People

Associate Professor Francesco Fiorito

Architectural Studies, Architecture

MEng (1st class Hons), PhD, CPEng (Italy)

Room: 
2019
Building: 
Red Centre West Wing
Phone: 
+61 (2) 9385 1418
Bio: 

Francesco is an Associate Professor in High Performance Architecture at the Faculty of Built Environment of the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining UNSW BE he held appointments at The University of Sydney, in the Architectural Science discipline, and at Politecnico di Bari (Italy), in the Architectural Engineering program. His main research expertise is in facade engineering and design. In recent years his research has focused on the development of technologies and systems for kinetic facades. In particular, Francesco aims to explore the use of smart materials (shape memory alloys, phase-change materials, and chromogenic materials) in order to create self-adaptive building components. Reduction of building energy demand and increase of indoor comfort are the final goals.

Francesco is currently the Australian representative in the European COST Action on “Adaptive Facades Network” and has been involved as Chief Investigator in several research projects in Australia and overseas. He is currently CI of the ARC-funded Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing.

Research Activities: 

Francesco's current research activities are oriented to:

  • The development of technologies and systems for smart kinetic facades
  • Integrated thermal and visual comfort analyses of advanced facade systems
  • The implementation of smart materials (photovoltachromics, phase-change materials, electro-active polymers) to building envelope
  • Integration within the building envelope of active systems for the conversion of energy from renewable sources
Grants: 

2015-2019 CI Mendis, CI Ngo, CI Rasmussen, CI Ranzi, CI Aitchinson, CI Newman, CI Hao, CI Zhao, CI Manzie, CI Qiao, CI Aye, CI Duffield, CI Singh, CI Bai, CI Crawford, CI Noguchi, CI Fiorito, PI Alfano, PI Colquhoun, PI Liaskos, PI Crough, PI Pidcock, PI Miletic, PI Perren, PI Kirk, PI Zendler. Proposal for IC150100023: ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing. ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre.

2014-2016 CI K. Rasmussen, CI G. Ranzi, CI D. Dias da Costa, CI A. Abbas, CI M. Valix, CI F. Fiorito, CI C. Logan. Research contract with the Sydney Opera House Trust on “Sydney Opera House Concrete Conservation Strategy Project".

2014-2015 CI G. Ranzi, PI F. Fiorito. University of Sydney Commercial Development & Industry Partnership (CDIP) fund: Prototyping a self-adaptive shading device activated by smart materials actuators.

2014-2015 CI F. Fiorito, PI G. Masera, PI M. Overend. University of Sydney International Program Development Fund (IPDF): International Network for High Performance Smart Kinetic Facades.

2013-2015 CI G. Ranzi, PI F. Fiorito, PI R. de Dear. Civil Engineering Development Scheme (CERDS): smart materials for dynamically activated building components: an integrated structural and indoor comfort based approach.

2011-2012 CI Di Gregorio, CI Fiorito. BMG - biomimetic microwind generator, innovative device for wind microgeneration in urban areas. Apulia Regional Government Research Grant (Italy), the funding programme "Principi Attivi - Giovani idee per una Puglia migliore".

Teaching & Supervision: 

ARCH1331 Architectural Fabrication (Bachelor of Architectural Studies)

ARCH7809 Architectural Environment and Building Services (Master of Architecture)

ARCH7213 High Performance Building Systems (Master of Architecture)

 
Engagement: 
Memberships

Member of the Chartered Institute of Engineers of the province of Bari (IT) since 2002. Membership number 6530, section A (equivalent to Certified Professional Engineer), sectors: Civil and Environmental, Industrial, Information Technologies

Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) since 2004.

Member of Ar.Tec. (Italian Architectural Engineering scientific association)

Practice

Chartered Professional Engineer (Italy), with expertise in facade and structural engineering, design and site management of civil and industrial buildings, design and site management of refurbishment and restoration interventions of existing and historic buildings, design and site management of renewable energy plants, building technologies, solar integration in building design.

