Luca Finocchiaro
Title: Associate Professor
Country of residence: Norway
Institution: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Address: Alfred Getz vei 3, 7491 Trondheim (Norway)
Telephone: 0047 - 45013182
Date of birth: 11/6/1979
Early Stage Researcher: Yes
Sex: Male
MC Member: Yes
WG membership:
1, 2, 4

Luca Finocchiaro is researcher and associate professor in climate and built forms at the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU. His research focus is climate analysis and its implementation into the architectural design of buildings able to passively address environmental conditions towards comfort. Climate and morphological parametric analyses have been, in different research projects, addressed into design guidelines for both the design of new buildings and the energy retrofitting of existing ones.

  • Finocchiaro, Luca; Dokka, Tor Helge; Gustavsen, Arild. (2012) +Hytte. A Versatile Construction System for Zero Emission Buildings. ZEMCH 2012 Conference proceedings. Summary: +Hytte is the result of a complex multidisciplinary design process in which students, researchers and industrial partners are called to collaborate in the design of a solar powered house able to produce more energy than it consumes. As one of the pilot buildings built inside ZEB, +hytte will have to accomplish all ZEB targets about energy and emission balances. In order to estimate which level of ZEB we could aim for was it has been necessary to perform a series of simulations estimating the energy demand of the building and the energy production due to the integration of photovoltaic panels. Results showed that emissions of the +hytte project can be balanced and fulfil ZEB targets even when Passive house standards are not necessarily met.
  • Finocchiaro, Luca; Hestnes, Anne Grete. (2011) Symbiosis and mimesis in the built environment. Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture. 010 Publishers, Rotterdham, NL.  Summary: The recent diffusion of advanced software for 3d modelling enables a rising number of architects to now conceive extremely complex shapes, validating their structure and evaluating their environmental behaviour. The use of these tools has modified the creative process through which architecture is conceived, conditioning the canons on which the aesthetics of the project is based. The composition of all the elements of the architectural space is determined on the basis of the quantitative comparison between the exterior and the desired internal conditions which, in turn, determines the thermal behaviour of the building. The iterative reproduction of this process is fundamental to the achievement of the maximum efficiency of form.
  • Finocchiaro, Luca; Murphy, Mark Allen; Wigenstad, Tore; Hestnes, Anne Grete. (2011) The climate/comfort comparison and the basis of sustainable design: Impact of climate change and technological development. Architecture & sustainable development. 27th international conference on passive and low energy architecture. Vol. 1. Summary: The comparison between climate and comfort represents the basis of sustainable design and determines the grade of complexity coming across the design process. A relatively simple approach, aiming to maximize solar heat gains and minimize thermal losses during the whole year, traditionally characterized bioclimatic design in cold climates. Today, however, the use of stringent envelopes in combination with the elevated internal gains that characterize office buildings is questioning traditional assumptions and implying the use of strategies for cooling, ventilation and solar control also in cold climates. Most of those strategies in order to work properly require external conditions sometimes not available in cold countries. These contradictions are leading architectural design of cold climates office buildings into a new complexity. In this study the results of an analysis conducted on the impact of climate change and technological development of new architectural components and materials on sustainable design are presented. The study shows how the comparison between climate and comfort could be integrated with the evaluation of the increase of temperatures due to internal heat production. This method provides useful information about natural ventilation and cooling strategies and their increased potential.