Energy Efficiency in Buildings Panel

Theme :

”Advancing Energy Efficiency in Building Systems: A Multidimensional Approach”

  • Abstract :
The necessity for energy efficiency in building systems is driven not only by escalating energy costs but also by the global imperative to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The panel titled “Advancing Energy Efficiency in Building Systems: A Multidimensional Approach” for the Power Africa Conference, aims to dissect the multifaceted strategies required to enhance energy efficiency in buildings, thereby contributing towards a sustainable and economically viable built environment.
The panel will delve into an array of topics encompassing innovative design and construction techniques, integration of renewable energy systems, the application of advanced insulation and glazing materials, as well as the adoption of smart building technologies that optimize energy utilization through real-time monitoring and control. Moreover, the panel will explore the policy frameworks and financial incentives necessary to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient practices within the construction sector.
In addition to technical discussions, the panel will engage in a discourse on the behavioral aspects influencing energy consumption, and how an educative approach can foster a culture of energy conservation among building occupants. The collaborative dialogues envisaged during the panel session aim to foster a confluence of ideas among architects, engineers, policymakers, and stakeholders, which could pave the way for mainstreaming energy efficiency in building practices.
The synthesis of expert insights and interactive discussions during this panel is expected to elucidate a holistic pathway towards achieving remarkable improvements in energy efficiency across the building sector, aligning with global sustainability goals and local economic imperatives.
Through a multidimensional lens, this panel seeks to bolster the understanding and actionable knowledge required to transition towards more energy-efficient building systems, which is paramount in navigating the challenges posed by the contemporary energy and environmental landscape. The panel endeavors to ignite innovative solutions and collaborative efforts that can significantly contribute to the energy efficiency narrative in Africa, aligning with the broader objectives of the Power Africa initiative.



Topic: Building and systems performance enhancement using Latent Energy Storage: A hollistic approach.
EL MANKIBI Mohamed is a Research Director/Professor at ENTPE/university of Lyon (France) member of LTDS Laboratory (CNRS UMR5513). He has a PhD degree (Hybrid Ventilation control strategies design and assessment), the accreditation to direct and manage research and qualified as international expert by the french Ministry of Ecological Transition. He was the manager and Supervisor of building-related courses of ENTPE and Co-creator and Co-manager of several Master degrees related to “Green Building”. Highly evolved in Green and Low Impact Buildings design and optimization programs, he has two major fields of research: one is related to the dynamic simulation of thermal and aeraulic phenomena in buildings, the other is related to the been invited as professor/researcher by the University of Colorado at Boulder, Concordia University of Montreal, Hunan university and Ecole National superieure des mines de Rabat as well as Green Energy Park (IRESEN). He has been involved in many tasks and projects of the International Energy Agency (ECES and ECBCS programs). He has taken part to several national and European/International research projects as coordinator and partner as well as European/International prjects. He has developed several original models and experimental devices and initiated and led partnerships with the building industry.


Building physics and building energy systems
Niccolo’ Aste Starting from 1995, he has been actively engaged in the research activities related to energy efficiency of the built environment and to the exploitation of renewable energy sources and their use in building sector, both at urban and at territorial level.
Graduatedcum laude in Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, 1994.
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Technological Innovation and Architectural Design, Politecnico di Milano, 2000.
Since 2002, he is working first as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and then as Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano.
He has participated in several national and international research programs on the correlated issues of sustainable architecture, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Among major clients of his research consultancy are: United Nations(UN-Habitat), Italian Ministry of the Environment, Lombardy Region, FIAT, GSE, Whirlpool, ENI, ENEL.
He is the author and co-author of several scientific handbooks and more than 100 publications in various International/National Journals of repute and conferences/seminars.


Building physics and building energy systems
Claudio Del Pero Graduated cum laude in Environmental Engineering, he got a Ph.D. in building physics and technology.
Starting from 2006, he has been actively engaged in the research and advisory activities related to energy efficiency of the built environment and to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, with particular reference to the topics of PV technology and distributed energy generation.
Over the years he has been involved in various National and International research projects related to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency in the built environment and energy management. He has also participated in the activities of the International Energy Agency: IEA-PVPS Task 10 (Urban-Scale Photovoltaic Applications) and IEA-ECES Annex 31 (Energy storage with Net Zero Energy Buildings and Districts: Optimization and Automation).
He is also the technical coordinator of the PV Test Facility at the Politecnico di Milano, where a specific section is dedicated to the outdoor testing of PV and hybrid components.
He is co-author of more than 30 scientific publications.