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A Living Future for Europe.

Living Future Europe Becomes Formal Entity, with Green Building and Market Demand Growing Across the Continent.

Seattle/Bolzano – In December 2019 Ursula von der Leyen, newly-appointed President of the European Commission, said, “I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050… to make this happen, we must take bold steps together…

By the urging of–and overwhelming support from–our volunteer Network and European community, the International Living Future Institute has risen to Ursula von der Leyen’s challenge in Europe and is poised to raise the bar on sustainable development across the continent.

In order to ensure a stronger presence in Europe and an even better connection with the building industry, ILFI has formally established Living Future Europe (LFE), a new legal entity and nonprofit association. LFE’s mission coincides closely to that of ILFI’s: to make the world work for 100 percent of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage to anyone, and catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

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[Read the full article on the International Living Future Institute’s Trim Tab Blog here]


New Year, new Facilitators.

I nuovi Facilitator del Living Future Italy Collaborative.

(English text follows)

Cambio alla guida del Collaborative italiano della rete Living Future. A cinque anni dalla fondazione siamo lieti di dare il benvenuto ai nuovi Facilitator italiani, Marco Rossato e Matteo Dalla Libera, che dopo una procedura di selezione sono stati approvati nel nuovo ruolo per il biennio 2020-2021 dal comitato di gestione del Collaborative italiano e dall’International Living Future Institute.

Il Living Future Italy Collaborative (LFIC) è un gruppo di professionisti locali volontari impegnati per la sostenibilità, la formazione e l’attuazione del Living Building Challenge (LBC), promosso dall’International Living Future Institute (ILFI). LFIC fornisce un forum unico di confronto “dal vivo” per facilitare il cambiamento nell’ambiente costruito. LBC è lo standard di sostenibilità più avanzato al mondo.

Il Living Future Network mondiale si basa sul contributo di Ambassador Presenter e Collaborative, quest’ultimi coordinati dai Facilitator. Gli Ambassador sono volontari che sottoscrivono un accordo biennale con ILFI per la promozione di LBC attraverso presentazioni periodiche. I Collaborative Facilitator sono Ambassador che sottoscrivono un ulteriore accordo biennale impegnandosi a coordinare un Collaborative locale.

Attualmente esistono 120+ Living Future Collaboratives nel mondo, oltre agli International Affiliates: Australia, Europe, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates. I Collaborative affiancano ILFI nella missione di guidare la trasformazione verso un mondo socialmente giusto, culturalmente ricco ed ecologicamente rigenerativo.

Congratulazioni ai nuovi leader, buon lavoro 😉

Matteo Dalla Libera
Laurea in ingegneria elettrica ed elettronica, lavora da diversi anni come responsabile commerciale per l’area Veneto per una ESCo con clienti pubblici e privati. In particolare negli ultimi anni ha sviluppato diverse competenze in progetti per la riqualificazione energetica di condomini. È anche presidente e fondatore di TechStation Padova, start-up attiva nei servizi IT [segue].

Marco Rossato
Laurea in Ingegneria Edile-Architettura, ha maturato esperienza ricoprendo ruoli di tecnico-commerciale per diverse aziende, seguendo progetti internazionali. In particolar modo nei settori: case in legno, trattamento acque e costruzioni. In parallelo alla sua attività lavorativa ha coltivato l’interesse per la sostenibilità partecipando nel 2017 al concorso Regeneration e alla Living Future unconference a Seattle [segue].

The Josey Pavilion, Dixon Water Foundation (Texas, USA) [LBC]

The new Facilitators of the Living Future Italy Collaborative.

Change in the leadership of the Italian Collaborative of the Living Future network. Five years after its foundation, we are pleased to welcome the new Italian Facilitators, Marco Rossato and Matteo Dalla Libera, who after a selection procedure were approved in the new role for the two-year period 2020-2021 by the steering committee of the Italian Collaborative and by the International Living Future Institute.

