Researcher

Dr Gloria Pignatta

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.

My Expertise

Building Energy Efficiency, Energy poverty, Climate Change and Urban Heat Island adaptation and mitigation, Extreme climatic events, Sustainable Buildings and Cities, Indoor/Outdoor thermal comfort, Net Zero Energy Buildings and Settlement, Optical property optimization for buildings' envelope and urban surfaces materials, Cool materials, Radiative cooling, Smart monitoring, Decision-Making Theories, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

 

 

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Biography

Scientia Fellow Dr. Gloria PIGNATTA is International Development Coordinator and a Lecturer at the Faculty of Built Environment (FBE), UNSW Sydney, focusing on building energy efficiency and related research topics. Since 2018, she is one of the members of the High Performance Architecture Research Cluster at FBE UNSW. She is a Civil Engineer with a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from the University of Perugia, Italy. In 2017, she was...view more

Scientia Fellow Dr. Gloria PIGNATTA is International Development Coordinator and a Lecturer at the Faculty of Built Environment (FBE), UNSW Sydney, focusing on building energy efficiency and related research topics. Since 2018, she is one of the members of the High Performance Architecture Research Cluster at FBE UNSW. 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.

 

 

 


My Grants

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


My Qualifications

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


My 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”.


My Research Activities

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS:

- ZERO-PLUS PROJECT

- COOLING SINGAPORE PROJECT

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Building energy efficient strategies, Urban Heat Island countermeasurements, 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 


Currently supervising

Area of Supervision

Sustainable Buildings, Building energy efficiency, Life Cycle Assessment, Mitigation/Adaptation strategies for Urban Heat Island effect

Include the following documents when contacting me for supervision request:

  • Research proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • English test result for international applicants

 

Currently supervising

Gloria is supervising the following research projects:

Current

  • Best practice techniques for urban cooling in Australian climate zones
  • Technologies Impact on Sustainable Buildings
  • A Study On The Feasibility Of More Intelligent Urban Modular Buildings
  • Investigation of the Impact of Lighting and Thermal Conditions at Mechanically Ventilated Office Environment during Warm Periods in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Low cost, sustainable facade retrofitting solutions for improved thermal performance of poorly insulated social housing in Australia

 


My Engagement

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR from the ADI unit @UNSW Built Environment


My Teaching

Guest Lecture for ARCH1361 - Architectural Science and Building Environment 2

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Location

Room 2023, Red Centre Building, University Mall, Kensington NSW 2033

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Contact

+61 (0) 424282106
+61 (0) 424282106

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