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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. 

My Klimahouse ’17.

2017_01_25-04-klimahouseMancano ormai poche ore a Klimahouse 2017, la fiera di riferimento a livello nazionale, che mette in mostra una serie di alternative ed economiche tecniche nell’edilizia in grado di garantire un consistente risparmio energetico. La formula vincente della manifestazione è una giusta miscela tra lo spazio espositivo con le novità di prodotto proposte da 450 aziende di settore selezionate da una giuria di qualità, e un fitto programma di eventi formativi e informativi, quali congressi e visite guidate.

Se volete qualche consiglio, ecco la mia personalissima selezione:

26-27 gennaio 2017 | ore 9-18

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Startup Innovation Day

La novità di questa edizione, organizzata da IDM Südtirol Alto Adige. Un premio dedicato alle startup italiane che lavorano ogni giorno per un futuro green e sostenibile migliorando l’efficienza energetica degli edifici. Ecco il primo Klimahouse Startup Award, premio nazionale che Klimahouse offre all’ecosistema italiano dell’innovazione con lo scopo di dare un impulso al settore green. Il premio offre alle 10 migliori startup del settore l’ingresso in una matching platform con le migliori imprese del green, un’opportunità concreta di business per accelerare il proprio sviluppo. Qui il programma della due giorni (26-27 gennaio). Ed ecco le 10 finaliste … io ho una mia preferenza 😉

Marco Parisi Fotografo

Foto © Marco Parisi

26-29 gennaio 2017 | ore 8:20-18:45

Enertour

Fitto programma con ben 11 visite tecniche guidate, a cura del team enertour di IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, da giovedì 26 fino a domenica 29. In aggiunta la visita al NOI park, il nuovo parco tecnologico di Bolzano in fase di costruzione sull’area ex Alumix, a bordo di un autobus a cella a combustibile alimentato ad idrogeno! Il luogo i cui negli anni ’30 e ’40 si producevano i due terzi di tutto l’alluminio italiano si avvia a diventare il primo quartiere certificato LEED in Italia.

Tra le trasferte in programma segnalo i due enertour organizzati in collaborazione con il Gruppo di Lavoro Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) di IDM:

Giovedì 26 gennaio 2017 | ore 13:50-17:30

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Condominio Aurum a Ora (BZ)

enertour 2Costruire condomini ad alta efficienza e massimo comfort:

  • Condominio Aurum a Ora (BZ), con guida: Ing. Oscar Stuffer, Solarraum
  • Condominio Toggenburg a Laives (BZ), con guida: Arch. Alessio Condotta

Venerdì 27 gennaio 2017 | ore 13:50-18:30

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Scuola elementare e scuola astronomica con planetario a San Valentino in Campo (foto © Günther Richard Wett)

enertour 9 School buildings Tour: quando architettura e pedagogia dialogano insieme (con la collaborazione della prof. Beate Weyland, pedagogista)

  •  Scuola elementare e scuola astronomica con planetario a San Valentino in Campo (BZ), con guida: Arch. Rinaldo Zanovello
  • Scuola per l’infanzia e asilo nido Casanova a Bolzano (in fase di cantiere avanzato), con guida: Arch. Antonio D’Alessandro e collaboratore Ligno Alp

27-28 gennaio 2017 | ore 9-14

Il convegno CasaClima – Putting sustainability into practice

2017_01_25-11-convegnoIn un mondo che cambia ad una velocità mai vista prima nella storia l’importante è non disperdere nessun tipo di risorsa. Con una parola: perseguire l’efficienza in tutti i settori è ormai un fatto ineludibile per garantire alle generazioni future cibo, acqua ed energia. Non perdetevi venerdì mattina Michael Braungart (Cradle to Cradle), Cino Zucchi (Nuovi approcci alla rigenerazione urbana), Luca Mercalli (Perché ignoriamo la crisi climatica?) e sabato Enrico Giovannini (L’Italia e la sfida dello sviluppo sostenibile). Qui il programma completo.

