Archivi categoria: Sustainability

Pioneering a new frontier for healthy buildings.

The WELL Faculty™ Program is a network of educators – authorized by the International WELL Building Institute™ (ILFI) – who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topic of the WELL Building Standard™ and who have demonstrated and maintain well-honed presentation and facilitation skills.

After becoming in 2016 the first in Italy to earn the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™) credential, Carlo Battisti has just entered – first in EU – the WELL Faculty family, placing him among a group of leading professionals who are dedicated to supporting human health and well-being in the built environment. There are currently 32 WELL Faculty educators under the Program (11 of them are outside US).

Our buildings have a profound impact on our health, well-being and productivity.

WELL is an independently verified, performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of buildings that impact human health and well-being. WELL is also the first building standard to focus exclusively on the human health and wellness in our buildings and communities.

WELL combines best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing buildings as vehicles to support human health and well-being.

WELL Certified™ spaces can help create buildings that improve the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, productivity and performance of its occupants.

WELL is composed of over 100 features that are applied to each building project. Each WELL feature is designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of occupants through design, operations and behavior.

Our buildings can shape our habits and choices, regulate our sleep-wake cycle, drive us toward healthy and unhealthy choices, and passively influence our health through the quality of our surroundings.

WELL provides a framework for project teams to incorporate a variety of strategies to integrate human health and well-being at the heart of building design, construction and operations. WELL also allows project teams to innovate and transform the way humans can interact with the buildings and spaces they live in. WELL allows people to connect with buildings. [Sources: WELL Brochure. Copyright© 2016 by Delos Living LLC]

Carlo Battisti is WELL AP™ and WELL Faculty™. Interested in hosting a WELL presentation or conducting a WELL pre-assessment of your project? Contact and information here.

Buona Pasqua ! Frohe Ostern ! Happy Easter !

Year after year I am never disappointed by the witty, creative, and inspiring designs of ArchDaily readers from across the globe. From over 700 submissions, here are the most egg-celent (in my opinion)!

Buona Pasqua ! Frohe Ostern ! Happy Easter !

And thank you for following me so far, after 5 years. Help me keep a good blogging … 🙂

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Ali Eslami

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Cicero Kroeff

Igor Vukičević

Karol Kremski

Simone Vioglio

Tomoki Takei

Inspiration and knowledge to help architects build better cities. Over the next 10 years 18 billion sqm of space will be designed by architects to shelter 1.5 billion people. ArchDaily serves as architects’ main source for tools, information and inspiration.

Come join us for LF17 :-)

Living Future unConference 2017
THE LEADING EVENT FOR REGENERATIVE DESIGN

Living Future unConference is an annual event that attracts disruptive design leaders. Join a cross-industry collaborative network that is creating a healthy built environment.


Celebrate Genius and Courage in all of its forms during the 11th Annual Living Future unConference, May 17-19 in Seattle, WA. Join us for unconventional sessions + dynamic speakers, including Van Jones, Naomi Klein, and Kirsti Luke.  Living Future brings hundreds of thought-leaders to the table to create a healthy and just future for all. #ChallengetheNorm and uncover your role to make this future a reality. Register here 🙂

Living Future unConference is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement to make strides toward a healthy future for all. This year, we will focus on the layers of Genius and Courage during unconventional sessions and dynamic speaking engagements with top-notch keynotes. We’ll open the unConference with Van Jones, a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor and CNN political correspondent. Celebrate 11 years of innovation and partake in the out-of-the-ordinary experience that is the essence of the unConference.

Unforgettable keynotes

Van Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps — an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps three programs,#cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate (2014) which is being translated into over 25 languages.  This Changes Everything, the documentary inspired by the book and narrated by Naomi premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent. Recent articles have also appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times, the New Yorker, Le Monde, The London Review of Books.

Kirsti Luke is Chief Executive of Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua, Ngāi Tūhoe’s Tribal Authority. She holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB), is extremely knowledgeable about the tribe’s treaty claims, and was involved in the establishment of Te Uru Taumatua. Her goal is to build the organization and the tribe’s economy and improve descendants’ quality of life. Her role includes recruiting management staff, building relationships with stakeholders and government agencies, developing policies to improve or coordinate options for housing, health and employment for Tūhoe and providing business recommendations to build up the tribe’s economy.

The full program

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The International Living Building Institute
The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
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The future of LBC Collaboratives in Europe.

Join us for the next Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy meeting on April 28th, at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento, Italy) during REGENERATION 2017.

