Building Physics and Lighting
The G. Parolini Laboratory, specialized in building physics and lighting. It was funded in 1971 as a research structure devoted to applied and technical physics. It was reorganized in its present form in 2016. The G. Parolini Laboratory is headed by professor Dario Ambrosini.
RESEARCH LINES AND PROJECTS
Sensing the Building
Buildings are responsible of a large amount of energy consumption. This research line aims to acquire knowledge about the built environment by collecting large amount of data, possibly in real-time. This detailed information about buildings can be used to model their energetic behavior and to plan better buildings and energy-performant smart cities.
This field studies the interaction between the building and the environment with emphasis on new materials and structural forms and building energy performance. These studies are carried out by experimental and numerical analysis.
Macro-scale Studies for Energy Policy
This field aims to study the buildings performance from a larger perspective: group of buildings and/or their interaction with the environment are considered. These works can be used in many applications, such as urban planning, cooling technologies, smart and resilient cities and much more.
Lighting is very important in architecture and engineering. It can be used to achieve aesthetic effects as well as visual and psychological well-being. Nowadays it involves the joint use of natural illumination and innovative lamps for energy saving.
Hot Box Facility
The G. Parolini Lab hosts a large (3m x 3m) hot box facility for studying heat transfer through walls.
The hot box, an old facility of the INSE Lab, was relocated and it is currently under refurbishment. When completed, innovative (X-LAM) and historical wall assemblies could be studied. A brand-new electronic equipment, for measuring and setting boundary conditions, was also designed and realized.
PV system installation rapidly increased in the last decades. However, some concerns are still alive, like for instance cells degradation and perfromance losses. The study of such systems is therefore necessary, even for evaluating the opportunity of heat recovery with fluids (PV/T)