The design and renovation of new districts calls for new methods and tools that allow more effective use of the available resources (e.g. land area, solar gains, air flows) while optimizing energy consumption and comfort.

The SECURE project will develop a framework and associated tools for the holistic analysis and optimisation of urban energy, comfort and utility. It will combine modelling aspects concerning microclimate, district and building energy use, renewable energy generation, daylight, perception (e.g. visual comfort) and achievable utility (e.g. impact on productivity).

SECURE will provide decisions guidelines that enhance both energy use and comfort, appropriate for designing whole urban areas rather than single buildings.

The project is conducted together with the Urban Energy Systems Laboratory at Empa and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design (LIPID) at EPFL.

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More details about the project are available.

The ESC member involved in this project is Prof. Dr. Jan Carmeliet, Chair of Building Physics.

More information about the research activities of Prof. Carmeliet is available on the website of Chair of Building Physics.