Selection of completed works:

  • (2010-2011) Consultancy activity for the structural executive design of a pedestrian overpass of the national road n. 96 in the municipality of Altamura (Bari – IT).
  • (2010-2011) Schematic Design of a building integrated 4 MWp PV plant on the roofs of “Interporto d’Abruzzo” in Manoppello (Pescara – Italy). Responsible of the building integration of PV plant.
  • (2009–2011) Feasibility study for a new residential and commercial complex in the town of Domnesti (Bucharest – Romania). Co-designer in charge with particular regards to identification of strategies for reducing energy and environmental impact of the intervention and to the energy independence of the complex, through adoption of innovative solar technologies.
  • (2009–2011) Construction Design and site management of civil and structural works related to the installation of PowerWind Wind Turbines in the south regions of Italy (Apulia and Basilicata).
  • (2009) Consultancy for building integration of a PV plant on the roofs of “Pilkington Automotive” factory in San Salvo (Chieti – Italy). Responsible of the building integration of the PV plant.
  • (2006-2008) Schematic Design, Construction Design and site management of a new industrial building inside the industrial factory for timber trade and processing “Frezza Legnami s.p.a.” in Bari (Italy). Study of strategies for the energy independence through the installation of a 214 kWp building integrated PV plant.
  • (2004-2005) International Design Competition in two phases “New Cinema Palace in Venice and surrounding areas”. Component of design team (team leader Oriol Bohigas). Finalist project.
  • (2002-2003) Collaboration to the project of static reinforcement, restoration and functional recovery of “Teatro Petruzzelli” in Bari (Italy).
Publications:
Books

Fiorito F, 2009, Involucro edilizio e risparmio energetico, Flaccovio Dario

Book Chapters

Iannone F; Fiorito F, 2006, 'Il vano scala nei sistemi di ventilazione naturale degli edifici. Un approccio progettuale prestazionale mediante metodi numerici', in Astrua F; Caldera C; Polverino F (ed.), Intervenire sul patrimonio edilizio: cultura e tecnica, Celid, Torino (Italy)

Pastore P; Fiorito F, 2005, 'Valutazione prestazionale delle facciate a doppia pelle in clima mediterraneo', in Garofolo I (ed.), La ricerca universitaria sul costruire sostenibile. Studi recenti nell’Università italiana, EdicomEdizioni, Monfalcone (Gorizia - Italy)

Fuzio G; Fiorito F, 2003, 'La parete tra tecnologia ed energia: facciate fotovoltaiche per il Politecnico di Bari', in Garofolo I (ed.), Sostenibilità nelle costruzioni – Lo stato della ricerca nell’università italiana, EdicomEdizioni, Monfalcone (Gorizia - Italy)

Journal articles

Naboni E; Milella A; Vadalà R; Fiorito F, 2020, 'On the localised climate change mitigation potential of building facades', Energy and Buildings, vol. 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110284

Fiorito F; Cannavale A; Santamouris M, 2020, 'Development, testing and evaluation of energy savings potentials of photovoltachromic windows in office buildings. A perspective study for Australian climates', Solar Energy, vol. 205, pp. 358 - 371, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2020.05.080

Kuru A; Oldfield P; Bonser S; Fiorito F, 2020, 'A framework to achieve multifunctionality in biomimetic adaptive building skins', Buildings, vol. 10, pp. 114 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/BUILDINGS10070114

Martinelli A; Kolokotsa DD; Fiorito F, 2020, 'Urban heat island in Mediterranean coastal cities: The case of Bari (Italy)', Climate, vol. 8, pp. 79 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/CLI8060079

Cannavale A; Martellotta F; Fiorito F; Ayr U, 2020, 'The challenge for building integration of highly transparent photovoltaics and photoelectrochromic devices', Energies, vol. 13, pp. 1929 - 1929, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en13081929

Yang S; Cannavale A; Di Carlo A; Prasad D; Sproul A; Fiorito F, 2020, 'Performance assessment of BIPV/T double-skin façade for various climate zones in Australia: Effects on energy consumption', Solar Energy, vol. 199, pp. 377 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2020.02.044

Cannavale A; Ayr U; Fiorito F; Martellotta F, 2020, 'Smart electrochromic windows to enhance building energy efficiency and visual comfort', Energies, vol. 13, pp. 1449 - 1449, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en13061449

Kuru A; Oldfield P; Bonser S; Fiorito F, 2019, 'Biomimetic adaptive building skins: Energy and environmental regulation in buildings', Energy and Buildings, vol. 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109544

De Matteis V; Cannavale A; Martellotta F; Rinaldi R; Calcagnile P; Ferrari F; Ayr U; Fiorito F, 2019, 'Nano-encapsulation of phase change materials: From design to thermal performance, simulations and toxicological assessment', Energy and Buildings, vol. 188-189, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.02.004

Yang S; Cannavale A; Prasad D; Sproul A; Fiorito F, 2019, 'Numerical simulation study of BIPV/T double-skin facade for various climate zones in Australia: Effects on indoor thermal comfort', Building Simulation, vol. 12, pp. 51 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12273-018-0489-x