Le aziende dei gruppi di lavoro IDM @ Klimahouse

Per finire non perdetevi le novità dei partner dei gruppi di lavoro dell’Ecosystem Construction di IDM. Ecco la lista di chi visitare e dove:

immagine evento facciate (media)Gruppo di Lavoro Facciate
A Klimahouse 2017 trovate queste aziende:

EURAC research, Gallerie livello -1 :: Nr. stand – G-1/29
Inpek Srl/GmbH, Settore CD :: Nr. stand – D24/62
KlimaHaus Agentur, Settore AB :: Nr. stand – A04/26
Tip Top Fenster GmbH / Srl, Settore CD :: Nr. stand – D25/20
Vitralux GmbH / Srl, Settore CD :: Nr. stand – D25/50

IEQ (stretto) - CopiaGruppo di Lavoro Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
a Klimahouse 2017 espongono:

EURAC research, Gallerie livello -1 :: Nr. stand – G-1/29
Eurotherm AG / Spa, Settore CD :: Nr. stand – C21/58
KlimaHaus Agentur, Settore AB :: Nr. stand – A04/26
Naturalia-BAU GmbH / Srl, Settore AB :: Nr. stand – A03/16, A03/18
Rotho Blaas SRL, Settore CD :: Nr. stand – D22/58
Wolf System GmbH / Srl, Settore CD :: Nr. stand – D22/62

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allora, ci vediamo in Fiera? … 😉

Facciate a Milano.

A distanza di due anni, con la nuova edizione di FACE | Façades Architecture Construction Engineering, il corso di alta formazione sulle facciate complesse e innovative per edifici, creato da IDM Development, Ecosystem Alpine Technologies – Construction e da EURAC Education, siamo tornati a girare per Milano … con il naso all’insù.

Anche per questa edizione di FACE abbiamo infatti previsto una trasferta a Milano, in collaborazione con UNICMI, l’Unione Nazionale delle Industrie delle Costruzioni Metalliche dell’Involucro e dei serramenti, partner ormai consolidato del Gruppo di Lavoro Facciate, la rete di aziende, enti di ricerca e professionisti delle facciate “Made in South Tyrol”. La tematica dei tre giorni 17-18-19 novembre scorsi era la funzionalità delle facciate, con un focus sugli aspetti produttivi, normativi, realizzativi.

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Andrea Mafezzoni, Metra

Il “viaggio tecnologico” alla ricerca dello stato dell’arte nel settore delle facciate è iniziato con la visita a Metra, industria leader nel campo dell’estrusione, della verniciatura, dell’ossidazione e dell’anodizzazione dell’alluminio per finestre e porte scorrevoli e a battente, facciate continue, persiane e sistemi frangisole. L’azienda, fondata nel 1962, conta oggi più di 800 dipendenti e oltre 5000 aziende partner. Andrea Mafezzoni, responsabile tecnico del settore facciate, ci ha accompagnato nella visita degli stabilimenti, dal riciclo della materia prima alluminio sino agli impianti di verniciatura a polvere e al laboratorio di prove.

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Paolo Rigone, UNICMI

Paolo Rigone, direttore tecnico di UNICMI, professore associato presso il Politecnico di Milano – è titolare della cattedra di progettazione dell’involucro edilizio – nonché coordinatore europeo del Gruppo di lavoro internazionale TC33/WG6 responsabile per la redazione delle norme tecniche per le facciate continue (Curtain walls) ha poi nel pomeriggio aggiornato i partecipanti sulle regole per la progettazione strutturale delle facciate.

Via Fabio Filzi 29

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Tutta in cantiere la giornata di venerdì, con la visita di tre progetti esemplari di facciate, molto diversi tra loro. Dopo una presentazione iniziale di Cesare Perduca, responsabile ISA per i serramenti e le facciate, e di Clara Pistoni di Tekser, che ha curato la progettazione degli impianti e la certificazione LEED (versione 2009, primo Core & Shell Platinum in Italia), abbiamo visitato insieme a Carlo Valtolina (Studio Archemi, direttore dei lavori) l’edificio in Via Filzi, 29. Si tratta dell’ex palazzo uffici Siemens angolo via Galvani (1936) progettato da Cristoforo Bietti, Aldo Pozzi e Cesare Perelli per la società Falck, con lavori eseguiti dall’Impresa Borio Mangiarotti. L’intervento di risanamento conservativo, ristrutturazione e riqualificazione del complesso immobiliare destinato a uffici è stato realizzato dall’impresa Carron.

