Caterina Gargari, architect, graduated in 2001 from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, with a degree in environmental planning and design. In 2003 she completed her PhD in Technology of Architeture on Sustainable design and energy efficiency. She gained international experience working for the ABITA center (Interuniversity Research Centre for Bioecological Architecture and Technology innovation for Environment) and on several EU research projects financed by the IV an V FWP. For several years (2001-2013) she worked as a researcher at the Technology of Architecture Department (TAeD) at the University of Florence. Her research expertise lies in the field of sustainable building focusing on energy performance of building and building elements, building energy modelling and simulation and later, on the integrated economic, environmental and social assessment of buildings from a life cycle perspective.
In 2004, she founded, together with the project leader Prof. MC Torricelli, the “LCA Group” at the University of Florence, Faculty of Architecture, and opened her own office for energy-efficient building and sustainable design Energie d’Architettura. In the last 15 years, the LCA Group has worked as Research Centre on Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Cost of building and building materials and private consultant for many industries and associations in the building sector.
Her research projects and publications have focused on Life cycle Assessment of clay products and masonry buildings mainly. Since 2009, she is member of the CEN TC 350 “Sustainability of construction works” committees, as Italian expert and delegate. In 2013, she moved to the University of Pisa, Faculty of Engineering, where she now works assisting Prof. Fabio Fantozzi as external consultant for LCA, LCC and Energy Design.