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RESTORE | REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy

logo_costApproved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials on 24 October 2016, REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy (RESTORE) is one out of the 25 new Actions that were selected out of 478 eligible proposals collected earlier in April.

RESTORE: ‘to return something or someone to an earlier good condition or position’.

Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context.

Despite over a decade of strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues. Consequently the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but, with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

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Within the built environment sustainability agenda a shift is occurring, from a narrow focus on building energy performance, mitigation strategies, and minimisation of environmental impacts to 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. 

Sustainability in buildings, as understood today, is an inadequate measure for current and future architectural design, for it aims no higher than trying to make buildings ‘less bad’. Building on current European Standards restorative sustainability approaches will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes. 

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

The RESTORE Action will affect 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 COST proposal will advocate, mentor and influence for a restorative built environment sustainability through work groups, training schools (including learning design competitions) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

General information:

CA COST Action CA16114 REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
Start of Action: 09.03.2017  End of Action: 08.03.2021
Proposers: Carlo Battisti w/ Martin Brown, Sue Clark, Emanuele Naboni
Science Officer: Estelle Emeriau
Administrative Officer: Aranzazu Sanchez

For further information: carlo.battisti@eurac.edu

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. It is a unique means for them to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing – since its creation in 1971 – to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. 

REGENERATION 2017 – Apply now!

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Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy with Macro Design Studio and Carlo Battisti is organising the third edition of: REGENERATION , the design competition in Europe entirely based on the sustainability certification standard Living Building Challenge.

The competition is open to professionals (architects, engineers, environmental sustainability and landscape experts) in Europe, under 35 years old. The deadline for the request of participation is next January 31^st, 2017. We will select the best 15 on the basis of the documentation submitted.

The event will take place at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy), on April, 26^th to 29^th, 2017. 64 non-stop hours of integrative design in which each team, assisted by tutors expert of LBC, will compete in designing the best redevelopment project of an existing local public building. There will be side events i.e. a final conference open to the public on the issues of LBC as well as the final presentation of the projects, with the proclamation of the best project by an international jury.

Participants (after the selection of the 15) are required to pay a registration fee of 240 € + VAT. Room and board are paid by the organization. The award for the best team of the project is 3,000 € (cash).

You may find all the information about REGENERATION on:

The deadline for the request of participation is next January 31^st, 2017.
Do you want to regenerate with us? Help us spread the word!
Thank you and a warm greeting from

The REGENERATION Team

APPLY NOW!

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I’m doing WELL.

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) focuses on the people in the building.

Over the last decade, green building standards and standard-setting organizations have made significant strides towards the market transformation of the building industry, resulting in a rapid expansion of green buildings and environmentally conscious building practices throughout the world.

Over the same period, strategies to enhance human health and well-being have played a relatively small role in the evolution of building standards. The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet, but also for people.

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The WELL Building Standard (WELL)

  • is the first standard of its kind that focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants.
  • identifies 100 performance metrics, design strategies, and policies that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of a building.
  • is based on a thorough review of the existing research on the effects of spaces on individuals and has been advanced through a thorough scientific and technical review.
  • requires that the space must undergo a process that includes an on-site assessment and performance testing by a third party.

WELL is the culmination of seven years of rigorous research in collaboration with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals. Pioneered by Delos, WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and third-party certified through IWBI’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body that administers the LEED Green Building Rating System.

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Haworth new showroom, Los Angeles (CA)

What are the interactions between humans and the built environment? Traditional healthcare delivery systems primarily focus on addressing health after people have already become sick. With rising costs and the increased burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, people are turning to more lifestyle-oriented and preventative approaches to health.

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LEED: the building as a human body

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WELL: the human body within the building

The WELL Building Standard is founded on the understanding that facets of our environment interact with personal, genetic and behavioral factors to shape our overall health and well-being. WELL measures attributes of buildings that impact occupant health by looking at seven factors, or Concepts, relevant to occupant health and well-being: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind:

Air – Clean air is a critical component to our health. Air pollution is the number one environmental cause of premature mortality, contributing to 50,000 premature deaths annually in the United States and approximately 7 million, or one in eight premature deaths Worldwide.