The Living Future Italy Collaborative (LFIC) is a group of local professional volunteers committed to sustainability, education and implementation of the Living Building Challenge. The LFIC provides a unique in person forum to facilitate change in the built environment. Developed by the International Living Future Institute, LBC is the most progressive sustainability standard in the world. While there are a handful of Living Buildings in the world, the number of teams trying to achieve Living Building Challenge status increase every year.

Etsy Office (Brooklyn, USA) [LBC]

The worldwide Living Future Network is based on the contribution of Ambassador Presenters and Collaboratives, those coordinated by the Facilitators. Ambassadors are volunteers who sign a two-year agreement with ILFI for the promotion of LBC through recurring presentations. Collaborative Facilitators are Ambassadors who sign a further two-year agreement by committing to coordinate a local Collaborative.

There are currently 120+ Living Future Collaboratives worldwide, in addition to International Affiliates: Australia, Europe, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates. Collaboratives work alongside ILFI in the mission of guiding transformation towards a socially just, culturally rich and ecologically regenerative world.

Congratulations to the new leaders, all the best 😉

Matteo Dalla Libera
Degree in electrical and electronic engineering, he has been working for several years as sales manager for the Veneto area for an ESCo with public and private clients. Particularly, he has in the recent years developed various skills in projects for the energy retrofitting of condominiums. He is also president and founder of TechStation Padua, a start-up providing IT services [more].

Marco Rossato
Degree in Building Engineering-Architecture, he gained experience covering technical-sales roles for various companies, following international projects. Especially in these sectors: wooden houses, water treatment and construction. In parallel with his work, he nurtured his interest in sustainability by participating in 2017 in the Regeneration competition and the Living Future unconference in Seattle [more].

Living Future Italy Collaborative

FACE4 is about to start. And there will be “fun” again.

The play arena for innovative façades experts.

Eurac Research offers a high specialization training course on Façade Architecture, Construction and Engineering (FACE).

FACE aims at delivering thorough education for technical designers and consultants operating in the façade industry to help them keep pace with a constantly evolving market. The initiative is open to researchers and freelance professionals working in the same industrial field.

Joining FACE allows for a boost in multidisciplinary competence for façade professionals. The course provides insights into the contemporary façade market industry and enables technical designers and consultants to manage complex projects both at organizational and technical level. The program covers architectural concepts, functional requirements and the related technical skills based on a cross-sectorial and international approach.

Course content: concept, design, production, installation, operations, maintenance and cost engineering of advanced façade systems

📌 Bolzano, Milan (Italy)
📅 April to November 2020
🗣 language: English
👉 6 sessions + practical course w/ experts and specialised speakers
👉 course duration = 120h + individual and group projects + opening and final events


Join me together with other 30+ European trainers from façade industry and research for this unique path to become a 360° façade design+building consultant.

Applications deadline is: January 17th, 2020.  Subscribe here.

Participation is subject to admission procedure and payment of a tuition fee covering organizational costs. Places are limited.

What a year for Living Future Europe :-)

With the support of our Founding Circle Sponsors, we lead this year the way to creating a Living Future in Europe through the Living Future Europe Initiative.

We launched our Declare Europe label last January. Our volunteer Network hosted more than 50 events in the year that spanned 33 cities in 19 different European countries, around two times the number of events held in 2018! These events reached almost 3,000 leading practitioners looking to build Living Buildings.

Following Ursula von der Leyen, new President of the European Commission’s goal: “I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050… to make this happen, we must take bold steps together.”

Our focus in 2020 will be to educate and assist a broader audience of interested practitioners on how to build Living Building Challenge projects in Europe and help spur demand for healthy, transparent materials and Declare and Living Products.

Thanks to all our incredible LF Ambassadors and Collaboratives across #Europe for your amazing commitment. We are looking forward to working with you in 2020 😉

Thanks to our Sponsors for helping us making this possible. Let’s join forces for an even more brilliant 2020!

