Italian home wins first LEED Platinum rating in Europe

Italian home wins first LEED Platinum rating in Europe

Over the expected 100-year life span of the BioCasa 82 home near Treviso, Italy, it is expected to produce 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a traditional building.

The home by architect Rosario Picciotto is the first private residence in Europe to be awarded the certificate of conformity to the highest level of LEED for Homes, LEED PLATINUM. The home was also one of the first in the world to have a privately conducted carbon footprint analysis, as reported in ArchDaily.

The home scored 117 points out of 136, according to the LEED system, including 10 points out of 11 for the parameter related to innovation in design. The project boasts the highest values in Europe as far as innovation and application of sustainability practices in the building construction are concerned.

The home was constructed by Welldom, a company that specializes in green building, in Montebelluna, a town near Venice, Italy.

BioCasa 82 is a two-story private residence, of 5,209 square feet (484 square meters). Because the home was built from 99 percent recyclable materials, when it is demolished its components won't have to go to a landill. Other sustainable building materials included FSC Certified wood imported from Germany, natural silicate plaster, stone floors from Padua and locally sourced concrete.

The unique “Welldom Method” construction process, was developed by Giovanni Fabris, a “philosopher” of the concept of ideal living, that combines the most advanced construction techniques in the field of sustainable bio-climatic engineering with maximum comfort: understood as thermal comfort, olfactory (related to air quality), visual (relating to lighting), acoustic and psychological.

As a result, in BioCasa_82 the climate reaches precise standard of temperature and humidity; indoor air is always fresh and free of mold, bacteria, pollen, dust; the acoustics are excellent with no internal reverberation; the lighting is designed to be as natural as possible. In addition, all rooms are free of radon gas as well as electric, magnetic and electromagnetic harmful fields. Also, the home collects virtually all rainwater for re-use.

Energy is provided by a photovoltaic system that produces about 14kWh of electricity and a high efficiency geothermal plant for the production of heat, hot water and cooling. The house has, in fact, a very low power consumption (<30 kW/m2 per year).

Photos courtesy of Marco Zanta

"BioCasa 82 / Rosario Picciotto + Welldom" 12 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Aug 2014. 

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Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Going Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Healthy Homes

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