Week of Bio-architecture

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31 October 2019

Bioarchitecture and Sustainability Week 2019: tools and strategies for achieving the sustainable development goals

The exhibition dedicated to sustainable solutions is back, from 18 to 22 November in Modena, Mirandola, Vignola and Bologna. There are two national awards: the Sustainability Award and the Mobility Award

A unique event of its kind dedicated to green previews, organized by AESS Agency for Energy and Sustainable Development which this year celebrates its 20 years of activity, it will be itinerant and will take place between Modena, Mirandola, Vignola and Bologna.
A preview, 5 days, 11 sessions for seminars, workshops, technical conferences and a master's lesson dedicated to students, more than 100 speakers, 2 national awards: Sustainability Award which for its eighth edition analyzes and presents the best green architecture in Italy. Italia and the Mobility Award which selects innovative transport systems from 2 editions aimed at achieving the zero carbon strategy. A review of local, national and international best practices that alternate on the territory for a week.
Innovative event regarding environmental strategies relating to sustainable design and construction, which is now in its sixteenth edition, sees technicians and experts in the sector confront each other on redeveloping and designing sustainable and intelligent, with energy saving and safety. The event sees the performance of two national awards: the SUSTAINABILITY AWARD which analyzes and presents the best green architectures in Italy and the MOBILITY AWARD which selects innovative transport systems aimed at achieving the zero carbon strategy.
For the development of the program, a technical committee coordinated by AESS met periodically to ensure a high scientific content, and to strengthen the implementation methods to relaunch the global partnership for sustainable development.

It starts on November 15, 2019 with the preview at the Enzo Ferrari Birthplace Museum, where the winners of the “Mobility Award 2019” will be awarded from 2 pm.
'Environmental energy strategies for the existing historical and restricted architectural heritage': is the opening theme on Monday 18 November at 9.30 in the Ecological House in Modena where some cases and tools useful for the management of the delicate transformation of contemporary buildings are evaluated in the name of technological innovation and environmental energy tools for the existing architectural heritage and of historic buildings, with the GBC Historic Building protocol of the LEED energy-environmental certification as the guiding thread.
The two meetings on Tuesday 19 November will also be held at the Casa Ecologica: the first from 9.30 to 13.30 ‘Innovation, digitization in the transformation of the built: BIM case history in new and existing architectures’, to evaluate tools and cases carried out relating to the restoration, consolidation and school building of the regional and national territory in which performance was improved and the integrated design, construction and maintenance process of buildings was made more effective.
From 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm the afternoon meeting: ‘Opportunities to promote sustainable construction: CAM-minimum environmental criteria for construction products’, we will speak with TÜV Italia and other CAM experts, introduced in 2017 and mandatory for public procurement which are certainly an opportunity to promote sustainable construction, with a very ambitious goal: to consider the building throughout its life cycle.
Also on Wednesday 20 November the location will be the Ecological House with the meeting “Technical and fiscal insights for the energy requalification of buildings”, from 9.30 am referring to the new European directives that push towards the energy requalification of homes, updates and insights are presented on the opportunities, the potential of the market and the criticalities regarding energy efficiency control systems, bonuses for energy requalification, green bonus and Sismabonus. We talk about it with ISI Italian Seismic Engineering. In the afternoon, from 2.30 pm, we will talk about ‘Regeneration of the territory: a focus on regulatory aspects’ to investigate tools, policies and possibilities for territorial governance for a new idea of a city, a city that promotes sustainable use of the soil and the recovery of the existing one to reduce land consumption, incentives for renewables with the GSE Manager of Energy Services.
Decarbonisation of buildings and the transition to electricity’ will be the theme of the morning session on Thursday 21 November organized in collaboration with the Clust-ER Build, the decarbonization of the building will be tackled at 360 ° through the presentation of cases of technological innovation, circular economy in building components, state of the art opportunities and critical issues.
New for 2019 is the Bolognese leg of the event to be held in Fico EATALYWORLD, from 2 pm to 7 pm: “Casaclima Tour and Aess together to promote construction quality in Emilia Romagna”: a session to promote and raise the construction quality of buildings without leaving room for improvisations. In parallel, a focus carried out in collaboration with Abitcoop, on urban regeneration: what does it mean today, concrete examples.
Mitigation and adaptation to climate change of the territories”: the technical meeting on climate change that will open on the morning of the fifth day of the "Week" will focus on an analysis of territorial policies that can help achieve the goals of the global agreement stipulated by the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris. In parallel, again that morning in Mirandola, a master's lesson on Climate by Luca Lombroso dedicated to high school students.
In the afternoon, from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm, the conference will be held in which the best green architectures in Italy, winners of the 'Sustainability Award 2019', will be presented in detail, a review of case histories that denote the implementation of transformation processes of the existing heritage and more aware new construction projects throughout the national territory. The final meeting will be held at the Rocca di Vignola.
The event is promoted by the Cassa di Risparmio di Modena Foundation, the Cassa di Risparmio di Mirandola Foundation, the Vignola Foundation and the Modena Chamber of Commerce.
The sessions are subject to the attribution of professional training credits by professional associations and colleges. Participation in the afternoon session of 11/21/2019 releases CasaClima training credits and other sessions will release ANACI training credits. In addition, the sessions are valid for the purposes of the training update required by the TÜV Italia scheme for "Expert in Energy Management (EGE)".

The event is free and free (registration from the site is mandatory www.settimanabioarchitettura.it)

AESS presents the best green architectures of the national territory with the 2019 Sustainability Award

Closing event of the Bioarchitecture and Sustainability Week: the technical presentation of the winning architectures of the national competition
Friday 22 November 2019, the Week of Bio-architecture and Sustainability stops in the suggestive Sala dei Contrari of the Rocca di Vignola where the best green buildings in the national territory will be protagonists with the 2019 Sustainability Award, an award organized by the Agency for Energy and Development Sustainable.

