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Join us in Malaga for a journey into Sustainability 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the name given to the new era of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including the Internet of things (IoT), cyber-physical systems, cloud- and cognitive computing. This is or it is expected to be the fourth industrial revolution … Ok, nice, but what about sustainability? When it comes to sustainability, still today the cornerstones of the discussion are the concept of a sustainable development (1987, 31 years ago) and the triple bottom line (1994, 24 years ago)…

El Palmeral de Las Sorpresas (Junquera Arquitectos) – Port of Malaga

With RESTORE we are going further, envisioning a restorative/regenerative sustainability, where we are required to do “more good” instead of “less bad” if we really intend to subvert the current pace in the fight against the climate change, recovering an approach that is both human and natural. We know that the building industry is rapidly moving towards a full digitalization, where tools (the means) look sometimes more important than purposes. How can digitalization follow through this transition in the concept of sustainability? Is the new generation of skilled professionals of the digital design age capable to embed the new principles of sustainability in their every day work? How can we restore a balanced relationship between humans and nature – inside and outside our buildings, districts, communities – exploiting the new tools that industry 4.0 make us available? Is a (digital) sustainability 4.0 feasible?

Join us in Malaga next 15-19 October for the International Conference on Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice to discover it ūüėČ

Plastic model of Malaga – Edificio M√ļltiple de Servicios Municipales

The main focus of the Conference Week in Malaga, organized in the frame of Cost Action CA16114 RESTORE CA16114, is the Digital Implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainable Design principles in the practice of design. Via the integrated use of freeware digital parametric modelling, the discussed challenges are to adapt to climate change, improve outdoor microclimate qualities and indoor health/ wellbeing, operating a transformation that responds to the criteria of Circular Economy.

What: International Conference on Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice
When: 15-19 Oct 2018
Where: in Malaga at
РEscuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga РUMA РPlaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071 (from October, 15th to 18th)
РOMAU РCamino de la Desviación s/n. 29017 (October, 19th)

Participation is free of charge upon registration here on Eventbrite, but places are limited. For updates / news / photos, check out #RESTOREMalaga
Special side event on Friday 19th: Visit to Malaga Cathedral retrofit work by Juan Manuel S√°nchez La Chica.

Program:

Monday 15-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Regenerative Design & Integrated Parametric Modelling‘.

Presenters: Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Martin Brown (Fairsnape, UK) and Terri Peters (Ryerson University, CA), Jonathan Natanian (TUM, Munich, DE), Silvia Vian (Foster + Partners, UK), Luca Finocchiaro (NTNU, Trondheim, NO), Dimitra Theochari (Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, DE), Negar Mohtashami (RWTH, Aachen, DE), Herman Calleja (ChapmanBDSP, UK), Pietro Florio (EPFL, Lausanne, CH), Angelo Figliola (Sapienza, Rome, IT), Jonas Gremmelspacher (Lund University, SE), Juan Pablo Sepulveda Corradini (AECOM, AU)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga РUMA РPlaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Tuesday 16-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Climate Adaptation‘.

Presenters: Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools, USA), Theodorus Galanos (Construction Company, EL), Kristoffer Negendahl (BIG & DTU, DK), Ata Chokhachian (TU Munich, DE), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Chris Kongsgaard (DTU, Kongens Lyngby, DK), Antoine Dao (Mallzee, UK), Daniele Iori (Sapienza, Rome, IT), Ilya Dunichkin (MGSU, Moscow, RU), Katharina Manecke (GIZ, DE)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga РUMA РPlaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Edificio M√ļltiple de Servicios Municipales, Ayuntamiento de M√°laga

Wednesday 17-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Life Cycle Impact Reduction‘.

Presenters: Alexander Hollberg (ETH Z√ľrich, CH), Panu Pasanen (OneClickLCA, FI), Tiziano Dalla Mora (University of Venice, IT), Lisanne Havinga (TU/e, Eindhoven, NL), Kristoffer Negendahl (BIG & DTU, DK), Kasimir Forth (TUM, Munich, DE), Andrea Meneghelli (POLIMI, Milan, IT), Mateusz Ploszaj-Mazurek (Warsaw University of Technology, PL), Alina Galimshina (ETH, Z√ľrich, CH)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga РUMA РPlaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Thursday 18-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Wellbeing‘.

