The reduction of energy consumptions in buildings is a fundamental point in the EU policies to achieve energy and climate targets. The aim of this research is to design Urban-Scale Energy Models –using GIS tools– able to explore energy consumption, production and productivity and to evaluate how energy consumption changes according to the urban environment and climate conditions. The goal is to create a platform, such as an urban-energy atlas, to help urban planners and policy makers to plan sustainable cities and smart energy systems. These energy models and tools at territorial scale may be used to:
explore energy consumption, emissions and thermal comfort conditions;
quantitatively assess renovation strategies and their impacts on the territory;
promote smart green solutions with the use of financial mechanisms and incentives;
identify effective energy policies, considering the real characteristics of the buildings, population and urban morphology (e.g. for building codes).