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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. 

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

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. 

Weighting the culture.

2014_12_10 immagine 02After three years of work, the European R&D 3encult Project has come to an end. The project has bridged the gap between conservation of historic buildings and climate protection, which is not an antagonism at all: historic buildings will only survive if maintained as living space. Energy efficient retrofit is useful for structural protection as well as for comfort reasons – comfort for users and “comfort” for heritage collections. 3encult had demonstrated the feasibility of “Factor 4” to “Factor 10” reduction in energy demand, depending on the case and the heritage value.

2014_12_10 immagine 03The Institute for Renewable Energy at EURAC was in charge of a case study in Bolzano: the Public Weigh House.

Last week, on December 3rd, we had the relished opportunity to visit the building together with two of the researchers involved in the project, Elena Lucchi and Francesca Roberti (EURAC). The project is completed but the monitoring of some thermodynamic factors (about 150 sensors have been installed) is still in progress.

This building is placed in the historic city centre and it is part of the “Portici Street”, which was built in the end of the 12th century. It represents a composition of Street market with arcade houses and a central grain trade (“piazza del grano” – grain square), typical for that time. The building of the Weigh House, originally in Romanesque style was reconstructed at the end of 16th century. Until 1780 it was the seat of the so-called “Fronwaage”, a public, officially calibrated town scales. The building consists of 3 full storey, a top floor and two basement floors. The main part has the dimensions: 8,95 x 23,98 m. On the east and west side of the building there are subsequent extensions: on the west side a bridge to the neighbour building on the first, second and top floor with the dimensions of: 3,72 x 6,48 m. On the east side the extension has the dimensions 7,20 x 8,72 m. On the north side of the building there is an arcade gangway on the ground floor.

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Elena Lucchi, EURAC – Institute for Renewable Energy

Status quo

At the moment the building is completely uninhabited. Ground floor was recently used for shops until 2011; at the moment only some windows on ground floor are used for show cases and one corner on ground floor is used for shop. The upper storeys, before used for apartments, are not inhabited since about 10/15 years. Condition of building: Not renovated. Refurbishment planning: The building owner plans to renovate the building during the next years. In summer/autumn 2012 an ideas competition was carried out to define the future utilization concept of the Weighhouse as a “House of Photography”.

Activities performed within the project

  • Precise measurement of stratigraphy of construction elements of the thermal envelope – drawing of detail sections with correct dimensions
  • Thermography: first (02/2011) with unheated building and second (02/2012) with in parts heated building, combined with Blower Door measurement
  • Evaluation of Blower Door Test: measurement without and with top floor (over- and underpressure)
  • Measurement of heat transmission of construction elements of the thermal envelope
  • Determination of a “test room” on the first floor of the building for the installation and testing of prototypes and solutions
  • Radiation measurements
  • Specialists for buildings history are analyzing the whole building structure -> more knowledge on Heritage value of single construction elements
  • Documentation of the building in the DIS database

Development/Implementation of products

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    Francesca Roberti, EURAC – Institute for Renewable Energy

    Internal insulation: Installation of IQ-Therm 8 cm in one “test room” (1st floor)

  • Window prototype: Development of first energy efficient window prototype (coupled window)
  • Development of second energy efficient window prototype (coupled window)
  • Development of an energy efficient prototype for a typical box-type window for historic buildings of Bolzano from the turn of the century

Furthermore, other activities have been implemented: installation of monitoring system, measures for a more realistic situation in the uninhabited building, detailed monitoring of one existing window and the new prototype window, PHPP calculation of as-is-state and calculation with proposed passive solutions, “Test room”: Simulation of joint/installation details (with and without internal insulation) in DELPHIN at some significant points, simulation of energy consumptions and comfort conditions in Energyplus, comparison between the models in Eplus and PHPP results, test room – south-west façade”: model in Energy plus and simulation of different ventilation strategies, as well as simulation of a hybrid ventilation system which exploits the temperature of the cellar for cooling [from the D 6.2 report – Documentation of each study case, CS1 Public Weigh House, Bolzano (Italy), you can downloaded here. All the final results of the project are public and can be consulted on 3encult website].

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As far as I know, this is the ‘state of the art’ project in the field of energy efficiency in historic buildings in Europe. So, enjoy the documents and follow the guidelines for your restoration projects 🙂

2014_12_10 immagine 01After being uninhabited for many years, the Weigh House is starting a new life. See for instance what this new company, Weigh Station for Culture is doing. There’s nothing like a new (social) function to drive the restoration of our cultural heritage … (‘Let’s prepare a better future to our past‘ – copyright Loredana Bruma). 

