Deep renovation of buildings should cut 36% of their energy consumption by 2030, thus reducing the EU’s energy import dependency, creating growth, innovation, and employment, reducing fuel poverty, and resulting in more comfortable and healthier buildings. Αction 5 of the Communication “Towards an integrated strategic energy technology plan: Accelerating the European energy system transformation” refers to the “Development of new materials and technologies, for the market uptake of energy efficiency solutions for buildings”. Thermal insulation is the most common tends as it provides fixed thermal properties while serving the more singular purpose of retaining heat. However, the inability to readjust its thermal characteristics in accordance with the outdoor environmental conditions is often associated with reduced building energy efficiency. On the contrary, the enhancement of the building envelope by incorporating hybrid materials and its exploitation as thermal energy storage able to adapt to changes in the indoor and outdoor environment is a very inspiring attribute offering great potential to both new and existing buildings.



Prof. Antonis Peppas was born in Athens, Greece. He received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is holding from 2002 a Ph.D. Degree in Environmental Technologies from NTUA. He is an assistant Professor in the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, NTUA, Greece in the scientific field of Energy and environmental optimization.
He has an extensive research experience in process design and development, energy optimization of industrial processes and assessment of the environmental impact of products and production processes through LCA analysis, participated as a senior researcher in more than 30 EC funded projects. He is also supervising for more than 15 years the activities implemented in a hybrid smart grid with sustainable energy efficient resources equipped with renewables, hydrogen equipment, batteries banks and other related intelligent energy management systems.
He is a member of the Sustainable Transport Forum on a common data approach for electromobility and other alternative fuels, appointed by European Commission’s Director-General for Mobility and Transport (MOVE). He has published over 40 scientific papers in international journals and conferences, and he is a reviewer on journals Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Materials, Applied Sciences, Energies and an Editorial Board member of Peer Review Journal of Solar & Photoenergy Systems.
He is teaching in the Postgraduate Studies Program the courses “Alternative energy systems in the industry”, “Laboratory exercises in pyrometallurgy”, “Energy and environment” and he is in charge of the Practical Training / Internship of the students which is a mandatory lesson in School’s curriculum. He is also supporting the educational actions of the courses “Design and techno economic analysis of metallurgical industries”,” Secondary metallurgy” and “Automatic process control”.