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With the final touch of a dark red paint, this one-family (plus small mother’s flat) house was finally completed, after 2 years of construction.  It is a standard, modern construction, built in reinforced concrete frame and clay block walls, but designed with particular care in energy efficiency, sustainability and comfort. The ‘new generation’ clay blocks [...]

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Since the previous post, when everything seemed to go backwards, with plenty of demolition and excavation work, we have now started to actually build something. The new extension – east wing – that will accomodate the new living room on the ground floor and the master bedroom on the first floor, is now under way. Due [...]

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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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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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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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After the August “Ferragosto” holiday, we are back on site to complete the wooden house in Umbria, on the hills near Umbertide. This building has a 14cm. thick insulation (ecological wood fiber panels) on the roof as well as a ventilated chamber below the roof tiles: this provides energy-saving and comfort, both in winter and summer. [...]

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