Research student

PhD student

Afroditi Konidari

3 October 2011 – present

Afroditi Konidari

Afroditi Maria Konidari (Dipl.Arch.Eng, MSc) is an Architect Engineer and has worked as a researcher at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) for three years.

During her studies at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), she participated in research projects related to sustainability and sustainable development at both urban and building scales, and was employed in architectural and construction practices in Athens. After she was awarded the Diploma in Architecture Engineering, she acquired a Masters in Environmental Design of Buildings (Hons) from the Welsh School of Architecture. (WSA) She was subsequently employed as a researcher at the WSA under the iSERVcmb project, the largest EC project ever funded under the IEE funding stream, aiming at showing the practical operation and benefits of an automatic monitoring and feedback system, as now allowed for in the recast EPBD, applied to Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems in EU Member States (MS).

Her current research interests lie in new forms and energy hierarchies that can derive by setting energy and power as primary units of design; benchmarking building performance; and the mistranslation of energy efficiency to actual building design and practice. The doctorate research she is currently undertaking builds on Afroditi’s previous work completed under the scope of the iSERV project, and looks at low energy buildings as structured networks of systems and stakeholders.

In the changing realm of contemporary architecture, Afroditi believes that the discipline of architecture should seek continuous improvement and advancement by returning to its creations and proceed with routine evaluation and acquisition of constructive feedback. The accentuation of design’s “function” value has the potential of reducing the existing gap between design and actual building performance, and contributing to the larger collective by maximising the useful building power available to support human ecosystems.

PhD details:

The translation of energy efficiency into architectural design and practice: Why low energy buildings fail

In absence of an architectural education that would allow architects to understand operational data from real buildings, the aim of this research is to explore how architects can harness and interpret high-resolution operational data sources, now widely available in low energy buildings, in order to examine why low energy buildings fail to deliver a low energy performance.

This research hopes to contribute to a new architectural agenda in which the operational performance of buildings has an upgraded role and building performance assessment moves away from litigation of non-performance toward celebration of achievement.

Publications

  • Konidari, A.-M. & Fedeski, M. 2015. The Adaptation of the “Porous Residential Building Model” to Hot Dry Climates. Journal of Energy and Power Sources, 07/2015; Vol. 2(No. 7):pp. 259-267
  • 2014. iSERVcmb final report – july 2014: the inspection of building services through continuous monitoring and benchmarking – the iSERVcmb project. Project Report. Cardiff: European Commission/Cardiff University
  • Konidari, A.-M. & Fedeski, M. 2014. The adaptation of the “porous residential building model” to hot dry climates: The case study of a residential block in Athens, Greece. Presented at: International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB-14). Cardiff, Wales, 25 – 27 June 2014.
  • Knight, I. Konidari, A.-M., Masoero, M. & Toniolo, J. 2013. Benchmarking HVAC system energy use. Presented at: Clima 2013: 11th REHVA World Congress and 8th International Conference on IAQVEC, Prague, Czech Republic, 16–19 June 2013.
  • Konidari, A.-M. & Sifaki, S. 2010. Intervenirs sur les batiment existants. Be.passive magazine. Belgium: Plate-forme Maison Passive (pmp) / Passiefhuis-Platform. http://www.bepassive.be/viewer/05/fr
  • Konidari, A.-M. & Giannikouri, M. 2008. A virus as tool of constructing the un-built. In: Tournikiotis, P. (ed.) Constructing the un-built: From local utopias to inverted Cities. Athens, Greece: National Technical University of Athens, p.71-75 http://issuu.com/petros.phokaides/docs/unbuilt-book-ntua
  • Konidari, A.-M., Savva, S., 2008. Regional Planning at the fire stricken prefecture of Ilea, Greece. Presented at: Pilot approaches for the reconstruction of the fire stricken areas in Peloponnesus” Conference, Athens, Greece, 6th May 2008.
  • Konidari, A.-M., Sifaki, S., 2008. The reconstruction of Kobe area after the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake – Participial sustainable urban design. Presented at: Pilot approaches for the reconstruction of the fire stricken areas in Peloponnesus” Conference, Athens, Greece, 6th May 2008.

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