Danielle Griego room EMPA
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Danielle Griego received a B.Sc in Architectural Engineering (2009) and a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering-Building Systems Program (2011) from the University of Colorado, Boulder (USA).


PhD: Urban Energy Modelling

Building energy simulation tools and methodologies have been widely applied and adapted to facilitate decision making processes to improve building system efficiency. A similar effort is now emerging for the application of urban energy systems. Like buildings, urban energy models require a large subset of spatial and temporal data and can vary greatly depending on the desired outcome of the analysis. Keeping this in mind, the focus of this research is to accurately predict building energy demands for select urban districts within Switzerland. The demand profiles will be used to evaluate implementation potential of decentralised energy systems at the building and district level.

Simulation approaches will focus on improving the representation of occupancy and user behaviour patterns to develop accurate demand profiles at the urban scale. The research will incorporate building energy demand simulation methodologies for different scales of complexity. These methodologies will include detailed building simulation tools applied to the urban scale, integrating existing city simulation tools, archetype modelling and clustering approaches as well as statistical models.



D. Griego, et al., Optimization of energy efficiency and thermal comfort measures for residential buildings in Salamanca, Mexico, Energy Buildings (2012), doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.02.019

Conference proceedings

D. Griego, B. Cai, Case Study for High Impact Energy Conservation Measures for Chemistry Laboratory Facilities in the Tropics: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Presentation at the 2013 I2SLAnnual Conference, September 2013

J. Zhou, A. Boranian, D Griego. Energy saving potential for retrofitting an existing building in Singapore: a case study, Conference Preceding’s at the 2013 Sustainable Building Conference, September 2013

D. Griego, A. Hernandez-Guerrero, M. Krarti, “Optimization of Energy Efficiency and Thermal Comfort for Residential Buildings in Salamanca, Mexico” Conference Preceding’s at the 2011 International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, July 2010

D. Griego, A. Gains-Germain, A. Ramaswami, B. Janson, “Measuring and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in a Small Destination-Resort City: A Case Study of Central City, Colorado” Presentation at the 2008 Leadership Alliance Conference, July 2008.

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