Montebelluna residence sets the bar

Friday 04 Jul 2014

Sustainability testing completes on BioCasa_82 residence in Treviso

BioCasa_82, located in Montebelluna (Treviso, Italy) is the first private residence in Europe to be awarded the certificate of conformity to the highest level of LEED for Homes, LEED PLATINUM, as well as one of the first in the world to have privately conducted the carbon footprint analysis with remarkable results. The study has, in fact, calculated that for a lifetime of 100 years the harmful emissions are 60% lower than that of a traditional building.

The architecture as well as the interior design of BioCasa_82 - private residence of Claudia and Enrico Moretti Polegato - were designed by Arch. Rosario Picciotto, whilst Welldom has followed the construction, the engineering and the sustainable consultancy according to a holistic tailor-made approach. With 117 points out of 136 (the project missed these points due to the site location), according to the American protocol LEED Platinum, and 10 points out of 11 for the parameter related to innovation in design, the project boasts the highest values in Europe as far as innovation and application of sustainability practices in the building construction are concerned.

Clients Claudia and Enrico Moretti Polegato said: "We dreamed of a house that, in addition to being beautiful and ‘healthy’, shows consistency between our values and the social responsibility towards future generations. We hope that our choice, thanks to the impact of the symbolic carbon footprint analysis, could stimulate the debate and thus contribute to a progress that we consider necessary for the future of our planet."

These results have been achieved thanks to a unique construction process, the ‘Welldom Method’ developed by Giovanni Fabris, a ‘philosopher’ of the concept of ideal living, that combines the most advanced construction techniques in the field of sustainable bio-climatic engineering with maximum comfort - understood as thermal comfort, olfactory (related to air quality), visual (relating to lighting), acoustic and psychological. As a result, in BioCasa_82 the climate reaches precise standard of temperature and humidity; indoor air is always fresh and free of mold, bacteria, pollen, dust; the acoustics are excellent with no internal reverberation; the lighting is designed to be as natural as possible. In addition, all rooms are free of radon gas as well as electric, magnetic and electromagnetic harmful fields.

From the energy saving point of view, BioCasa_82 boasts the 99% of recyclable materials, 100% of the rainwater collected and the 100% energy production from renewable sources thanks to a photovoltaic system that produces about 14kWh of electricity and a high efficiency geothermal plant for the production of heat, hot water and cooling. The house has, in fact, a very low power consumption (<30 kW/sq m per year).

In addition, Welldom used only eco-friendly, recyclable certified materials, employing local products where possible: wood with FSC or PEFC standards from Germany (which were the nearest forests), natural silicate plaster, stone floors in Zovonite from the Padua quarries and concrete from Bigolino of Valdobbiadene.

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