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Living Future unConference 2015 Recap and REGENERATION Italy

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Living Future unConference in Seattle, Washington, USA, organized by the International Living Future Institute, the managing body for one of the most ambitious and visionary environmental building certifications available in the world – the Living Building Challenge. Two weeks later, I was again fortunate enough to attend the introduction of this certification here in Italy at the REGENERATION competition and conference hosted by Macro Design Studio in Rovereto, Italy. Here are my impressions from both events…

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perimeter insulation - Emu Architetti
perimeter insulation - Emu Architetti

Energy Efficiency: the importance of site supervision

On our Facebook page, we are regularly publishing images from our Cavriago construction site, where we are building two Passive Houses. With this article, we would like to show just two examples of the many construction errors can occur during the scope of the works, proving that careful site supervision is necessary to meet a high level of quality and efficiency.

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Shedding some light on Earth Hour and the like.

Imagine what would happen if everyone knew as much about insulation as they do about energy saving bulbs. The light bulbs in our homes have changed drastically in the past ten years. The walls, however are the same. Enrico and I decided to take a look at exactly how much energy we can expect to save on a night like M’illumino di meno or Earth Hour. And then, just for fun (!), we decided to compare that saved energy with how much we’d save by adding one single square meter of insulation to the external wall of our outdated apartment building. Here are our results…

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Interior detail - #Passivhaus by CreaTerra in #Slovakia.
Interior detail - #Passivhaus by CreaTerra in #Slovakia.

Passive House Window Talks 2015

Last week Enrico took part in the 2015 Passive House Window Talks in Nova Lehota, Slovakia, a two-day event on the benefits of high-performance Passivhaus windows. It was organized by ProPassivhausFenster, a group of small European window manufacturers well known for their award-winning Smartwin windows, but it was far from the usual company-sponsored workshops designed to sell product. Architects and engineers gathered together to discuss and learn more about the technical specifications and the fundamental need for high-quality windows in everyday design.

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The blackout-proof home - Emu Architects
The blackout-proof home - Emu Architects

The blackout-proof home: Passive House with high time constant

Last week, our region (Emilia, Italy) was pounded with what locals are calling “The Big Snow”. With it came very tangible proof of just how fragile is our infrastructure, particularly our electrical grid. When my husband wrote this article, originally in Italian, FOUR DAYS after the February 6th Big Snow, more than 1000 homes in the province of Reggio Emilia alone were still without electricity, leaving 4,000 people to brave the cold, many without sufficient heating. How can we fix this problem?

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