Thanks to Amanda Sturgeon, James Connelly, Sunni Wissmer, Miranda Berger for your tireless support, it’s a pleasure working with you and all the colleagues at the International Living Future Institute #timetoactisnow the best is yet to come, cheers and best Season’s Greetings 😊

#LivingFutureEurope #LFE #regenerativedesign


It’s all about performances.

The Future Envelope 12
& FACEcamp Results Seminar

Conference on Building Envelopes
20-21 May 2019, NOI Techpark, Bolzano (Italy)

It’s all about performances.

New design tool and approaches, and innovative construction methods are enabling architects and engineers to conceive and develop increasingly complex and daring building envelopes. This process is rapidly reshaping our built environment, and transforming the concept of building envelope itself, which is no longer a passive and static element that only separates the indoor environment from the outdoor world. In this fast changing context, one of the major issues is the evaluation of the performances of such complex façade systems. The different functions of a complex building envelope have their respective requirements, and hence designers have to analyze and ensure the performances of overall faced system.

The aim of “Facade performances” is therefore to provide insights into the performances of these innovative building envelopes considering on four thematic areas, namely architecture, energy, comfort, and economics and management. Hence, the focus will be on the shape of the new envelopes, on their implications on the overall building energy consumption, on the comfort experienced by the occupants of these buildings, and on the financial performances and the new business models that are part of these innovative solutions. For each topic, three leading experts will be invited from research and academia, design firms, and construction companies respectively to share a wide range of experiences, ideas, and visions.

The conference organization is led by IDM South Tyrol & EURAC Research, supported by Free University of Bolzano, University of Innsbruck, and Politecnico of Milano as scientific partners, and in cooperation with the European Façade Network (EFN). This event is funded by the ITA-AUT Interreg project FACEcamp being the project final conference.


Day 1 – Monday 20th, 2019
09:00-13:00 FACEcamp Results Seminar Room SEM3
13:00-14:00 Networking lunch Foyer
14:00-18:30 The Future Envelope – part I Room SEM1

Day 2 – Tuesday 21st, May 2019
09:00-13:00 The Future Envelope – part II Room SEM1
13:00-14:00 Networking lunch Foyer

NOI Techpark, Via Volta 13a, Bolzano – Italy
Language: English, without translation.
Participation is free but places are limited.

Registration on Eventbrite here:
FACEcamp Results Seminar (20 May)
The Future Envelope (20-21 May)

Participation to the seminar and the conference is valid for 12 CFP education credits for architects, 6 CFP for engineers and 12 CFP for periti industriali.

 is funded by European Regional Development Fund and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020.



QAES. Un progetto … di ampio respiro.

Kick-off la settimana scorsa di QAES (Qualità dell’Aria negli Edifici Scolastici), un progetto coordinato da IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige all’interno del Programma di Cooperazione Interreg V A “Italia – Svizzera 2014-2020”.

Scuola dell’infanzia di Funes (BZ) – foto Marco Pietracupa

Il progetto – espressione di una collaborazione Alto Adige & Ticino – punta a sviluppare la cultura tecnica per il miglioramento della qualità dell’aria (IAQ) nelle scuole. Prevede lo sviluppo di soluzioni tecnologiche a basso impatto architettonico e di un approccio metodologico per classificare, progettare, realizzare, misurare e gestire le condizioni IAQ. L’obiettivo generale quello di risolvere la problematica della scarsa qualità dell’aria negli edifici scolastici; gli studenti vi passano buona parte del loro tempo, tale qualità incide sulla salute e sulla capacità di apprendimento. I partner svilupperanno soluzioni e metodologie in cooperazione con imprese nell’area transfrontaliera: impiantisti di ventilazione meccanica, serramentisti, sistemisti di gestione (ICT), aziende produttrici e distributrici di materiali indoor, studi di progettazione focalizzati sull’IAQ.