Presenters: Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Terri Peters (Ryerson University, CA), Wilmer Pasut (Eurac Research, IT), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Eugenijus Sapel (Vesta Consulting, LT), Szabina Varnagy (ABUD, HU), Clement Jaffrelo (Sinteo, FR), Vincenzo Costanzo (University of Catania, IT)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga РUMA РPlaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

La Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación, Málaga

Friday 19-10-2018 / 09:00 – 15:30


Final Conference on ‘Regenerative Design & Competition‘.

Presenters: Carlo Battisti (Eurac Research, IT), Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools, USA)

SPECIAL LOCATION: OMAU РCamino de la Desviación s/n. 29017.

Friday 18-10-2018 / 15:30 – 17:00


Visit to Malaga Cathedral retrofit work by Juan Manuel S√°nchez La Chica

SPECIAL LOCATION: Malaga Cathedral – Calle Molina Lario, 9, 29015.

We are looking forward to welcome you joining us in the journey into Sustainability 4.0 #RESTOREMalaga #CostRestore ūüôā

Escuela de Arquitectura en M√°laga

The 2019 Klimahouse Startup Award call is open!

A focus on innovation and people. Thirty-two startups from all over Europe at Klimahouse 2019.

“The Human Factor”: for the third edition of the Klimahouse Startup Award the call for participation is open until 5 November. The best technologies that bring together buildings, people and nature will compete for a prize worth ‚ā¨30,000. The manager of Fiera Bolzano, Thomas Mur, comments, “Building in harmony with nature is in the DNA of the people of South Tyrol.”

Thirty-two startups from all over Europe at the centre of Klimahouse 2019. Now at its third edition, the Klimahouse Startup Award grows threefold and dominates the central area of this European event dedicated to energy-efficient building. Hence, the Startup Village becomes a real centre of innovation at the Fiera Bolzano (Bolzano Trade Fair). The 4-day showcase will include themed meetings and matchmaking between startups, companies and strategic partners for the green startups of the future, which will see an increase from the 10 participating last year to 32 at the 2019 edition. The call for participation for the Award, which, this year, involves a total prize amount of ‚ā¨30,000 in services, is now officially open and startups can apply at the following link. The theme of this edition, scheduled from 23 to 26 January, will be “The Human Factor“: therefore, the focus will be on the consequences for people of technologies dedicated to smart building, smart living and the smart city. A new feature will be included: the prize awarded by the public, who will be called on to vote on the days of the event. Moreover, the special Agenzia CasaClima prize has been confirmed.

Thomas Mur, Director of Fiera Bolzano explains, “We want to give scope to innovation that focuses on people and especially on their habitat. Given the excellent response in recent years, we have decided to further expand the spaces provided. Building in harmony with nature is in the DNA of the people of South Tyrol: man and the environment play leading roles in our eco-system and, last year, the NOI (Nature of Innovation) Techpark opened, the first science park inspired by nature. It is a place where companies and research centres, startups and universities work together to build a better and sustainable future for everyone”. The scientific director of the event, Luca Barbieri, comments, “This edition will be increasingly international and well-attended. The Klimahouse Startup Award involves the partnership of leading business incubators in Central Europe, focusing on young entrepreneurs and well-established companies and thus creating a virtuous circle where ideas acquire shape and substance.¬† In this way, innovation proves to be what it should be: positive change based on people and their wellbeing.”

The 2019 edition of the award is promoted in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute, a non-governmental organisation founded in Seattle that is present in Europe with an office at NOI Techpark as of this year. Since 2006, it has been promoting Living Building Challenge, the strictest and most advanced standard certifying sustainability applied to buildings. As confirmation of the partnership, the CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Amanda Sturgeon, author of the book entitled Creating Biophilic Buildings, will make the opening address at the final of the Klimahouse Startup Award scheduled for 25 January. 

