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Seismic and Energy Renovation: A Review of the Code Requirements and Solutions in Italy and Romania

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  • Emil-Sever Georgescu

    (NIRD URBAN—INCERC, Soseaua Pantelimon, nr. 266, 021652, Sector 2, 021652 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Mihaela Stela Georgescu

    (University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu,” 010014 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Zina Macri

    (University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu,” 010014 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Edoardo Michele Marino

    (Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture—University of Catania, via Santa Sofia 64, 95125 Catania, Italy)

  • Giuseppe Margani

    (Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture—University of Catania, via Santa Sofia 64, 95125 Catania, Italy)

  • Vasile Meita

    (NIRD URBAN—INCERC, Soseaua Pantelimon, nr. 266, 021652, Sector 2, 021652 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Radu Pana

    (NIRD URBAN—INCERC, Soseaua Pantelimon, nr. 266, 021652, Sector 2, 021652 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Santi Maria Cascone

    (Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture—University of Catania, via Santa Sofia 64, 95125 Catania, Italy)

  • Horia Petran

    (NIRD URBAN—INCERC, Soseaua Pantelimon, nr. 266, 021652, Sector 2, 021652 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Pier Paolo Rossi

    (Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture—University of Catania, via Santa Sofia 64, 95125 Catania, Italy)

  • Vincenzo Sapienza

    (Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture—University of Catania, via Santa Sofia 64, 95125 Catania, Italy)

  • Marius Voica

    (University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu,” 010014 Bucharest, Romania)

Abstract

Most European cities are characterized by very large areas, often formed by buildings of low quality, from a series of perspectives (architectural, technological, materials, technical systems, etc.). The possibility of renovating them is strategic to improve both the quality of life and to the possibility of economic recovery for building companies. In the last decades, the attention of the scientific community has been addressed to the energy renovation, thanks to the strong activities of the European Community in this field. However, since a relevant part of the EC territory is at risk of earthquake, the possibility to combine both energy and seismic renovation actions may be strategic for many countries. In particular, Italy and Romania are linked by a common social tradition that springs from the Roman Empire. Nowadays, this link is stronger, thanks to common interests in social, cultural and business fields. Therefore, the investigation of possible synergies for seismic and energy renovation strategies may be really interesting for both countries. In this paper, after an overview of regulations and common practices for buildings with reinforced concrete structures, in both states, some key combined renovation interventions will be described and discussed, as well as advantages and perspectives of integrated renovation approaches. The outcomes of this work are to show the way to transform existing energy-consuming and seismic-prone buildings into energy-efficient and seismic-resistant ones.

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  • Emil-Sever Georgescu & Mihaela Stela Georgescu & Zina Macri & Edoardo Michele Marino & Giuseppe Margani & Vasile Meita & Radu Pana & Santi Maria Cascone & Horia Petran & Pier Paolo Rossi & Vincenzo Sa, 2018. "Seismic and Energy Renovation: A Review of the Code Requirements and Solutions in Italy and Romania," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(5), pages 1-36, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:5:p:1561-:d:146286
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    1. Craifaleanu, Iolanda-Gabriela, 2011. "Romanian seismic design code: benchmarking analyses with reference to international codes and research needs for future development," MPRA Paper 39541, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Paolo La Greca & Giuseppe Margani, 2018. "Seismic and Energy Renovation Measures for Sustainable Cities: A Critical Analysis of the Italian Scenario," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(1), pages 1-19, January.
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