The first GBC Historic Building.

Former Scuderie della Rocca di Sant’Apollinare in Marsciano (Perugia) is the first GBC Historic Building certified project (Gold level).

The building is the eighteenth-century stables of the medieval Rocca of Sant’Apollinare, a historical complex near Perugia, in the village of Marsciano. Here a prototype of energy self-sufficient “off-shore” green historical building renovation project has been developed thanks to the synergy of all construction workers involved as well as of HVAC designers, environmental specialists, experts of architectural restoration sustainability, commissioning authority and GBC Historical Building certification consultant, under the coordination of the CIRIAF team at the University of Perugia.

This project represents the first case, which has combined the needs for restoration with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability according to the GBC HB protocol. It included consolidation works for seismic adaptation, and architectural restoration and enhancement aimed at creating offices and training rooms for the National Center for Biomass Research (CRB), a branch of CIRIAF (Inter-university Research Center on Pollution and the Environment Mauro Felli), established by the Ministry for the Environment and Protection of the Territory (MATTM) at the University of Perugia.

The building is thus a significant prototype of historic building with very high technological value and innovative content, especially thanks to the following aspects: circular economy strategies, net zero energy balance using only renewable sources locally produced (biomass), and innovative solutions against the heat island effect.

On February 22, the GBC HB Gold plaque delivery ceremony jointly with the press conference will be held at the Perugia Engineering Campus. The conference “Environmental sustainability and minimum environmental criteria in post-earthquake reconstruction” will follow. Further informatione here.

The GBC Historic Building standard applies to historical buildings representing a “material testament with a value of civilization”. For the purposes of the GBC HB protocol, the building must have been built before 1945 for a portion of at least 50% of the existing technical elements.

The protocol is applicable in the case of restoration, redevelopment or recovery, even partial integration, however in the context of major renovations. These are intended to involve considerable elements of air conditioning systems and the renewal or functional reorganization of the interior spaces, evaluating possible solutions for the improvement of the building envelope, compatibly with the preservation of the typological and constructive characteristics of the existing building.

Carlo Battisti is GBC Historic Building AP™ and has assisted as consultant the whole GBC HB certification process for this project. Interested in hosting a presentation on historical building renovations using green principles or conducting a GBC HB pre-assessment of your project? Contact and information here.

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