Posts by: Marco Carlini

Remember the wooden house in Umbria? It is nearly completed now and I wanted to show you something that will not be seen again because it is buried under 5 cm of concrete screed. Instead of using the traditional (and inefficient) radiators, together with the client we decided to go for underfloor heating and therefore [...]

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Dubai!

On April 30, 2011 By Marco Carlini

From a small loft in Umbria to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world!) in Dubai…everything is architecture! The contrast between the desert and the tall glass buildings is certainly striking, as well as the other many incongruous aspects of this amazing city, full of people from all over the world, living and [...]

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When restoring an old farmhouse or a barn in Umbria, one of the main concerns is how to make it light, given that most of these buildings have small windows and often dark interiors, with terracotta tiles on the floor and dark wooden beams and pianelle on the ceiling. The brief for the restoration of [...]

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Heating in Italy

On March 10, 2011 By Marco Carlini

Although Italy is often described as a sunny country, and it is, compared with most other European countries, our winters can be very cold…and quite long! Most house owners in Umbria and Tuscany have discovered this fact through huge gas bills, in their endeavour to try and keep their houses warm, especially those in the [...]

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During the KlimaHouse exhibition in Bolzano (see previous post) on energy efficient construction, I could not resist a visit to some of the best wineries of this splendid region, Alto Adige (or Sud Tirol, in German). I have always liked the wines produced here, especially white wines, so crisp, flowery and fruity, mainly due to the [...]

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I have just come back from KlimaHouse fair in Bolzano, one of the most important international trade fairs for energy efficient construction and sustainable architecture. Alto Adige, the German-Italian bilingual region up in the very North of Italy, has always been a forerunner regarding the themes of good building practice and eco-sustainability, with many good [...]

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When we design and build an energy-efficient house, after the walls, the roof, the insulation layers, then it’s the turn of the windows, just before we start concentrating on the interior. If we don’t want to waste what we have achieved with our insulated walls and ventilated roof, it is extremely important we choose the [...]

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Italy has always been famous for its great architecture, displayed in the well-known cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and many more. But what makes it a special country is that even the smallest and less familiar towns, in any region, can surprise the unaware visitor with great examples of architecture from various periods. Ascoli Piceno, [...]

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In Italian we call it “cappotto“, that is coat, an external insulation layer that has lately become almost compulsary when building a new house or restoring an existing one, in order to achieve the minimum “U” value stated by recent laws. The aim is to build more efficient architecture in terms of energy-saving and sustainability: [...]

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And so we lost another ancient piece of architecture and history. On 6th November, the 2,000-year-old House of the Gladiators in Pompei collapsed after heavy rain. Can heavy rain pull a building down? Clearly the italian state is not capable of making sure that such important heritage is properly looked after. Some commentators said the [...]

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