “Urban Heat Island-UHI”.

The paper aims at evaluating the influence of buildings and urban interventions on microclimate, through a case study in an urban renovation area in the South of Italy with a particular focus on the effects at pedestrian level.

In particular, this research analyses and compares seven urban scenarios that explore different technical choices involving both buildings and surrounding area, related to the influence on microclimate and outdoor thermal comfort. The considered options are about materials physical properties (albedo), urban fabric morphology, mitigating elements such as water bodies, vegetation and integrated green systems as Green Wall and Roof. The simulations are carried out using the holistic three-dimensional software ENVI-met for urban modelling. The comparative results analysis gives the possibility to individuate the optimal solution for the case study. 

The research goal is the definition of an integrated method to assess and compare mitigation strategies for heat stress at micro-urban scale, useful in city planning decision-making.


buildings and urban renovation, ENVI-met, green systems, mean radiant temperature, UHI mitigation strategies

1. Introduction
2. Methodology
3. Case Study and Scenarios
4. Results
5. Conclusions

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