Building 14 Milano

The building 14 has been designed, among the others, by Gio Ponti and built in 1965, and it is nicknamed "the ship" to its shape. The room where the intervention of retrofitting will be realized with the solution of insulation in the cavity is used as a meeting room and is located on the first floor. This room will also host the interventions of insulation from the inner side of the wall.



  • Location
    45.4667° N, 9.1833° E
    Milan normally experiences a Mediterranean climate with cold and humid winters, while summers are hot and humid.
    This categorization is known as (Cfa) as per the Köppen climate classification.
  • Owner
    Politecnico di Milano
  • Partner Responsible
  • Objective
    Assessing the in situ thermal performance of indoor insulation solutions (WP4) and cavity insulation (WP3) on an existing, non-insulated cavity wall, representative of traditional construction solutions.
  • Description
    BuildingBuilding 14 is located in the "Città Studi" campus of Politecnico di Milano and is nicknamed "Nave" (ship) because of its shape in plan. It was built in 1965 after a preliminary project by Gio Ponti with a reinforced concrete frame and cavity wall as infill between the structural elements.
    The building currently houses offices and meeting rooms.
  • Retrofitting intervention
    The main function of the selected space is a meeting room. The external wall is divided into two parts following its existing geometry. The width of the wall to be insulated for WP3 (Cavity wall insulation) is 430 cm wide and 270 cm high (measured from finished floor, till the false ceiling); while for WP4 the width is slightly smaller, i.e. 420 cm; this will be divided into three parts, where each part corresponds to one of the proposed internal insulation solutions.
  • Activities description
    Installation of sensors and thermocouples for measuring the heat flow as well as the surface temperatures (indoor and outdoor) of the EASEE proposed solutions for both WP3 and WP4.
    Later installation of indoor insulation solutions (WP4) and blowing of perlite in the cavity (WP3), with operative testing of assembly procedures.