Civil and Environmental Engineering

Umberto Berardi

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Umberto Berardi

Professor Berardi’s research focuses on applied physics to buildings, with focus on acoustics (both architectural and building acoustics) and sustainability (green buildings). He earned a PhD in building engineering and architecture at the Politecnico di Bari, where his thesis focused on applied environmental physics. He received an MS in sound and vibration from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research of the University of Southampton (UK) with a thesis on smart materials.

Professor Berardi had research experiences in the architecture faculty of Valencia and was a visiting researcher at the building energy and environmental systems laboratory at Syracuse University and at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable Development of the University of Maastricht (NL). He attended more than 20 high-level schools, including the Sustainability Academy at the University of London-Western Ontario, Canada, and the Sustainable Strategies and Operations at Columbia University.

He is collaborating with the UNEP-SBCI (sustainable building initiative of the UNEP), for which he is writing The State of Play Report of Green Buildings in Italy. He won several national and international awards, including the International Commission for Acoustics Grant in 2011, the Italo Barducci Prize from the Italian Association of Acoustics (AIA) in 2011, the Young Scientist Grant of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE) for the invited paper presented at the conference Internoise 2010 (Lisboa-Portugal), and the Andreas Lara prize for the best article by a young researcher at the European Symposium TecniAcustica 2008, issued by the Spanish Society of Acoustics SEA. 

Professor Berardi has published over 15 works on peer review journals and 13 papers in conference proceedings. He also earned a degree in piano at the School of Music (Conservatorio) U. Giordano in Foggia, with a thesis about harmony and musical temperaments.

Research Interests

  • Building Acoustics
  • Green Technologies
  • Sustainability


  • MS, Politecnico di Bari, 2008
  • MS, University of Southampton, 2009
  • PhD, Politecnico di Bari, 2012

Featured Publications

  • U. Berardi, N. Dembsey, B. Meacham, FIRE PERFORMANCE OF A FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER WALL PANEL IN A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING, Fire Technology, vol. 50, n. 4, 2014
  • U. Berardi, T. Wang, DAYLIGHT IN AN ATRIUM TYPE HIGH PERFORMANCE HOUSE, Building and Environment, vol. 76, 2014
  • U. Berardi, A. GhaffarianHoseini, A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF GREEN ROOFS, Applied Energy, vol. 115, 2014
  • U. Berardi, SIMULATION OF ACOUSTICAL PARAMETERS IN RECTANGULAR CHURCHES, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, vol. 7(1), 2014

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Professional Highlights

  • Best Paper, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, March 2013
  • International Commission of Acoustics (ICA) Young Scientist, 21st International Congress on Acoustics, Montreal, June 2013
  • Premio "Italo Barducci", Associazione Italiana di Acustica (AIA), Rimini, June 2011
  • Nomine "Young Scientist" of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE), Lisboa, June 2010
  • Best Paper "Andreas Lara" Sociedad Espanola de Acustica (SEA), Symposium Europeo di Acustica TecniAcustica, Madrid, October 2008
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