The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece, since more than 95000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in one of its 42 Schools. The Laboratory of Building Construction and Building Physics (LBCP) belongs to the School of Civil Engineering and covers the areas of building construction methodology and details, industrialized building systems, application of the building physics principles, energy conservation, energy conscious design, environmental assessment of buildings, use of passive solar systems, fire protection and safety, restoration of historic buildings, as well as architectural design.
Since the Laboratory’s foundation in 1958, its presence in the scientific community is constant, due to the organization of international conferences and events, participation in national and international research projects and associations. The activities of the Laboratory are mainly performed by its 4 members of the educational staff, an emeritus professor (former Head of LBCP), the postgraduate students and the post-doc researchers. Head of the Laboratory is professor Dimitris Aravantinos, (Dr civil engineer).
More specifically, the Laboratory contributes in various applied research programmes with the use of state of the art measurement and recording systems, such as meteorological stations for measuring solar radiation, air temperature, humidity and air velocity, infrared cameras for measuring thermal flux and locating thermal bridges, thermal conductivity meters, heat flux meters, tracer gas system for infiltration/ ventilation measurements, luxmeters, etc.
The research activities of the Laboratory expand over a broad thematology and cover every area of building physics, i.e. daylighting, thermal performance of the building envelope (including the analytical and experimental study of thermal insulation and water proofing materials), design and evaluation of passive solar systems and bioclimatic buildings, green roofs, monitoring and evaluation of the energy performance of buildings (conventional and solar buildings), energy renovation of existing buildings, advanced glazing, solar protection, environmental assessment, life cycle analysis and monument conservation.
Members of the Laboratory have participated in the committees for the elaboration of the new national policy framework for the energy conservation in buildings and especially for the new regulation for the energy efficiency of buildings, as well as the technical instructions for the implementation of the regulation published by the Technical Chamber of Greece. Accordingly, members of the laboratory have participated in several COST actions and European committees.