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WGBW 2017

World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement organised by WorldGBC and led by its network of over 70 Green Building Councils and their 32,000 member companies. Watch out for further details as the plans for 2017 develop.

Did you know that buildings contribute to climate change? They account for over a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But that can change.

When buildings are net zero they use clean energy, are highly efficient and don’t waste energy – helping us to win the fight against climate change. That makes them heroes. Let’s make all buildings net zero by 2050.


World Green Building Week, 25 September to 1 October 2017, is an annual event that empowers the green building community to deliver green buildings for everyone, everywhere. Buildings can be heroes in the fight against climate change – and so can you.

Join the movement – by downloading our resourcesadding your actions to our Hero Action Map, or by signing up to our Thunderclap social media campaign.

What is a net zero building?

Net zero buildings are highly energy-efficient buildings which generate or supply the energy they need to operate from renewable sources – like solar energy – to achieve net zero carbon emissions. They are the homes, offices, shops, stadiums and theatres of the future.

But net zero buildings aren’t only about carbon emissions and energy. We recognise that the term “net zero” can be applied to water and waste, and can be used in reference to these during the operation of a building (e.g. operating emissions) or across the whole lifecycle of a building, from the extraction of raw materials to deconstruction and disposal (e.g. emboded carbon).

Why is the shift to net zero important?

If we continue to emit greenhouse gases at current rates, we are headed for a world where global temperature rises will exceed two degrees. Keeping the temperature rise below two degrees, within the limits set out in the Paris Agreement, means we avoid the most extreme impacts of climate change.

In order to achieve this target, we have set two goals:

  1. All new buildings must operate at net zero carbon from 2030
  2. 100% of buildings – new and existing – must operate at net zero carbon by 2050

We recognise that this is not easy and will not happen over night, and we applaud all efforts on green buildings – not just those on net zero – that help us on our journey to a net zero carbon built environment by 2050 [from World GBC web site].

My World Green Building Week 2017 (find me on the map :-))

  • Event: RESTORE Core Group meeting
    Date: September 26, 2017
    Time: 10:00 am
    Address: Avenue Louise 149
    1050 Brussels (Belgium)
  • Event: IEQ Working Group 2017 General Assembly
    Date: September 27, 2017
    Time: 1:30 pm
    Address: Via Alessandro Volta 13a
    39100 Bolzano (Italy)

Anno nuovo, nuovo logo (ma non solo).

logo Carlo BattistiBuon Anno! … che comincia con il logo rimesso a nuovo (by Ideenfabrik). Gestione e consulenza di progetti di innovazione sostenibile, nell’ambiente costruito (ma non solo). Se pensate che passiamo il 90% della nostra giornata all’interno di edifici – per vivere, lavorare e studiare – e quando ci muoviamo lo facciamo spesso per spostarci da un edificio all’altro… Insomma la sostenibilità dell’ambiente costruito è importante, rappresenta un valore e un’opportunità di innovazione che va affrontata con un approccio di project management. Qui trovate la lista aggiornata dei servizi di Carlo Battisti | Sustainable Innovation Management & Consulting. E qui i principali progetti in corso. Se poi credete nell’aggiornamento continuo e nel valore dei contatti e delle reti, qui trovate una lista dei principali eventi di quest’anno di interesse su innovazione, sostenibilità, project management. Buon lavoro 😉

A proposito, io mi occupo di questo, ma … cosa fanno gli altri 7.476.672.269 (circa) persone nel mondo ?? (grafica di Funders and Founders)


business-cardHappy New Year! … which begins with an updated logo. Management and consulting for sustainable innovation projects in the built environment (but not limited to). If you only think that we spend 90% of our time inside buildings – to live, work and study – and when we move we commute from one building to another … shortly, sustainability of the built environment matters, it is a value and an innovation opportunity that should be addressed with a project management approach. Here you may find the updated list of Carlo Battisti services | Sustainable Innovation Management & Consulting. And here the main projects in progress. Lastly, if you believe in the value and continuous learning and networking, here is a list of this year’s main events in the fields of innovation, sustainability, and project management. All the best 😉

Peter Pan is Green!

– 3 days at the Green Apple Day of Service with Macro Design Studio in Cavareno, Italy,  September 26th.

2015_09_23-02 GADoSAfter the event last September 2014 in Arco, also this year Macro Design Studio is providing voluntarily its services for the Green Apple Day, organized by the Center for Green Schools of USGBC. There will be more than 500 events this year, all over the world. The “Peter Pan is Green” project, that will take place at the kindergarten “Peter Pan” in Cavareno, is the only registered event in Italy (one of the two in Europe) under this program. Macro Design Studio is the sustainability partner of the Municipality of Cavareno, this so nice 1,000 inhabitants village in Non Valley, Trentino (Italy) and it is working with local teachers and administrators to highlight how sustainability could find its fertile soil in the classrooms.

The “Peter Pan” kindergarten will feature on Saturday 26th, September different activities related to the “Educate”, “Take It Outside” and “Waste Not” event topics created by the Center for Green Schools. This is the agenda for the day.

