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The RESTORE web site is online.

The RESTORE web site is on line 😊

We are happy to announce that the RESTORE website is now up and running. You can visit it at http://www.eurestore.eu

The RESTORE Action aims at a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, health and wellbeing inside and outside buildings, in harmony with urban ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature.

The RESTORE website is designed to provide you the most important information about RESTORE COST Action. You will be able to find all necessary details about the people involved, their work, the work and outputs from the Working Groups, but also about Short Training Scientific Mission funding opportunities and Training Schools.

Many sections of the website are still under development, but our goal is to make these web pages your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

A reminder that applications for our First Training School are now invited. Please spread the word and be sure to apply if you are at all interested in Restorative Sustainability. Click here for more information.

Our goal is to make this page your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

We look forward to seeing you engage with other RESTORE participants through the important and vibrant discussions and information sharing on our Twitter account and Facebook pages.

The website is based upon work from COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, supported by COST Programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Copyright Š 2017 COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, All rights reserved.

  

 

 

 

Train the trainer … to RESTORE.

The 1st RESTORE Training School, Lancaster (UK) 14-17 Nov 2017.

We are delighted to offer our first RESTORE Training School that will take place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017. It will focus on Restorative Sustainability, Biophilia, and Sustainability Education. In four days trainees will gain a deep understanding of Restorative Sustainability and learn about key topics from RESTORE working groups.

Training School trainees (students, educators, and practitioners) will participate in multiple introduction seminars, action learning, team and individual presentations, study tours, and much more.

We are hopeful that the Training School will operate as an accredited train the trainer course; equipping delegates with techniques and knowledge to run restorative sustainability education modules within their own institute and networks, and in doing so, receive recognised certification.

Interested in bringing Restorative Sustainability knowledge to your institute and country?

Learn from experts and others experiences from restorative projects and share your own experiences.

APPLY NOW! Making your case: why is this Training School important for you, and, how will you use it to expand Restorative Sustainability understanding in your country.

Applications Open: 15th July 2017
Applications Close: 15th September 2017
Announcement of the selected trainees: 30 September 2017
Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation: 13 October 2017
Training School will start Tuesday, November 14, 2017 and end Friday, November 17, 2017
Location: Lancaster (closest airport: Manchester and then by train) 

Suggested Hotels: Sun Hotel 0.2 miles, Borough 0.1 miles, Toll House 0.2 miles, Lancaster University 2 miles.
About Lancaster: http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/lancaster
Local Host Organisation: Class of Your Own (RESTORE Member, UK MC Sub).
Training School Director: Martin Brown (Fairsnape, Vice Chair RESTORE, Lead WG1).
Who can apply? Students (including PhD), Early Career Investigators, Educators, Practitioners, Change Agents.

The Training School will be limited to 35 delegates, 30 funded through the COST Action and 5 self funded or sponsored opportunities.

Financial support from COST Action RESTORE: the selected trainees will benefit of a grant of 640 Euro. The Trainee Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. The trainees must sign the meeting attendance list on each day that they attend the event. The grant will be received one month after the training school.

Important! Read the Vademecum www.cost.eu/Vademecum for eligibility for funding.

Training School Themes:

  • Restorative Sustainability (new perspectives on sustainability thinking)
  • Sustainability Education
  • Sustainability learning, sharing and advocating

CA COST Action CA16114
REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
(RESTORE)

   

From LCA to RESTORE.

Seminar “Carbon Footprint and LCA”
25 July 2017 (h: 15.30 – 17.30)
Location: EURAC, Conference Hall
Viale Druso 1, 39100 Bolzano – Italy

Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Rhinebeck, New York – Photo: Farsid Assassi, via BNIM Architects

Carbon Footprint represents one of the most relevant indicators of building environmental sustainably, measuring the carbon dioxide emissions over its life cycle. The carbon dioxide is considered as the major responsible for the greenhouse effect and, therefore, of the global warming and climate change. Sustainable buildings are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context. Within the built environment sustainability agenda a shift is occurring, towards a broader framework that enriches places, people, ecology, culture, and climate at the core of the design task, with particular emphasis on the benefits towards health.

