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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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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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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 wooden house in Umbria is not just ecological, earthquake-resistant and energy-efficient. It is also very quick to build. We are only on Day 3 now and the vertical X-LAM panels are almost all in place, showing the final shell of the building. It is amazing to see how all the pieces fit together, like [...]

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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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Now the restoration of this umbrian farmhouse is well under way, with the help of a surprisingly dry and sunny autumn. After the consolidation of the wall’s foundations, we are now rebuilding the first floor ceiling, partly in timber (main beams and planks in chestnut) and partly using the traditional ‘pianelle’ (terracotta thin brick) in [...]

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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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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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