Ulpiani G; Ranzi G; Bruederlin F; Paolini R; Fiorito F; Haddad S; Kohl M; Santamouris M, 2019, 'Elastocaloric cooling: Roadmap towards successful implementation in the built environment', AIMS Materials Science, vol. 6, pp. 1135 - 1152, http://dx.doi.org/10.3934/matersci.2019.6.1135

Pesenti M; Masera G; Fiorito F, 2018, 'Exploration of Adaptive Origami Shading Concepts through Integrated Dynamic Simulations', Journal of Architectural Engineering, vol. 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000323

Livada I; Synnefa A; Haddad S; Paolini R; Garshasbi S; Osmond P; Ulpiani G; Fiorito F; Vassilakopoulou K; Osmond P; Santamouris M, 2018, 'Time series analysis of ambient air-temperature during the period 1970–2016 over Sydney, Australia', Elsevier Science of The Total Environment, vol. 648, pp. 1627 - 1638, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.144

Santamouris M; Haddad S; Saliari M; Vasilakopoulou K; Synnefa A; Paolini R; Ulpiani G; Garshasbi S; Fiorito F, 2018, 'On the energy impact of urban heat island in Sydney: Climate and energy potential of mitigation technologies', Energy and Buildings, vol. 166, pp. 154 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.02.007

Pierucci A; Cannavale A; Martellotta F; Fiorito F, 2018, 'Smart windows for carbon neutral buildings: A life cycle approach', Energy and Buildings, vol. 165, pp. 160 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.01.021

Rajapaksha I; Fiorito F; Lazer E; Sartogo F, 2018, 'Exploring thermal comfort in the context of historical conservation. A study of the vernacular architecture of Pompeii', Architectural Science Review, vol. 61, pp. 4 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2017.1405790

Fiorito F; Santamouris M, 2017, 'High performance technologies and the future of architectural design', TECHNE, vol. 13, pp. 72 - 76, http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Techne-2113

Cannavale A; Hörantner M; Eperon GE; Snaith HJ; Fiorito F; Ayr U; Martellotta F, 2017, 'Building integration of semitransparent perovskite-based solar cells: Energy performance and visual comfort assessment', Applied Energy, vol. 194, pp. 94 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.03.011

Marzban S; Ding L; Fiorito F, 2017, 'An Evolutionary Approach to Single-sided Ventilated Façade Design', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 582 - 590, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.217

Santamouris M; Haddad S; Fiorito F; Osmond P; Ding L; Prasad D; Zhai X; Wang R, 2017, 'Urban Heat Island and Overheating Characteristics in Sydney, Australia. An Analysis of Multiyear Measurements', Sustainability, vol. 9, pp. 712 - 712, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su9050712

Favoino F; Fiorito F; Cannavale A; Ranzi G; Overend M, 2016, 'Optimal control and performance of photovoltachromic switchable glazing for building integration in temperate climates', Applied Energy, vol. 178, pp. 943 - 961, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.06.107

Cannavale A; Cossari P; Eperon GE; Colella S; Fiorito F; Gigli G; Snaith HJ; Listorti A, 2016, 'Forthcoming perspectives of photoelectrochromic devices: A critical review', Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 9, pp. 2682 - 2719, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6ee01514j

Faheem A; Ranzi G; Fiorito F; Lei C, 2016, 'A numerical study on the thermal performance of night ventilated hollow core slabs cast with micro-encapsulated PCM concrete', Energy and Buildings, vol. 127, pp. 892 - 906, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.06.014

Fiorito F; Sauchelli M; Arroyo D; Pesenti M; Imperadori M; Masera G; Ranzi G, 2016, 'Shape morphing solar shadings: A review', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 55, pp. 863 - 884, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2015.10.086

Faheem A; Ranzi G; Fiorito F; Lei C, 2016, 'A Numerical Study of Turbulent Mixed Convection in a Smooth Horizontal Pipe', Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4031112

Santamouris M; Ding L; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Osmond P; Paolini R; Prasad D; Synnefa A, 2016, 'Passive and active cooling for the outdoor built environment – Analysis and assessment of the cooling potential of mitigation technologies using performance data from 220 large scale projects', Solar Energy, vol. 154, pp. 14 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2016.12.006

Faheem A; Ranzi G; Fiorito F; Lei C, 2016, 'A numerical procedure for modelling the thermal performance of ventilated hollow core slabs', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol. 846, pp. 12 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.846.12

Pesenti M; Masera G; Fiorito F, 2015, 'Shaping an origami shading device through visual and thermal simulations', Energy Procedia, vol. 78, pp. 346 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.663

Fiorito F, 2015, 'Adaptive Envelopes: new opportunities for buildings', Arketipo, vol. 91, pp. 112 - 115

