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Integrated Design Process library: CommONEnergy tool for shopping centre retrofitting

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The Integrated Design Process library (IDP) library is publicly distributed on the CommONEnergy website as a free excel-based online repository available to help shopping centre owners and managers in planning mall retrofitting, providing a quick overview of the best solution-sets matching the building features and context.

The structure allows:

  • easy filtering and user-friendly visualisation of the collected information
  • to add further reference buildings and related solution-sets
  • to extract the needed information in an automatic way
  • to further informatics developing

The main idea of CommONEnergy is to shift from single-action refurbishments to deep – energy performing - retrofitting and 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.


All the collected information, as well as present and potential performances coming from modelling and simulation, are contained in the CommONEnergy tool, the Integrated Design Process library (IDP), an online repository conceived to provide designers, owners and managers with relevant information to start a shopping centre retrofitting process, and displayed in a user-friendly way.


The tool collects information about shopping centres’ archetypes and specific technology features, as well as climate, social and urban contexts which are connected to the reduction of energy needs and increase of energy efficiency. The identification of peculiarities and energy simulation models for each building are used to identify the most suitable and economical solution-set for a shopping centre retrofitting and to estimate the relative energy savings in order to ensure an effective investment, while effectively exploiting, for each case, local natural sources and infrastructures.



The tool and a reference document, including the methodology behind the tool are available on the CommONEnergy website.


To fill the library with your data please get in touch with the project, you will then receive a link to directly fill in the form.

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