• April 2012 Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering - Building Physics Specialization, University of Trento
  • October 2007 Master Degree in Civil Engineering 110/110 Structural engineering Specialization, University of Trento
  • October 2003 Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering 106/110 Civil engineering Specialization, University of Trento
Carriera accademica ed attività didattica
  • Feb 2016 ->              Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Trento.
  • Jul 2012 - Jan 2016    PostDoc Research Fellow at the Faculty of Science and Technology Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Bolzano
  • Dec 2007-Apr 2012    Research Fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Trento, Trento
Interessi di ricerca
  • Optimization of energy efficiency in residential, civil and industrial sectors;
  • Dynamic performance of building envelopes and HVAC systems;
  • Measures of building and HVAC performances in laboratory and in real condition;
  • Uncertainty propagation in building energy simulation and in optimization processes;
  • Enhancing the coupling between high performance building (nZEB) and district heating system.
Attività di ricerca

The main research activities carried out in the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano were:

  • Set up of a monitoring system for the experimental evaluation of thermal and visual comfort on real scale and prototype buildings.
  • Set up of a test equipment for the measurement of the performance of liquid desiccant systems in laboratory unsteady conditions.
  • Set up of a monitoring system for solar irradiation and illuminance;
  • Quality control of meteorological raw data and development of the code for the definition of the test reference year for typical and extreme conditions;
  • Experimental verification of the energy and comfort performances of improved timber constructions on two test cells;
  • Experimental activities for the characterization of the thermo-physical properties of materials.
  • Investigation of the propagation of the material uncertainties through the models for envelope simulations.
  • Experimental activities on the dynamic performance of opaque building components;

The main research activities carried out in the University of Trento were:

  • An extensive monitoring of the energy and comfort performances of high performance prototype buildings by using a building automation system;
  • Development of the energy module in the framework of the BENIMPACT suite for the identification of the trade-off solutions between cost and energy performances;
  • Design and experimental analysis of an innovative façades for controlling the solar gains;
  • Energy performance optimization of a window sub-frame by means of a detailed finite element approach;
  • The use of dynamic simulation for the optimization of the refurbishment of existing buildings. Research on the efficient calibration of building numerical model by means of in-situ measurements;
  • Development of Energy and Atmosphere section of the Italian LEED New Construction reference guide NC2.2;
Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici
  • Sep 2014 - Feb 2015    Member of the organizing committee of the BSA 2015 Conference
  • Since 2014                    Peer Reviewer of Energy and Buildings, Building Simulation and International, Journal of Thermal Sciences
  • Since 2011                    Energy expert in the planning committee of the Pergine Valsugnana municipality
  • Jan 2011 - Jan 2015     Member of the executive council of IBPSA-Italy, Italian chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association
  • Jan 2009 - Dec 2010    Ph.D. student representative at the department committee (Department of Civil and Environmental engineering at the University of Trento)
  • Since 2007                    Member of the Scientific Committee of the LEED-Italy
Premi e riconoscimenti
  • The paper Carlon, E., Schwarz, M., Verma, V.K., Prada, A., Baratieri, M., Schmidl, C. "Long-term monitoring of pellet boilers instaled in residential buildings: efficiency and operational behaviour" won the “Best Student Paper Award” in the EUBCE 2015 - 23rd  European Biomass Conference & Exibition, Wien (Austria)
  • The paper Penna, P., Prada, A., Cappelletti, A., Gasparella, A. ”Enhancing the energy and non-energy performance of existing buildings: a multi-objectives approach” was selected among the finalists for the best student paper award at the 3rd High Performance Building Conference at Purdue University, West Lafayette (USA).