IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/gam/jsusta/v11y2019i5p1227-d209092.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

From the Efficiency of Nature to Parametric Design. A Holistic Approach for Sustainable Building Renovation in Seismic Regions

Author

Listed:
  • Sebastiano D’Urso

    (Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy)

  • Bruno Cicero

    (Architect-engineer, Via Mariannina Schininà 177b, 97100 Ragusa, Italy)

Abstract

Cities are growing dramatically. At the same time, we are witnessing the obsolescence of the existing building stock due to its low performance in terms of structural stability, energy efficiency and, last but not least, beauty. Especially in Italy, a highly seismic country, most of the buildings erected between the 1950s and the 1980s are not only earthquake-prone but also aesthetically unpleasant. In this perspective, the urgency of improving the existing building stock in terms of seismic vulnerability opens up the opportunity to also work on its architectural image. This article draws from the assumption that the search for beauty represents an important and often neglected dimension of the search for sustainability. In particular, the presented study suggests and combines the use of parametric design and the structural shape of steel exoskeletons to renovate a typical earthquake-prone apartment block from the 1960s in Italy. The results show that the proposed parametric approach can provide and select different effective renovation solutions.

Suggested Citation

  • Sebastiano D’Urso & Bruno Cicero, 2019. "From the Efficiency of Nature to Parametric Design. A Holistic Approach for Sustainable Building Renovation in Seismic Regions," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(5), pages 1-20, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:11:y:2019:i:5:p:1227-:d:209092
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/5/1227/pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    File URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/5/1227/
    Download Restriction: no
    ---><---

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Annarita Ferrante & Giovanni Mochi & Giorgia Predari & Lorenzo Badini & Anastasia Fotopoulou & Riccardo Gulli & Giovanni Semprini, 2018. "A European Project for Safer and Energy Efficient Buildings: Pro-GET-onE (Proactive Synergy of inteGrated Efficient Technologies on Buildings’ Envelopes)," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(3), pages 1-26, March.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Luca Pozza & Anna Degli Esposti & Alessandra Bonoli & Diego Talledo & Luca Barbaresi & Giovanni Semprini & Marco Savoia, 2021. "Multidisciplinary Performance Assessment of an Eco-Sustainable RC-Framed Skin for the Integrated Upgrading of Existing Buildings," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(16), pages 1-20, August.
    2. Giovanna Acampa & Lorenzo Diana & Giorgia Marino & Rossella Marmo, 2021. "Assessing the Transformability of Public Housing through BIM," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(10), pages 1-24, May.
    3. Giuseppe Margani & Gianpiero Evola & Carola Tardo & Edoardo Michele Marino, 2020. "Energy, Seismic, and Architectural Renovation of RC Framed Buildings with Prefabricated Timber Panels," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(12), pages 1-18, June.
    4. Antonio Artino & Riccardo Caponetto & Gianpiero Evola & Giuseppe Margani & Edoardo Michele Marino & Emanuele Murgano, 2020. "Decision Support System for the Sustainable Seismic and Energy Renovation of Buildings: Methodological Layout," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(24), pages 1-21, December.
    5. Antonio Artino & Gianpiero Evola & Giuseppe Margani & Edoardo Michele Marino, 2019. "Seismic and Energy Retrofit of Apartment Buildings through Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Blocks Infill Walls," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(14), pages 1-21, July.
    6. Hing-Ho Tsang, 2019. "Innovative Upscaling of Architectural Elements for Strengthening Building Structures," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(9), pages 1-17, May.

    Most related items

    These are the items that most often cite the same works as this one and are cited by the same works as this one.
    1. Seungjun Roh & Sungho Tae & Rakhyun Kim, 2018. "Analysis of Embodied Environmental Impacts of Korean Apartment Buildings Considering Major Building Materials," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(6), pages 1-17, May.
    2. Nikolaos Barmparesos & Dimitra Papadaki & Michalis Karalis & Kyriaki Fameliari & Margarita Niki Assimakopoulos, 2019. "In Situ Measurements of Energy Consumption and Indoor Environmental Quality of a Pre-Retrofitted Student Dormitory in Athens," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(11), pages 1-19, June.
    3. Angela Moschella & Antonio Gagliano & Alessandro Lo Faro & Attilio Mondello & Angelo Salemi & Giulia Sanfilippo, 2018. "A Methodology for an Integrated Approach for Seismic and Energy Refurbishment of Historic Buildings in Mediterranean Area," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(7), pages 1-22, July.
    4. Antonio Artino & Gianpiero Evola & Giuseppe Margani & Edoardo Michele Marino, 2019. "Seismic and Energy Retrofit of Apartment Buildings through Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Blocks Infill Walls," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(14), pages 1-21, July.
    5. Giovanna Acampa & Lorenzo Diana & Giorgia Marino & Rossella Marmo, 2021. "Assessing the Transformability of Public Housing through BIM," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(10), pages 1-24, May.
    6. Cecilia Mazzoli & Marco Iannantuono & Vieri Giannakopoulos & Anastasia Fotopoulou & Annarita Ferrante & Simone Garagnani, 2021. "Building Information Modeling as an Effective Process for the Sustainable Re-Shaping of the Built Environment," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(9), pages 1-24, April.

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:11:y:2019:i:5:p:1227-:d:209092. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: . General contact details of provider: https://www.mdpi.com/ .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a bibliographic reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: XML Conversion Team (email available below). General contact details of provider: https://www.mdpi.com/ .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.