Workshop - Services for sustainable buildings and SMEs needs

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Workshop details

Title: “Sustainable building – Instruments and services for the Public Administration and SMEs”

Date: 11.10.2013

Duration: 11 am – 2 pm

Location: Geo-Oikos at Smart Energy Expo - Verona Fair, V.le del Lavoro 8, 37135 Verona (VR)

Target audience: SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises)

Number of participants: 18

Workshop topics

  • Needs of the SMEs in Building life cycle
  • Services and supporting structure for sustainable building in Veneto
  • Public Private Partnership

Workshop outputs

SMEs participants did not identify particular phases of the building life cycle to which refer the individual problematic but a urgent need for establishing an integrated design and construction processes for sustainable building (network of SMEs, architects, Customer etc.). A greater legislative simplification and better integration of the different regulations is needed moreover incentives and funding policies should be more effectively tied to forms of control for the proper execution of the planned interventions. With regards to sustainable materials, difficulties were reported about their availability and the label are not always fully declare their content. More training is required not only in relation to sustainable construction techniques but especially with respect to issues of integration of skills and dialogue between architects, SMEs and the customer. With regard to tenders a problem is that in current awarding system the quality standards are of secondary importance while the criteria of the best economical offer prevail (very low competences in implementing GPP and lack of awareness on the issue). Verification and monitoring of the building after construction is missing and more attention should be paid to the education of the NZEB users. Several proposals were elaborated by participants to solve the problems identified in the different phases:

  • Financial resources: 1) Use of Italian funds for underdeveloped areas (FAS) and local housing tax to establish revolving funds; 2) use of non financial incentives in urban planning instruments (e.g. Volumetric bonus etc.);
  • Purpose and target: 1) establishing reference criteria for sustainable construction / renovation shared with the client (Public Administration). A guideline for intervention per typology and use of the public building that define the sustainable renovation/ construction targets including possible technical solutions based on local building culture and territorial characteristics (to be included in urban planning instruments); 2) consulting services as interface between SMEs and PA for the definition of purpose and target and their transfer into the tendering phase;
  • Planning / implementation: 1) Establishing a Network of professionals established by the National Association of Builders (ANCE); 2) Example of consortium / partnership of SMEs base on an official agreement (Rete INNOVA); 3) more education and training on use and installation of materials for sustainable constructions;
  • Procurement: proposal of a reference law on sustainable materials to ensure transparency on their composition thus increase responsibility of producers and users;
  • Commissioning: a specific professional should be foreseen to guarantee contract compliance (materials, costs, solutions);
  • Monitoring and use: the introduction of a building use manual (maintenance, use and behaviour).

Sources and further information


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Veneto region
Regione del Veneto Palazzo Linetti, Cannaregio – Calle Priuli, 99
Venezia, 30121, Italy
Phone: 041-2792334 and 041-2792335
Fax. 041-2792383
Alberti Franco, Veneto Region,