Feltrinelli per Porta Volta

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Feltrinelli per Porta Volta

Feltrinelli per Porta Volta è la nuova sede della Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. La peculiarità dell’area è rappresentata dalla sua localizzazione lungo il tracciato delle Mura Spagnole: le antiche mura, risalenti al Quindicesimo secolo, sono le ultime di una serie di fortificazioni che, a partire dai tempi romani, hanno definito i confini della città. Con l’apertura dei Bastioni alla fine del XIX secolo, via Alessandro Volta ha segnato l’inizio dell’estensione della città al di fuori delle vecchie mura, rappresentando un nuovo asse di collegamento tra il centro storico e il Cimitero Monumentale.

Secondo i progettisti Jacques Herzog e Pierre De Meuron i nuovi edifici si ispirano alla semplicità e all’imponente scala degli edifici che caratterizzano l’architettura storica milanese, così come al tratto lungo e lineare delle tipiche cascine della campagna lombarda. Questi alcuni numeri: 188 metri di lunghezza per 32 di altezza, 1224 finestre per quasi 10.600 metri quadri di superficie vetrata, 384 tende a rullo. Le facciate sono di AZA Aghito Zambonini. Abbiamo visitato il cantiere insieme a Fabrizio Ceriani, project manager del general contractor CMB.

City Life – Torre Hadid

La torre Hadid, soprannominata lo Storto, è uno dei tre grattacieli, il secondo per altezza, previsti nel progetto CityLife, che ha lo scopo di riqualificare tutta la zona dell’ex Fiera di Milano. Una volta completata, diventerà la sede degli uffici di Milano del Gruppo Generali. La torre, progettata da Zaha Hadid, si sviluppa per 44 piani, ha un’altezza complessiva di 175 metri ed è in grado di accogliere circa 3.200 persone. Lo stato dei lavori attuale vede completata la struttura, così come buona parte della facciata a doppia pelle, per la quale sono da realizzare ancora diversi piani del secondo involucro esterno.

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La visita del grattacielo è iniziata con una descrizione generale delle sfide del progetto da parte di Aroldo Tegon (CMB), responsabile della progettazione e gestione del cantiere attraverso strumenti BIM, seguita dall’illustrazione delle caratteristiche della facciata (circa 28 milioni di euro su un totale di 120 milioni) da parte di Alice Ancillotti e dalla spiegazione di Augusto Mastropasqua (MZA) sull’utilizzo della computazione fluidodinamica (CFD) nella valutazione del comportamento dei rivestimenti a doppia pelle a ventilazione passiva. Un cantiere impressionante, per dimensione e complessità, dove la complicazione della struttura “torcente”, in conglomerato cementizio armato, comporta il fatto che ogni livello è diverso dagli altri e i componenti architettonici (dai serramenti agli elementi della controsoffittatura) sono realizzati su misura ad ogni piano.

E infine non potevamo prescindere da un robusto ed esaustivo aggiornamento normativo. Nella mattinata conclusiva di sabato è stata Lara Bianchi, responsabile dell’ufficio tecnico di UNICMI, a passare in rassegna con i partecipanti i riferimenti normativi da considerare nella progettazione e nella realizzazione delle facciate, aggiungendo un’ampia panoramica sulla marcatura CE delle facciate. Non dimentichiamo che i componenti e sistemi edilizi senza marcatura CE sono manufatti fuorilegge, rappresentano una frode al consumatore e determinano una concorrenza sleale sul mercato.
E ora, si ritorna a Bolzano con la prossima unità didattica (15-16-17 dicembre).
A presto :-).

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Lara Bianchi, UNICMI

We will make our own future.

Lessons from “Billions”.

Billions is an American television drama series created by David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis premiering on Showtime. The series is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Season 2 release date is set at 19 February 2017.

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Main cast is: Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, an ambitious hedge fund manager who came from humble beginnings. Paul Giamatti as Charles “Chuck” Rhoades Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Rhoades is ruthless, and has a particular distaste for wealthy criminals who try to buy their way out of justice. Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, M.D, psychiatrist, in-house performance coach at Axe Capital and wife of Chuck Rhoades. Malin Åkerman as Lara Axelrod, wife of Bobby Axelrod and a former nurse. She is from a lower-class upbringing, but has left her former self behind.

Here are the 6 (politically correct …) best quotes (to Help You Take Control of Your Career) as selected by FindSpark.