Talk with Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, CEO), Martin Brown (LBC Collaborative: UK, facilitator), Emmanuel Pauwels (LBC Collaborative: Spain, facilitator). Carlo Battisti and Paola Moschini (LBC Collaborative: Italy, facilitators) will moderate the meeting,

A presentation by Maria Giovanna Sandrini, Brand & Corporate Communication Manager of Aquafil group, will open the meeting. Since 50 years, Aquafil has been one of the leading players, both in Italy and globally, in the production of Polyamide 6: a landmark in terms of quality and product innovation. Additionally, the group is a leader in the research of new production models for sustainable development.

Participation is free and reserved to LBC Collaborative: Italy affiliates, registration here is required. Seats are limited (20). Language: English, without somultaneous translation.

Program

14:00 – 15:00
Aquafil’s path toward full sustainability. With Maria Giovanna Sandrini, Aquafil group.
15.00 – 16:00
The future of LBC Collaboratives in Europe. Talk with Amanda Sturgeon, Martin Brown, Emmanuel Pauwels.


Il futuro dei Collaborative LBC in Europa.

Meeting del Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, 28 aprile 2017, presso Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento).

Conversazione con Amanda Sturgeon (presidente dell’International Living Future Institute), Martin Brown (Facilitatore del LBC Collaborative UK), Emmanuel Pauwels (Facilitatore del LBC Collaborative: Spain).
Moderano Carlo Battisti e Paola Moschini (Facilitatori del LBC Collaborative: Italy).

Apre la presentazione di Maria Giovanna Sandrini, Brand & Corporate Communication Manager del gruppo Aquafil, della strategia di sostenibilità rigenerativa di Aquafil, da 50 anni uno dei principali attori, in Italia e nel mondo, nella produzione di fibre sintetiche, in special modo di quelle in poliammide 6. Il gruppo è punto di riferimento per qualità, innovazione e nuovi modelli di sviluppo sostenibile.

La partecipazione è gratuita e riservata agli affiliati del LBC Collaborative: Italy, previa iscrizione qui. Posti limitati (20). La lingua dell’evento è l’inglese (senza traduzione simultanea).

Programma:

14:00 – 15:00
Il cammino di Aquafil verso la sostenibilità. Con Maria Giovanna Sandrini, gruppo Aquafil.
15:00 – 16:00
Il futuro dei Collaborative in Europa. Conversazione con Amanda Sturgeon, Martin Brown, Emmanuel Pauwels.

REGENERATION 2017. The Conference.

REGENERATION 2017. The Conference.
Riva del Garda, Italy | Rocca di Riva del Garda.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CEST)

It’s time to imagine a living future and a world of living buildings. The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, certification and advocacy tool for projects to move beyond merely being less bad and to become truly regenerative. The Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.

clockwise: Amanda Sturgeon, Martin Brown, Emanuele Naboni, Emmanuel Pauwels

The conference is connected to REGENERATION, the 64 hours European competition organized by Macro Design Studio and Carlo Battisti together with the International Living Future Institute and also represents the annual main event of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, a community-based group sharing knowledge and creating the local conditions that support development of Living Buildings, Sites and Communities.

PROGRAM

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration
  • 09:30 – 09:40 INTRODUCTION | Carlo Battisti and Paola Moschini
  • 09:40 – 10:05 Presentation by the YELLOW team in competition
  • 10:05 – 10:30 Presentation by the BLUE team in competition
  • 10:30 – 10:55 Presentation of the GREEN team in competition
  • 10:55 – 11:25 REGENERATION AND RESILIENCE: COMING TOGETHER FOR A LIVING FUTURE | Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute
  • 11:25 – 11:45 Coffee break
  • 11:45 – 12:05 TOWARDS A NEW HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE | Martin Brown, founder of Fairsnape
  • 12:05 – 12:25 ARCHITECTURAL DEVICES FOR REGENERATIVE STRATEGIES IN EXTREME CLIMATES | Emanuele Naboni, Associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, School of Architecture
  • 12:25 – 12:45 HOW TO MAKE YOUR DAILY PRACTICE BLOSSOM WITH LBC? Emmanuel Pauwels, founder of Green Living Projects
  • 12:45 – 13:00 Proclamation of the winners of REGENERATION 2017

ORGANISATION

Where Fortezza Rocca di Riva del Garda (TN) Italy | Coordinates 45.884533, 10.8421131
Parking (toll) Parcheggio Terme Romane, Viale Pilati 2, 38066 Riva del Garda; Parcheggio Monte Oro, Via Monte Oro 1, 38066 Riva del Garda
Information +39 3289797497 | eventi@macrodesignstudio.it
Registration here. Participation is free but seats are limited. Deadline for registration: Friday 28th April 2017.
Language The Conference will be in English (with simultaneous translation).
CEU 4 Educational credits for architects will be provided in agreement with Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori e Paesaggisti e Conservatori di Trento. This conference has been approved for 4 LFA (Living Future Accredited professional) CEU hours. Attendance certification will be released at the end of the conference.