The Klimahouse Startup Award: the call for participation

The Klimahouse Startup Award 2019 is open to all startups operating in the following sectors: building, energy, services, IT and the IoT, provided that they apply to the field of energy-efficient and sustainable building. Startups are all companies based in the EU, established not before the year 2014, whose main activity strongly features innovation. Applications must be submitted by 6pm on 5 November 2018 using the form published at the address

http://www.fierabolzano.it/klimahouse/en/startup-award.htm

The participation fee is ‚ā¨999 + VAT: the full amount will be refunded to the ten startups selected for the final on 25 January. By 19 November 2018, a technical jury will select the 32 startups called to exhibit their services and products in Bolzano from 23 – 26 January 2019 at Klimahouse in the Startup Village in the Fiera Bolzano halls. Every day, several session pitches will be held to allow the participating startups to introduce themselves to the public at Klimahouse: during the first three days of the event, the technical panel of judges will select the ten startups to compete for the first prize during the final that will take place at NOI Techpark. The startup finalists will be judged by the panel on an elevator pitch and on a subsequent Q&A session. This year, for the first time, the public will also vote. Visitors and exhibitors will be able to assign a symbolic “Public Prize” by voting using the specific cards on the first three days of the event. Info: Klimahousestartupaward@klimahouse.it.

The total prize amount of the event, in services, is ‚ā¨30,000. The winner will have a fully set up stand, with additional services and hospitality, at the Klimahouse 2020 editions, advertising services in the catalogue and on the official website of the event, as well as 150 invitation vouchers, a visibility package with a press release and a video interview, all for the 2020 edition. In addition, the winner will be able to take part in ComoCasaClima scheduled to take place in Erba (CO), from 15 – 17 November 2019. The Klimahouse Startup Award is organised by Fiera di Bolzano, IDM Alto Adige-S√ľdtirol and Blum.

What does good look like?

Living Buildings in Europe, the autumn workshop series.

Thanks to you, the International Living Future Institute works every day to realise the climate action defined by the Paris Accords. We lead the direction toward products, buildings and communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

With this vision as our guide, we can enact truly transformational change.

Now, the Living Future Institute Europe is poised to unify a regenerative standard across a continent that is already leading the way to resilient built environments. We invite you to partner with LFI Europe to support this transformation and bring global solutions to a global problem.

Oct 17, 2018 Barcelona, Spain

We are excited to announce that this October, we are hosting a series of Living Building Challenge Workshops and events across the continent. Here, you will learn:

  • How to create truly biophilic and regenerative buildings and communities
  • How to become a Zero Energy leader
  • How to achieve a Net Positive Water demand
  • How to select Healthy Materials

Oct 19, 2018 Malaga, Spain

These workshops are aimed at architects, engineers, developers and product manufacturers interested in innovative and transformative solutions, providing insights from leaders in the green building community through real-world examples. Workshop participants will receive instruction on the actionable tools and techniques that can be applied in your local context.

Oct 23, 2018 Paris, France

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 24, 2018 Eindhoven, Netherlands

Spaces are limited for this unique training opportunity; please RSVP TODAY.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reserve your seat.

For further information about these events and the Living Future Institute Europe initiative:

International Living Future Institute
Voltastraße / Via Volta 13A
I-39100 Bozen / Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 094989
carlo.battisti@living-future.org
https://living-future.org/living-future-europe/

Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice.

Apply for the 2nd RESTORE Training School ūüôā

Supported by  the Institute of Architecture and Technology (IBT) of The Royal Danish Academy (KADK) and COST RESTORE Action CA16114.

Are you a European professional or a researcher with demonstrated experience in Regenerative Design? Or have you been applying Grasshopper based modelling of Outdoor Climate,  LCA-Circular Economy, or Indoor Wellbeing? Do you have experience in Grasshopper based integrated design? If the answer is yes to any of this question, and you would like to exchange and further develop your research and practical skills in an intensive design competition, this Training School in Malaga (15th to 19th of October, 2019) is for you. By the way, you will be co-funded with 800 euros to participate in 5 days of pure design and modelling,  digital tutorials from the international trainers and scientific conferences.

Click here for details and apply by August 5th, 2018.

The International Trainers

Emanuele Naboni (KADK), Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools and Payette, USA),¬† Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Negendhal Kristoffer (BIG, Denmark), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Martin Brown(Fairsnape, UK), Ata Chokhachian (TU Munich, Germany), Daniele Santucci (TU Munich, Germany), Munch-Peterson Palle (Henning Larsen and KADK, Denmark), Alexander Hollberg (ETH Z√ľrich, Switzerland), Panu Pasanen (One Click LCA, Finland), Wilmer Pasut (Eurac Research, Italy).

