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Home Our News ENERGY DAYS: greener buildings Are a PROFIT FOR THE FUTURE

EU - Central Europe project "GovernEE" closes its first series of campaign days in its Italian partner city Bologna, directing the public’s attention to improved governance schemes for energy management of public & historic buildings.

4th May 2012, Bologna: Hosted in the Italian renaissance city’s oldest historic locations such as Palazzo Merendoni, Oratorio San Filippo Neri and Quartiere San Vitale, the circle of conference organized on 2nd, 3rd and 4th May along GovernEE’s “Energy Days” has been addressing citizens on sustainable energy use in public buildings and on the general issue of sustainable living on a “space hit” Earth. Public debates were driven by Professors Marco Setti and Vincenzo Balzani from Bologna University as well as Alberto Piancastelli and Anna Pasini, urban architects. Organized by the Municipality of Bologna, as the European project GovernEE’s partner, Energy Days Final event under the welcome of Patrizia Gabellini, Councillor for Urban planning & Environment of the Municipality of Bologna, was dedicated to energy conservation & retrofitting in historic buildings. A showroom, displayed to inform and educate the broader public, has been proactively involving city dwellers during campaign days to realize unsustainable habits and how changes can be made.

Should building renovation be done under the chapter of sustainability (i.e. : rationalizing energy use), City Councilor Paola Gabellini recognized the difficulties encountered in restoring the old historic patrimony: “To maintain the buildings historic and artistic value and abide by the technically complex and burocratic regulations, any intervention has to be done on tiptoe" – said Mrs Gabellini. Co-funded by the EU Central Europe programme, GovernEE ( )’s central concern tackles rationalization of energy use in public buildings, especially in historic dwellings where little progress has been made so far. The project, along with Central European partners from 5 countries, is approaching the problem from the point of view of good governance. Since public institutions are often located in old, historic buildings, energy conservation issues are relevant for decision-makers themselves. GovernEE investigates into coaching & training schemes allowing the improvement of decision-makers’ competences and their commitment to energy-conscious urban planning such as the use of renewables, efficiency measures.

Public conference will honor as a special guest the European project 3ENCULT ( also working on finding solutions & products to improve energy efficiency in historic buildings with a partnership of 22 Universities, public bodies, research centers and enterprises across 10 European countries. "Historic buildings are cities’ visiting cards" reminded Paolo Baldracchi, from EURAC (Bolzano) invited to the Energy Days to present 3Encult project’s case study. The event wishes to draw the attention of public and private decision-makers, professionals & academia on available good practices to integrate sustainability in managing energy use in public & historic buildings. La Esco del Sole, contributing expert to Bologna’s feasibility pilot study on “Testing building materials in historic buildings to boost energy efficiency” has also participated in the afternoon session where number of Bolognese knowledge experts & institutes such as CETA, ICIE, ARTEMIS and ARUP have exchange on historic dwellings’ energy retrofitting  questions.

Last Updated (Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:55)

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