REGISTRATION

Il wellbeing che vorrei.

Appunti per un comfort sostenibile.

Di ritorno da un weekend in un wellness hotel, la domanda principale che mi sono fatto è “Ma, qual è il wellness che vorrei?”. Perché, diciamolo, l’esperienza mi ha lasciato qualche perplessità e mi spinge a tornare ancora una volta sul tema comfort e sostenibilità, ovvero “Un comfort sostenibile ?” Partiamo dagli hotel, che rappresentano proprio un ambito di riferimento per il tema.

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Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajasthan (India)

Primo punto. Comfort = lusso? Come in questo splendido hotel indiano? Comfort = abbondanza? Ovvero una lista infinita di possibilità e servizi che è impossibile sfruttare tutti, a meno che non si soggiorni nell’albergo per un mese? Perché se tenti di fare tutto in un weekend (e questo è il tempo a disposizione che mi è capitato di avere) ti ricoverano in preda ad una crisi di nervi. La novità degli ultimi anni è la ¾ pensione, che è più di mezza pensione e meno di una pensione completa. Ovvero, torni presto dalla sciata (ma perché dovresti farlo?) e trovi un buffet per uno “spuntino”, magari alle due o alle tre del pomeriggio, che vi assicuro alla fine è come un pranzo. E all’orizzonte incombe la cena, di almeno 5 portate. Nel mezzo, bisogna affrettarsi a frequentare l’area wellness, sperando che vapori e acqua calda ti brucino qualche caloria (difficile).

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Troppi servizi, troppa offerta … riuscirò a far tutto in un weekend??

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WALL•E – Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Pictures (2008)

Insomma lo scenario apocalittico di una società viziata e sedentaria alla “Wall-e” è dietro l’angolo. Ma tutti i suddetti comfort alla fine vengono dimenticati velocemente, se l’impianto di ventilazione dell’albergo è progettato o realizzato male, e nella tua mansarda arriva sin dal primo mattino l’odore di aglio. Allora, prima curare la corretta ventilazione dell’edificio e poi pensare ai succhi di frutta tropicali nell’area piscina.

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In definitiva, il troppo finisce per darmi fastidio e ripenso al “Less is more” di Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Ed è questa ad esempio la strategia intrapresa dalla catena canadese Alt Hotels, che con l’ossimoro “Affordable luxury” caratterizzano la loro offerta con l’eliminazione di tutto ciò che non è davvero necessario, pur mantenendo un adeguato livello di comfort.

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E poi c’è la questione dei “termostati truccati”. Sì, avete capito bene. Una recente indagine documentata sul Wall Street Journal del 25.01.2017 ha scoperto che in un numero rilevante di hotel i termostati sono bloccati e non consentono la regolazione individuale della temperatura nella camera. Cioè, la rotella del termostato gira, ma in realtà la temperatura della stanza è fissata e regolata centralmente dall’hotel. E così sono spuntati in rete addirittura dei tutorial che spiegano come rimuovere il blocco dell’apparecchio e riprendere il comando delle operazioni. Insomma … “Occupy thermostats”.

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Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

Secondo punto. E se tutto questo approccio bulimico al comfort fosse sbagliato? Se avesse ragione Henry David Thoreau (il più sottovalutato dei filosofi americani dell’800)? Se fosse comfort = frugalità?Walden, ovvero Vita nei boschi” è il resoconto dell’avventura dell’autore, che dedicò oltre due anni della propria vita, nell’estate del 1847, a cercare un rapporto intimo con la natura e insieme a ritrovare se stesso in una società che non rappresentava ai suoi occhi i veri valori da seguire, ma solo l’utile mercantile. Il suo fu un esperimento avente per obiettivo quello di cercare la conciliazione tra artista e il mondo naturale grazie all’ottimismo scaturito dal considerare l’uomo come artefice del proprio destino e come essere dipendente da sensazioni ed emozioni. Il libro fu scritto quasi interamente durante il soggiorno di Thoreau in una capanna, costruita in gran parte da solo, sulle sponde del lago Walden che si trova vicino alla cittadina di Concord in Massachusetts [Wikipedia].