2015_09_23-01 Peter Pan09:00 – 09:20  Presentation of the Green Apple Day

09:20 – 10:40   Ancient seeds (for children)

09:30 – 10:10    Green tour (I)

10:40 – 12:00    Re-place (for children)

11:00 – 11:40      Green tour (II)

12:00 – 12:30     Organic drinks

Green tour
Guided tour with the designers, to explore the green technical features of the school. Target group: school parents, architects and engineers, public administrators, teachers. The school features several green performances: waste is 100 % differentiated, rainwater is harvested for garden irrigation and toilet flushing, heating system and domestic hot water for the building are guaranteed by the municipal biomass district heating, just to mention a few. More over the school was built through the redevelopment of two existent historic buildings with a bio-compatible timber structure saving embodied energy and CO2 emissions.

Ancient seeds (“Take It Outside”)
Educational game for pupils, in the outside garden. Pupils are taught to pick up autochthone seeds (e.g. beans) growing locally from more than forty years. Seeds are taken from local plants and not purchased from other markets. There are also some voluntaries conserving during the years seeds picked up by the children. The aim is to preserve local species and biodiversity. To this extent the school has become “guardian of ancient seeds” (beans, calendula, nasturtium, wheat, cornflower, etc.).

Re-place (“Waste Not”)
Educational game for pupils. Pupils are taught and encouraged to create new toys using waste materials. More than recycling, we can define it upcycling because new objects have a greater value than previous poor materials where they come from. Materials are typically: wood, plastic, paper, textiles. Also broken toys can be used to assembly new toys.

At the end of the morning, before lunch, drinks and beverages will be provided to the attendees, prepared using local organic products.

Participation is free, but registration is required at this link.
Further information:


Peter Pan School - Cavareno, Italy

“Peter Pan” kindergarten – Cavareno, Italy

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The Greenest School on Earth

Green mood in New Orleans.

Highlights from Greenbuild 2014.

Maybe not one of the busiest (but the numbers were nonetheless significant), surely one of the most exciting and compelling editions of Greenbuild, the one concluded last week in New Orleans. The leadership in jazz, the ease, the green reconstruction nine years after Katrina. So many meetings, people, emotions. Greenbuild is definitely the unmissable event, the annual convention that brings together the community of green practitioners to share the best sustainable practices. Here is Rick Fedrizzi (CEO of USGBC) introduction during the “Opening Plenary and Celebration” at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (wow, what a location …!).


These are in my opinion the ten moments and meanings that this twelfth edition left me (not in order of importance).

1 | Rick Fedrizzi and the shared leadership. The feeling this year is that the USGBC is now a extremely well-oiled and mature organization, where it is not necessary that the charisma of Rick is predominant. The new figure of the president, Roger Platt has made the scene, for instance. And the presentation of the samples of sustainability champions (too long to list them all) of the USGBC and its network during the closing ceremony testifies to the direction that the greatest world organization of this kind has taken. A distributed leadership through several departments, geographical areas and different ages (I’ve never seen so many young people like this year!).

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The champions of sustainability. USGBC and its network

2 | Scot’s dynamic plaque: the novelty of this year, the paradigm shift. The creation of Scot Horst, finalist among the most innovative design objects at the Fast Company event two weeks ago, is the tool that can really change our built world. It monitors and assigns a score in real time to the sustainability of any LEED certified building. Only if you measure you can improve, we know it; the dynamic plaque is the platform we all were been waiting for.

Here is Scot’s speech !

Bertschi School Living Science Building

The Bertschi School, Seattle (WA)

3 | Living Building School: Living Building Challenge and the sustainability embedded in the DNA of the new generations. I love what the people at the International Living Future Institute are doing. If the school (as education provider) is “magistra vitae,” buildings like the Bertschi School in Seattle are living organisms that educate our children to grow up aware of the balance with nature and its resources. A lot of talks about education and training, along all three days, good sign.

4 | Retailers could be the new messengers of sustainability. The case of Starbucks (500 LEED certified shops !), Verizon, and some others. We see that large international companies operating globally, can do a lot in terms of reducing their impact. It’s also a matter of responsible communication to the customers as well as a virtuous management of their business. Not surprisingly, the latest report of USGBC (LEED in motion) is focused entirely to retail and its opportunities.

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Sustainability in the Retail Sector, w/ Anthony Perez (Starbucks), Ana Meyer (Verizon) and Lauren Staniec (Pyramid)

5 | Biofilia. It is no longer an esoteric concept, it really becomes a tool for urban planning. We have heard this keyword more than once. Particularly impressive, in my opinion, the speech of Julia Africa, of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. Biophilic urbanism, which foregrounds access to nature and biodiversity in urban settings, supports improved public health and environmental quality through daily opportunities for contact with nature.

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Designing Biophilic Cities for Public Health (image: Matt Grocoff)

2014_10_29 immagine 066 | The social credits. Getting credit for doing good. LEED opens the door to the pilot credits of social equity. And this is certainly innovative, not only for LEED but for sustainability protocols in a broader sense. Social equity within supply chains, communities, project teams.