The seminar aims at providing research results on building life cycle assessment, presenting research project RESTORE on a new paradigm for restorative sustainability, and at opening discussion with all interested researchers and practitioners on approach for addressing building design decision process towards sustainability.

Agenda

15:30     Welcome from EURAC. Introduction on Carbon Footprint and LCA
Roberto Lollini, Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC Research

15:40     Building carbon footprint: challenges and opportunities. Results of the embodied carbon research at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Chicago
Andrea Meneghelli, visiting researcher at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Chicago

16:10     Research studies on whole life cycle embodied carbon in building structures (MIT) and best-practice of industry leaders in the implementation of Whole Life Carbon in the building Sector
Catherine De Wolf, Phd in Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston

16:40     Introduction to RESTORE project: REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
Carlo Battisti, RESTORE Action Chair, EURAC Research

17:00     Open discussion with participants
17.30     Closure

Registration:
Please write to gloria.peasso@eurac.edu by 20/07/2017 if you are interested in attending the Seminar.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.www.cost.eu

 

Obiettivo nZEB.

Case in legno a impatto zero con Living Building Challenge.
Palazzo Rinaldi – Sala verde, Treviso  25 Maggio 2017 ore 16:00-18:00.

Stilenatura, azienda trevigiana costruttrice di case bioecologiche in legno ad alto risparmio energetico, organizza un evento in collaborazione con il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, incentrato sugli edifici a bilancio energetico quasi nullo (nZEB) e sull’architettura rigenerativa.

Questo tipo di edifici sarà obbligatorio in tutta Italia a partire dal 1° gennaio 2019 (per edifici pubblici) e dal 1° gennaio 2021 (per quelli privati), secondo la direttiva 2010/31/UE. Quali sono le prospettive del mercato, le metodologie e le soluzioni disponibili? Oltre alla testimonianza di Stilenatura, approfondiremo il tema con il contributo di

Naturalia-BAU, l’azienda altoatesina che da 25 anni propone prodotti e sistemi naturali di alta qualità per una casa sana e rappresenta in Italia un importante punto di riferimento del settore bioedile.

Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, un gruppo di professionisti volontari impegnati per la sostenibilitĂ , la formazione e l’attuazione del Living Building Challenge, lo standard di sostenibilitĂ  dell’ambiente costruito piĂš avanzato al mondo.

Posti gratuiti limitati, iscrizione obbligatoria.

Programma

15:30 Registrazione partecipanti
16:00 Saluti e introduzione a cura dell’amministrazione comunale di Treviso
16:15 Costruzioni ecologiche in legno Xlam: differenziarsi nella qualitĂ  lungo il processo costruttivo. Francesco Perozzo, Stilenatura.
16:40 Comfort e salubritĂ  negli edifici nZEB. Il diavolo sta nei dettagli? Matteo Pontara, Naturalia-BAU.
17:10 Oltre gli nZEB, edifici a impatto zero con Living Building Challenge. Carlo Battisti, Living Buiding ChalIenge Collaborative: Italy.
17:40 Domande e risposte
18:00 Rinfresco.

Informazioni e registrazione

Dove:  Palazzo Rinaldi, Piazza Rinaldi, 31100 Treviso
Parcheggi:  consigliato Piazzale Burchiellati (ex pattinodromo)
Informazioni:  +39 347 7098013 info@stilenatura.it
Registrazione:   Partecipazione gratuita, posti limitati.
Iscrizione tramite Eventbrite qui
Scadenza per la registrazione: martedĂŹ 23.05.2017
Scarica il programma qui.

Feeling REGENERATED, at last.

Five takeaways from REGENERATION 2017, 3rd edition.