Verge SF 2014.

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You didn’t attend Verge SF 2014? No problem, Verge brings the conference into your home with Verge virtua event. Here are the links to the streaming vision of the three days, Oct 28-29-30th. Enjoy and … thank you GreenBiz 🙂

Sustainability’s next tipping point. Interconnected technologies for energy, buildings and transportation enable radical efficiencies and huge opportunities. VERGE reveals these opportunities, bringing together corporations, entrepreneurs, and public officials for practical, scalable, solutions-oriented conversations.

Agenda (presented by Joel Makeower)

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Day #1

  • Changing the World by Sharing Your Bed | Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Airbnb
  • Making Sense of Sensors & Data | Deb Frol, Global Executive Director, ecomagination
  • The New Business of Drones | Chris Anderson, CEO & John Cherbini, VP 3D Robotics
  • Overcoming Barriers to Technology Integration in Cities | Jesse Berst, Chairman Smart Cities Council
  • How a Living Building Comes to Life | Denis Hayes, President & CEO Bullitt Foundation
  • VERGE Accelerate | Dawn Lippert, Director, Energy Excelerator
    Pacific International Center for High Tech Research (PICHTR) & Rodrigo Prudencio, CEO TunariCorp
  • Scaling U.S. Energy Innovation | David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy US Department of Energy & Peter Davidson, Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office (LPO) Department of Energy
  • How Big Data Saves Species | M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist Conservation International & Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President & Chief Progress Officer Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Visualizing Data to Accelerate Systems Thinking | David McConville, Co-Founder, Board Elumenati, Buckminster Fuller Institute
  • Running the Industrial Age Backwards | Janine Benyus, Founder Biomimicry 3.8 & Paul Hawken, Author and Entrepreneur

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Day #2

  • Rethinking Security for the 21st Century | Mark “Puck” Mykleby, Colonel USMC (Retired) & Jon Wellinghoff, Partner Stoel Rives LLP
  • Unleashing the Power of Distributed Energy Resources | Sunil Cherian, Founder and CEO Spirae
  • Removing Carbon From the Atmosphere and Insights For Systemic Sustainability | David Addison, Manager – Virgin Earth Challenge
    Virgin
  • Are Smart Cities Really Necessary? | Emma Stewart, Head, Sustainability Solutions Autodesk
  • Project 100: Car Sharing for Everyone | Zach Ware, Founder & CEO Project 100
  • The Future of Connected Cars | Jon Lauckner, CTO General Motors
  • How Biomimicry Will Shape the Next Industrial Revolution | Jay Harman, President & CEO Pax Scientific
  • What Climate and Weather Data Mean for Business | Tom Di Liberto, Meteorologist and America’s Science Idol Climate Prediction Center at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Doing Data Differently | Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer Verne Global & Paris Georgallis, SVP, Cloud Platform Operations
    RMS
  • Big Data Meets the Small Screen | Darrell Smith, Director of Facilities and Energy Microsoft Corporation
  • Put Humans at the Center and Start a Sustainability Renaissance | Rao Mulpuri, CEO View
  • Addressing Climate Change Through Data Innovation | David Friedberg, CEO The Climate Corp & Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager Google Earth Outreach & Bina Venkataraman, Director of Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute MIT & Harvard (formerly at the Executive Office of the President)

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Day # 3

  • A World Beyond GMOs | Matthew Dillon, Cultivator, Seed Matters Clif Bar Family Foundation & Robb Fraley, CTO Monsanto
  • Changing Everything: Will ‘Savings-As-A Service’ Become the Way Energy Efficiency is Done? | Joe Costello, CEO Enlighted
  • Smart Cities from the Ground Up | Antwi Akom, Co-Founder Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED)
  • How Data Transforms Cities | Jen Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director Code for America
  • The Solutions Project: Getting to 100% Renewables | Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Stanford University & Marco Krapels, Partner Pegasus Capital Advisors
  • VERGE Accelerate | Andrew Beebe, VP, Distributed Generation
    NextEra Energy Resources
  • Sustainability Leadership, from Autodesk to Atlanta | Carl Bass, CEO Autodesk & Kasim Reed, Mayor City of Atlanta
  • Drones and the New Logistics | Paola Santana, CRO Matternet
  • The Role of Grid as Integrator | Kevin Dasso, Sr Director of Technology & Information Strategy PG&E & Carla Peterman, Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
  • Does Efficiency or Innovation Drive Our Energy Future? | Amory Lovins, Chairman/Chief Scientist Rocky Mountain Institute & Matthew Nordan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner MNL Partners
  • Closing Keynote: Swinging for the Fences | Lisa Jackson, VP of Environmental Initiatives Apple
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Joel Makeower and the GreenBiz editorial staff

