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Dr Gloria Pignatta

Scientia Lecturer - International Development Coordinator

PhD (University of Perugia - CIRIAF), P.Eng., M.Eng. (University of Perugia), B.Eng. (University of Perugia)

I am a civil engineer with a Ph.D. in energy engineering interested in the relationship between extreme weather events and the built environment. My research focuses on improving the thermal-energy performance of buildings and cities.
 
I design advanced technologies and passive strategies to improve building energy efficiency, ranging from materials science through to the behaviour change of people. This work is vital to reduce energy consumption and contribute to a sustainable future.
 
My research touches on the global problem of climate adaptation and mitigation, but also social challenges, such as energy equality and how energy poverty impacts vulnerable people. I also investigate urban heat island countermeasures and solutions to improve pedestrians’ thermal comfort.
 
Drawing on my varied background, I bring knowledge that includes building physics, to the energy debate. I want to help society by contributing to, and educating people on, smart ways to transform and improve cities and their liveability.
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Bio: 

Dr.Gloria PIGNATTA is Scientia Lecturer and the International Development Coordinator at the Faculty of Built Environment (FBE), UNSW Sydney, focusing on building energy efficiency and related research topics. She is one of the members of the High Performance Architecture Research Cluster and of the History and Theory of the Built Environment Research Cluster at FBE. She is a Civil Engineer with a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from the University of Perugia, Italy. In 2017, she was Postdoctoral Associate at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), in Singapore. In 2016, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Inter-University Research Center on Pollution and Environment “Mauro Felli" (CIRIAF), University of Perugia, Italy. Her research collaboration network touches different countries: Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Denmark, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, USA, Canada, India, and Australia.

Grants: 

Scheme: MMFI Seed Grant
Funding agency: Materials and Manufacturing Future Institute (MMFI)
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Grant name: Development of novel and sustainable geopolymer materials for Building Elements
UNSW Grant number: PS59631
Start date: 2020
Funder reference number: N/A

Scheme: Discovery Projects 2020
Funding agency: Australian Research Council (ARC)

Grant name: Scalable daytime radiative cooling for buildings and the built environment 
UNSW Grant number: N/A

Start date: 2020
Funder reference number: N/A

Scheme: INTERNATIONAL GRANT
Funding agency: EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Grant name: ERASMUS+ International Credit Mobility 2019-2022
UNSW Grant number: N/A

Start date: August 2019
Funder reference number: N/A

Scheme: N/A
Funding agency: Faculty of Built Environment 
Grant name: ARC Development and Support Grant
UNSW Grant number: N/A

Start date: 15 August 2019
Funder reference number: N/A

Scheme: RESEARCH GRANTS
Funding agency: CRC FOR LOW CARBON LIVING LIMITED
Grant name: Rapid review - best practice techniques for urban cooling in Australia climate zones
UNSW Grant number: RG191660

Start date: 1 April 2019
Funder reference number: SP0020p6

Scheme: INTERNATIONAL CONTRACT
Funding agency: HCL CONSULTANTS LTD
Grant name:
Technical assistance for minimum energy performance standards for buildings in the Indian ocean commission (ioc) member states
UNSW Grant number: RG190841
Start date: 11 January 2019
Funder reference number: 4907

Scheme: CONTRACT RESEARCH 
Funding agency: NT DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, BUSINESS AND INNOVATION
Grant name: Darwin supervision, experiment and evaluation of the cooling performance of the shading and greenery mitigation structure and energy saving potential
UNSW Grant number: RG190681
Start date: 1 January 2019
Funder reference number: 18-1700

Scheme: RESEARCH GRANTS
Funding agency: CRC FOR LOW CARBON LIVING LIMITED
Grant name: preliminary design of a smart climatic road in Phillip str Parramatta
UNSW Grant number: RG183306
Start date: 1 November 2018
Funder reference number: SP0012U2

Scheme: LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACT
Funding agency: CITY OF PARRAMATTA COUNCIL
Grant name: preliminary design of a smart climatic road in Phillip st Parramatta
UNSW Grant number: RG182620
Start date: 21 October 2018

Scheme: RESEARCH GRANTS
Funding agency: CRC FOR LOW CARBON LIVING LIMITED
Grant name: cpd-managing urban heat
UNSW Grant number: RG182141
Start date: 8 August 2018
Funder reference number: SP0023P2

Awards: 

- IC2UHI2016 Award: Award to Italy at the 4th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island in Singapore. In recognition of continuously conducting research and outreach in urban heat island related topics, “Outstanding UHI Group of Researchers Award”.