Another edition (the third) is gone and I think of the punctual and constant work we did in these five months (yes, that is what it takes to organize REGENERATION) to get the most out of these 64 hours (from Wednesday, 26 at 9 o’ clock, to Friday 28, April night at 1 AM, April 29) super-concentrated of enthusiasm, innovation, creativity, internationality and robust technical skills.

I’m often flattering myself that the process is so well-known that I’m not able to grasp the differences between one edition and another. But every time the surprise catches me, little by little as I cross the Centrale Fies gates the days before; I feel the energy that is coming up. It’s never the same experience and I’m fond of people and teams (people make teams …) and so impressed with their willingness to give the best of themselves for a common end result. Also this time it was different, these are my five main take-aways.

1. The force is in the group

People make the group. Thus begins, the theoretical exercise that we make every year at the end of the selection process, to form groups as much balanced as we can. We try to balance everything: architects and engineers, Italians and foreigners (but we are all Europeans, what really changes between an engineer from Turin and a Slovakian architect?), males and females (yes, “males and females”, not “men and women”, as we used to say when we were kids and we went to school ;-), age (the teams are more or less of the same average age, about thirty years old), the areas of sustainability (energy, water or materials? ), curricula, graduates, doctorates, masters, experiences, projects’ portfolio, etc. etc. etc.

YELLOW team

Then, throughout the workshop, little by little, it is the group that emerges, it is the group that makes people, and among three teams theoretically perfectly balanced, in the end there is only one who wins; and it is always, I say always, the best-knit. Dynamics, synergies, continuous confrontation, optimism, and a pinch of calm in the creative disorder. After three years I know how you can win REGENERATION 😉

2. If energy is limitless.

Energy begins to grow in the days before the start of REGENERATION. We do the inspections and each time I understand that no coincidence brought us here. Here, where the Fies hydroelectric plant started producing in 1909 to cover the energy needs of the city of Trento, the factory continues to produce creative energy. Energy is not unlimited and it is consumed, someone would think. But when it comes to competition, energy instead of being consumed, is produced, by the quiet and constant interaction of the 15 participants. It’s a renewable energy, actually.

BLUE team (with Martin Brown, tutor)

This year, unlike the previous editions, we anticipated the entire program of half a day, to allow young professionals to conclude the three projects within Friday night, at 1 AM. But they started to stay up late (3, 4, …) already from the first night. When creativity is bulimia. 64 hours x 5 people = 320 men/women hours… I thought they would have been completely squeezed on Friday night… nothing, they were more or less as fresh as a daisy. Energy regenerates. And it is contagious.

3. Living Building Challenge. We can do it.

Once again the Living Building Challenge has been won. You can re-qualify a building with a zero environmental impact; yes, you can do it and it’s also fun. In 2015, the first REGENERATION building was the municipal library of Dro (1975), a building with good potential for transformation, also in relation to the nearby Sarca River. Last year, for the second edition, an additional complication, a historic building with preservation constraints – the Arco Bus Station (1891) – and also in this case the teams (all of them) did it.

GREEN team (with Emanuele Naboni, tutor)

This time, we have broadened the range of action, asking the participants to analyze the relationship between the “A. Zadra” elementary school and the Degasperi district, in Riva del Garda. A jump in scale, where you can see the transition between the building and the community, always following the Living Building Challenge philosophy. And even in this case the challenge (technical, architectural, technological, urban planning) was won. I continue to say, and I really start to convince myself, Living Building Challenge buildings are the buildings of the future, like the NZEBs (Nearly Energy Zero Buildings) that will be mandatory in Italy since 2019 according to 2010/31 EU Directive.

4. A replicable model

2015, Dro. 2016, Arco. 2017, Riva del Garda. We arrived at the lake front. A typical 70s building, a historic building, this time a neighborhood. And now? How to go on? The question turns in my head for a while.