Water – Drinking water contamination is a major public health issue. Many people receive water that has been exposed to potentially harmful levels of biological, chemical and mineral contaminants. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that almost one billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide, and two million annual deaths are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Nourishment – Nutrition plays a key role in health maintenance, weight management and chronic disease prevention. However, adherence to the dietary recommendations in the U.S. is poor. Similarly, global dietary patterns are also less than optimal; in many countries, people consume more than 500 calories from added sugars per day.

Light – In addition to facilitating vision, light influences the human body in non-visual ways. Humans and animals have internal clocks that synchronize physiological functions on roughly a 24-hour cycle called the circadian rhythm.

Fitness – Modern transportation, labor saving conveniences and sedentary jobs have created an environment in which millions of people fail to achieve the minimum level of activity necessary to help prevent type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

Comfort – The indoor environment should be a place of comfort. In pursuit of that vision, the WELL Building Standard® focuses on significantly reducing the most common sources of physiological disruption, distraction and irritation and on enhancing acoustic, ergonomic, olfactory and thermal comfort to prevent stress and injury and facilitate comfort, productivity and well-being.

Mind – While mental and physical health are often conceptualized as separate domains, our minds and bodies are inextricably connected. Because the mind plays a vital role in an individual’s overall health and well-being, an atmosphere that supports a healthy mental state can have significant psychological and physical benefits.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh (PA)

If you consider the life of a building over 30 years, personnel costs significantly outweigh any other building and operational cost. By introducing WELL into built spaces, we can significantly reduce personnel costs — health, medical and productivity — in the long run. Clearly long term value can be generated by addressing occupant health in both commercial and residential spaces.

2016_08_18-04 WELL scorecardWELL Certification allows building owners and employers to know their space is performing as intended to support human health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard v1 is optimized for commercial and institutional buildings and can be applied to three project typologies: New and Existing Buildings, New and Existing Interiors, Core and Shell Compliance.

WELL works harmoniously with LEED and the Living Building Challenge. IWBI welcomes projects to pursue both LEED and the Living Building Challenge alongside WELL in order to promote both environmental sustainability and human health. A number of overlapping features exist between WELL and both LEED and the Living Building Challenge, which are described in detail in the appendices of the WELL Building Standard. «Working together to optimize building performance for human health and our environment».

2016_08_18-02 WELL APThe WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential is an advanced credential intended for experienced building professionals. The WELL AP ensures to the public, building owners and other building professionals that the credential holder has demonstrated advanced knowledge and proficiency in building wellness and the principles, practices and applications of the WELL Building Standard. A couple of weeks ago I earned the WELL Accredited Professional credential :-).

[Sources: WELL Building Standard® v1, September 2015; WELL Brochure; WELL One pager. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. The WELL AP™ trademark is used with permission from the International WELL Building Institute™]

M’ama non m’ama. I Petali di Living Building Challenge 3.0 a Rovereto.

Un “Living Future” è sbocciato a Rovereto. Non mancate la prima tappa del viaggio che cambierà l’ambiente costruito che ci circonda.

7 incontri tematici dal 16.12.2015 al 23.11.2016 a Rovereto (TN).

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Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy propone, a partire da mercoledì 16 dicembre, 7 incontri di discussione sui principi del protocollo Living Building ChallengeSM con la presentazione di volta in volta dei “Petali” (le categorie prestazionali di sostenibilità di LBC), il contributo da parte di un esperto sul tema, con riferimento ai regolamenti locali, le pratiche e le tecnologie collegate al tema del petalo, e una discussione aperta con i partecipanti su come sia possibile introdurre i principi di LBC nella pratica progettuale e costruttiva, anche lavorando sulle “policy” esistenti.

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Tutti gli appuntamenti si terranno  di mercoledì dalle ore 16.00 alle 18.00 presso Progetto Manifattura, Piazza Manifattura 1, 38068 Rovereto (Trento, Italia). Gli incontri prevedono la moderazione di Carlo Battisti, ingegnere, e Paola Moschini, architetto, titolari di Macro Design Studio, ambasciatori LBC e facilitatori del Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy. La formula degli incontri è 30’+30’+30’+30′: 30 minuti registrazione e networking, 30′ spiegazione dei requisiti del “Petalo”, 30′ presentazione da parte di un esperto delle tecnologie e delle “policy” legate alla tematica del petalo, 30′ discussione con i partecipanti su come applicare LBC nella pratica.

