IEA SHC Solar Academy: Task 63: Solar Neighborhood Planning (1)
Tuesday, 23. November 2021
1:00 to 2:30 AM (GMT/UTC)
The webinar duration is 1:30 hours.

IEA SHC Solar Academy: Task 63: Solar Neighborhood Planning (1)

In this webinar, representatives of  IEA SHC Task 63 on Solar Neighborhood Planning will discuss solar planning strategies for energy production, daylighting, and thermal comfort. The webinar will highlight the role of tools as a support for the planning and design of neighborhoods,  and offer insights into the ongoing research projects of IEA SHC Task 63.


The webinar will welcome the following three presentations:

  •  Maria Wall
  •  Caroline Hachem-Vermette
  •  Silvia Croce
  •  Jouri Kanters
  •  Martin Thebault

Q/A Session: The 90-minute webinar will include a 30 minutes Q/A session and a recording of the webinar will be available online afterward. The webinar is organized by the Solar Academy of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Program and hosted by ISES, the International Solar Energy Society.

Special announcement - Webinar re-run on 25 November 2021 at 6 AM GMT/UTC

ISES and the IEA SHC Solar Academy are happy to announce that this webinar will be broadcast again on 25 November 2021 at 6 AM GMT/UTC to accommodate our global audience especially from Australia and Asia. The broadcast webinar will then be followed by a live Q/A with the webinar speakers.

To learn more and register for the webinar on November 25, please visit this page.



Bärbel Epp - Moderator

Bärbel Epp is the founder and managing director of the German consultancy solrico. She is responsible for the international newsletter of the web portal, reporting exclusively about market and technology trends in the solar heating and cooling sector globally. solrico also created the first online World Map of SHIP suppliers (SHIP = Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) and carries out surveys among the around 80 companies listed on the world map annually. For six years Bärbel Epp is the SHC chapter author of the annual Global Status Report on Renewables published by REN21. Bärbel Epp graduated in Physics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Maria Wall

Maria Wall is an Associate Professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design at Lund University in Sweden, the project manager (Operating Agent) for IEA SHC Task 63 on Solar Neighborhood Planning, and the former Operating Agent of IEA SHC Task 51 on Solar Energy in Urban Planning. She is also a member of the ISES Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2020-2021).

Maria will present an overview of IEA SHC Task 63 on solar neighborhood Planning.

Caroline Hachem-Vermette

Caroline Hachem-Vermette is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Her research area includes the investigations of solar potential and energy implications of building shapes, building envelope design, developing multifunctional facades for multistory buildings, and multifunctional energy-efficient neighborhood patterns. Her research is multidisciplinary, it plays a bridging role between building engineering and architectural and urban design. She is currently leading the Subtask A of IEA Task 63, on developing strategies for net-zero energy solar communities, and was an expert member in IEA Task 51 on solar energy in urban planning, and IEA Task 41 on solar energy in architecture.  She will present the main work done up to now in Subtask A.

Silvia Croce

Silvia Croce is a Post-Doc researcher at the Institute for Renewable Energy, Eurac Research (Italy). She is a building engineer /architect by training and holds a PhD in Engineering at the University of Padova. Her research work aims at gaining insights into solutions for an integrated design of the urban built and natural environment, with a focus on outdoor microclimate, thermal comfort, energy savings, and renewable energy production.

Silvia will present the work being developed in sub-task B “Economic strategies and stakeholder engagement” of the IEA SHC Task 63, which she is co-leading together with Daniele Vettorato (Eurac Research).


Jouri Kanters

Jouri Kanters is an Associate Professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design at Lund University in Sweden. He is an educated architect and holds a PhD of Lund University. Jouri’s main research interests are on the integration of solar energy in cities and circular building design. 

Martin Thebault

Martin Thebault is a CNRS researcher at the LOCIE laboratory (Chambery). He is a mechanical engineer and holds a PhD from UNSW-Sydney and University of Lyon. His research focusses on applying thermal and fluid sciences to the deployment of solar energy in the urban environment.

Jouri and Martin will present the work being conducted within STC “ Solar planning tools”.