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Integrated Design Process library: new tool available for shopping centre retrofitting!

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The CommONEnergy project aims at identifying this potential through deep retrofitting, developing a systemic approach made of innovative technologies and solution sets as well as methods and tools to support their implementation and to assess their environmental and social impact in a life-cycle approach.


The basis for every retrofitting is a detailed analysis of the building and its context peculiarities. With such information, from basic data to building envelope and HVAC technologies, it is possible to develop retrofitting concepts, further investigate through accurate numerical models of the shopping centres, enabling to predict possible performance enhancement. 


The Integrated Design Process library (IDP) developed by the CommONEnergy project is an online repository of this information, conceived to provide designers, owners and managers with relevant information to start a shopping centre retrofitting process, and displayed in a user-friendly way.


In particular, the tool collects information about shopping centres’ archetypes and specific technology features, as well as climate, social and urban contexts connected to the reduction of energy needs and increase of energy efficiency.


The identification of peculiarities for each building is the starting point for the identification of the most suitable retrofitting solution-set.


If you are interested in contributing to the tool and feed the library with your retrofitted shopping centre’s data, please get in touch with the project, you will then receive a link to directly fill in the form.


The tool is available at this link. A reference document, including the methodology behind the tool and more, is also available on the CommONEnergy website.