There is a strong global trend towards urbanization. Urban heat island effects and pollutant dispersion may have detrimental impacts on the urban climate and in consequence on human comfort and health, on energy demands, and on building structures.
Our research aims at advancing the understanding of urban physical processes leading to the development of new strategies in the design of sustainable cities, i.e. to reduce energy demand for heating and cooling and to improve urban comfort and health.
The urban micro-climate, i.e. the link between the global mesoscale climate and the building itself, is the determining factor for the building energy demand, and the comfort and health of the people residing in the urban space.