Regenerative Design: from Theory to the Digital Practice.

The aim of the conferences and the training school is the digital implementation of Regenerative Sustainable Design principles in the transformation of existing sites. Via the use of freeware digital parametric modelling, the challenges are to improve outdoor microclimate qualities and the indoor wellbeing, operating a transformation that responds to the criteria of Circular Economy.

The research and design project will represent, in this regard, an opportunity for enhancing life in all its manifestations. This presumes shifting the focus from a solely based human-centred design process into a nature-centred one, where ‚Äúpeople and buildings can commit to a healthy relationship with the environment where they are placed‚ÄĚ. Such approaches are discussed in morning conferences and in the afternoon scientific driven design developments.

The Barrio of La Luz, which was built after 1960 in Malaga is used as a reference. The site is a polluted heat-island, disconnected from sea breezes, with a spread hardscape, and with no presence of natural elements. Furthermore, the urban dwellers experience poor wellbeing due to the deprived quality of the units, being these modified by tenants often leading to obstructing natural ventilation and light. The projection of climate change will further exacerbate such outdoor and indoor conditions, and there is a need for an example of interventions that are scalable to the Spanish national level.

20 trainees will form four groups that will develop four competing transformation design proposals. The design that shows a qualitative creative solution with the higher simulated performances will be awarded. Criteria for evaluation will also include the quality of the digital modelling phases and the dynamics of development of the integrated strategies. To assess the projects’ success, the jury is composed of a mix of international and local professionals and scientist, with experience in architecture, performance and modelling.

Collaborating for a Living Future.

A brand-new steering committee for the Italian LBC Collaborative.

The Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy (LBCCI) is a group of local professional volunteers committed to sustainability, education and implementation of the Living Building Challenge. The LBCC Italy provides a unique in person forum to facilitate change in the built environment. 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.

At the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy meeting last May 23rd, we established the new Collaborative steering committee. The mission is to implement the Collaborative strategy and organize and develop the related tasks. The new committee has a clear competence related focus, to address effectively the challenge of developing LBC at a national scale, in close connection with the Living Future Institute Europe initiative and ILFI in Seattle.

Here are the new board members and their brief profiles: Carlo Battisti (facilitator, Outreach), Giuseppe Barbiero (Research), Alla Kudryashova (Operations), Michele Massaro (Projects), Marco Rossato (Products) and Alessandro Speccher (Education).

Carlo Battisti
Living Future Institute Europe
Sustainable innovation manager and consultant. Degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, twenty years of experience with construction companies. Living Future Accredited Professional. In 2015, he co-founded the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy.

Giuseppe Barbiero
University of Valle d’Aosta
Assistant professor in Ecology and Head of LEAF, the Laboratory of Affective Ecology at the University of Valle d’Aosta. He is co-editor of Visions for Sustainability. His main research interests are the biophilia hypothesis, and the biophilic design.

Alla Kudryashova
University of Bologna
B.A. in Management, M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. In 2015, discovered LBC while writing her thesis paper focused on assessment of BREEAM, LEED and LBC from a Strategic Sustainable Development Perspective. Currently serves Knowledge Transfer Office at the University of Bologna.

Michele Massaro
Freelance architect
Architect, strategic planner and innovation enthusiast, he works in the public and private sectors focusing architectural research according to systemic, biomimetic and territorial environmental characterization approaches. Beekeeper, he studies bees, inspiration of sustainability and beauty.

Marco Rossato
Faresin Formwork
Export Area Manager at Faresin Formwork SpA (Vicenza, Veneto region). He is an Architect and an Engineer interested in Sustainability, Design Process and R&D for Building products. He took part as contestant at ReGeneration 2017 LBC design competition.

Alessandro Speccher
Green Building Council Italia
A national recognized practitioner, lecturer, and leading authority in sustainability and regenerative design and implementation. He’s working with GBC Italia from 2007 as President’s assistant, Developer and Education manager and with Progetto CMR as green building and sustainability specialist.

The Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy headquarter is at NOI Techpark, Bolzano, same office as the local International Living Future Institute branch.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the LBCC Italy, please contact us or find us at:

Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy
c/o International Living Future Institute
Voltastraße / Via Volta 13A
I-39100 Bozen / Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 094989
LBCCItaly@gmail.com

Web:                    http://collaboratives.living-future.org/italy
Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/LBCCollaborativeItaly
Twitter:               @LBCItaly
YouTube             LBC Collaborative Italy
SlideShare          http://www.slideshare.net/LBCCItaly

NOI Techpark, Bolzano

Collaborando per un Living Future.

Comitato di gestione nuovo di zecca per il Collaborative italiano di Living Building Challenge.

Il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy (LBCC Italy) √® un gruppo di professionisti locali volontari impegnati per la sostenibilit√†, la formazione e l’attuazione del Living Building Challenge. Il LBCC Italy fornisce un forum unico di confronto ‚Äúdal vivo‚ÄĚ per facilitare il cambiamento nell’ambiente costruito. LBC √® lo standard di sostenibilit√† pi√Ļ avanzato al mondo. Mentre al momento ci sono pochi edifici certificati LBC, il numero di gruppi che sta cercando di realizzare in varie parti del mondo le condizioni del Living Building Challenge cresce ogni anno.

Nella riunione del Collaborative dello scorso 23 maggio, abbiamo istituito il nuovo comitato di gestione del Collaborative. La missione √® mettere in atto la strategia del Collaborative e organizzare e sviluppare le attivit√† correlate. Il nuovo comitato ha un chiaro focus di competenza, al fine di affrontare efficacemente la sfida di sviluppare LBC su scala nazionale, in stretta connessione con l’iniziativa Living Future Institute Europe e ILFI a Seattle.

Ecco i nuovi membri del consiglio e i loro brevi profili: Carlo Battisti (facilitatore, diffusione), Giuseppe Barbiero (ricerca), Alla Kudryashova (attività), Michele Massaro (progetti), Marco Rossato (prodotti) e Alessandro Speccher (formazione).

Il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy si trova presso il NOI Techpark a Bolzano, nello stesso ufficio italiano dell’International Living Future Institute.

Chiunque sia interessato a partecipare al LBC Collaborative: Italy, può contattarci o trovarci ai seguenti numeri:

Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy
c/o International Living Future Institute
Voltastraße / Via Volta 13A
I-39100 Bozen / Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 094989
LBCCItaly@gmail.com

Web:                    http://collaboratives.living-future.org/italy
Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/LBCCollaborativeItaly
Twitter:               @LBCItaly
YouTube             LBC Collaborative Italy
SlideShare          http://www.slideshare.net/LBCCItaly

Qui una volta sar√† 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 pi√Ļ facile da spiegare. E che √® cos√¨ immediatamente legata ad un nuovo definitivo cambio di business che √® impossibile non vederlo davanti al proprio naso.

Perch√© purtroppo (a meno che non mi decido di darmi definitivamente allo yoga, ma non sono sicuro che i benefici possano essere cos√¨ sorprendenti) molto probabilmente nel 2100 io non ci sar√≤ e temo anche molti di Voi. Ma mi scoccia passare ai miei nipoti un globo a +4.C (questa √® 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 pi√Ļ, ¬†o che i piani bassi dei grattacieli di Shanghai saranno sott‚Äôacqua, ma che il Veneto sar√† tutta laguna. E questo penso che ai veneti interessi.

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

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

Insomma, √® davvero necessario un cambio di marcia, ma tosto, radicale, culturale. ‚ÄúLa cultura non √® la ciliegina sulla torta, la cultura √® la torta‚ÄĚ (Dipak Pant) hanno ricordato ieri. Parafrasando, ‚ÄúLa sostenibilit√† non √® la ciliegina sulla torta, la sostenibilit√† √® la torta‚ÄĚ. Per questo Living Building Challenge, l‚Äôunico protocollo/filosofia/approccio che realizza edifici a impatto ambientale nullo (s√¨); per questo progetti come RESTORE che puntano a provocare uno scatto nella consapevolezza europea sul tema dell‚Äôimpatto 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‚ĄĘ 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.