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Armando Pinto

Armando Pinto
Phone: 218 443 854

Professional Situation

Assistant Researcher

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • PhD in Mechanical engineering by the Instituto Superior Técnico, part of the Technical University of Lisbon. PhD thesis title: "Life cycle assessment applied to the environmental and energy analysis of buildings”.
  • MSc  degree in Mechanical Engineering (Energy), by the Instituto Superior Técnico part of the Technical University of Lisbon. MSc thesis title: "Assessment of thermal performance in buildings with curtainwall. Application to Lisboa”.
  • Degree in Mechanical engineering, by the Instituto Superior Técnico, part of the Technical University of Lisbon.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Assistant Researcher of LNEC, since 2008.
  • Mechanical engineer, member of the Portuguese Engineers Order, Qualified Expert of the Portuguese System of Building Energy Certification.
  • Professor of the Discipline "Materials and technologies of Facades” of Postgraduate Studies in Facades Engineering, FCT/UNL-LNEC. 2016/2018.
  • Energy manager of LNEC, under EcoAP program, since 2011.
  • Member of technical commissions to revise building energy efficiency regulations and indoor air quality of service buildings (RECS) and member of the technical commission to revise ventilation requirements for houses (RHE), 2010-2013.
  • Head of the window testing laboratory (2000-2014).

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Energy efficiency, water use efficiency, urban environment, climate change, green buildings and passive buildings, air conditioning, ventilation (natural, mechanical, hybrid) and renewable energy.
  • Indoor environment quality and occupant behaviour.
  • Construction Sustainability, life cycle assessment of materials and buildings.
  • Building components: windows, doors, curtain walls, double skin facades, claddings, shading devices.
  • Building audit and Monitoring, numerical modelling and experimental evaluation both in laboratory and on real scale)
  • Construction quality, certification, standardization and regulations.
  • Building physics and technology.

Research and Professional Activity

Main projects of Research, Development and Innovation (RI&D):
  • Principal Researcher in the research project PERCENT - Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Energy Performance Contracts in the hospitality sector (2018).
  • Principal Researcher in Building energy modelling EcoAP – Building energy Modelling of public buildings (2017-2018).
  • Principal Researcher in AdaPT AC:T – Method to promote adaptation to climate change in the hospitality sector (2015-2016).
  • Principal Researcher in Indicators of passive thermal behaviour of residential buildings (2016-2018).
  • Principal Researcher from LNEC in the research project PMAAC-AML – Metropolitan plan for adaptation to climate change - Metropolitan area of Lisbon (2017-2019)
  • Team member of 11 research projects with financial support:
  • Horizon 2020, Call: H2020-EEB-2016-2017, Topic: EeB-01-2016: Highly efficient cladding eco-panels with improved nanoinsulation properties (GELCLAD). Agreement no. 723425. 2016-2019.
  • FCT PTDC/ECM-GEO/0728/2014 - SUCCEsS / Sustainability of shallow geothermal systems. Applied studies to Southern Europe Climates. 2016-2019.
  • GABI-COST ACTION TU1405 - European Network for Shallow Geothermal Energy Applications in Buildings and Infrastructures (GABI). 2015-2019.
  • Team member in more than 100 research projects and other technical and scientific activities. Principal Researcher in the following studies:
  • Cost-benefit analysis of different glazed facades.
  • Development of the methodology to assess energy efficiency and air flow rates for residential buildings and small service buildings.
  • Building energy auditing and inspection to air conditioning systems.
  • Approval studies of innovative systems, claddings, curtain walls and windows.
  • Studies to improve and qualify windows and curtain walls, and studies for the quality assurance of the installation process of windows at the works.
  • Technical advice and expert consultancy on relevant research areas.
  • Member of technical commissions for standardization (thermal performance, construction sustainability, ventilation), Efriarc and regulations.
  • Expert training:
  • Organization and teaching of training sessions on regulations for energy efficiency of buildings.
  • Organization and teaching of training sessions on ventilation.
  • Organization and teaching of training sessions on qualification of windows and efficient window installers.

Scientific Orientation

  • Supervision of 2 phD students.
  • Supervision of 21 MSc students.
  • Member of the jury of 12 MSc degree examinations.

