Archivi categoria: Sustainability

Sustainability, Restorative to Regenerative.

An exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability.

Do you want to explore the new frontiers of sustainability? From the work of the COST Action CA16114 RESTORE: REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy, Working Group 1. Restorative Sustainability, here is our first booklet (downloadable for free). Enjoy 🙂

With contributions by Martin Brown, Edeltraud Haselsteiner, Diana Apró, Diana Kopeva, Egla Luca, Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, Blerta Vula Rizvanolli and many others …

This publication, with contributions from over 20 EU countries is an exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability.

It presents a reference document for future work of the RESTORE Action, for other Cost Actions and for built environment academia and industry organisations.

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver (CAN)

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Definitions – the Language for Sustainability
  • Social, Health and Participation in Sustainability
  • Living Buildings
  • Regenerative Heritage
  • Circular Economy
  • WG1 Activities
  • Epilogue
  • WG1 People

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland (OR, USA)

(From the Introduction by Martin Brown and Edeltraud Haselsteiner)

It is now some 30 years since Brundtland defined sustainable development, broadly defined as not doing anything today to compromise tomorrow’s generation, and in doing so defined sustainability for business and enterprises globally.
Many in the built environment have taken this passive ‘do nothing’ approach, as license to do the least possible. Consequently, we have and we continue to compromise future generations.
The built environment is a huge influencer on ‘sustainability’, we spend over 90% of our time working, living and playing within our buildings. Despite sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives it is irresponsible that we have generally failed to grasp our influence and to address the potential to move the needle on wider global sustainability and climate issues.
Buildings, and the manner in which we design, construct and maintain them have been a significant contributor to climate breakdown we are witnessing.

Restorative and regenerative approaches can flip this enabling buildings to become part of climate regeneration solutions.
Maybe sustainability is not a journey, but a state of equilibrium, based on giving as much as we take. On the negative side where we take more, we are unsustainable and no matter how much we reduce our impacts we will always remain unsustainable. On the positive side ‘to do more good‘ we open doors to
restore environments and communities, and to create and enable conditions for environmental, social and economic regenerative growth […].

We no longer have the luxury of just being less bad.” (RESTORE)

Restorative buildings across Europe.

Join us for a series of talks between Berlin and London about restorative buildings.

Sustainability in buildings, as understood today, is an inadequate measure for architectural design, for it aims no higher than trying to make buildings ‘less bad’. Please join us in a series of events on week 16/2018 between Berlin and London to understand how we can bring restorative principles to buildings across Europe. Here is the program, enjoy 🙂

Greenbuild Europe Reception
April 16, 2018
6-7:30 PM
Humboldt-Box
Schloßpl. 5, 10178 Berlin, Germany

The International Living Future Institute would like to invite you to join a reception at the inaugural Greenbuild Europe Conference for a special announcement.
This exciting event and presentation will feature Amanda Sturgeon, CEO and author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, talking about the future of green buildings and regenerative design.
The event is free, but registration is required. Food and drink will be provided.
with Amanda Sturgeon (ILFI, CEO) and Carlo Battisti.

Bringing Restorative and Living Buildings to Europe. The COST Action RESTORE.
April 18, 2018
10-11 AM
Greenbuild Europe, Radisson Blu Hotel
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

The COST Action CA16114 ‘REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy’ (RESTORE) 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.
– with Carlo Battisti, Martin Brown (Fairsnape) and Amanda Sturgeon (ILFI, CEO).

Life Cycle Assessment as a tool for design.
April 18, 2018
10-11 AM
Greenbuild Europe, Radisson Blu Hotel
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

This session will focus on tools available to practitioners to assess and lower emissions of their projects, through environmental-oriented material and construction choices. New information will include an inventory of available data in Europe, an overview of LCA tools, a proposed simplification and standardisation of uncertainty in LCA and a hands-on case study.
– with Catherine De Wolf (EPFL), Giulia Peretti (WSGT), Lisanne Havinga (TU Eindhoven) and Emanuele Naboni (KADK).

Healthy habitats for humans.
April 20, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Interface London, 1 Northburgh Street, London EC1V 0AL, United Kingdom

“Biophilic design is a design philosophy, and has the potential to intentionally reconnect people and nature through buildings. It goes beyond adding plants or a water feature and focuses on connecting to the particular ecology of a place, to its culture and climate to create buildings that are full of life.”
– with Amanda Sturgeon, author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, CEO, International Living Future Institute.
Price £ 53,59. Tickets here.

Come ti facilito il facility (management).

District and Facility Management, il corso di IDM.