2014_11_14 immagine 04GreenBiz (‘Defining and acceleratimg the business of sustainability’) advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. Through its websites, events, peer-to-peer network and research, GreenBiz promotes the potential to drive transformation and accelerate progress — within companies, industries and in the very nature of business.

Vision 2020.

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The 2014 Vision 2020 Sustainability Summit took place last Tuesday at Greenbuild, New Orleans.
For a growing number of industry-leading builders, architects, developers, manufacturers and financers, the summit has been the one place, the one day that has delivered the insight to uncover opportunities for nnovation and leadership in sustainability. Visionary practitioners across the green bulding industry have taken a deep into the future of sustainable design, examining strategies, benchmarks and metrics on what our industry needs to do to achieve critical sustainability goals for 2020 and beyond.

Let’s give a look at the schedule:

PROGRAM

8:00 – 8:20 am
Topic: Energy Efficiency + Building Science
Session Title: Building Science Is Critical To Meeting 2020 Energy-Efficiency Targets
Presenter: Steve Winter, FAIA

“The efficient energy performance of a building is made or broken in accordance with how building science is applied by its designers, builders, and operators.”

Steven Winter, FAIA, is founder and president of Steven Winter Associates. Winter has been at the forefront of the U.S. sustainable/green building movement since its inception. He is past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council and was instrumental in the launching of its LEED program and the Greenbuild convention.

8:20 – 8:40 am
Topic: Energy Efficiency + Building Science
Session Title: Moving Building Technology to the Era of Zero-Energy Buildings.
Presenter: Paul Torcellini

“Today’s buildings will be used for at least 20 to 50 years and the design decisions that are being made today will mortgage energy futures. To change this direction, we must construct buildings that are energy producers instead of consumers—that is, buildings must produce at least as much energy as they consume each year.”

Paul Torcellini is a principal engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and is a recognized expert in methods and technologies to achieve substantial whole building energy savings in both new construction and major renovations.

9:30 – 9:50 am
Topic: Water Efficiency
Session Title: Recent Droughts Are a Renewed Wake-Up Call to Thoughtful Action
Presenter: Doug Bennett

“What we need is a sea change in the way we plan and build communities to ensure all buildings use water efficiently for their entire lifetime—the type of change that can only be accomplished by sensible development policies tailored for each community’s water supply strategy.”

Doug Bennett has more than 24 years’ professional experience relating to water management. As the Conservation Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority in Las Vegas, he oversees one of the most comprehensive water conservation programs in the United States.

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10:05 – 10:25 am
Topic: Indoor Environmental Quality
Session Title: In a Net-Zero Economy, Architecture Will Celebrate Climate, Culture, and Region, Balancing Deep Conservation With the Dynamic Embrace Of Natural Conditioning.
Presenter: Vivian Loftness, FAIA

“We need to design for “environmental surfing”: maximizing natural conditioning in ways specific to each climate, and minimizing energy and water resource extraction and pollution; maximizing local materials and reducing their transportation impact and toxicity; and simplifying technological complexity with just-in-time and just-where-needed technological innovation.”

Vivian Loftness, FAIA, is an internationally renowned researcher, author, and educator focused on environmental design and sustainability, climate, and regionalism in architecture, and the integration of advanced building systems for health and productivity.

11:00 – 11:20 am
Topic: Codes, Standards And Rating System
Session Title: Are Architects Unaware Of Their Legal Obligations Under Licensure, Or Are They Simply Negligent?
Presenter: Maureen Guttman, AIA

“Over the next 10 to 15 years, global pressures—cost and availability of fossil fuels, new and affordable technologies for measurement and verification, a tax on carbon emissions—will ratchet up the “standard of care” for building designers.”

Maureen Guttman, AIA, is president of the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP).
A licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience in energy-efficient and green building design, she oversees a nationwide campaign to support the adoption and implementation of today’s model energy codes.