The mechanism is running, the scheme works, and the model is replicable. Boundaries are now too small; the gameplay is ready to be re-presented in new contexts. European, like Europeans are the brilliant professionals who come to Fies every year to come out to promote the principles of the Living Building Challenge in their cities and nations. In addition, the surprising results (the three projects submitted are always valid and feasible) triggered by the almost three days of intense work by each of the three teams, clash with the solid procedures practice (policy choices, funding decrees, bidding, permissions, etc., etc.) and enthusiasm is blurred on time. In short, REGENERATION needs a regeneration…

Centrale Fies

5. Genius loci

The Genius loci is a natural and supernatural entity linked to a place and object of worship in the Roman religion. This association between Genius and the physical site originates from the Augustan age. According to Servio, nullus locus sine Genio (no place is without a Genius) (Commentary to Eneide, 5, 95). Genius loci is now understood in architecture to identify the set of socio-cultural, architectural, linguistic, and habitat characteristics that characterize a place, an environment, a city. A transversal term, which deals with the characteristics of an environment interlaced with man and the habits with which he lives in this environment. It indicates the “character” of a place.

There is a genius in the locus of Centrale Fies. Something that was there, that is there now, that has appeared at each REGENERATION, something that remains behind us as we pass the gate in the cold last night, before the final presentations. Some things are really difficult to be written in a call for a design competition…

#REGENERATION

What is REGENERATION?

It is a design workshop – entirely based on the Living Building Challenge standard – in which teams composed of young professionals under 35 years old, are called to develop a project of sustainable requalification of an existing public building for the local community. Every team should respond to specific requirements defined in the announcement Integrative design, synergistic development of the project and sharing of expertise are necessary prerogatives to tackle this challenge. The purpose of the competition is to show the best sustainable regeneration project for the existing building in terms of architecture, energy efficiency, livability and relationship with social, urban and natural context.

3rd edition teams and projects:

YELLOW team (winner): Francesco Perozzo (leader, Italy), Giulia Guglielmo (Italy), Louise Hamot (France), Sonia-Iulia Raetchi (Romania), Eugenijus Sapel (Lithuania). Project: COLSFOOT.

BLUE team: Estelle Cruz (leader, France), Ilaria Lando (Italy), Marco Rossato (Italy), Anamaria Vasile (Romania), Jurgis Zemitis (Latvia). Project: GROWING BUILDING.

GREEN team: Nicolò Santon (leader, Italy), Marta Frolova (Latvia), Federica Grott (Italy), Isabela Manu (Romania), Marian Ontkoc (Slovakia). Project: L’INFINITO.

REGENERATION è il primo concorso di progettazione per giovani (meno di 35 anni) architetti e ingegneri europei interamente basato sul protocollo di sostenibilità dell’ambiente costruito Living Building Challenge, il più rigoroso al mondo. Giunto alla terza edizione, è organizzato da Carlo Battisti con Macro Design Studio e il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy e con il supporto dell’International Living Future Institute di Seattle (WA, USA), l’ente che ha sviluppato e promuove lo standard LBC.

FACEcamp, hub italo-austriaco per facciate ad alte prestazioni.

Un centro di competenza per facilitare lo sviluppo di sistemi avanzati di facciata.

In un edificio la facciata deve assolvere contemporaneamente a diverse funzioni: proteggere dalle intemperie, regolare gli scambi di calore e di energia, permettere un’illuminazione comfortevole e soddisfare una funzione estetica. Nel costruire edifici energeticamente efficienti e in cui si vive bene, la capacità delle aziende di sviluppare facciate complesse sta assumendo negli ultimi anni un ruolo sempre più importante.

foto Š IDM/A.Filz

L’esperienza del Gruppo di Lavoro Facciate coordinato da IDM Alto Adige Südtirol prosegue nella realizzazione di un centro di competenza transfrontaliero sulle facciate, all’interno del programma Interreg Italia – Austria. Il progetto (2017-2019) vede Eurac Research come capofila, in compagnia di IDM e delle aziende altoatesine Frener & Reifer e glassAdvisor per la parte italiana, l’Università di Innsbruck e le aziende Bartenbach e HELLA Sonnen- und Wetterschutztechnik per quella austriaca. FACEcamp (FACE = Façades Architecture Construction Engineering) vuole rafforzare la cooperazione transfrontaliera tra imprese e centri per la ricerca e innovazione nel settore dei sistemi di facciata avanzati per la realizzazione di edifici confortevoli ed energeticamente efficienti.