Thoreau è sicuramente un riferimento per l’approccio biofilico. Biophilia = ipotesi scientifica proposta nel 1984 da Edward O. Wilson che rileva empiricamente nell’essere umano la “tendenza innata a concentrare il proprio interesse sulla vita e sui processi vitali”. Si può ottenere un comfort sostenibile seguendo questi principi e ci sono ormai molti studi che dimostrano i benefici tangibili sulla salute della persona e sulla riduzione dei costi operativi legati a una progettazione virtuosa degli spazi abitati. Seguendo ad esempio il protocollo (filosofia e sistema di certificazione allo stesso tempo) Living Building Challenge creato e mantenuto dall’International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

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Terzo punto. Viviamo il 90% della nostra vita all’interno di edifici. E’ una notizia tanto assodata quanto banale, ma poiché lo sappiamo, perché non puntiamo a garantire una qualità del vivere all’interno di questi spazi (Indoor Environmental Quality)? E’ la strategia dell’International WELL Building Institute. La riflessione di partenza è semplice: in un’organizzazione (immaginiamo un edificio per uffici) la stragrande maggioranza dei costi operativi riguarda i costi del personale. Circa il 90%, a fronte di un 1% per l’energia. Negli ultimi anni ci siamo battuti per l’efficienza energetica e questo è un bene, perché l’efficienza energetica è amica dell’ambiente. Ma ci siamo dimenticati delle persone. Bene, con il protocollo WELL rimettiamo al centro la persona. Un progetto certificato WELL ha il potenziale di aggiungere un valore misurabile per la salute, il benessere e la felicità degli occupanti dell’edificio. Detto in altri termini, se le persone vivono e lavorano all’interno di un ambiente salubre e confortevole, ne beneficiano umore, salute e quindi produttività. È migliora il margine di profitto. Si tratta di un nuovo ROI (Return on Investment) a beneficio del capitale investito dal conduttore e dal proprietario dell’immobile.

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Quarto punto. Tutto quanto sopra descritto è un driver micidiale per l’innovazione. Solo per quanto riguarda la misurazione e il mantenimento della qualità dell’aria interna di un ambiente stanno spuntando numerose soluzioni interessanti, come ad esempio il purificatore molecolare di aria interna, sviluppato dalla startup di San Francisco Molekule.

Per questo stiamo stimolando in IDM Südtirol Alto Adige la discussione e lo sviluppo di nuove idee proprio attraverso un Gruppo di Lavoro trasversale dedicato alla tematica del comfort e dell’Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).

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Quinto punto
. Abbiamo detto di quanto contano gli edifici, perché consumano risorse e con la propria efficienza energetica possono ridurre l’impatto sull’ambiente, e perché la qualità (o la mancanza di qualità) degli ambienti interni influenza direttamente la qualità della vita e il comfort delle persone. Quanto abbiamo detto per gli edifici può essere “scalato” a livello di quartieri, comunità, città intere. Gli “edifici viventi” (i Living Building di ILFI) possono trasformarsi in Living Communities. Possiamo riportare i principi virtuosi (un edificio autonomo, che non impatta sull’ambiente, che produce ciò che consuma, che ha un effetto positivo sulle persone) a una dimensione urbana più ampia. Anche questo (o proprio questo) è wellbeing.

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Riepilogando, ecco il mio decalogo per la discussione:

  1. Definire il wellness (lusso vs. frugalità, mass customization?)
  2. Less is more
  3. Dalla sostenibilità ambientale-energetica a quella delle persone
  4. Misurare e certificare le prestazioni e il wellbeing (la persona nell’edificio)
  5. Monitorare il comportamento e dialogare con gli occupanti
  6. Wellbeing come leva economica
  7. Wellness come driver per soluzioni innovative
  8. Declinare il wellbeing per tipologie di edifici (hotel, uffici, scuole, ospedali, ecc.)
  9. Recuperare il rapporto con la natura (Biofilia, Living Buildings)
  10. Saltare di scala: dai Living Buildings alle Living Communities

Siete pronti per un manifesto del comfort sostenibile, per un wellbeing a misura di uomo e di ambiente? 🙂

[Carlo Battisti è Living Future Accredited e WELL Accredited Professional. Coordina il Gruppo di Lavoro Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) presso l’Ecosystem Construction di IDM Südtirol Alto Adige].

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. 

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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.