Workshop - Commission on building sustainability in South Tyrol

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Workshop for Public Authorities (PA)

The role of the Commission on building sustainability in South Tyrol


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In the first part, Arch. Mahlknecht (EURAC) explained the contents of the project CABEE in the European context. The Alpine Space project CABEE can be summarized in four key actions :

  • Find common lines of action to achieve NZEBs.
  • Analyze the situation of smallgrids for the exchange of energy ( smart energy grids)
  • Prepare strategically the SME market
  • Develop a Shared Mountain-wide Guideline (CESBA).

The current situation was explained (ambitious European targets that require tools are shared), the critical aspects were highlighted (lack of tools directly comparable and less tied to the commercial market), and objectives have been identified (need for a transparent assessment framework accessible and comparable, and high quality standards for directly comparable buildings).

In this regard, it was determined that the project CABEE proposes to implement standardized indicators within the building life cycle, looking for a synthesis between the various sustainability indicators that currently exist in the Alpine regions (e.g. KlimaHaus Nature, ENERBUILD Tool , Minergie P-Eco , etc.). The next steps will focus therefore on the development of a common framework and comparable assessment tools. In the discussion, participants tried to answer the following questions:

Question No. 1: What are the steps towards sustainability within public bodies?

  • The answers showed a lack of an organized structure of rules and regulations in this direction. At the regional level, however, there are several initiatives that appear to be unrelated to each other.

Question No. 2: Does an evaluation of the integration of LCA exist in public tenders?

  • There are no integration of LCA in the evaluation of projects of public buildings, given the lack of usable data and the higher cost and more bureaucracy that would be caused by this integration. However, there is interest in developing a method that minimizes these defects.

Question No.3: Are there monitoring systems in public buildings?

  • There are no monitoring systems in large-scale which supply data for explicit energetic monitoring.

Question No.4: Is there need for training in the field of sustainability in construction?

  • From the responses, it is clear that the generic figure of the Energy Manager could be a useful tool in public, but it entails great costs, education and training, which are not currently sustainable by individual municipalities.

Question no.5: Can the current scheme Contributions/Incentives be improved?

  • It should be noted that in reality the only effective incentive bonus is the cubage bonus. Apart from this, there are no other means with the same ability to generate activity in the construction sector.

Download the agenda of the workshop