The integrated design of building services by an equipped and eco-efficient module (MOTE2)


  • Roberto Giordano Politecnico di Torino
  • Cristina Allione Sarotto Group S.r.l.
  • Andrè Clos Politecnico di Torino
  • Elena Montacchini Politecnico di Torino
  • Silvia Tedesco Politecnico di Torino



technological integration of building services, services cupboard for building


The targets set out by European Directives concerning the energy savings in the construction sector refer both to building envelope and to its services. With regard to building services it is mandatory meeting requirements related to heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation.

Building services take up a variable space in the buildings that cannot be considered anymore negligible and they would always be fully integrated into buildings.

Equipped and Eco-efficient Technological Module (MOTE2) is a research project aimed at implementing the integration in a unique services cupboard of some building services: heating and cooling; domestic hot water; mechanical ventilation.

The project was organized according to four main phases. In phase 1 a set of rules was defined matching requirements related to the energy efficiency to environmental building design standards. During the phase 2 six building models were studied in order to size the corresponding building services according to scenario analysis set down for existing buildings. In phase 3 the project was focused on designing the assembly among services.

The cupboard design is like a Tetris® game through the planning of the best combination among services shape. Based on the drawings developed a first mock-up was built up and monitored. Finally, in phase 4 the paper deals with the MOTE2’s expected performances.

Outlook and some conclusions point out the future steps of the research activities.


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Author Biographies

Roberto Giordano, Politecnico di Torino

Department of Architecture and Design

Cristina Allione, Sarotto Group S.r.l.

Ecodesign consultant

Andrè Clos, Politecnico di Torino

Department of Architecture and Design

Elena Montacchini, Politecnico di Torino

Department of Architecture and Design

Silvia Tedesco, Politecnico di Torino

Department of Architecture and Design


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How to Cite

Giordano, R., Allione, C., Clos, A., Montacchini, E. and Tedesco, S. (2016) “The integrated design of building services by an equipped and eco-efficient module (MOTE2)”, VITRUVIO - International Journal of Architectural Technology and Sustainability, 1(2), pp. 13–23. doi: 10.4995/vitruvio-ijats.2016.6795.