- IC2UHI2014 Award: Best paper award at the 3rd International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island in Venice, Italy, for the paper “Experimental analysis and optimization of polyurethane waterproof liquid membrane for cool roof application” by A.L. Pisello, V.L. Castaldo, G. Pignatta, F. Cotana. Prize for the “Unique experimental approach for the UHI
countermeasures”.

- FULT Good Practice Award 2020: Good Practice Case Study Award for education excellence focusing on postgraduate learning and teaching remotely. 

 

Teaching & Supervision: 

Course Convenor and Lecturer for:

  • LAND7321 - Landscape Technology 2

 

Guest Lecturer for:

  • ARCH1361 - Architectural Science and Building Environment 2

 

Completion of the FULT Programm in 2019

 

Engagement: 

- INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR from the ADI Unit @UNSW Built Environment

- Member of the Early Career Academic Network Executive Committee (ECAN-EXEC) @UNSW

- Representative member of the FBE ECAN subcommittee @UNSW Built Environment

 

 

Supervision Area: 

Sustainable Buildings, Advanced materials and technologies for the building envelope, Building energy efficiency, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Urban Heat Island, Indoor/outdoor thermal comfort, Thermal-energy performance in buildings, Energy Poverty, Optimization of optical properties of building envelope material, cool materials, green infrastructures, Radiative cooling materials, Life Cycle Assessment.

Supervising: 
    • Best practice techniques for urban cooling in Australian climate zones
    • Technologies Impact on Sustainable Buildings
    • Precinct Information Modelling for Integrative Energy Planning
    • Energy Poverty in NSW. Characteristics, Impact, and Solutions
    • Low cost, sustainable facade retrofitting solutions for improved thermal performance of poorly insulated social housing in Australia

     

    Please include the following documents when contacting me for supervision request:

    • Research proposal
    • CV
    • List of Publications
    • Transcripts
    • English test result for international applicants
    I would suggest Ph.D. applicants complete the self-assessment through https://selfassessment.research.unsw.edu.au/ and send me the result at g.pignatta@unsw.edu.au
    I will then contact you if I believe it is feasible. 
    Publications:
    Books

    Pignatta G; Lim N, (ed.), 2018, Tools for Cooling Singapore: A guide of 20+ simulation tools to assess urban heat island and outdoor thermal comfort, http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000428031

    Book Chapters

    Pignatta G, 2017, 'Strategies for Cooling Singapore: A catalogue of 80+ measures to mitigate urban heat island and improve outdoor thermal comfort', in Ruefenacht L; Acero JA (ed.), , Cooling Singapore (CS), Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000258216

    Edited Books

    Kolokotsa D; Pignatta G; Gobakis K, (eds.), 2020, Demand-Response in Smart Buildings, MDPI, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03928-267-8

    Journal articles

    Naderi S; Banifateme M; Pourali O; Behbahaninia A; MacGill I; Pignatta G, 2020, 'Accurate capacity factor calculation of waste-to-energy power plants based on availability analysis and design/off-design performance', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 275, pp. 123167 - 123167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123167

    Nevat I; Pignatta G; Ruefenacht LA; Acero JA, 2020, 'A decision support tool for climate-informed and socioeconomic urban design', Environment, Development and Sustainability, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10668-020-00937-1

    Mohammed A; Pignatta G; Topriska E; Santamouris M, 2020, 'Canopy Urban Heat Island and Its Association with Climate Conditions in Dubai, UAE', Climate, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cli8060081

