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Giuliano Dall’Ò is the new President of GBC Italia.

Green Building Council Italia votes its new president: Giuliano Dall’Ò, a member of GBC Italia’s Scientific Technical Committee since 2010. The vice-president is Marco Mari.

Giuliano Dall’Ò teaches Environmental Technical Physics at the Polytechnic University in Milan. He is one of the leading Italian and European experts in energy and environmental sustainability and certification.
He is also the author of Leadership in Green Building, that presents the main  LEED and Green Building in Italy.

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The new Executive Committee:
Giuliano Dall’Ò, President
Marco Mari ,Vice President
Roberto Cereda
Thomas Messervey
Manuela Ojan
Eleonora Sablone
Mario Zambrini

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From Wild to Glam: sustainable and trendy finishings.

Glam City, Time Out, Treasured Light and Wild Nature are the new evocative themes for Collection Futura 2018-2021 by AkzoNobel’s Interpon powder coatings brand. Architects, designers and developers have an exciting new source of inspiration for cool interiors and expressive green buildings.
Full of the latest material and design global trends, the collection features an extensive range of highly durable and sustainable colors and finishes developed by AkzoNobel together with trend experts PeclersParis.

Each theme in the Collection Futura – which is updated every four years – includes a unique range of colors, textures and effects that reflect the design and societal trends seen throughout the world. Innovation is also highly visible through two completely new finishes: silky texture and cotton.

“Our color expertise and continued development of durable and sustainable solutions drives the creation of our Collection Futura. It includes a range of special finishes for use on exterior architectural metal components; products which are innovative, sustainable and always on trend.” explains Jean-Paul Moonen, AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings Global Segment for Architecture. 

It’s now 20 years since AkzoNobel launched the first special finishes collection for the powder coatings market worldwide. This is also the 15th year that the company has worked with Peclers to create a new trend collection for architects and designers as the global leader in powder coatings. In addition, AkzoNobel was the first powder coatings producer to launch the fine texture Sablé finishes, which have since become a major success in the powder coatings industry.

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Sustainability and green building development.

“The new range of finishes will enable customers to achieve just the right effect in any environment while helping them contribute to the future of green building and sustainable development.” Continues Moonen and adds “The company’s Interpon powder coatings have achieved a third party Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification, which includes a lifecycle analysis of the raw materials used in the product itself, the manufacture of the product, its shipment and application”. 

The new themes of Collection Futura 2018-2021.

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Glam City
includes modernist influences and baroque trends with intense, dark tones centered on reds, blues and greens.

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Time Out
provides inspiration for soothing living spaces, with light tones based on colored whites and soft neutrals.

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Treasured Light
offers sensual and more refined versions of metallic brilliance including brass, pink gold, pale copper and silver.

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Wild Nature
explores more primitive, wild expressions of nature and features earthy browns, peaty khakis, anthracite greys and charcoal blacks.

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Well: the real estate developing focused on wellbeing.

Well, the first building certification centered around people’s well-being. The focus shifts from the functionality of building to the functionality of the human body. The american guru Rick Fedrizzi was one of the authoritative speakers “the ‘second wave of sustainability is underway” he quoted.
The Well Building Standard was presented in Milan during the conference named WellFerence – first presentation in Europe organized by Apta Vitae.

The convention WellFerence aims to foster awareness of the importance of human health and wellbeing in buildings and communities. Designing, constructing and managing the sustainability of buildings and cities is a key part of ensuring a brighter future for us all while increasing architectural value.
WELL is an independently verified, performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of buildings that impact human health and well-being. WELL is also the first building standard to focus exclusively on the human health and wellness in our buildings and communities. It combines best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing buildings as vehicles to support human health and well-being.

It is a rating system that shifts the focus from the operation of the building to the way the body operates and has a major impact also on the real-estate value and annuity.Well is the first protocol based on scientific evidence certifying the quality of the built environment and its influence on the physical and mental state of the occupants, thus increasing their well-being.
It was formed 3 years ago after a six-year research work that involved multidisciplinary teams and it refers to other standard credits.
There are already 580 Well-certified projects worldwide, among them ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Headquarters in Washington, TD Bank in Toronto, Haworth showroom in Shangai and Sceneo offices in France.

Sustainability made a major contribution to the green building growth, yet not focused enough on people so far. Now the “second wave of sustainability is underway” explained Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO at IWBI (WELL Building Institute).

What it’s like living under the best conditions?
Jessica Cooper, chief commercial officer at IWBI, explained that Well is based on 7 types of assessment and certification: air, light, water, nourishment, fitness, comfort, mind.

Kay Killman, managing director at GBC Europe talked about the new way of interacting between architects and Real Estate “By now 66% of developers include well-being in the successful elements of the real-estate market, in close connection with the increase in value and annuity”.

Daniele Guglielmino Senior Sustainability Specialist, has given a broader approach to the Well Community, explaining that the seven types can and should be applied to communal areas, too.
So, Well embraces the city, but much importance is attached to interior design and furniture, which can help achieve the objectives defined by the Well system.
Building materials as well as furniture play a basic role in ensuring the occupants’ health and well-being.”

WELL is not limited to the assessment of the physical well-being, but also to the intellectual, emotional and social well-being.
The holistic methodology, as professor Marco Filippi explained, followed stresses which part of the human body is directly affected by the distinct characteristics of a WELL Building. (you can download the presentation here) .

