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Department of Architecture



Hughes Hall College

Comparative performance of thermal buffering strategies in different climates

Nicola received his MEng degree in 2008 from the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2009 he moved to Cambridge as a MPhil student. He started his PhD course at the beginning of October 2010. He has a broad interest in any solutions aimed at reducing the energy consumption of buildings. In Cambridge, he has been exploring the physics and environmental design of multi-layered facades. Using a combination of theoretical analysis and laboratory experimentation, he has studied the principles of the natural ventilation of double-skin facades. He has investigated the relative energy benefit provided by multi-layered facades compared to traditional single glazing in different climates and for buildings with different wall insulation. He is currently exploring new strategies for the ventilation of thermal labyrinths.

Completion Date
September 2014

Alan Short


Key publications: 

Mingotti N., Chenvidyakarn T. and Woods A.W. (2012)  Combined impacts of climate and wall insulation on the energy benedit of an extra layer of glazing in the facade. Energy and Buildings 58 (2013) 237–249

Mingotti N., Chenvidyakarn T. and Woods A.W. (2011) The fluid mechanics of the natural ventilation of a narrow-cavity double-skin facade. Building and Environment 46 (2011) 807-823 

Chenvidyakarn T., Mingotti N. and Woods A.W. (2011)  Preventing summertime overheating in a naturally ventilated narrow-cavity double-skin facade. Proceedings of Roomvent 2011 Conference, Trondheim, Norway

 Nicola  Mingotti
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