    Hui Ren ; Wang Shou Long ; Gloria Pignatta , 2019, 'TransDATA2: A Data Visualization Toolkit to Assist the High-Performance Building Design', Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.17265/1934-7359/2019.11.003

    Yenneti K; Rahiman R; Panda A; Pignatta G, 2019, 'On the Cities and Smart Energy Management in India - A review', Energies, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en12173214

    Acero JA; Koh EJK; Pignatta G; Norford LK, 2019, 'Clustering weather types for urban outdoor thermal comfort evaluation in a tropical area', Theoretical and Applied Climatology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00704-019-02992-9

    Acero JA; Koh EJY; Li X; Ruefenacht LA; Pignatta G; Norford LK, 2019, 'Thermal impact of the orientation and height of vertical greenery on pedestrians in a tropical area', Building Simulation, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12273-019-0537-1

    Artopoulos G; Pignatta G; Santamouris M, 2018, 'From the Sum of Near-Zero Energy Buildings to the Whole of a Near-Zero Energy Housing Settlement: The Role of Communal Spaces in Performance-Driven Design', Architecture_MPS, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.14324/111.444.amps.2018v14i3.001

    Pignatta G; Chatzinikola C; Artopoulos G; Papanicolas CN; Serghides DK; Santamouris M, 2017, 'Analysis of the indoor thermal quality in low income Cypriot households during winter', Energy and Buildings, vol. 152, pp. 766 - 775, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.11.006

    Pisello AL; Pignatta G; Piselli C; Castaldo VL; Cotana F, 2016, 'Investigating the dynamic thermal behavior of building envelope in summer conditions by means of in-field continuous monitoring', American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, vol. 9, pp. 505 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2016.505.519

    Pisello AL; Castaldo VL; Pignatta G; Cotana F; Santamouris M, 2016, 'Experimental in-lab and in-field analysis of waterproof membranes for cool roof application and urban heat island mitigation', Energy and Buildings, vol. 114, pp. 180 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.05.026

    Rosso F; Pisello AL; Pignatta G; Castaldo VL; Piselli C; Cotana F; Ferrero M, 2015, 'Outdoor thermal and visual perception of natural cool materials for roof and urban paving', Procedia Engineering, vol. 118, pp. 1325 - 1332, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2015.11.394

    Pisello AL; Castaldo VL; Piselli C; Pignatta G; Cotana F, 2015, 'Combined thermal effect of cool roof and cool facade on a prototype building', Energy Procedia, vol. 78, pp. 1556 - 1561, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.205

    Castaldo VL; Coccia V; Cotana F; Pignatta G; Pisello AL; Rossi F, 2015, 'Thermal-energy analysis of natural "cool" stone aggregates as passive cooling and global warming mitigation technique', Urban Climate, vol. 14, pp. 301 - 314, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2015.05.006

    Pisello AL; Pignatta G; Castaldo VL; Cotana F, 2015, 'The impact of local microclimate boundary conditions on building energy performance', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 7, pp. 9207 - 9230, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su7079207

    Pisello AL; Castaldo VL; Pignatta G; Cotana F, 2015, 'Integrated numerical and experimental methodology for thermal-energy analysis and optimization of heritage museum buildings', Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, vol. 37, pp. 334 - 354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0143624415609910

    Bonamente E; Merico MC; Rinaldi S; Pignatta G; Pisello AL; Cotana F; Nicolini A, 2014, 'Environmental impact of industrial prefabricated buildings: Carbon and Energy Footprint analysis based on an LCA approach', Energy Procedia, vol. 61, pp. 2841 - 2844, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.12.319

    Pisello AL; Pignatta G; Castaldo VL; Cotana F, 2014, 'Experimental analysis of natural gravel covering as cool roofing and cool pavement', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 6, pp. 4706 - 4722, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su6084706

