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Full Professor

Member of Interdepartmental Center (FULL - Future Urban Legacy Lab)
Vice Coordinatore (Collegio di Architettura)

+39 0110904431 / 4431 (DENERG)

Valentina Serra, Master Degree in Architecture, PhD in Building Physics, is currently Full Professor of Building Physics, vice coordinator of the Collegio di Architettura (School of Architecture Board) at Politecnico di Torino.

She has been teaching different courses on building physics and environmental control techniques for 25 years. She has supervised about 180 Bachelor and Master thesis (mainly discussed at the School of Architecture).

Member of PhD Boards since 2005, supervisor of 12 PhD students, external evaluator and member in 15 national and international Final Examination Committee.

In 2020 member of the Evaluation Committee of the Free University of Bolzano, Faculty of Engineering.

Since 2021 member of the Executive Board of the interdepartmental center FULL (Future Urban Legacy Lab) at Politecnico di Torino

Her main research activity concerns the assessment of energy performance and IEQ aspects of advanced building envelope components (i.e. responsive building elements, dynamic glazing, double skin façades, shading devices, light ducts, green roofs, vertical greening systems, advanced hollow clay bricks) carried out through both experimental analysis and numerical modelling.

In her career she has been involved in a relevant number of national and international competitive projects (in the last 10 years 1 PRIN, 6 POR-FESR, 3 H2020, 1 COST-ACTION, 1 LINKA) and research/consultancy contracts, acting both as scientific referent and researcher.

Member of the Editorial Board of Energy and Buildings, Guest Editor for the Energy Procedia issue related to the SEB 2016 Conference, for “Engineering Sustainability” (September 2019), Guest Editor for Frontiers in Built Environment (September 2019). Reviewer for international scientific journals (Applied Energy, Solar Energy, Building and Environment, Energy and Building, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Energy Efficiency).

Member of the Organizing Committee of the International Building Physics IBPC 2015 and Roomvent 2020, both in Turin, and general co-chair of SEB 2016 Conference in Turin and 51st AiCARR International Conference, in Venice.

Results of base oriented research and applied research have been published in more than 200 papers, published on national and international conference proceedings and on national and international journals and book chapters. Scopus metrics: 86 documents, more than 1500 citations, h-index 23.

Scopus Author ID: 7004067687, ORCID: 0000-0002-9689-9406.

(Area 0009 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0002-9689-9406
Scopus Author ID: 7004067687
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_3 - Civil engineering, architecture, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment PE8_12 - Lightweight construction, textile technology PE8_11 - Sustainable design (for recycling, for environment, eco-design)


Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy Goal 13: Climate action Goal 3: Good health and well-being Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities


Advanced building envelopes Building energy performance Experimental facilities Indoor environmental quality
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Editorial boards

  • ENERGY AND BUILDINGS (2019-), Editorial board member


  • Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB-16, Program chair
  • International Building Physics Conference IBPC 2015/ Politecnico di Torino con CCI, Torino, Italia, 14-17/6/2015, Participation to the organizing committee