1. «It’s not easy to do. But people are at their best when they feel appreciated». Your connections are people; treat them that way. Asking for favors all the time, without giving back, makes people feel used. The best way to network is to be generous. Ask people how you can help them; doing favors and making them feel appreciated will make them more likely to help you out down the road.
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2. «This company will not wait for an uncertain future. We will make our own future». Bobby didn’t become a self-made billionaire by sitting around and waiting for things to happen to him, and you won’t find success that way, either. You have more control over your career than you think, and it’s time to take ownership of it. They say it’s all about who you know, so if you don’t know the right people you need to do something about it.
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3. «Are we teaching them daddy’s job is always more important than mommy’s?» Throughout your career, people will try to put themselves before you or tell you that you aren’t important. It’s an unfortunate fact of life – but we know you can handle it. Always remember that your number one priority is you. Stand up for yourself and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
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4. «What we do has consequences, intended and unintended. The decisions we make, the action we bring, have weight». Chuck happens to be the country’s most successful prosecutor – in fact, he’s never lost a case. You don’t get that far without knowing the importance of your own actions. You matter, and what you do matters.  Every step you take, no matter how small, can have an impact on your career and the people around you.
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5. «Meaning matters more to me than happiness». “Having it all” has gotten to be a pretty ridiculous concept. How can you give 100% to every aspect of your life? More often than not, you need to make sacrifices to do what you love – and that’s ok. Your career isn’t going to be smooth sailing 24/7. There will always be times when you need to reconsider all that you’ve taken on, and it’s okay if it feels like too much.
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6. «It’s not about comp, but it is about value – mine. And growth. As in wheter I am still growing». Sure, we’d all love to have a six digit salary. But your career is about more than the money. Think about every job or internship as a chance to grow in your career. Every experience is an opportunity to learn and gain valuable skills. Take note during your time in your role of all your accomplishments, so you can use them to seriously beef up your resume.
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Do you want to know more about “Billions”? Here is a couple of reviews, one in favor, one against. Enjoy the reading!

The boring savagery of Showtime’s Billions (The Week)
Com’è Billions, la nuova serie tv di Showtime
(Wired.it)

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Il funambolo che non diventò uomo.

Manoel Francisco dos Santos, detto Garrincha.

2016_09_02-01 Francesco GrazianiSu Radio1 Rai vanno in onda in queste giornate estive, la mattina dalle 8:30 alle 9, dei piccoli capolavori di narrazione. Sto parlando di “Numeri primi. Uomini e storie senza uguali”, gli intrecci tra vicende storiche e prestazioni sportive confezionati mirabilmente da Francesco Graziani. Il racconto di questa settimana è quello avvincente di un calciatore spesso considerato come il miglior calciatore brasiliano dopo Pelé.

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2016_09_02-02 GarrinchaManoel Francisco dos Santos, meglio noto con lo pseudonimo Garrincha o Mané Garrincha (Pau Grande, 28 ottobre 1933 – Rio de Janeiro, 20 gennaio 1983), è stato un calciatore brasiliano, ala destra ricordata specialmente per la sua militanza col Botafogo e la Selezione nazionale del suo Paese.

Partecipò a tre edizioni dei Campionati mondiali di calcio: Svezia 1958, Cile 1962 e Inghilterra 1966, vincendo le prime due. La seconda parte della sua carriera, che convenzionalmente può dirsi iniziata nel 1966, anno in cui lasciò il Botafogo, fu costellata da continui cambi di squadra e da partecipazioni occasionali con diversi club, professionistici e no.

Garrincha fu afflitto da diversi difetti congeniti: un leggero strabismo, la spina dorsale deformata, uno sbilanciamento del bacino, sei centimetri di differenza in lunghezza tra le gambe; il ginocchio destro fu affetto da varismo mentre il sinistro da valgismo, nonostante un intervento chirurgico correttivo. Per via di tale malformazione — secondo altre fonti dovuta alla poliomielite o alla malnutrizione — i medici lo dichiararono invalido e gli sconsigliarono di praticare il calcio.

2016_09_02-05 GarrinchaIl soprannome “Garrincha” gli fu attribuito da una sorella perché il suo aspetto minuto le ricordava quello di un’omonima specie di uccelli che egli era solito cacciare da bambino. Quando Garrincha cominciò a praticare il calcio il soprannome avrebbe mutato accezione, ben attagliandosi alla particolare andatura dovuta all’handicap fisico che veniva evidenziata durante le corse effettuate sul campo da gioco, simile a quella di un uccellino che saltella.