Il Facility Manager in Italia non è ancora molto diffuso, ma l’Alto Adige è all’avanguardia: è infatti la prima provincia in cui pubblico e privato, coordinati da IDM Alto Adige – Südtirol, hanno collaborato per pubblicare delle Linee Guida e organizzare un corso che inizierà a maggio.
“Vogliamo ridurre i costi generati dai 598 edifici che amministriamo come Provincia imparando a gestirli in modo più strategico e sistematico”, afferma il presidente della Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano Arno Kompatscher, che continua: “È per questo che stiamo puntando sul Facility Management, che ci permetterebbe risparmiare fino al 30%; le iniziative di IDM sono un supporto per farci raggiungere questo obiettivo”.

Il Facility Management, infatti, permette di sistematizzare la gestione di terreni, impianti, infrastrutture e aspetti commerciali di un immobile e di valutarne l’efficienza. Per pianificare come introdurre a livello provinciale questa metodologia, l’Ecosystem Constructions di IDM ha riunito nel Gruppo di Lavoro “District & Facility Management” enti di ricerca come Eurac Research e Fraunhofer Italia, diverse imprese, l’Agenzia Casa Clima, l’Azienda Sanitaria dell’Alto Adige e l’Ufficio manutenzione opere edili della Provincia [ANSA].

Eurac Research e l’Ecosystem Constructions di IDM propongono un percorso formativo che mira ad accrescere il know-how di aziende e liberi professionisti operanti nel settore del facility management. Il corso intende trasferire a liberi professionisti e personale tecnico di aziende concetti e metodi innovativi relativamente al settore del facility management. Il percorso didattico presenta una struttura completa per quanto riguarda gli argomenti trattati, in modo da fornire concetti, strumenti e metodi innovativi, nonché il necessario approfondimento sulle norme tecniche del settore.

L’obiettivo è stimolare l’aumento di competenze in un settore, quello delle costruzioni, sempre più soggetto a regolamentazioni di natura gestionale degli edifici. Oltre accrescere il know-how specifico di aziende e liberi professionisti operanti nel settore e si cerca di costruire una rete di operatori tecnici e soggetti specializzati che possano porsi sul mercato con qualità e competenza, rispondendo in maniera efficace alle richieste di mercato. Lo scopo è quindi quello di formare una figura professionale specializzata che sia in grado di padroneggiare le conoscenze tecniche e gestionali per sfruttare al massimo le potenzialità del patrimonio edilizio, partendo dalla progettazione e finendo con la corretta esecuzione e gestione.

Foto: Gensler

DATE DEL CORSO
17.05-18.05.2018
07.06-08.06.2018
04.10-05.10.2018
25.10-26.10.2018

STRUTTURA

  • Unità 01 Introduzione al Facility Managment – Strumenti Gestionali
  • Unità 02 Diagnosi e diagnostica – Gestione quotidiana dell‘immobile
  • Unità 03 Normativa e certificazione
  • Unità 04 Finalizzazione project work e presentazione finale

DOCENTI

  • Daniele Antonucci (EURAC research)
  • Carlo Battisti (IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige)
  • Marco Castagna (EURAC research)
  • Maurizio Costantini (Università degli Studi di Trento)
  • Mario Dejaco (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Stefano Nardon (Agenzia CasaClima)
  • Roberta Pernetti (EURAC research)
  • Marco Piovano (Fraunhofer Italia)
  • Alexander Schweigkofler (Facility Tirol)
  • Emilio Tonetta (FM Pool)
  • Giuliano Venturelli (Sistemi e Progetti)
  • Massimiliano Zurli (TOL)

DESTINATARI
Liberi professionisti, progettisti, tecnici del settore delle costruzioni, gestori e committenti di immobili pubblici e privati, imprese di manutenzione e fornitori di servizi per la gestione degli edifici pubblici e privati.

REQUISITI DI AMMISSIONE
Diploma o laurea ad indirizzo tecnico, o equivalente esperienza nella gestione di edifici o fornitura di servizi per la gestione di immobili pubblici e privati.

DURATA
4 unità per complessive 7,5 giornate (60 ore)

LUOGO DI SVOLGIMENTO
Bolzano – NOI Techpark

QUOTA DI ISCRIZIONE 950 €

LINGUA DEL CORSO Italiano

CREDITI FORMATIVI
Verranno richiesti i crediti formativi agli Ordini di competenza

INFORMAZIONI, ISCRIZIONE E TUTORING
Marco Cecchellero education@eurac.edu
Tel. +39 0471 055 444

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Qui una volta sarà tutta laguna.

