Andrea Pianella

Andrea (Andrew) Pianella’s PhD is investigating the thermal performance of green roofs.

It aims to quantify the effects of substrate, soil moisture and the vegetation on the thermal fluxes through the green roofs.

In order to achieve this, transient models will be developed, and then validated with field experiments. The developed models will be implemented as a module which is expected to be able to interface with existing building energy simulation software tools such as EnergyPlus and TRNSYS.

It will quantify the energy saving potential of green roofs in areas with Mediterranean and temperate climates and help the selection of appropriate substrates and plant species to provide optimal thermal performance.

The research is an interdisciplinary project involving the Faculty of Science and the Melbourne School of Engineering. It is funded by the University of Melbourne and the Australian Research Council.

Andrew has a background in environmental engineering, landscape architecture and planning, and he is interested in sustainable and energy efficient buildings and cities. Before moving to Australia, he lived and worked in Germany, England, the USA and, of course, Italy.



A/Prof Nick WilliamsA/Prof Lu Aye, Dr Dong Chen


Pianella, A. Aye, L., Chen, Z., Williams, N.S.G. (2017) Substrate depth, vegetation and irrigation affect green roof thermal performance in a Mediterranean type climate. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1451

Pianella, A. Aye, L., Chen, Z., Williams, N.S.G. (2016) Effects of design and operating parameters on green roof thermal performance in Melbourne. 5th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing, Kuala Lumpur 2016,

Pianella, A. Bush, J., Chen, Z., Williams, N.S.G., Aye, L. (2016) Green roofs in Australia: review of thermal performance and associated policy development. 50th International Conference of Architectural Science Association, Adelaide 2016.

Pianella, A., Clarke, R.E., Williams, N.S.G., Chen, Z., Aye, L. (2016) Steady-state and transient thermal measurements of green roof substrates. Energy and Buildings, 131: 123-131.

Clarke, R.E., Pianella, A., Shabani, B., Rosengarten, G. (2016) Steady-state thermal measurement of moist granular earthen materials. Journal of Building Physics, In press.