Monitoring tools as energy saving enablers in social housing context


  • Jacopo Gaspari University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Lia Marchi University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Carlotta Oberosler Emilia-Romagna House Company (ACER)
  • Ernesto Antonini University of Bologna (Italy)



energy and digital transition, social housing, energy poverty, smart monitoring, user behaviour


The improvement of the digital infrastructure envisaged by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) promises new opportunities for reducing energy consumption based on user behaviour for the residential sector. Smart tools for energy monitoring would make it possible to improve indoor comfort, limit household expenses and reduce their environmental impact, with particularly appreciable effects in social housing. However, the diffusion of these technologies, which are already available on the market, largely depends on the ability of users to actively interact with them and on the understanding of their advantages. The study investigates the interaction of users with the typical system and equipment of social housing, comparing the opinion of the inhabitants with instrumental monitoring on a pilot case in Bologna, in order to define the characteristics of an integrative tool to inform the user and suggest good energy use practices.


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Author Biographies

Jacopo Gaspari, University of Bologna (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture. His research interests concern transition and energy efficiency, the development of adaptive envelope solutions, and the mitigation of climate change in the built environment. He is involved in several national and international research projects and has led many editions of the Climate KIC Urban Transition program.

Lia Marchi, University of Bologna (Italy)

Architect and PhD, is a Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Teaching Tutor at the Department of Architecture. Her main research interests are green building technologies and design support tools, the design of sustainable holistic factories and the interactions between building and user.

Carlotta Oberosler, Emilia-Romagna House Company (ACER)

Architect, she is a Technical Officer at the Emilia-Romagna House Company (ACER) in the metropolitan area of Bologna (Italy), where she currently deals with architectural issues of social housing, linked both to the design phase and the management process of buildings.

Ernesto Antonini, University of Bologna (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a Full Professor at the Department of Architecture. Vice-president of the Italian Society of Architectural Technology (SITdA), he has participated in several national and international research projects on innovative building techniques and materials, tools for the construction process, construction and demolition waste and sustainable architecture.


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How to Cite

Gaspari, J., Marchi, L., Oberosler, C. and Antonini, E. (2022) “Monitoring tools as energy saving enablers in social housing context”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 12(online), pp. 136–145. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/12122022.