Il catastrofismo gentile di Luca Mercalli (ascoltato ieri al convegno IDM sul piano d’azione bolzanino per rendere energeticamente a posto i condomini) ha un pregio. Si basa su dati talmente impressionanti e incontrovertibili che faccio fatica a pensare ad una tematica più facile da spiegare. E che è così immediatamente legata ad un nuovo definitivo cambio di business che è impossibile non vederlo davanti al proprio naso.

Perché purtroppo (a meno che non mi decido di darmi definitivamente allo yoga, ma non sono sicuro che i benefici possano essere così sorprendenti) molto probabilmente nel 2100 io non ci sarò e temo anche molti di Voi. Ma mi scoccia passare ai miei nipoti un globo a +4.C (questa è la direzione, altro che gli 1,5-2. C previsti a Parigi durante COP21). Che vuol dire che non solo queste simpatiche isolette Kiribati (vedi foto – attuale) di centomila abitanti in Oceania non ci saranno più,  o che i piani bassi dei grattacieli di Shanghai saranno sott’acqua, ma che il Veneto sarà tutta laguna. E questo penso che ai veneti interessi.

Come dice Mercalli, non è solo una questione etica, è una faccenda molto pratica, perché la specie umana non ha mai vissuto un +4.C ed è altamente probabile che farebbe una fatica ciclopica ad adattarsi. Ed ancora, è un presupposto talmente robusto per un diverso tipo di business, che mi domando spesso perché il mondo dell’economia (generalizzo) non lo capisca. Diversi potenziali clienti, quando ne parlo, mi guardano “come la mucca che vede passare un treno”; lo so, sono presi da altri problemi contingenti, ma se non è contingente questo??

Ma soprattutto perché non lo capisce la politica, che dovrebbe “per statuto” guardare lontano. Perché (altra informazione ribadita ieri) stiamo ancora investendo in Italia più sugli idrocarburi che sulle tecnologie e le fonti green. Quindi, di che cosa stiamo parlando?

Insomma, è davvero necessario un cambio di marcia, ma tosto, radicale, culturale. “La cultura non è la ciliegina sulla torta, la cultura è la torta” (Dipak Pant) hanno ricordato ieri. Parafrasando, “La sostenibilità non è la ciliegina sulla torta, la sostenibilità è la torta”. Per questo Living Building Challenge, l’unico protocollo/filosofia/approccio che realizza edifici a impatto ambientale nullo (sì); per questo progetti come RESTORE che puntano a provocare uno scatto nella consapevolezza europea sul tema dell’impatto delle costruzioni. Ok, questo finale era un piccolo spot, ma possiamo cambiare le cose, dai!

The first GBC Historic Building.

Former Scuderie della Rocca di Sant’Apollinare in Marsciano (Perugia) is the first GBC Historic Building certified project (Gold level).

The building is the eighteenth-century stables of the medieval Rocca of Sant’Apollinare, a historical complex near Perugia, in the village of Marsciano. Here a prototype of energy self-sufficient “off-shore” green historical building renovation project has been developed thanks to the synergy of all construction workers involved as well as of HVAC designers, environmental specialists, experts of architectural restoration sustainability, commissioning authority and GBC Historical Building certification consultant, under the coordination of the CIRIAF team at the University of Perugia.

This project represents the first case, which has combined the needs for restoration with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability according to the GBC HB protocol. It included consolidation works for seismic adaptation, and architectural restoration and enhancement aimed at creating offices and training rooms for the National Center for Biomass Research (CRB), a branch of CIRIAF (Inter-university Research Center on Pollution and the Environment Mauro Felli), established by the Ministry for the Environment and Protection of the Territory (MATTM) at the University of Perugia.

The building is thus a significant prototype of historic building with very high technological value and innovative content, especially thanks to the following aspects: circular economy strategies, net zero energy balance using only renewable sources locally produced (biomass), and innovative solutions against the heat island effect.

On February 22, the GBC HB Gold plaque delivery ceremony jointly with the press conference will be held at the Perugia Engineering Campus. The conference “Environmental sustainability and minimum environmental criteria in post-earthquake reconstruction” will follow. Further informatione here.

The GBC Historic Building standard applies to historical buildings representing a “material testament with a value of civilization”. For the purposes of the GBC HB protocol, the building must have been built before 1945 for a portion of at least 50% of the existing technical elements.

The protocol is applicable in the case of restoration, redevelopment or recovery, even partial integration, however in the context of major renovations. These are intended to involve considerable elements of air conditioning systems and the renewal or functional reorganization of the interior spaces, evaluating possible solutions for the improvement of the building envelope, compatibly with the preservation of the typological and constructive characteristics of the existing building.