The winning projects will be presented by the designers that followed the construction principles of bio-architecture, respect and integration with the natural environment, control of energy consumption, innovation.
The award reaches its eighth edition this year and more and more participating projects are coming from all over Italy in which different functional types are represented.
Bio-architecture, innovation and sustainable recovery of the existing building heritage: these are the keywords every two years, it selects and enhances, at national level, the best practices of green design and construction.

The 2019 edition sees the consolidation of an important competition spread throughout the national territory involving different categories of professionals and entities on multiple building and architectural types, in urban, rural contexts of landscape value and
environmental. Within the wide series of projects in "competition" this year, we note the increase in applications relating to the category: renovation-restoration of existing buildings, an increase that testifies to greater attention to the requalification and conversion of the existing building stock in energy-environmental key, one of the main challenges in the construction sector today. 48 projects from 11 different regions participated in this 2019 edition of the competition. Over the years, over 350 buildings of high architectural quality and an interpretation of sustainability issues in a contemporary language have been submitted to the jury, which has gradually grown in terms of content thanks also to the greater awareness of designers to be able to improve their approach. energy-environmental planning.

The winners will be awarded on the last day of the Bioarchitecture and Sustainability Week on Friday 22 November at 2.30 pm at Rocca di Vignola. There are two macro-categories of award-winning buildings: construction from scratch and renovation-restoration, both divided into residential and non-residential, and a special mention dedicated to home automation.
Let's start with the Bellini 35 project in Sassuolo, award winner for the new residential building category. Innovative building one of the first cases in Emilia-Romagna classifiable as nZEB designed entirely in BIM. Although conceived before the effective entry into force of the Region's energy standards, it already reflects the new indications by having building / plant system characteristics such as to be able to classify it as a "nearly zero energy building". Right from the start, the project was prepared through the creation of an architectural digital model in which the models developed by structural engineers and installers were sent, in the final and executive phase, allowing the coordination and verification of the design activities.

For construction ex-novo non-residential the winning project is the New Primary School of Loiano, Bologna, where the search for a harmonious relationship with the geographical context and the well-being of future users guided the design and subsequent implementation. A fundamental aspect for its inclusion in the landscape was the choice of external finishing materials. In fact, the two floors of the building were differentiated by noting the base part, covered in stone according to local characteristics, and the "lighter" upper part with a wooden structure, intended for classrooms with a colored plaster finish. It is built according to the concepts of the ZEEB (Zero Emission Energy Building) building thanks to the high performance of the envelope and the plant system integrated with the production of electricity from the photovoltaic panels.

We move on to renovation category: winner for the residential is the Villa from the 1970s of Levata di Curtatone (Mantua), subjected to an energy redevelopment that complies with the rigorous standards of energy efficiency and indoor comfort guaranteed by the CasaClima class A certification. The building envelope has been completely insulated from a thermal point of view, partly from the outside and partly from the inside, using materials of natural origin such as cork and wood fiber. As for the heating and cooling system, it was decided to use a full-air type, without the use of traditional radiant type emission terminals. The heart of the system consists of the controlled mechanical ventilation system, with high efficiency heat recovery unit and summer bypass, equipped with a post heating and cooling coil with a circuit connected to an air / water heat pump, which allows cover the air conditioning needs of the home in mid-seasons. The Opificio Golinelli of Bologna: this is the winning project for the non-residential renovation category. It is a project of urban regeneration of the existing industrial heritage, previously abandoned, renovated with seismic adaptation to use class 3 (schools) and energy class A. The building needs little energy to function, this is because good insulation of the envelope has been provided and because solar control was developed in order to make the most of the sun, avoiding direct radiation from the glass parts in the summer months and allowing the supply of heat only in the winter months. In a building that requires little energy, it becomes possible to provide simplified plant solutions, with cost savings and maintenance. So know-how rather than high-tech.

And finally, the home automation special mention awarded by Lugagnano di Sola primary school, Verona. The building is built with biocompatible materials with environmental / ecological certification. The walls located to the east and west are also equipped with a ventilated facade, as a functional cladding element with an aesthetic character. The roof is replaced by bidirectional floors and prefabricated honeycomb parts with rock wool insulation and white aluminum sheet cladding that integrate a 96 kWp photovoltaic system.
The plant consists of active systems with high energy efficiency and are able to heat, cool, ventilate through a controlled mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery, combined with "cold beams", which allows each room to regulate the air flow rates, regulate temperatures and relative humidity and control CO2 emissions.

These are the other special mentions:
– for the new residential building category: ERP accommodation after the Mirandola earthquake
– for the ex novo non-residential building category: nZEB twin schools of Acqui Terme
– for the residential renovation category: Ovindoli barn (L'Aquila)
– for the non-residential renovation category: S32 Fintech District of Milan

The choices of the technical jury have identified, with winners and mentions, the methodologically most coherent proposals, an overview of the current building production that finally presents a good quality level. There were numerous projects where not only a degree of attention to architectural quality was evident, but also the effort to identify solutions, in potential replicability, where sustainability could find greater environmental and technical-economic as well as environmental integration. Innovative design strategies also stand out, which stand out for the integration of an original compositional language with the need to develop all the technological and plant engineering issues required by sustainable and energetically correct design.
In addition to the usual awards assigned by the technical jury, the 2019 Audience Award was awarded through an online survey aimed at involving the national community of designers and not, attentive and sensitive to the issues of sustainability in architecture.

The positive results achieved so far push AESS to renew its commitment to promoting, recognizing and rewarding a reality that deserves ever greater spaces for comparison and visibility, with the aim of being able to contribute to the spread of sustainable and quality architecture.


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