foto: EURAC

L’obiettivo di FACEcamp è anche di sostenere gli attori del settore nella valutazione delle prestazioni delle facciate. Dal 2013, nel laboratorio per l’involucro edilizio, i ricercatori di Eurac Research testano dal punto di vista termico ed energetico componenti e sistemi d’involucro come serramenti, pareti opache e sistemi di facciata avanzati. Tra tre anni, quando il centro sarà in attività, le imprese locali potranno rivolgersi a questo hub per avere un supporto nella ricerca e nello sviluppo di facciate complesse. Nel frattempo, gli esperti dei partner di progetto si focalizzeranno sullo sviluppo di metodi di calcolo e misura per valutare in modo affidabile le prestazioni dei sistemi di facciata, il loro contributo alla qualità degli ambienti dove viviamo e lavoriamo, e gli effetti di diversi tipi di illuminamento sul benessere degli utilizzatori degli edifici.

Interreg V-A Italia – Austria fa parte dei programmi di cooperazione territoriale europea per il periodo 2014-2020. Il programma promuove lo sviluppo equilibrato e sostenibile e l’integrazione armoniosa nell’area di confine tra Italia e Austria. Il programma è finanziato dal Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale (FESR) e da contributi pubblici nazionali per un totale di 98 milioni di euro. Con questi fondi, il programma promuove progetti di cooperazione italiana-austriaca nel campo della ricerca e innovazione, natura e la cultura, espansione delle competenze istituzionali e lo sviluppo regionale a livello locale.

immagine: glassAdvisor

FACEcamp | Kompetenzzentrum zur UnterstĂźtzung der Entwicklung moderner Fassadensysteme

Dieser Antrag zielt auf Stärkung und nachhaltige Stabilisierung transnationaler Kooperationen zwischen Firmen und Forschungseinrichtungen auf dem Gebiet moderner Fassadensysteme mit Fokus auf Energieeffizienz, Komfort und Gesundheit ab. Dabei sollen Stakeholder und Firmen bei der Bewältigung planerischer Anforderungen durch moderne Fassadensysteme unterstßtzt werden.

Das Kooperationsprogramm Interreg V-A Italien-Österreich ist Teil der Förderprogramme im Rahmen des Ziels Europäische territoriale Zusammenarbeit für die Periode 2014-2020. Es fördert die ausgewogene, nachhaltige Entwicklung sowie harmonische Integration im Grenzraum zwischen Italien und Österreich und wird durch den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) und nationale öffentliche Beiträge in Höhe von insgesamt rund 98 Millionen Euro finanziert. Mit diesen Mitteln fördert das Programm italienisch-österreichische Kooperationsprojekte in den Bereichen Forschung und Innovation, Natur und Kultur, Ausbau institutioneller Kompetenz und Regionalentwicklung auf lokaler Ebene.

foto Š IDM/A.Filz

FACEcamp | Competence center to facilitate the development of advanced facade systems

FACEcamp project aims at strengthening a long-term transnational cooperation among companies and R&I entities in the field of advanced façade systems for healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings. FACEcamp goal is to support stakeholders to cope effectively with the facade performances.

The Interreg V-A Italy-Austria programme is a cross border programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Goal for the programming period 2014-2020, aiming to support a balanced and sustainable development and a harmonious integration of the border region between Italy and Austria. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as well as national public contributions for a total of 98 million euro. With these funds, the programme promotes Italian-Austrian cooperation projects in the fields of research and innovation, nature and culture, institutional capacity and community led local development.

Per maggiori informazioni | mehrere Informationen | for further information: carlo.battisti@idm-suedtirol.com

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