Carlo Battisti is GBC Historic Building AP™ and has assisted as consultant the whole GBC HB certification process for this project. Interested in hosting a presentation on historical building renovations using green principles or conducting a GBC HB pre-assessment of your project? Contact and information here.

FACE goes international!

FACE | Façades Architecture Construction Engineering (3rd edition).
April – November 2018 | Applications are now open!

The FACEcamp project offers to a selected number of professionals a free of charge training program aimed at increasing the know-how of companies and freelance professionals operating in the field of complex technological building façades. The course aims to transfer to freelance professionals and technical staff of façade construction companies, concepts and innovative methods in the sector of complex technological façades.

The educational program has 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 is divided into 6 units, for a total of 15 days (120 hours).

Applications deadline: 4 March 2018

Language: English
Coordination: Carlo Battisti, IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige carlo.battisti@idm-suedtirol.com
Organisation: Marco Cecchellero, EURAC research education@eurac.edu

Further information and application instructions here.

FACEcamp ̬ finanziato dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale e Interreg V-A Italia РAustria 2014-2020.
FACEcamp ist durch den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung und Interreg V-A Italien-Österreich 2014-2020 gefördert.
(cover photo: © IDM /A.Filz)

Restorative Budapest.

ABOUT RESTORE

RESTORE advocates for a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe.
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’.
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 a particular emphasis on the salutogenic 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 can and will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes.
RESTORE CA16114 is an EU COST Action network with 130+ participants across 38 countries, representing a wide spectrum of academic, client, design and construction individuals and organisations.

Night view of The Széchenyi Chain Bridge from Buda Castle

RESTORE CONFERENCE, BUDAPEST

The conference in Budapest will cover exciting new insights in restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe. The event will focus on Restorative Sustainability and Restorative Design.
Restorative Sustainability is an Evolving Agenda of Restorative Design, which introduces the evolving spectrum of paradigms, design challenges, opportunities, and perspectives for sustainable architecture and urban design. It discusses the knowledge, skills, and competence that should inform and orient the practice shift required by an approach to architecture informed by restorative sustainability.
Restorative Design focuses on processes, methods and tools for Restorative Design. Primarily based on case studies derived from workshops, it constitutes the core of the action and intends to provide “hands-on” guidance to the practice of restorative design.

The building of the Hungarian Parliament

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

  • 09.00-09.15 Welcome
    Dr. András Reith, ABUD, RESTORE WG5 Vice leader
  • 09.15-09.30 Status of sustainable building in Hungary
    Gábor Radványi, Vice President of HuGBC, Chief Architect of Futureal
  • 09.30-09.45 ONE YEAR OF RESTORE
    Carlo Battisti, Eurac Research, RESTORE Chair
  • 09.45-10.15 Sustainability: from Restorative to Regenerative
    Martin Brown, Fairsnape, RESTORE Vice-Chair & WG1 Leader
  • 10.15-10.45 Processes and Tools for Restorative Design
    Emanuele Naboni, KADK Faculty of Architecture, RESTORE WG2 Leader
  • 10.45-11.05 COFFEE BREAK
  • 11.05-11.50 STSM: FROM EXPERIENCE TO DISSEMINATION
    Chair: Michael Burnard, University of Primorska, RESTORE STSM Manager
    Krzysztof Herman (PL) – STSM Title:
    Traces of upcycling and low-budget design in the public space of Faro
    Madalina Sbarcea (RO) – STSM Title:
    A Biophilic Mindset for Restorative Buildings
    Thomas Panagopoulos (PT)
    Experience of STSM Host Organization, University of Algarve, Faro
    Lisanne Havinga (NL) – STSM Title:
    Life Cycle Assessment as a Tool to Guide the Regenerative Design Process
    Giulia Sonetti (IT) – STSM Title:
    Outdoor Space Comfort Perception in University Campuses
  • 11.50-12.05 RESTORE: HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
    Bartosz Zajączkowski, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, RESTORE Science Communication Officer
  • 12.05-12.15 Questions and Answers
    Dr. András Reith, ABUD, RESTORE WG5 Vice leader
  • 12.15-12.30 Final Remarks & Closing
    Dr. András Reith, ABUD, RESTORE WG5 Vice leader
  • 12.30-13.00 TOUR IN THE KINNARPS HOUSE
  • 13.00-14.00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY

Date: February 13th, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Váci út 92. Kinnarps House, Jarl Conference Hall
Budapest , Hungary
Website: http://www.eurestore.eu/restore-public-conference/
Registration: here
Program and further details