Sustainable Urban and Built Environment

The Sustainable Urban & Built Environment research group focuses its activities on developing decision-making tools and delivering science-based data enabling policymakers and industrial organizations to make informed decisions related to sustainable urban and built environment.

Amongst these activities, the group contributes to:

  • producing prototypes to demonstrate the technical and organizational feasibility of the solutions in order to convince stakeholders of the need to co-create sustainable solutions in urban and built environments, as well as pushing new services on the market;
  • developing measures and instruments to empower an equipped, qualified and fit-for-purpose workforce to ensure the transition towards sustainable construction and operating activities / processes;
  • supporting stakeholders in the construction value chain in the transition of their business frameworks to European & Luxembourgish policies/regulations and standards in terms of sustainable urban and built environment.


The main fields of expertise are the following:

  • Production of digital models to support the management of built environment (from buildings to districts) and the development of buildings’ digital twins
  • Use of 4D/5D models and parametric modelling to support participative design and architectural programming
  • Post-occupancy evaluation for comfort performance analysis
  • Assessment of building intelligence thanks to the Smart Readiness Indicator
  • Development of methods and tools to support demolition waste inventory and management
  • Development of methods and tools enabling the industrialization of construction in order to improve on-site productivity
  • Improvement of urban logistics by setting up Construction Consolidation Centres (CCC)
  • Geoanalytics & 3D visualization to enhance citywide sustainable management tools
  • Space-time uncertainty propagation analysis of complex modelling chains based on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and 3D/4D Geospatial Simulation


  • Poesy: a web-application for the Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of buildings based on:
    1. Feedback campaigns to get a perceived qualitative evaluation of the spaces from occupants
    2. Consolidation of human results with measured data retrieved from sensors
  • 4DCollab: method and software technologies addressing planning and collaboration in the preconstruction activities of an Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) project, thanks to 4D computer-aided design (CAD) and BIM technologies.
  • Smart Construction Planner: based on the idea of the connected construction site, the Smart Construction Planner is a construction site container equipped with various interactive technologies connected with sensors deployed on-site, allowing the centralization and visualization of real-time data control for the construction site while focusing on the logistics, quality and planning.
  • TwiSCo: software solution to ensure on-site logistics provided by a Construction Consolidation Centre to enable delivery of materials to the site just-in-time and at the right place and limit waste on construction site
  • iGuess®: geocomputation platform integrating visualization and computational modules to efficiently handle spatio-temporal data.


Research domains
  • Environment

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Dr-Ing. Enrico BENETTO
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