    Conference Papers

    Santos LGR; Nevat I; Pignatta G; Norford LK, 2019, 'Climate-Informed Decision-Making for Urban Design: Assessing the Impact of Urban Morphology on Urban Heat Island', India, presented at IC2UHI2019, India, 02 December 2019 - 04 December 2019

    Haddad S; Pignatta G; Paolini R; Synnefa A; Santamouris M, 2019, 'An extensive study on the relationship between energy use, indoor thermal comfort, and health in social housing: the case of the New South Wales, Australia', in IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, IOP Publishing, Bari, Italy, presented at IAQVEC2019, Bari, Italy, 05 September 2019 - 07 September 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/609/4/042067

    Pignatta G, 2019, 'Modeling and simulation of radiative cooling materials for microclimate analysis', Singapore, presented at ICCM2019, Singapore, 09 July 2019 - 13 July 2019

    Meier IA; Isaac S; Kolokotsa D; Gobakis K; Pignatta G, 2019, 'Towards Zero Energy Settlements – A brief note on commissioning and POE within the EU ZeroPlus Settlements', in IOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science, IOP Publishing, Thessaloniki, presented at SBE19, Thessaloniki, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/410/1/012038

    Acero JA; Pignatta G; Norford LK, 2018, 'Use of Clustered Meteorological Data for Microclimate and Thermal Comfort Analysis in a Tropical Area', The City College of New York, NY, presented at 10th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC10) - 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment, The City College of New York, NY, 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018

    Acero JA; Pignatta G; Koh E; Rufenacht LA; Li X; Norford LK, 2018, 'Influence of Height and Thermal Characteristics of Green Facades in Pedestrian Thermal Comfort', The City College of New York, NY, presented at 10th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC10) - 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment, The City College of New York, NY, 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018

    Pignatta G; Acero JA; Koh E; Rufenacht L; Li X; Norford LK, 2018, 'Improving Outdoor Thermal Comfort in Singapore By Implementing Green Mitigation Strategies: A Sensitivity Analysis', The City College of New York, NY, presented at 10th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC10) - 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment, The City College of New York, NY, 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018

    Pignatta G; Li X; Norford LK, 2017, 'Goals and approach of the "Cooling Singapore" project', Perugia, Italy, presented at 17th CIRIAF National Congress, Perugia, Italy, 06 April 2017 - 07 April 2017

    Artopoulos G; Pignatta G; Santamouris M, 2017, 'From the sum of Near-Zero Energy buildings to the whole of a Near-Zero Energy housing settlement: the role of communal spaces in performance-driven design', London, presented at Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally. AMPS, London, 09 February 2017 - 10 February 2017

    Chatzinikola CK; Pignatta G; Serghides D; Santamouris M, 2016, 'Winter Indoor Thermal Comfort in Low Income Households in Cyprus', Nicosia, Cyprus, presented at 5th International Conference on RES and EE, Nicosia, Cyprus, 05 May 2016 - 06 May 2016

    Pisello AL; Piselli C; Pignatta G; Fabiani C; Ubertini F; Cotana F; Santamouris M, 2016, 'Net Zero Energy settlements in Europe: first findings of the Zero-Plus Horizon 2020 project', Assisi, Italy, presented at 16th CIRIAF National Congress, Assisi, Italy, 07 April 2016 - 09 April 2016

    Pignatta G; Pisello AL; Cotana F, 2016, 'Environmental analysis of innovative and sustainable "cool skins" for building roofs', Assisi, Italy, presented at 16th CIRIAF congress, Assisi, Italy, 07 April 2016 - 09 April 2016

    Pignatta G; Chatzinikola C; Artopoulos G; Papanicolas CN; Serghides DK; Santamouris M, 2016, 'Winter survey on the indoor environmental quality in low and very low income households in Cyprus', Singapore, presented at 4th IC2UHI, Singapore, 30 May 2016 - 01 June 2016

