Thermal inertia of heavyweight traditional buildings: Experimental measurements and simulated scenarios

Gianpiero Evola, Luigi Marletta, Sukumar Natarajan, Elisabettà Maria Patanè

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This paper discusses the results of an experimental campaign aimed to describe the thermal performance of a traditional building located in Catania, Southern Italy. The building was built in the early 1900s with traditional techniques and local materials, namely basalt stones, and is currently used for residential purposes. The results of the experimental campaign are exploited to calibrate a model for the dynamic simulation of the building with DesignBuilder. The calibrated model is then used to simulate how the same building would behave with a modern envelope made of a double leaf of bricks; other simulations take into account possible retrofit solutions, such as the installation of an insulating material either on the inner or the outer side of the walls, as well as the role of nighttime natural ventilation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-52
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017



  • basalt stones
  • dynamic simulations
  • natural ventilation
  • thermal inertia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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