November 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm GMT/UTC
November 25 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am UTC / GMT

In this webinar, participants in 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 tools play in planning and designing neighborhoods and offer insights into the ongoing research work of IEA SHC Task 63.

The webinar speakers are:

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

The 90-minute webinar will include a 30-minute Q&A session. 

A rebroadcast of the webinar plus a live Q&A session is on November 23  at 6 am - 7:30 am GMT/UTC.


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. Maria will give 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 discuss main work done up to now in Subtask A: Solar Planning Strategies and Concepts 


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 Sutask B: Economic Strategies and Stakeholder Engagement.



Jouri Kanters

Jouri Kanters is an Associate Professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design at Lund University in Sweden. He is an architect and holds a PhD from 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 the University of Lyon. His research focuses 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 Subtask C: Solar Planning Tools.


Bärbel Epp - Moderator

Barbel EppBärbel 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.