    Perino M; Pisello AL; Castaldo VL; Piselli C; Pignatta G; Cotana F, 2015, 'Combined thermal effect of cool roof and cool facade on a prototype building', in Energy Procedia, Turin, Italy, pp. 1556 - 1561, presented at 6th IBPC2015, Turin, Italy, 14 June 2015 - 17 June 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.205

    Rosso F; Pisello AL; Pignatta G; Castaldo VL; Piselli C; Cotana F; Ferrero M, 2015, 'Outdoor thermal and visual perception of natural cool materials for roof and urban paving', in Procedia Engineering, Chicago, USA, pp. 1325 - 1332, presented at ICSDEC2015, Chicago, USA, 10 May 2015 - 13 May 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2015.11.394

    Pisello AL; Castaldo VL; Pignatta G; Cotana F, 2015, 'Experimental analysis of natural gravel covering as cool roof and cool pavement', Perugia, Italy, presented at 14th CIRIAF National Congress, Perugia, Italy, 04 April 2014 - 05 April 2014

    Aquino A; Barbanera M; Belloni E; Bianchi C; Cappellini P; Castaldo VL; Castellani F; Coccia V; Cotana F; Cotana S; Goretti M; Moretti E; Piscini F; Pisello AL; Palladino D; Pertosa M; Petrozzi A; Pignatta G; Presciutti A; Rotili A; Vergoni M, 2015, 'Energy performance certification of offices and education buildings: the case study of the University of Perugia', Bologna, Italy, presented at 33rd Convegno Nazionale AICARR, Bologna, Italy, 15 October 2015 - 15 October 2015

    Pisello AL; Pignatta G; Piselli C; Castaldo VL; Cotana F, 2015, 'Effect of dynamic characteristics of building envelope on thermal performance in summer conditions: in field experiment', Perugia, Italy, presented at 15th CIRIAF National Congress, Perugia, Italy, 09 April 2015 - 11 April 2015

    Pisello AL; Pignatta G; Castaldo VL; Cotana F, 2014, 'The effect of lake microclimate on thermal-energy behavior of buildings', Perugia, Italy, presented at 15th World Lake Conference, Perugia, Italy, 01 September 2014 - 05 September 2014

    Pisello AL; Castaldo VL; Pignatta G; Cotana F, 2014, 'Experimental analysis of the thermal-optical properties of polyurethane waterproof liquid membrane for cool roof application', Venice, Italy, presented at 3rd IC2UHI, Venice, Italy, 13 October 2014 - 15 October 2014

    Pisello AL; Castaldo VL; Pignatta G; Cotana F, 2014, 'Evaluation of the thermal-energy performance of naturally "cool" gravel covering for cool roof and cool pavement application: a case study', Venice, Italy, presented at 3rd IC2UHI, Venice, Italy, 13 October 2014 - 15 October 2014

    Bonamente E; Merico MC; Rinaldi S; Pignatta G; Pisello AL; Cotana F; Nicolini A, 2014, 'Environmental impact of industrial prefabricated buildings: Carbon and Energy Footprint analysis based on an LCA approach', Taipei, Taiwan, presented at The 6th International Conference on Applied Energy – ICAE2014, Taipei, Taiwan, 30 May 2014 - 02 June 2014

    Cotana F; Pisello AL; Cotana S; Petrozzi A; Pignatta G; Cesari G; Colauta F, 2014, 'Energy use and enhancement of biomasses around water resources', Perugia, presented at 5th World Lake Conference, Perugia, 01 September 2014 - 05 September 2014

    Rossi F; Cotana F; Coccia V; Pisello AL; Bonamente E; Palombo M; Pignatta G; Morini E, 2013, 'Modelling of Urban Canyon: Analytical and experimental remarks', Athens, Greece, presented at 34th AIVC Conference, Athens, Greece, 25 September 2013 - 26 September 2013

    Conference Posters

    Pignatta G, 2017, 'Overview Urban Airshed, Urban Heat Island and thermal comfort'

    Pignatta G; Li X; Norford LK, 2017, 'Mitigate the Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon to improve thermal comfort in outdoor areas of tropical Singapore'

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