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Civil Research Talks | Alena Harbiankova | Integrating Nature-Based Solutions towards Enhancing Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Alena Harbiankova | Research fellow, PhD, Department of Rural Economics, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland

April 22, 2024 | 12h00-13h00 | Room U.0.6 | https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/97140654310 | Lusófona University, Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract: Nature-based solutions are essential in addressing sustainability challenges. This is particularly evident in urban areas, where NbS promote social inclusion and environmental justice. NbS provide an innovative approach to urban resilience by integrating socio-ecological systems with traditional infrastructure, transforming cities into greener, more liveable spaces. The success of NbS in sustainable development depends on its ability to address complex societal needs while preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as energy performance. The talk will introduce and discuss the review of studies on the thermal performance of buildings to assess the energy efficiency with nature-based solutions, in particular green roofs and green walls. The main research question of the study is: How to reduce energy poverty by improving buildings thermal performance using green roofs and green walls? The study is expected to explore the potential of nature-based solutions to alleviate energy poverty by contributing to sustainable socio-ecological systems and improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

Short Bio: Alena Harbiankova is a researcher at the Polish Academy of Science. PhD in Urban and Regional planning, she is finishing her internship at the Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, carrying out research in the Department of Rural Economics. Her research intresets deal with sustainable development of urban and rural areas, in particular she investigates economic, social and environmental aspects of nature-based solutions. She is now in her visiting period at the Faculty of Engineering of the Lusófona University to develop her research project in collaboration with the research team.

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