11:35 – 11:55 am
Topic: Economics + Financing
Session Title: Smart Metering Needs To Get Even Smarter
Presenter: Philip Henderson

“Commercial buildings often waste gigantic amounts of energy, but it appears normal until the faults are detected. Innovation in information technology has given us tools that can help operate buildings better, and utilities can be great partners in the endeavor by delivering smart meter reports with intelligence and insights.”

Philip Henderson is a senior financial policy specialist with the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he works with market participants, utility programs, and government on projects related to energy efficiency in buildings.

1:20 – 1:40 pm
Topic: Material + Products
Session Title: Visible Green: New Material Opportunities in Sustainable Design
Presenter: Blaine Brownell, AIA

“The coming material transformation will be significant. New environmentally attuned materials, assemblies, and applications will bring about a measurable shift in manufacturing.”

Blaine Brownell, AIA, is an architect, author, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He earned a B.Arch. with a Certificate in East Asian Studies at Princeton University in 1992, and an M.Arch. from Rice University in 1998.

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1:55 – 2:15 pm
Topic: Building Design + Performance
Session Title: Architecture, Like Grass, Could Always Be Greener … Lessons Learned From the Hudson Passive Project
Presenter: Dennis Wedlick, AIA

“How do architects motivate their clients to invest in the time, effort, and specialties that are required of energy-conservation guidelines? We believe that finding hard evidence of efficacy is the first step, and this is the purpose of the research for our Hudson Passive Project.”

Dennis Wedlick, AIA, is the founder and co-owner of BarlisWedlick Architects, based in Manhattan and Hudson, N.Y.

2:50 – 3:10 pm
Topic: Building Design + Performance
Session Title: Resilient Design gor The Long Haul
Presenter: Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA

“While the focus on resilient design is critically important, I believe it needs to be a part of a broader understanding of how to effectively design for the future. Beyond focusing on single acute events, like hurricanes and tornadoes, we also need to address the chronic changes that are already underway because of climate change.”

Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, is a founder of the sustainable design initiative at HOK, a global design firm whose pioneering green leadership has helped propel sustainability from a fringe activity to a significant mainstream movement shaping the future of architecture. She is currently on leave from HOK serving as the Resident Fellow for AIA National on Sustainability and Design for Health.

3:25 – 3:45 pm
Topic: Sustainable Communities
Session Title: Retrofitting Suburbia For 21st Century Challenges
Presenter: Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA

“The simple fact is that suburbia wasn’t designed with sustainability in mind, but its aging generation of commercial strip corridors, dying shopping centers, and out-of-date office parks are providing us the opportunity for a radical do-over.”

Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, is an award-winning architect, professor, and coordinator of the M.S. in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and serves on the national AIA Design and Health Leadership Group.

Making Buildings Smarter.

Meet the LEED Dynamic Plaque.

The U.S. Green Building Council asked IDEO to help visualize how buildings communicate environmental performance to create spaces that both cradle their inhabitants and reduce their environmental impact. The LEED Dynamic Plaque™ is an elegant public declaration of a building’s environmental efforts. Located in a lobby or other common space, it displays real-time measurements about a building’s resource use—from energy to waste disposal. IDEO designed and built the physical plaque and its Digital Shop created an online interface that allows USGBC’s software to interact with it, enabling people to enter data, analyze details, and make personal decisions that influence a building’s performance.

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2014_10_15 immagine 04Today, the LEED Dynamic Plaque is one of the finalists of the 2014 Innovation By Design Awards: Data Visualization. Category winners will be announced at  the Fast Company conference in New York, at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Keep your fingers crossed ! 🙂

Want to know more about the Dynamic Plaque? These are the must read articles:

See also the following videos:

LEED Dynamic Plaque, from IDEO.

Scot Horst USGBC Keynote “The LEED Dynamic Plaque” recorded live at IMPACT 2014.

 

2014_10_15 immagine 03 is an international design and consulting firm founded in Palo Alto, California, in 1991.The company has locations in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Boston, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai, Seoul, and Tokyo.The company uses the design thinking methodology to design products, services, environments, and digital experiences.

2014_10_15 immagine 02The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), co-founded by current CEO Rick Fedrizzi, Mike Italiano, and David Gottfried in 1993, is a private 501(c)3, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. USGBC is best known for its development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems and its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Ride With Us.