La partecipazione è gratuita a posti limitati (max 30 partecipanti), si richiede però per motivi organizzativi l’iscrizione su Eventbrite al seguente link. Per l’intero ciclo di incontri vengono riconosciuti 14 crediti formativi (2 per ogni incontro) presso il Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori (CNAPPC). Ogni incontro è inoltre valido per 1,5 crediti LFA.

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Questo il programma degli incontri:
“M’ama non m’ama. I Petali di Living Building Challenge 3.0 in sintesi”:

  • Petalo PLACE – Mercoledì 16 dicembre 2015
  • Petalo WATER – Mercoledì 17 febbraio 2016
  • Petalo ENERGY – Mercoledì 18 maggio 2016
  • Petalo HEALTH AND HAPPINESS – Mercoledì 15 giugno 2016
  • Petalo MATERIALS – Mercoledì 21 settembre 2016
  • Petalo EQUITY – Mercoledì 19 ottobre 2016
  • Petalo BEAUTY – Mercoledì 23 novembre 2016
Scarica qui il programma completo. Maggiori informazioni qui.
Posti limitati. Iscrizioni su Evenbrite qui.
Pagina Facebook
Twitter @LBCItaly
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REGENERATION. Reloaded.

2015_10_28-05 ReGenerationAfter the excellent feedbacks of the 1st edition, REGENERATION will be repeated. Macro Design Studio in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy is proud to organize REGENERATION, the 2nd edition | 2016, the European design competition entirely based on the LBC protocol.

What
It is a design workshop in which three teams composed of young professionals are called to develop a project of sustainable requalification of an existing public building for the local community. Each 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 relationships with social, urban and natural context.
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Where
Centrale Fies (Dro – Trento, Italy) is the physical place where the competition will take place and is the home hosting the teams for their stay on site.
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When
REGENERATION will take place at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy), on April 13th to 16th, 2016.

Who
– 15 graduates with technical or environmental degree, and with professional licence
– teams: 5 participants each team
– age under 35 years
– from European Union member countries
– the team can work only inside the dedicated spaces
– 3 tutors at teams’ disposal
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Applications
Selection of 15 young participants is open! Download and send the Application Form to eventi@macrodesignstudio.itThe deadline is January 29th 2016.
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Official language: English.

For more information visit the Macro Design Studio website or join the REGENERATION group on Facebook.
Send us your Application Form! Do you want to regenerate with us? Spread the word!

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Linee Guida sul Comfort: ora in vendita.

Progettare e realizzare il comfort è una disciplina fatta di conoscenza e lavoro di squadra tra progettisti, consulenti, imprese e cliente. Un’impresa complessa, dove la sfida non è solo la tecnologia, ma il dialogo multidisciplinare, verso un obiettivo comune.

2015_10_22-02 Leitfaden zum KomfortPer questo, la rete di esperti del Gruppo di lavoro IEQ del Cluster Edilizia del TIS innovation park ha deciso di realizzare questa linea guida sul comfort: il miglior modo che avevamo per dimostrare la potenza del lavoro di gruppo, era farlo su noi stessi.
Un lavoro di squadra frutto del metodo maturato nei dieci anni di gestione dei network di innovazione del TIS e della passione che ci spinge ad aprire nuovi mercati per le nostre imprese e professionisti.
Dal territorio che da anni promuove l’efficienza energetica in tutta Italia, una guida per fare il passo successivo: progettare abitazioni, uffici, scuole e strutture ricettive centrate sul benessere di chi le userà.
Crediamo che il metodo più efficace di guidare, sia dare l’esempio. Questa pubblicazione è il nostro esempio di come la cooperazione renda leader, ed è il nostro strumento per aiutarvi a guidare il mercato [introduzione di S. Prosseda, La leadership del comfort].