Il progetto prevede campagne di misure (prima e dopo interventi dimostrativi di risanamento), oltre all’elaborazione di linee guida per la progettazione e gestione dell’IAQ nelle scuole, a supporto di progettisti, aziende realizzatrici, gestori delle opere e utenti. Gli impatti previsti sono un sensibile aumento delle occasioni imprenditoriali nell’area transfrontaliera e uno sviluppo del know-how sul miglioramento dell’IAQ negli edifici, in particolare nelle scuole. Grazie alla collaborazione transfrontaliera, sarà possibile analizzare e confrontare realtà diverse, per acquisire conoscenze finalizzate allo sviluppo normativo ed economico di questo settore.

L’idea di progetto, nata all’interno del Gruppo di Lavoro “Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)” coordinato da IDM, è stata successivamente sviluppata in una proposta selezionata tra i 18 vincitori (su 41 proposte presentate) dell’asse Asse I: Competitività delle imprese del bando Interreg IT-CH. Con questo programma lo Stato e le Amministrazioni italiane e svizzere confermano il ruolo strategico della cooperazione transfrontaliera quale punto nevralgico nelle politiche alpine sempre più orientate a promuovere forme virtuose di economia e migliorare la qualità della vita delle persone che abita in queste aree.

La partnership, giudicata dai valutatori come perfettamente bilanciata tra i due territori, comprende dal lato altoatesino IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige (beneficiario capofila), responsabile della gestione e della comunicazione del progetto e della fase di indagine preliminare, Provincia Autonoma Bolzano con il Laboratorio Analisi aria e radioprotezione (Misurazione e monitoraggio), EURAC Research – Istituto per le Energie Rinnovabili (Sviluppo e implementazione delle soluzioni), Agenzia per l’Energia Alto Adige – CasaClima e Comune di Bolzano. Ulteriori stakeholders dell’Alto Adige sono l’Ufficio Manutenzione opere edili e l’Intendenza scolastica, sempre della Provincia di Bolzano. Sul lato svizzero, la Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI) è il capofila di una compagine “duale” ticinese che comprende il Cantone Ticino – Sezione della logistica, l’Agenzia Minergie Svizzera italiana, il Municipio della Città di Bellinzona e il Comune di Mendrisio.

Harriton High School, foto KCBA Architects

I partner lavoreranno insieme per 3 anni con l’obiettivo generale di risolvere la problematica della scarsa qualità dell’aria negli edifici scolastici e gli obiettivi specifici di 1. creare e consolidare una competenza territoriale transfrontaliera tra le imprese su soluzioni – prodotti e servizi – per la qualità ambientale interna degli edifici; 2. aprire un mercato comune per le aziende del settore delle costruzioni nelle regioni coinvolte ed aumentarne la competitività sul mercato europeo, in particolare nelle aree di lingua tedesca; 3. migliorare i processi esistenti o creare nuovi processi per la risoluzione di una problematica generale comune ai due territori – qualità dell’aria interna alle scuole – e che ha implicazioni sociali, sanitarie, educative, economiche e politiche).

Il progettò è finanziato dal Programma di Cooperazione Interreg V A “Italia – Svizzera 2014-2020”.

Per ulteriori informazioni:

Carlo Battisti è project manager per il settore costruzioni presso il reparto Business Development di IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, per il quale fornisce servizi di consulenza per progetti R&S nell’ambito delle costruzioni, technology scouting verso centri di ricerca, sviluppo di prodotto nell’ambito delle costruzioni, oltre al coordinamento dei Gruppi di Lavoro “Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)” e “Facciate tecnologiche degli edifici”.