Bicycles United Against Climate Change.

2014_09_24 immagine 01Quando il 18.03 scorso Daniele Pernigotti, mi ha scritto una mail dicendomi «Per il prossimo ottobre sto organizzando con un amico la pazzia di fare Venezia-Copenaghen in bicicletta, in occasione della presentazione del rapporto finale di sintesi dell’IPCC […]» non ho neanche finito di leggere la mail che avevo già risposto di sì, senza neanche pensarci, per dare il nostro contributo di bolzanini, amici dell’ambiente e abitanti di quella che qualcuno chiama ‘Italy’s green region’. Daniele è esperto di carbon footprint dei prodotti e coordinatore del gruppo di lavoro UNI sulle emissioni di gas serra, il suo amico Claudio Bonato ha un bar a Marghera (VE). I due intraprendenti partiranno da Piazzale Roma a Venezia il 14. ottobre e percorreranno in bici il tratto Venezia-Copenhagen attraverso 17 tappe:

  1. Venezia – Schio (VI) 14.10.2014 (93 km)
  2. Rovereto (TN) 15.10 (47 km)
  3. Bolzano 16.10 (81 km)
  4. Innsbruck (A) 17.10 (124 km)
  5. Kochel am See (D) 18.10 (70 km)
  6. München (D) 19.10 (66 km)
  7. Ingolstadt (D) 20.10 (89 km)
  8. Nürnberg (D) 21.10 (104 km)
  9. Kronach (D) 22.10 (129 km)
  10. Jena (D) 23.10 (107 km)
  11. Leipzig (D) 24.10 (91 km)
  12. Wittenberg (D) 25.10 (76 km)
  13. Berlin (D) 26.10 (105 km)
  14. Robel Muritz (D) 27.10 (128 km)
  15. Rostock (D) 28.10 (104 km)
  16. Praesto (DK) 29.10 (89 km)
  17. Copenhagen (DK) 30.10 (83 km)

Perché pedalare fino a Copenhagen?

Perché il 31 ottobre a Copenhagen verrà presentato il 5AR Synthesis Report dell’IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ), documento che raccoglie la sintesi dei tre volumi del V° Rapporto di valutazione sul clima (5AR) la cui pubblicazione ha luogo in diversi momenti a partire dall’ottobre del 2013. Si tratta del più importante documento di analisi del cambiamento climatico a livello mondiale. Venezia e Copenhagen sono due città dell’Unione Europea molto diverse per cultura, ma in qualche modo simili per lo stretto rapporto con il mare che ha segnato il loro sviluppo. Unirle simbolicamente con una pedalata attraverso l’Europa, proprio in occasione della presentazione del 5AR, è un modo per evidenziare quanto i rispettivi destini siano collegati con il cambiamento climatico in atto.

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Trovate tutte le informazioni su tappe, percorsi, distanze, altimetrie, eventi, ecc. sul sito di Ride With Us, così come sulla pagina facebook e su Twitter.

La partecipazione

L’idea alla base del progetto è quella di rilanciare sul territorio e sui media nazionali l’importanza di mantenere alta l’attenzione sul tema del cambiamento climatico. La comunicazione dell’evento è impostata per facilitare per quanto più possibile la libera partecipazione alla pedalata in bicicletta di tutti in modo che, attraverso una chiara indicazione del percorso e degli orari di avanzamento, ognuno possa decidere di partecipare anche solo per pochi km. Ancora maggior significato dovrebbero assumere le tappe giornaliere.

Gli eventi

Ogni tappa, un evento organizzato intorno alla tematica del cambiamento climatico, per discuterne sia gli aspetti scientifici sia quelli legati alle pratiche quotidiane. Il tema dell’incontro a Bolzano giovedì 16 ottobre pomeriggio organizzato da TIS ed EURAC con il patrocinio dell’Agenzia CasaClima sarà ovviamente quello dell’efficienza energetica degli edifici. Gli edifici sprecano circa la metà dell’energia globale. Tecnologie innovative per costruire case più efficienti dal punto di vista energetico sono già disponibili, quindi è il momento di applicarle. Con questo approccio è possibile ridurre fino al 80% delle emissioni di anidride carbonica prodotte dai sistemi di riscaldamento e produzione di acqua calda, sia nelle nuove costruzioni e nelle esistenti. Grazie a ciò, è possibile combattere il cambiamento climatico. 

