The development of advanced energy-efficient building, design and management solutions for buildings and cities is crucial for reducing energy consumption and for better production and use of energy from renewable sources in the built environment.
The Energy in the Built Environment area has the general objective of developing research, development and innovation studies, supporting the implementation of Public Policies and the sustainable development of the various sectors of activity (Residential and Services, Industry), in the following main axes:
– Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) constitutes a priority objective of the European Union, due to the potential for increased energy efficiency and the use of integrated renewable energies. The activities developed by LNEG in this area include research regarding the performance of zero energy buildings, low energy, solar and bioclimatic buildings, through the development of innovative solutions and strategies for the integration of renewable energy systems in buildings, materials and façade components. LNEG currently coordinates the National Research Infrastructure NZEB_LAB which through its unique resources as SolarXXI-NZEB living lab, Solar Energy Laboratory and the Materials and Coatings Laboratory, participates in European and national Projects and in other actions inherent to the scope of the implementation of European Directive of Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD).
– Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment and Industry / Energy Management in the Built Environment
Energy Efficiency is the fundamental pillar for the decrease of energy consumption in human activity. In this context, LNEG develops its activity in the energy efficiency axis, operating in the Buildings and Industry sectors, with a particular focus on the areas of regulation, development and innovation.
The development of advanced monitoring, production´s control and management, the use and consumption of thermal and electric energy at built environment level, integrates not only buildings park associated with Residential, Service and Public buildings but also the one associated with the development of industrial activity, with a special focus on the management of the supply-demand relationship, the integration and storage of the renewable energy, assuming a priority research line with high relevance to the pursuit of the national and European objectives defined in the context of green growth strategies.