Alfonso Senatore, founder of Ongreening , closed the conference talking about materials and technology for green buildings.

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The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) headquarters office is the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard (WELL) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating system – the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The office space, designed by Perkins+Will, incorporates the most innovative health and wellness design features, and has sustainability as a central philosophy.

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The LEED certified Green Buildings in Italy.

A book presenting sustainability in architecture from theory to practice, edited by Giuliano Dall’O “We are experiencing a quality change both in new construction sector and in deep renovation of buildings based on city regeneration” quoted the author. The book is published by Edizioni Ambiente.

Matching beauty and Sustainability, anticipating the change in the construction sector: this is the message of examples contained in the book.
Among the projects presented in the book: the Porta Nuova housing estate and the renovation of Palazzo Ricordi in Milan, the i.lab – Italcementi Research and Innovation Center in Bergamo, the new headquarters of Intesa San Paolo Bank in Turin, and the Science Museum MUSE in Trento (both designed by Renzo Piano).
Promoted in Italy since 2008, when the Green Building Council Italia – member of the World GBC Network – was founded, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental certification protocol achieved in a few years a relevant role in the building sector.
Leadership in Green Building, shows a selection of the most significant LEED certified buildings in Italy. Not a simple collection of buildings, but rather a journey in the Italian Architecture of the last decade, an Architecture that has brought sustainability from theory to practice in the built environment.
Even though many of the buildings hereby described are well-known, their environmental features are often underestimated. at issues are at the core of the LEED certification protocols proposed in Italy and worldwide. In this volume, those values represent the fundamental parameters to describe the quality of that architecture.

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Giuliano Dall’O is Associate Professor in Buildings Physics at the ABC Department (Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering) of Milan Politecnico University.
He conducts research in energy conservation, energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources. He is the author and co-author of over thirty technical books and around 200 technical articles, some of which deal with LEED certification and are relevant globally.

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Mipim Award 2015: Best Office to Selcuk Ecza HQ; People’s Choice Award to Progetto CMR.

During the Prize Ceremony in Cannes the MIPIM Awards 2015 were assigned to 10 different Real Estate categories. We are pleased to report that the People’s Choice Award goes to Italy (Oxigen Eco-Tower by Progetto CMR). Selcuk Ecza Headquarters in Istambul awarded Best Office.

Presented in the category Best Futura Mega Project, the project of the sustainable residential tower Oxygen Eco-tower, “your villa in the sky” (Progetto CMR) has captivated audiences.

The Special Jury Award is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London (Developer: London Legacy Development Corporation. Project: Erect Architects LUC with landscape architect James Corner Field Operations with Make Architects).
Selcuk Ecza Headquarters in Istanbul was awarded in the category Best Office and Business Development,(Developer: Selcuk Ecza Holding. Tabanlioglu Project Architects: Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlioglu).
Another office building was also awarded in the category Best Refurbished Building: Dreischeibenhaus in Dusseldorf (Developer: Momeni Projektentwicklung. Architect: HPP Hentrich – Petschnigg & Partner GmbH + Co.)

Selcuk Ecza Headquarters, Istambul (Developer: Selcuk Ecza Holding. Progetto Tabanlıoğlu Architects : Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlıoğlu).
Like a small county settlement, juxtaposition of seven house-like volumes with hipped roofs forms the office campus.The individual ‘houses’ integrate to each other either through gardens, roof gardens, upper or lower patios and paths and atriums. The brown color of the exterior brings up the soft wood effect and unifies the structure. Daylight enters through roofs and all transparent sides, creating a diffused lighting mood in the spacious internal space until the basement floor.

Dreischeibenhaus, Dusseldorf (Developer: MOMENI Projektentwicklung. Architect: HPP Hentrich – Petschnigg & Partner GmbH + Co.)
Dreischeibenhaus provides 35.000 m² of upgraded state-of-the-art office space in the heart of Düsseldorf’s CBD. This high-rise building, former headquarter of Thyssen Krupp, is already a unique heritage landmark and famous throughout Germany. Designed by internationally-renowned HPP Architects, the completed refurbishment is in compliance with LEED Gold Standard Green Building Criteria. Particular highlights are the façade, an impressive two-story entrance lobby, spectacular roof terraces and sustainable engineering.
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Ongreening.com presented at EcoBuild 2014, London.

Ongreening.com, the new platform dedicated to green building and sustainability, will be launched in London on the occasion of EcoBuild 2014.

Alfonso Senatore, CEO and founder of Ongreening, will launch the beta version of Ongreening.com at the EcoBuild 2014 (sustainable design and architecture exhibition, London 4–6 March). Ongreening is a virtual place for green building industry professionals to share ideas: a web platform for sharing projects and downloading professional records and tools, an online source of information and updates on international green building ratings and much more.
Ongreening will be presented at the
innovative timber structure built inside EcoBuild 2014: made with fine birchen multilayer elements and developed with parametric design software as rhino and grasshoper, the pavilion is designed by Marco Imparodari, Andrea Vanossi e Matteo Pedrana (Politecnico di Milano), engineered by Ramboll UK and supported by TRADA, University of East London, DHH e Coilte.