Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction



Gigliola Ausiello, Enza Santoro


Environmental quality assestment, Building Impact Reduction, Plant a tree, Recover the active role of the greenery, Thermoregulatory and anti-pollution capacity of trees

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The attention that today we pay to sustainable building requires us to preserve the green of the building tradition and to recover the active role of green in the current project of living, in line with a logic of continuity between history and future. Designing and redesigning with greenery takes on significant value both on the building scale and in the design of outdoor spaces. This gives living a unique and new dimension. The use of greenery as the primary element of the building represents a design choice useful for the regulation of the microclimate, allowing to achieve conditions of lower impact than the previous ones. Balconies, porticos, terraces and gardens are not only spaces that “widen” the domestic horizon, opening up to living in all seasons of the year. They also make it possible to control the effects of the microclimate and reduce the impact of buildings. In order for greenery to play an active role in this respect, the permeability of the ground and the horizontal surfaces constructed are necessary. These are achieved through the choice of materials and techniques that guarantee the most natural possible outflow of rainwater. Therefore, in the design logic of “measuring to know”, it is necessary to have an instrument that can quantify the action of greenery. The Municipality of Bolzano has included in its building regulations the adoption of a obligatory instrument, the R.I.E. index. (Building Impact Reduction), which is applicable to all projects on existing and new buildings. This index attributes different values to materials and construction techniques and, through an algorithm, returns a value that allows the evaluation of the impact of the intervention. The aim of the article is to show, through examples and case studies, that the R.I.E. index can be a valid tool aimed at enhancing comfort, according to a synergistic vision of living and building using natural elements of places, from stone to green.


SMC N.09 2019



003_ VIEW_Green: the new challenge of living
Paola De Joanna



008_ The role of greenery in healtcare facilities for children
Artemis Kyrkou

013_Rethinking the green. Technical implementations, bioclimatic involvements and technological perspectives of greenery in Architecture
Valentina Frighi

018_The vegetation as a constant in the Mediterranean cultural landscape
Francisco Pérez Gallego

030_By using GIS technologies into the relationship between urban green and the social and built environment of the Municipality of Pozzuoli
Barbara Cardone, Ferdinando Di Martino, Salvatore Sessa

034_The configurational approach to measure the impact of green spaces on urban landscape
Valerio Di Pinto

040_Green building/infrastructure system with manifacturing/distribution strategy
Pliny Fisk III, Brittany M. Faulkner

044_The role of vegetation in the mechanism of absorption and acoustic isolation
Luca Buoninconti

049_Sensorium | Five senses interaction center. Green and smart healthcare facility
Tasos Tyrimos, Evangelos Chryafidis, Aliki Ralli, Marianna Pontiki

057_When the green enters the buildings: the beneficial impact on users
Ilaria Oberti, Michela Lecci

062_Green in hospital – The necessity
Fotini Daskayanni

066_Visions, perceptions and benefits of natural green
Giuseppe Vaccaro

073_What it means to plant a tree
Gigliola Ausiello, Enza Santoro

079_A method for the ecological use of vegetation in the built environment
Mauirizio Sibilla, Anna Barbati

086_Green materials and applications, the future for a green product design
Georgia Chieirchanteri

093_Integrated methodologies for the knowledge and regeneration of the Paestum site. The role of the nature between the temples and the sea
Riccardo Florio, Raffaele Catuogno, Teresa Della Corte

102_The forest as a tool to regenerate urban and sub-urban environments
Christina Conti, Giovanni La Varra, Ambra Pecile

107_Green interventions for reconnecting urban liminal spaces. Two experiences in research and teaching
Filippo Angelucci, Claudia Di Girolamo

112_Techno-functional green-lines. Comparing urban experiences
Rossella Franchino, Caterina Frettoloso, Francesca Muzzillo, Antonella Violano

120_Frontiers of green architecture
Sonia Capece, Camelia Chivaran

127_+4°C. Green design and extreme climate change
Federico Orsini

132_Green walls as nature-based solutions for urban and building resilience: a case study
Silvia Tedesco, Elena Montacchini, Roberto Giordano, Federica Larcher

137_Rooftop farming in Buenos Aires: nature-based solutions for urban resilience
Francesca De Filippi, Francesca Letizia, Emanuela Saporito

142_Green-algae resilient architecture
Antonella Violano, Monica Cannaviello

150_Sustainable technologies for bioregionalist architecture. Regulatory aspects and pilot experiences
Luca Buoninconti, Paola De Joanna, Giuseppe Vaccaro


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