7 | LCA (Life Cycle Assessment). Now a standard, although the majority of the manufacturers has not yet grasped this first passage for the “revolution of transparency” that has a huge market potentiality. This is the metric that could change the fortunes of many companies. The novelty is that now we speak of LCA in the whole building, see the calculation tool (easy to use, it seems) developed by Athena Sustainable Materials Institute.

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Getting the LCA credit in LEEDv4 w/ Jennifer O’Connor (Athena Sustainable Materials Institute) and Mark Lucuik (Morrison Hershfield)

8 | Act on the built environment. We have already done it all, now we have to upgrade the built assets to the standards of the new millennium. Thus said Scot Horst in his passionate presentation of the dynamic plaque. There is an enormous space for redevelopment and improvement. With a focus on historical buildings, see the great example of the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio.

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The Pearl Brewery refurbishment in San Antonio

9 | The master speakers: Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University (the climate change is linked to the man activities and behaviour, end of discussion), Deepak Chopra (a roadmap for “higher health, “based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicines – with a “mediation session bonus”). Motivating, exciting, inspiring. They helped us to think “out of the box”.

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Deepak Chopra

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The resilient building (image: USGBC, Building Resiliency Task Force)

10 | Resilience, after Katrina: rebuilding in a sustainable way, nine years later. Resilience, much quoted at the conference. Safety and stability of our houses come before the need for energy efficiency, what do you think? Isn’t it a matter of sustainability? Because what happened in New Orleans will not happen again.

Thank you, Greenbuild 🙂

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose. These are the past editions: Austin 2002, Pittsburgh 2003, Portland 2004, Atlanta 2005, Denver 2006, Chicago 2007, Boston 2008, Phoenix 2009, Chicago 2010, Toronto 2011, San Francisco 2012, Philadelphia 2013.

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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.


Join the Green Revolution (and the Leadership in Jazz) in the Big Easy.

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We’re joining together in New Orleans from Oct. 22-24 for Leadership in Jazz. The music of the green movement is undeniable – its lyrics are engaging individuals across the world, its innovation is reviving our spirit and its passion is fueling the future. Together our unique ideas are improvising a melody that is leading a successful transformation of our building and communities. The Big Easy is the perfect setting to celebrate this global impact, while also embracing the essence of community, culture and soul.

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The green building community gathers to share ideals and mutual passion at Greenbuild, sparking a contagious buzz throughout the week.  When industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work come together, the result is a unique and palpable energy. Participants are invigorated and inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed sense of purpose. Greenbuild features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city’s green buildings. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business.

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Show info

Morial Convention Center. 900 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70130. The newly renovated Morial Convention Center in New Orleans features 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space and is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation. Expo: Oct. 22-23 | Conference: Oct. 22-24.

Education Session Schedule: here.

About NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana)

New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of  Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The New Orleans metropolitan area (New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area) had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States. []

Books, films and music set in New Orleans





Rick Fedrizzi, president of the U.S. Green Building Council, visited last Friday the primary school of Romarzollo, Arco (Trento) – Italy.

«This is the most beautiful school I’ve ever visited» said Rick Fedrizzi, president of the U.S. Green Building Council, the nonprofit association that developed the LEED rating system, during his visit to the primary school of Romarzollo in Arco on September 26th. In 2012, this school achieved LEED certification at the highest level: the first LEED Platinum School in Europe!

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Foto Giovanni Cazzaniga

The welcome was amazing, 200 children seated in the central atrium sang a welcome song in different languages and gave as a gift to the president a postcard with a drawing of an oak leaf, logo of USGBC.

It has been a unique event, organized in a very short time thanks to the collaboration between USGBC and Paola Moschini of Macro Design Studio, contacted by Rick Fedrizzi’s staff a few days before his arrival in Italy to attend Rebuild, an international convention on regeneration and real estate sustainable management.

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Foto Giovanni Cazzaniga

Thanks to the full availability of the municipality of Arco, of the school head, of the design team and the work of teachers and alumni, what seemed an impossible challenge has become a preview of the September 27th, Green Apple Day of Service, a worldwide event organized once a year by USGBC to highlight sustainable practices that children learn at school and share with their community and families. 

Fedrizzi, whose family is originally from Trentino, has enjoyed the visit of the K-12 school following a delegation of about ten students that have showed him their classrooms, gym, cafeteria, garden and laboratory, explaining both in English and Italian, the building features and some usual activities. The visit concluded with the explanation of the “pedibus” service that has aroused much curiosity in Fedrizzi. All this took place in an atmosphere of joy and vitality with the children playing the main role.

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Foto Giovanni Cazzaniga

Before leaving the School of Romarzollo, Fedrizzi took a photo of himself in front of the school entrance, with the postcard received by the students in his hands and the wonderful view of the mountains in the background.

Thank you Rick for your amazing visit !

‘If all schools were like Scuola Romarzollo Arco no one would play hooky’ .- Rick Fedrizzi, President & CEO of USGBC

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[Press release by Macro Design Studio]