Pesenti M; Masera G; Fiorito F; Sauchelli M, 2015, 'Kinetic Solar Skin: A Responsive Folding Technique', Energy Procedia, vol. 70, pp. 661 - 672, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.02.174

Gonzalez J; Fiorito F, 2015, 'Daylight design of office buildings: Optimisation of external solar shadings by using combined simulation methods', Buildings, vol. 5, pp. 560 - 580, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings5020560

Fiorito F, 2014, 'Phase-change materials for indoor comfort improvement in lightweight buildings. A parametric analysis for Australian climates', Energy Procedia, vol. 57, pp. 2014 - 2022, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.066

Cannavale A; Fiorito F; Resta D; Gigli G, 2013, 'Visual comfort assessment of smart photovoltachromic windows', Energy and Buildings, vol. 65, pp. 137 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.06.019

Lobaccaro G; Fiorito F; Masera G; Poli T, 2012, 'District geometry simulation: A study for the optimization of solar façades in urban canopy layers', Energy Procedia, vol. 30, pp. 1163 - 1172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2012.11.129

Fiorito F, 2012, 'Trombe walls for lightweight buildings in temperate and hot climates. Exploring the use of phase-change materials for performances improvement', Energy Procedia, vol. 30, pp. 1110 - 1119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2012.11.124

Cannavale A; Fiorito F; Gigli G, 2011, 'Nanotecnologie e nanodispositivi. Opportunità per involucri edilizi intelligenti ed efficienza energetica in edilizia', L'Ingegnere: edilizia, ambiente, territorio, vol. 39-40, pp. 52 - 54

Cannavale A; Fiorito F; Manca M; Tortorici G; Cingolani R; Gigli G, 2010, 'Multifunctional bioinspired sol-gel coatings for architectural glasses', Building and Environment, vol. 45, pp. 1233 - 1243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.11.010

Conference Papers

Kuru A; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Bonser S, 2018, 'Multi-functional biomimetic adaptive facades: A case study', in Luible A; Gosztonyi S (ed.), Proceedings of the COST Action TU1403 - Adaptive Facades Network Final Conference: Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, TU Delft Open, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, pp. 241 - 250, presented at Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26 November 2018 - 27 November 2018, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329196292_Facade_2018_-_Adaptive_Proceedings_of_the_COST_Action_TU1403_Adaptive_Facades_Network_Final_Conference

Kuru A; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Bonser S, 2018, 'Multi-functional biomimetic adaptive facades: Developing a new framework', in Luible A; Gosztonyi S (ed.), Proceedings of the COST Action TU1403 - Adaptive Facades Network Final Conference: Facade 2018 - Adaptive! Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26-27 November 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland,, TU Delft Open, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, pp. 231 - 240, presented at Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26 November 2018 - 27 November 2018, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329196292_Facade_2018_-_Adaptive_Proceedings_of_the_COST_Action_TU1403_Adaptive_Facades_Network_Final_Conference

Yang S; Fiorito F; Sproul A; Prasad D, 2017, 'Studies on optimal application of building-integrated photovoltaic/thermal facade for commercial buildings in Australia', in ISES Solar World Congress 2017 - IEA SHC International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry 2017, Proceedings, pp. 672 - 681, http://dx.doi.org/10.18086/swc.2017.12.13

Lavin C; Fiorito F, 2017, 'Optimization of an External Perforated Screen for Improved Daylighting and Thermal Performance of an Office Space', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 571 - 581, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.216

De Matteis V; Cannavale A; Coppola A; Fiorito F, 2017, 'Nanomaterials and Smart Nanodevices for Modular Dry Constructions: The Project "easy House"', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 704 - 714, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.230

Tortorici G; Fiorito F, 2017, 'Building in Post-war Environments', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 1093 - 1102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.269

Moreno MJ; Fiorito F, 2017, 'Performance Assessment of Earth Constructions under the Chilean Energy Rating System Software', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 502 - 509, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.209

Bashirzadeh Tabrizi T; Fiorito F, 2016, 'Optimization of window's design in residential buildings. Use of the overall Life Cycle Energy (LCE) indicator', in Proceedings of Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering, Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF), Singapore, pp. 419 - 426, presented at 4th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2016), Singapore, 24 April 2016 - 25 April 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.5176/2301-394X_ACE16.17

Zhao Z; Verbic G; Fiorito F, 2015, 'Model Analysis of a Residential Building for Demand Response', in 2015 IEEE Eindhoven PowerTech, PowerTech 2015, Eindhoven (NL), presented at PowerTech 2015, Eindhoven (NL), 29 June 2015 - 02 July 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PTC.2015.7232534

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