"What is very important in order to improve the building performance is to integrate renewable energy sources. We need to have very efficient ventilation to ensure the indoor air quality, we need to have very efficient heating and cooling systems, but what is important to understand is that all those things need to work together". Thaleia Konstantinou, Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology (TU Delft).
EXPERT TALKS series is an initiative from the BUILD UP portal. In the form of face-to-face interviews, experts from all around Europe covering the field of Energy Efficiency in buildings from different perspectives share their views, experience and expertise with BUILD UP audience. The interviews address relevant topics linked to the Topic of the Month.
This month we will be discussing about "Building envelope and facade technologies for efficient buildings" with Thaleia Konstantinou, Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology (TU Delft).
During the interview, Konstantinou answers some interesting questions, such as:
- What are the most innovative solutions available for renovating Europe's building stock?
- What are the main components to focus on to improve energy performance of buildings?
- What aspects of a facade contribute to enhanced quality of indoor environments?
- How can policy help improve the quality of facades used across Europe?
After working as a post-doc researcher in various research projects related to refurbishment and sustainability, Konstantinou is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology of the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. Her activities are related to research and education, focussing on energy efficiency, facade and design of constructions.