Last week I went to Ecobuild, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Finally the issue of designing and building sustainably and energy-efficiently has become a recognized must and not just a pretty slogan to sound trendy. We need to design and build houses – and offices, factories, public buildings, etc. –  that use very little energy (nearly zero-energy buildings) to keep warm or cool, that are made of recycled or sustainable material, that produce low emission of carbon dioxide, that use alternative energy sources (photovoltaic, solar, wind, geothermal). In Umbria, where I work, I have recently designed two houses built in timber, using X-lam technology, high insulation and alternative energy: ecological, seismic proof, comfortable and cheap to run. In one word: sustainable.

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