Nella chiacchierata dopo l’arrivo in bici di Daniele e Claudio (e di chi si vorrà unire) lungo la ciclabile di Bolzano, discuteremo dalle 18 presso EURAC, con Daniele Pernigotti, con Roberto Lollini di EURAC, Istituto per le Energie Rinnovabili e con Ulrich Santa, direttore dell’Agenzia CasaClima di come è possibile ridurre il forte impatto ambientale degli edifici dove viviamo, studiamo, lavoriamo. Ecco di seguito il programma di dettaglio:

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Giovedì 16 ottobre 2014 | Bolzano

Ore 17.30 | Ciclabile all’altezza del Parco delle Semirurali. Accoglienza e pedalata tutti insieme lungo la ciclabile verso l’EURAC.

Ore 18 – 19 | EURAC, Viale Druso 1. Chiacchierata sul tema “L’impatto degli edifici sul cambiamento climatico” con:

  • Roberto Lollini, esperto di efficientamento energetico, EURAC
  • Daniele Pernigotti, giornalista ambientale e ciclista per l’ambiente
  • Ulrich Santa, direttore Agenzia CasaClima

Modera: Carlo Battisti, Cluster Edilizia, TIS innovation park.

Amanti della bici, appassionati di sostenibilità, ciclisti ambientali, … Vi aspettiamo ! 🙂

Ride With Us is an opportunity to remind the importance to maintain a constant high level of attention on climate change. The trip is a sort of path towards the presentation of the IPCC 5AR Synthesis Report which will take place on October 31stin Copenhagen. 17 stages plus conferences or meetings on climate change in several stops throughout the journey. People are free to participate, also only for few km, riding with the organizers to show the personal involvement on the climate change issues.

L’università dei decatleti.

Sì, sono queste le università che ci piacciono … ragazzi che studiano con passione ed entusiasmo, sviluppano e sperimentano soluzioni innovative per risolvere i grandi problemi del mondo. Il cambiamento climatico si attenua con l’applicazione dell’efficienza energetica e dell’autosufficienza negli edifici, con una grande attenzione al comfort (termico, acustico, luminoso e dell’aria) e alla qualità della vita. E’ ciò che è andato in scena al TIS il 17.04.2014 con un evento tutto dedicato alla competizione internazionale delle case solari realizzate da studenti universitari di tutto il mondo: Solar Decathlon.

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David Calas, TU Wien (foto M. Gretter)

Il Solar Decathlon è un concorso internazionale promosso dal Dipartimento dell’Energia degli Stati Uniti che mette a confronto 20 squadre universitarie nel progettare, costruire e far funzionare la casa a energia solare più attraente, efficace e a basso consumo energetico. Vince la squadra che ottiene il maggior punteggio su 10 discipline e riesce a fondere al meglio accessibilità, impatto sul cliente, eccellenza nel design e prestazioni energetiche. Il primo concorso si è tenuto nel 2002 poi ogni due anni dal 2005 al 2013. Il Solar Decathlon permette al pubblico di visitare le case, raccogliere idee e imparare come applicazioni per il risparmio energetico possomo ridurre le bollette. Solar Decathlon Europe è stato istituito nel 2007 con un accordo tra USA e Spagna (ogni due anni pari), quest’anno si terrà a Versailles dal 14.06 al 19.07. Dall’anno scorso c’è anche un Solar Decathlon Cina mentre la versione sudamericana è attesa nel 2016 in Colombia.

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Mario Grimaudo, Roma Tre (foto M. Gretter)

Ne hanno parlato al TIS, nell’evento moderato da Carlo Battisti e Giulia Faiella, i protagonisti che hanno vissuto e stanno vivendo in prima persona questa esperienza incredibile. Una staffetta che ha collegato idealmente Solar Decathlon 2012 (Madrid), SD 2013 (Irvine, California), SD 2014 (Paris) e SD 2015 (ancora Irvine): David Calas, architetto bolzanino trasferito a Vienna, che nel 2013 è stato responsabile della simulazione energetica della casa LISI (Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation) del team Austria (Technische Universität Wien) clamoroso 1° classificato in California; Mario Grimaudo, contest captain ed energy strategy manager del progetto MED in Italy, brillante 3° posto a Madrid nel 2012 e che quest’anno ci riprova, sempre con l’Università degli Studi Roma Tre, a Versailles con la casa RhOME for denCity e infine Stefania Rossi, laureanda dell’Università di Roma Tor Vergata, che condurrà il team del progetto STILE (Sustainable Technologies Integrated ad a Learning Experience – gli acronimi del SD sono sempre affascinanti) a Irvine (CA) 08-18.10.2015, in partnership con la West Virginia University. Una sequenza di ‘prime assolute’: la prima volta che il team austriaco (Vienna) e quelli italiani (Roma) vengono messi a confronto, la prima presentazione in Italia di LISI, trionfatrice in California, la prima volta che vengono messi in fila quattro progetti per quattro edizioni consecutive del SD e la prima uscita pubblica di STILE, il progetto di Tor Vergata che corre per il SD 2015.