Relevant Publications

Author and co-author of several publications:
  • 1 PhD dissertation and 1 MSc dissertation
  • More than 250 LNEC reports.
  • 3 books or book chapters, 4 articles in international peer review magazines, 6 in national magazines, more than 50 conference articles
  • 5 national approval documents and 1 European technical approval
  • Contribution to building energy efficiency regulations, in particular as regards the section about ventilation (RHE and RECS, 2013) and solar heat gains (RCCTE, 2006).
  • 3 software tools: i) Residential and small service buildings, ventilation (2013); ii) Calculation of minimum air flow rates for service buildings (2013); iii) Hotel Adaptation Tracker (2016).
Books or book chapters
  • Campano, M.Á.; Pinto, A.; Acosta, I. e Sendra, J.J.M. - Sustainable Development and Renovation in Architecture, Urbanism and Engineering. Cham: Springer, 2016. Chapter 31 - Validation of a Dynamic Simulation of a Classroom HVAC System by Comparison with a Real Model,” in Sustainable Development and Renovation in Architecture, Urbanism and Engineering, Pilar Mercader-Moyano, Ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017, p. 451.
  • Caderno de síntese tecnológica, reabilitação de edifícios. Reflexão sobre a estratégia para a Reabilitação em Portugal. Porto: PTPC, 2015. Secção 4.3.2 - Regulamento de desempenho energético dos edifícios de comércio e serviços (RECS), Secção 8.4 - Vãos envidraçados e Secção 8.6 - Ventilação
  • Pinto, A.T. e Fernandes, O. - Janelas e portas pedonais exteriores. Guia para a marcação CE (EN 14351-1:2006+A1:2010). Lisbon, LNEC, 2010. ITE 56.
  • Pinto, A.T. – Componentes de edifícios. Aspetos de segurança e resistência mecânica do vidro. Lisboa, LNEC, 2008. ITE 52. 2nd Edition.
  • Pinto, A.T. – Técnica, normalização e regulamentação na ventilação residencial. Lisbon, V conferência internacional France Air Portugal, 2005.
  • Contribuição para o guia Técnico de Reabilitação Habitacional. Lisbon, LNEC, September 2005.
  • Contribuição para a publicação da DGGE/ADENE - DGGE - Reabilitação energética da envolvente de edifícios residenciais. Amadora: DGGE, November 2004.
  • Campano, M.A.; Pinto, A.; Acosta, I. and Muñoz-González, M. - Analysis of the Perceived Thermal Comfort in a Portuguese Secondary School: Methodology and Results. International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 448-455, 2017.
  • Pinto, A.T., Silva Afonso, A.; Silva Santos, A. Pimentel-Rodrigues, C.; Rodrigues, F. - Nexus water energy for hotel sector efficiency. Energy Procedia, Volume 111, March 2017, Pages 215-225
  • Pinto, A.; Bernardino, M.; Silva Santos, A.; Espírito Santo, F. - Climate change impact assessment in hotels Methodology and adaptation strategies for high quality hotels. WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, volume 161 (2016, on the press).
  • Pinto, A., Reis, L. - Barrier for buildings: analysis of mechanical resistance requirements. Procedia Structural Integrity, Volume 1, 2016, Pages 281-288.
  • Mateus, N.; Pinto, A. and Carrilho da Graca, G. - Validation of EnergyPlus thermal simulation of a double skin naturally and mechanically ventilated test cell. Energy and Buildings, 75, 511-522.
  • Pinto, A. - Ventilação no período de verão: free cool. In Construção Magazine no. 74, 2016.
  • Pinto, A. - Alterações climáticas, adaptação no setor dos edifícios. In Construção Magazine no. 70, 2015.
  • Pinto, A. - Contribuição da janela dupla para uma reabilitação sustentável numa perspetiva integrada. In Construção Magazine n.º 64.
  • Pinto, A. – Comportamento térmico dos edifícios de habitação – ênfase no conforto para se obterem edifícios com necessidades térmicas quase nulas. In Construção magazine, nº5, 2012.
  • Pinto, A. - Limites para a permeabilidade ao ar da envolvente de edifícios. Eficiência energética e qualidade do ar interior. In Caderno  Edifícios, no. 6, 2010, p. 83 to 98. ISBN 978-972-49-2198-3.
Conference articles
  • Pinto, A.; Machado, P.; Alves, M.; Silva Santos, A. - Hotel rating procedure and wellbeing. Adapting criteria to promote energy efficiency. Paper presented at the  II International congress on Interdisciplinarity in Social and Human Sciences. 11 and 12 May 2016, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
  • Aljundi, K., Pinto, A., Rodrigues, F. - Energy analysis using cooperation between BIM tools (REVIT and green building studio) and energy plus. 1st Portuguese congress on building information modelling. 24 and 25 November 2016. Azurém Campus, University of Minho, Guimarães. ISBN: 978-989-8793-04-1.
  • Pimpão Silva, A.; Espírito Santo, F.; Ventura, J.; Pinto, A. Climate hazards and disaster risk: a contribution for urban planning and risk assessment in mainland Portugal. Paper presented at ICUR, 2016. Lisbon, 30 June. ISBN: 978-989-95094-1-2.
  • Pinto, A; Bernardino, M.; Silva Santos, A.; Espirito Santo, F. - Assessing climate change impact in hospitality sector. Simplified approach using building resources consumption signature. 8th AECEF Symposium, New Actions and Roles of Civil Engineers: Sustainability and Energy. Porto, FEUP: 5 and 6 November, 2016:
  • Pinto, A. - Occupant behaviour and impact on indoor thermal environment Window and shading opening and closing on passive office building in Lisbon. Occupant Behaviour 14, Nottingham. 4  August 2014.
  • Pinto, A. e Gomes, R. – Avaliação experimental e simulação numérica da ventilação de salas de aula de uma escola secundária. Congresso Construção 2012, 4.º Congresso. Coimbra, University of Coimbra. December 2012.

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Peer review of international magazines
  • Dissemination activities through collaboration and presentation at 105 scientific and technical meetings.
  • Organization of 20 scientific and technical events

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