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After about 18 months of hard work this restoration in the Umbrian countryside is finally completed. We started with a ruin, just a bit more than a pile of stones and the challenge was to rebuild using the same stone and same footprint. The old farmhouse is now back to life, with a modern interior [...]

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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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Energy-efficient, cost-effective and maximum comfort: this is the future of construction and retrofitting. The Passive House Institute (PHI), based in Darmstadt, Germany, ” is an independent research institute that has played an especially crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept – the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction.”  I am becoming more and more [...]

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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. [...]

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See previous post on the fast building of this wooden house in Umbertide, Umbria. This is a truly ecological, highly efficient, energy-saving new architecture in Umbria. The eaves and the triangular balcony on the first floor are in X-lam, the same structure as the walls, but used horizontally. The same could be used in the [...]

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We are only on day 5 since construction of this umbrian wooden house started (although this post comes much later) and the roof is ready to go in. The middle floor and the roof are built exactly the same, with laminated beams (primary and secondary), matchboards and osb boards to add rigidity to the package. On [...]

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This week I started my second wooden house in Umbria, precisely in Umbertide, North Tiber Valley, on an urban plot bordering with a public pine tree forest. The basement is in concrete (wood is obviously not suitable for underground construction), but from now on there will be no more concrete. Just timber panels (X-lam, ie: [...]

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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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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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