Le Linee Guida sul Comfort sono in vendita al:
Prezzo cadauno: 20 € + IVA

Ordini: prego inviare mail a carlo.battisti@tis.bz.it
TIS innovation park | Cluster Edilizia
Via Siemens 19 39100 Bolzano
Tel +39 0471 068144 Fax +39 0471 068100
E-Mail: cluster.bau@tis.bz.it Internet: http://www.tis.bz.it/edilizia
P.IVA: IT 01677580217

2015_10_23-03 Zona ComfortQui la presentazione delle Linee Guida sul Comfort al convegno “Zona Comfort” del 21.10.2015 al TIS!

 

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I redattori | Die Redakteure

Komfort zu planen und zu realisieren bedeutet Know How und Teamarbeit von Projektleitern, Beratern, Unternehmen und Kunden. Ein komplexes Unterfangen, wobei die Herausforderungen nicht rein in der Technologie, sondern im multidisziplinären Dialog und der Ausrichtung auf ein gemeinsames Ziel liegen.

2015_10_22-01 Linee Guida ComfortDeshalb haben die Experten der Arbeitsgruppe IEQ des Clusters BAU beschlossen, den vorliegenden Leitfaden zum Thema Komfort zu realisieren: die Stärke der Teamarbeit beweisen wir am besten an uns selbst.
Eine Teamarbeit als Ergebnis von 10 Jahren Erfahrung im Innovationsnetzwerk des TIS und aus unserer Leidenschaft heraus, neue Märkte für unsere Unternehmen und Fachleute zu erschließen.
Einen Leitfaden also und ein nächster Schritt bei der Planung von Wohnungen, Büros, Schulen und Beherbergungsbetrieben, die auf das Wohlbefinden ihrer Nutzer ausgerichtet sind; ausgehend von dem Gebiet, das seit Jahren das Thema Energieeffizienz in ganz Italien vorantreibt.
Wir glauben, die beste Art der Führung liegt darin, mit gutem Beispiel voranzugehen. Diese Broschüre ist unser Beispiel dafür, wie aus Zusammenarbeit Leadership entstehen kann und unsere Hilfe für euch auf dem Weg hin zum Marktführer [Einführung von S. Prosseda, Leadership im Komfort].

Die Leitfaden zum Komfort sind auf Verkauf zum:
Preis, jeweils: 20 € + MwSt.

Bestellungen: bitte eine Mail schicken an carlo.battisti@tis.bz.it
TIS innovation park | Cluster Bau
Siemenstraße 19 39100 Bozen
Tel +39 0471 068144 Fax +39 0471 068100
E-Mail: cluster.bau@tis.bz.it Internet: http://www.tis.bz.it/bau
MwSt.: IT 01677580217

Sustainable Innovation 2015.

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Part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences
20th International Conference
9th-10th November 2015
University for the Creative Arts
Epsom
Surrey
KT18 5BE
UK

Please don’t miss our paper presentation on Day #2 at 10:45 in the Refereed Papers session – I’m the only Italian speaker 😉
Beyond Sustainability. How to Regenerate the Built Environment Using the Living Building Challenge Principles (abstract)
Carlo Battisti, Paola Moschini – Macro Design Studio

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Sustainable Innovation 2015 will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to the “state of the art” in sustainable innovation and design related to products, services, technologies and new business models. Sustainable Innovation 2015 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, technology providers, designers and innovation and sustainability directors as well as other business functions. The event will create a unique space for learning, networking and thinking. Delegates will come globally from large companies and SMEs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations. The conference is supported by an international Advisory Board.

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Conference Topics

Sustainable Innovation 2015 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on the “state of the art” of sustainable innovation and design. Papers should cover sustainability, innovation, product, service or technology design, and development and commercialisation issues related to the following topics:

  • Radical change
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Design management & strategies
  • Market transformation
  • User centred design
  • Consumption & production
  • Product-service-systems (PSS)
  • Green growth & economy
  • New technologies & materials
  • Circular economy
  • Biomimicry
  • Low carbon innovation
  • Cradle to Cradle
  • Product policy
  • Innovation processes
  • (New) business models
  • Organisational dimensions
  • Product sustainability
  • Product development
  • Re-use & remanufacturing
  • Supply networks
  • Makers, modifiers & fixers
  • Marketing & communications
  • Open innovation
  • Tools & methodologies

Programme

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