A full immersion in the latest trends in building and sustainable living, the 18th Klimahouse is scheduled for March 8–11, 2023, at Fiera Bolzano. This international event has become a point of reference for renovation and energy efficiency in the building industry. It’s an opportunity to discover the most innovative architectural and engineering solutions, including the cutting-edge products of the startups exhibiting at Future Hub, such as folding solar panels, modular gardens for outdoor design, and sustainable hi-tech furniture.
Designers and industry professionals, as well as private visitors, come here to meet and discuss how the sector is evolving and what the buildings of the near future will look like. The theme of this year’s event is the energy challenge. And it will be addressed through green architecture, the circular economy, and intelligent construction management with the aim of overcoming the current climate challenge and satisfying emerging needs in terms of savings and living comfort.
The 400 participating exhibitors will be demonstrating new ways of building and renovating through construction techniques and systems, materials with low environmental impact, products for eco-sustainable furnishings and healthy environments, and the latest generation digital technologies – BIM, robotics, 3D printing, IoT, artificial intelligence – for the design and management of smart buildings.
Here are our picks of what not to miss at the event, including Klimahouse Congress, the exhibition’s key attraction; Klimahouse Tours, guided visits to local architecture based around wood and low environmental impact; Future Hub, a space dedicated to startups; and Klimahouse Stage, a platform dedicated to professional training, updating, and information, which will also host the award ceremonies of the Klimahouse Prize 2023 and the Wood Architecture Prize 2023.
Among the program of events scheduled for the four days, Klimahouse Congress occupies a central role. It will take place on March 10 and 11 at the MEC Meeting & Event Center. With the participation of industry experts, the event will throw a spotlight on how energy self-sufficiency can be achieved using renewable sources.
Presented by Uwe Staffler from Agenzia CasaClima, the key focus of the event will be quality living as the cornerstone of social housing. Now a genuine priority at the European level, social housing has progressively broadened its scope and, reflecting contemporary needs, now aims to center on the same values that guide the new ways of building: energy saving, low environmental impact, and living comfort. Klimahouse Congress will therefore be a unique opportunity to participate and get your bearings on the direction sustainable architecture is taking.
With its exhibits and numerous informational and educational events, Klimahouse 2023 will be a prime showcase for innovation in the building industry. Dedicated to startups in the design, construction, and furniture sectors, Future Hub, presented in collaboration with consultancy firm blum.vision, will be at the epicenter of this. The most outstanding exhibitors have been selected to compete for the startup award, a category of the Klimahouse Prize 2023.
The award jury, which will announce the three finalists at 11 a.m. on March 8 on the Klimahouse Stage, will be chaired by Niccolò Aste, full professor of the Department of Architecture, Construction Engineering, and Built Environment at Politecnico di Milano. The jury includes Stefano Dal Savio, head of Tech Transfer Green – NOI Techpark; Eva Ogriseg, CEO TBA – Tyrolean Business Angel network; Luca Barbieri, blum.vision; and Thomas Mur, director of Fiera Bolzano.
Organized in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano, the Klimahouse Prize 2023 awards ceremony will take place on March 10 on the Klimahouse Stage. Up at the podium accepting the awards will be product developers and exhibitors at the forefront of the industry – the people innovating in the name of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The jury, also headed by Professor Niccolò Aste from Politecnico di Milano, will comprise recognized experts in the energy-building-environment sector, as well as a specially selected juror under the age of 35.
Finalists in the Klimahouse Prize 2023 are selected in three categories: Innovation, Circle, and Market Performance.
In the Innovation category, the finalists are Sogimi with Skala, a photovoltaic panel for façades that transforms the traditionally passive building envelope into an active component that generates energy; Eneren with Naw Hive, a 6–17 KW multifunctional full inverter heat pump with an exclusive design that combines technological and architectural innovation; and Griesser with Persiana a Pantografo, a sunblind with high quality, intelligent automation technology.
In the Circle category, the finalists are Calchèra San Giorgio with Calcedicampo Geo-Intonaco, a natural, self-repairing, and anti-condensation plaster made from recycled materials sourced from the agri-food chain and bricks; Tecnosugheri with Corkpan MD Facciata, an exposed cork cladding system that fulfills the dual function of thermo-acoustic insulation and building cladding; and Rice House Benefit corporation with Laterice, a fresco wall finish made from a by-product of rice, that is, the most widely consumed cereal in the world.
Finally, in the Market Performance category, the finalists are Gruppo Poron with Neodur WTRX A+, a textured insulation slab with cross-section cuts made from a biomass-derived renewable raw material; 3Therm with Stepsound Zero, an acoustic paste based on elastomers, resins, and adhesive additives for soundproofing both new and existing stairs; and Pontarolo Engineering SPA with Climablock, a masonry block for constructing load-bearing walls made from hyper-insulated reinforced concrete with high thermal and anti-seismic performance.
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The Wood Architecture Prize is Italy’s first award for timber architecture. It was established in collaboration with Politecnico di Torino and Università Iuav di Venezia with the aim of promoting the use of this natural material by selecting the most diverse projects, from new constructions to urban redevelopment and regeneration projects. The winning projects will be announced at the Wood Summit on March 9, day two of Klimahouse, on the Klimahouse Stage.
A total of 64 Italian projects are vying for the award. From these, eight finalist projects will be selected in the three categories of Residential, Non-Residential, and Experimental. There’s also a special mention category for projects by designers under 35.
The winners will be decided by a special committee as well as the young designers themselves. Chaired by Sandy Attia of Modus Architects, the committee includes Professor Guido Callegari of Politecnico di Torino, Mauro Frate of MFA Architects and former Iuav adjunct professor, Professor Roberto Gargiani of the EPFL Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne, Manuel Benedikter of the studio of the same name, Professor Paolo Simeone of Politecnico di Torino, and Luca Gibello, director of Il Giornale dell’Architettura.
The list of finalists includes:
Armin and Alexander Pedevilla of Pedevilla Architects with CiAsa Aqua Bad Cortina, a house in the high mountains built with natural, locally sourced materials, and a focus on environmental and social sustainability.
Christian Gasparini of NAT Office with SAGM – sculpture atelier galliani montecchio, the workroom of sculptor Michelangelo Galliani in Montecchio Emilia, a minimalist, open workspace connected to an existing home in terms of size and proportions. Wood, used for the slanting entrance, its bracing, and anchoring, defines the exterior of the volume in a homogeneous way.
Felix Perasso with Hotel La Briosa, a virtuous architectural exercise in terms of the green building solutions and technologies used, that combines apparently different styles. Located in the heart of Bolzano, this project is all about bringing together contrasting elements, resulting in a single organism in which tradition and modernity coexist.
Lorenzo Serra of Ellisse Architetti with Ninin, a refuge in the woods that’s the result of the conservative restoration of a small stone cottage.
Luca Compri of LCA Architetti with Casa Quattro, a sustainable house made of wood, rice straw, and cork, distinguished by an extremely simple design that’s devoid of every non-essential element.
Marco Lavit of Atelier LAVIT with Lilelo (Little Leisure Lodges), an accommodation facility in the Monferrato hills comprising four wood and glass huts.
Massimo Lepore, Simone Sfriso, and Raul Pantaleo of TAMassociati with the new Resurrezione di Nostro Signore parish complex, a project that represents a sign of renewal for an entire neighborhood and that offers high performance in terms of energy savings and ease of maintenance.
Roland Baldi of Roland Baldi Architects with a nursery school in Sluderno, a building characterized by clean lines and recognizable elements that harmonizes with its setting.
All images courtesy of Klimahouse