Oltre che dai successi sportivi, la sua vita fu scandita dalla distruttiva passione per gli alcolici e per le donne. Morì prematuramente all’età di quarantanove anni, per le conseguenze di una cirrosi epatica e di un edema polmonare, in condizioni di indigenza e degrado [fonte: Wikipedia].

Qui di seguito i podcast delle puntate di “Numeri primi” sulla storia di Garrincha:

29/08/2016 – Manè Garrincha Ia parte
30/08/2016 – Manè Garrincha IIa parte
31/08/2016 – Manè Garrincha IIIa parte
01/09/2016 – Manè Garrincha IVa parte
02/09/2016 – Manè Garrincha Va parte

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™]

REGENERATION rocks!

A “Rocky Station” for REGENERATION

Good also the second one, one might say, after the conclusion of REGENERATION 2016 which repeats, after one year, the success of the European design competition by Macro Design Studio in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), that promotes the Living Building philosophy, the most rigorous standard in the world for sustainability of the built environment. REGENERATION is not just a design contest, it is a multi-disciplinary experience, a real evolutionary path bringing through the technical challenge of Living Building Challenge the best young architects and engineers from all over Europe to face the future of our communities, by combining with a systemic approach to the problems a creative freedom with a robust technical competence.

2016_04_21-02 team blueThe competition among the projects of the three international teams was so heated, that the international jury composed of Amanda Sturgeon, chairwoman of ILFI, Michele Stramandinoli, of Inarcassa Foundation and Giulia Peretti of Werner Sobek Green Technologies encountered difficulties in choosing the winner. So, at the end of the 64 hours workshop, it was the “Rocky Mountain” project of the YELLOW team (composed by Jernej Markelj, architect of Ljubljana, Cinzia Polesini, architect of Rome, Zuzana Prochazkova, engineer from Bratislava, Marco Scarlini, engineer from Modena and Cecilia Tosto, architect of Catania) to take home the € 3,000 prize offered also this year by the Italian Foundation of freelance Architects and Engineers.

2016_04_21-06 Rocky StationThe renovation project of the decayed bus station building in Arco presented by the yellow team combines highly sustainable performances (LBC design requires a building environmental impact equal to zero) with an interesting redevelopment of the surrounding area (another need expressed by the Municipality of this Alto Garda city). Why ‘Rocky’? Because one of the strong ideas of the winning project is the construction of a climbing wall adjacent to the building (a pastime while waiting the coach?), designed to ideally connect the local transport hub with the beautiful cliffs and the sporty vocation of Arco.

2016_04_21-03 Amanda SturgeonThe award ceremony of Saturday, April 16 afternoon was the final event of the three days in Central Fies dedicated to a regenerative approach, beyond a mere sustainability for buildings and communities. Principles that have been presented and discussed in the event of the morning, REGENERATION. The Conference, where Amanda Sturgeon described how ILFI is currently focusing on the transparency of manufacturing companies (Declare is de facto an ingredient label for construction products, which prefigures an epochal revolution) and how to switch from building to ‘living communities’ certification . Martin Brown, a prominent UK figure of sustainability, then told us about the growth of the first project in UK that will achieve the LBC certification. Emanuele Naboni, Italian professor at KADK, Faculty of Architecture of Copenhagen, led some examples of architectural solutions designed for extreme environments (from the Amazon to the Arctic). In closing, the testimony of the winning team of REGENERATION 2015, with the “Proud to be zero” project, regarding the redevelopment of the city library building in Dro.

2016_04_21-05 Stazione ArcoAlso this REGENERATION edition showed that a zero impact redevelopment project of a public building is not only technically feasible, but it can start positive energies such as to stimulate the regeneration of a whole community. With the added complication this year of an intervention on a historic building bound by the local Conservation Authority, which has greatly restricted the space for participants’ manoeuvre.

To thank individually all the people, companies and institutions that have collaborated in 2016 REGENERATION would require too much time; we send a huge thanks to everyone. Without so a choral participation and commitment REGENERATION simply wouldn’t exist.

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen’.- Frank Lloyd Wright.