FACE3 | Final event

Interreg Italy-Austria FACEcamp project has offered a training course aimed at increasing the know-how of companies and freelance professionals operating in the field of complex technological building façades. The course aimed to transfer to freelance professionals and technical staff of construction companies, concepts and innovative methods in the sector of complex technological façades. The educational program had a complete structure regarding the covered topics, to provide innovative concepts, tools and methods, while stimulating the growth of local skills in the construction sector, increasingly subject to environmental and energy regulations.

The course was divided into 6 units, for a total of 15 days. It was characterized by a strong orientation to practice with the participation of experienced speakers, well-known for their skills in the field. All contents have been conceived and designed to address the main themes of concept, design, calculation, production, installation and maintenance of complex building facades. A study trip to Milan was organized to closely analyse significant examples of technological innovation in the field of façades.

We are inviting you to the final event with public presentations of the results, that will take place on Thursday, December 6th, h 10-17 at NOI Techpark, Bolzano (Italy). You can download the full program here.

Target group
Companies, architects, engineers, developers, owners, research centres.

Continuous Educational Units (CEUs)
Participation is valid for 5 CFP for architects, 4 CFP for periti industriali, 3 CFP for engineers.

Participation is free, upon registration here. Places are limited.

Event in English language without translation.


10:00  Registration

10:30  Introduction. IDM Alto Adige – Südtirol, Ecosystem Construction

Façade design and construction. The hot spots.
Angelo Lucchini, full professor at Politecnico of Milan, ABC Department

The future of façades. The industry’s perspective.
Paolo Rigone, UNICMI, Technical Manager

FACE 3rd edition. Façade physics, technology, operations. The Project Works of the 3rd edition of the course:

11:00  The effect of dynamic selective shading devices and their potential in Northern Europe.
Jaap Aanhaanen, Cowi, responsible for facade projects

11:15  Adaptable Window system.
Giovanni Toniato, Eurofinestra, product developer

11:30  Energy retrofitting of two building typologies: apartment block and   individual house under conservation measures.
Jernej Markelj, AaJM+, freelance architect

11:45  Climate-adaptive building’s façade: digital workflow for façade construction.
Angelo Figliola, Unicam SAAD, architect and researcher

12:00  BIM for glazed facades production and installation phase.
Audrius Lukosius, Fasadglas Bäcklin, façade design manager

12:15  Desktop study of timber unitised curtain wall fire performance for high rise tower application.
Alessandro Massarotto, C&S Facades, cladding bid manager

12:30  A façade integrated, heat recovery, nearly passive ventilation unit.
Zuzana Prochazkova, Pich Architects, architect & R+D manager

12:45  BIM, BEM and AVA for solar shading system.
Reinhard Trojer, HELLA, technical department

13:00  Lunch break

14:00  New Tech Façade (NTF).
Federico Dal Cin, Studio FDC, owner & building envelope specialist

14:15  A design proposal for a building integrated solar thermal vertical collector   (BIST) working as a dynamic self-activated shading device.
Giulia Santoro, Arup Italia, façade engineer

14:30  Decision-making tool -optic (glazing) component for ME-climatic condition.
Aya Alayan, Navitas, façade engineer

14:45  One single model: structural glazing analysis for complex shape structures.
Marco Benedetti, Maffeis Engineering, façade and structural engineer

15:00  LCA Façade Configurator.
Matteo Giovanardi, Ai Group, freelance architect and energy modeler

15:15  Adaptive glaze façade for an office building in Rome.
Ornella Ferlito, Manens-Tifs, building physics specialist

15:30  Case study to create a company procedure of development and innovation on technical details.
Michele Realis Luc, Zanetti, project manager

15:45  Dependency of energy loads and operational costs of a typical office room on façade design choices.
Paolo Bonato, EURAC research, junior researcher

16:00  Jury final evaluation

16:30  Closing
Final certificates. Best Project Work special mention. Closing remarks.

funded by European Regional Development Fund and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020
finanziato dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale e Interreg V-A Italia-Austria 2014-2020
gefördert durch den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung und Interreg V-A Italien-Österreich 2014-2020