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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 🙂

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 Zürich, 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 “people and buildings can commit to a healthy relationship with the environment where they are placed”. 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) è un gruppo di professionisti locali volontari impegnati per la sostenibilità, la formazione e l’attuazione del Living Building Challenge. Il LBCC Italy 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. 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 è mettere in atto la strategia del Collaborative e organizzare e sviluppare le attività 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 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 è finanziato dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale e Interreg V-A Italia – Austria 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)

Under Construction. Atto finale.

Under Construction 2017-2018. Evento conclusivo.

Quando: venerdì 19 gennaio 2018, ore 13:30-17:00
Dove: NOI Techpark, aula SEM3
Indirizzo: Via A. Volta 13a, Bolzano
L’evento è gratuito, previa registrazione qui. Posti limitati.

Under Construction è un metodo sviluppato da IDM Südtirol Alto Adige e EURAC Research per facilitare il trasferimento tecnologico e l’innovazione, avvicinando ricerca e imprese.

Il tema centrale dell’edizione 2017-2018 è “Comfort e qualità dell’aria e dell’ambiente interno agli hotel”.

La sesta edizione di Under Construction mira a creare una collaborazione virtuosa tra hotel, aziende ed esperti sul tema del comfort all’interno dell’edificio.

Tre team di giovani tecnici, esperti sulle tematiche del comfort, hanno elaborato, assieme a un pool di imprese, proposte di progetti innovativi per incrementare il comfort di tre hotel altoatesini. Le imprese del pool, selezionate da IDM, hanno proposto soluzioni innovative, con un alto grado di efficienza e comfort, da integrare negli studi di fattibilità.

Nel workshop verrà illustrata la metodologia applicata nell’edizione 2017-2018 di Under Construction e verranno presentati i risultati del lavoro svolto dai team partecipanti nei tre hotel partner dell’iniziativa.

Destinatari
Albergatori, aziende, professionisti dell‘architettura e dell‘ingegneria, committenti pubblici e privati, centri di ricerca.

Programma

Per saperne di più (su Vertical Innovation):
Edilizia sostenibile e comfort: una call per aziende innovative (06.06.2017)
La sostenibile leggerezza del comfort (14.06.2017)
Il guru della sostenibilità: “Edilizia green: Alto Adige all’avanguardia nel mondo” (26.10.2017)
L’innovazione abita in hotel: architetti e ingegneri al lavoro per il benessere del turista (05.12.2017)

Under Construction ist eine Methode, die von IDM Südtirol und EURAC
Research gemeinsam entwickelt wurde, um den Technologie- und
Innovationstransfer zu begünstigen und so Forschung und Unternehmen zu
vereinen – Forschungsergebnisse werden direkt in Unternehmen umgesetzt.

Inhaltlicher Schwerpunkt von Under Construction 2017-2018 ist “Komfort
und Luftqualität in Innenräumen von Hotels”.

Die sechste Ausgabe von Under Construction zielt auf eine fruchtbare
Zusammenarbeit von Hotels, Unternehmen und Experten für
Innenraumqualität von Gebäuden ab.

Drei Teams bestehend aus jungen Experten für Komfortfragen haben
gemeinsam mit Unternehmen, die von IDM ausgewählt wurden, innovative
Lösungen mit einem hohen Grad an Effizienz und Komfort für drei Südtiroler
Hotels entwickelt, die in eine Machbarkeitsstudie eingebunden werden.

Im Workshop wird die Methodologie von Under Construction 2017-2018
erläutert und die von den Teams in den drei Partnerhotels ausgearbeiteten
Ergebnisse vorgestellt.

Zielgruppe
Hoteliers, Unternehmen, Architekten und Ingenieure, öffentliche und
private Auftraggeber, Forschungseinrichtungen.

Programm

Wann: Freitag 19. Januar 2018, 13:30-17:00 Uhr
Wo: NOI Techpark, SEM3 Saal
Adresse: A.-Volta-Straße 13A, Bozen
Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos, Anmeldung erforderlich. Begrenzte
Teilnehmerzahl. Anmeldung hier.
Veranstaltung in Italienischer Sprache ohne Simultanübersetzung.