Sustainability in metal constructions
Starting with sustainable construction to think of a greener Italy.
Buildings represent a great potential in achieving the EU objectives in the fight against climate change, and their enhancement with environmentally friendly materials and energy efficiency becomes a more vital stimulus than ever for the Italian construction market.
The experts of the Green Building Council, in fact, have drawn up a real manifesto to urge politics and institutions to recognize the role of the construction sector.
The manifesto clearly highlights the weight of green construction in Italy and provides themes and tools for change
The 7 pillars of sustainable construction
GBC Italia’s proposal stems from the certainty of what can be achieved by working correctly on construction. Buildings in Europe are responsible for 36% of all emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 50% of the extraction of raw materials and 21% of water consumption.
To change course, this manifesto focuses on 7 themes:
- decarbonisation: promoting CO2-neutral buildings, relaunching the annual redevelopment of 3% of public buildings, encouraging energy communities, urban eco-neighborhoods and green mobility, supporting deep-renovation cases;
- circular economy: encourage the use of recycled components coming from the selective deconstruction of other buildings, activate a national platform of materials and component exchange systems;
- water efficiency: introduce ad hoc indicators, such as in energy performance, and incentivize technologies useful for cutting the consumption of drinking water and wastewater;
- land use and biodiversity: protecting natural habitats, encouraging reclamation and renaturalization of brownfields, implementing rules on land consumption, constraining hydraulic and hydrological invariance in land use transformations;
- resilience: integrate adaptation objectives into urban planning policies and adopt territorial plans, medium (10 years) and long term (30 years) climate scenarios;
- well-being and healthiness: integrate the internal environment into national deep-renovation or new construction strategies, introduce building health indicators, activate a redevelopment plan for schools;
- justice in transition: activating a widespread redevelopment plan for social housing residences to combat energy poverty.
how to get Green buildings
Ilmanifesto suggests legislative, regulatory and financial instruments that aim to eliminate CO2 emissions from buildings by 2050.
An objective that GBC Italia defines as “challenging but achievable”, provided that further actions are implemented:
- partnership between institutions and the supply chain, with GBC Italia as a reference point;
- hierarchy of objectives and policies based on multi-criteria technical assessments;
- training and information campaigns for a new culture of sustainable construction.
On the technological level, GBC Italia supports the importance of monitoring the performance of buildings through national public platforms, activating a 4.0 Building Plan and promoting the adoption of energy-environmental protocols in line with European objectives and the Level (s) framework, that is, at levels.
And after coronavirus?
Impossible not to think about the current health emergency situation. In fact, in the coming months Italy will be called upon to make decisive choices for the relaunch of the economy and social cohesion. The transition to the circular economy and sustainable construction can therefore represent the key to relaunching the construction sector.
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