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Stefania Rossi, Tor Vergata (foto M. Gretter)

Il Solar Decathlon si propone come una vera e propria fucina di soluzioni innovative per le costruzioni. I relatori si sono alternati per tutto il pomeriggio,  davanti ad un pubblico attento di architetti, ingegneri e aziende del settore delle costruzioni sostenibili, raccontando come hanno affrontato la sfida della competizione. Le 20 squadre universitarie che partecipano al concorso annuale, scelte dopo una lunga selezione, spendono quasi due anni per creare case in grado di competere in 10 gare: architettura, marketing, ingegneria, comunicazione, affidabilità, comfort, acqua calda, impianti, vivibilità e bilancio energetico.

Tra una presentazione e l’altra e nel dibattito finale molti gli argomenti trattati: come si adatta la stessa casa a condizioni climatiche molto diverse (da Vienna alla California), come si sviluppa la collaborazione tra università e aziende partner (nel caso di Roma, con molte delle aziende dell’Alto Adige: Rubner, Naturalia-Bau, Eurotherm, ecc.) anche sulla base di piattaforme di progettazione integrata (cloud computing), come interagiscono team universitari di paesi radicalmente differenti (il caso di Tor Vergata e West Virginia), l’applicabilità nel mercato delle costruzioni delle soluzioni sperimentate durante il concorso, cosa ne è della casa del Solar Decathlon una volta conclusa la competizione, l’importanza del project management (rispetto dei costi, dei tempi e della qualità prevista) in un’esperienza così sfidante.

Insomma, un pomeriggio … solare, traboccante di entusiastica innovazione. Congratulazioni al team LISI che l’anno scorso ha lasciato di stucco gli americani (tanto che ora le regole sono cambiate, all’edizione US possono partecipare da quest’anno solo università americane, per lo meno come capogruppo). Complimenti alla simbiosi tra passione mediterranea e tecnologia altoatesina che con MED in Italy ha tenuto alta la bandiera delle università italiane, due anni fa a Casa de Campo, Madrid (noi c’eravamo). Ma il racconto va avanti, a Chienes nel cuore della Val Pusteria nello stabilimento di Rubner si apparecchia la nuova sfida che Roma Tre giocherà nei giardini di Versailles: il concetto di RhOME for denCity affronta il tema del degrado urbano delle metropoli, come ci ha raccontato Mario attraverso le parole di Pasolini da ‘Il fronte della città’. In bocca al lupo ! E tutta la simpatia in chiusura va ad una ragazza al quarto anno di università che per la prima volta (il team STILE ha saputo solo a febbraio di essere stato scelto per SD 2015) ha esposto, di fronte ad un pubblico di navigati professionisti, come la tradizione architettonica romana e l’innovazione si siano incontrate nell’idea che gli studenti di Tor Vergata stanno sviluppando. In bocca al lupo Stefania a Te, ai tuoi compagni e agli attenti docenti che Vi stanno sostenendo in questa esperienza indimenticabile 🙂

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(foto M. Gretter)

Non avete potuto partecipare e Vi siete persi l’evento? Peccato, ma di seguito trovate le presentazioni. Restate connessi, il campionato delle case solari prosegue. Vi terremo informati … 😉

  • LISI, Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation | David Calas, Technische UniversitätWien (A)
  • MED in Italy, the SustainableMediterranean House | Mario Grimaudo, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
  • RhOME for denCity, a home for ROME | Mario Grimaudo, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
  • Dopo Solar Decathlon: LISI on tour | David Calas, Technische Universität Wien (A)
  • STILE: an ITALY-US cooperation toward the Solar Decathlon 2015 | Stefania Rossi, Università di Roma Tor Vergata / West Virginia University