Interview with Emilio Sassone Corsi on Frascati Green Tower

Interview with Emilio Sassone Corsi on Frascati Green Tower

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Set in the historic center of Frascati la Frascati Green Tower (FGT) is about to become a technology demonstrator green, perfectly maintaining all the precious value of architecture, indeed, enhancing it. This is how, once the work is finished, it can be an example for the arrangement and "greening" of many other historic buildings of which our country is very rich.

There is space for new buildings with low environmental impact, but also the ancient ones can be reborn. Presenting the wonders of the ancient Tower is Emilio Sassone Corsi, founder of MANAGEMENT INNOVATION (MAIN), the company that created and is carrying out the project.

1) FGT is a technology demonstrator, that is?

Well, yes, it's called that because with FGT we aim to select the best construction technologies with low environmental impact and aimed at energy saving to apply them all together with the ancient ancient tower located in the center of Frascati. The goal is to make FGT a living example, a "living demonstrator" of green technologies that can be a stimulus for other renovations of ancient buildings in Lazio and Central Italy.

2) How much did it cost? What are the expected times for the realization?

All the formal steps have already been taken for the request and obtaining of the authorizations and we will leave for the renovation next spring. Three months of intense work are expected. We should be able to inaugurate the FGT next September. We foresee a renovation cost not different from the average one applied to a building of this size, we are talking about 800 - 1,000 Euro / sqm, FGT will fall within the average, while adopting ecological, natural and low environmental impact materials.

3) What difficulties did you encounter in transforming an ancient building located in an ancient context into “green”? what goals have you set yourself?

I think this is the most interesting challenge: today everyone is aiming at the design and construction of buildings with characteristics of low or no environmental impact new while in reality Italy has a huge heritage of ancient buildings to be restored and it is there that the most important energy savings can be had. The important thing is to apply green renovation technologies in an integrated manner in order to obtain all the possible advantages. The goal we have set ourselves is to fall into a relatively high category of the CasaClima classification, not necessarily the highest but certainly the one that allows good energy savings and a low environmental impact. We had no difficulty in explaining our intentions to the Mayor of Frascati, who is particularly sensitive on these issues, and to the municipal technical offices. Everyone was in complete agreement and fully supported the project.

4) What materials did you choose?

We are selecting materials which mainly have two criteria: natural and km 0. It is very important for us to establish a collaboration relationship with national companies and with local operators who favor the project and guarantee certain conditions. Therefore wood at km 0 will be used and certainly not coming from tropical forests and / or deforestations (and with FSC certification), as for the paints they will be absolutely harmless for the treatment of surfaces. Even the frames will be made of natural materials that guarantee above all a very low dispersion and low environmental impact.

5) What precautions did you use for the implants? Would they be applicable to any home in a historic building?

Working on systems in an extensive way requires a total renovation of a building and this is what we are about to do on the FGT. The goal is to achieve energy efficiency: air conditioning, for example, will be obtained through the installation of an innovative low-consumption floor heating system powered by a micro-wind system installed on the roof of the tower. A small self-production of electricity will allow sufficient heating, without the need to embark on the difficult and often uncertain buying and selling of electricity with ENEL or with other operators in the energy sector. Self-production and self-consumption of energy is the best way to become autonomous and minimize the environmental impact. Inevitably, it is also necessary to have energy storage systems. For larger dimensions than the FGT, our idea is to create energy storage systems in the form of methane-green.

6) Vertical garden, rainwater recovery and micro wind generators: which and how many benefits in green terms? What are the necessary conditions to be able to install them in a building?

A vertical garden ensures thermal insulation in summer and winter like no other solution and it is pleasing to the eye: the aesthetic aspect is very important in a historic center, in addition the vertical garden will be irrigated by rainwater recovered from the small terrace covering the tower.

The micro-wind system will be used to power the underfloor heating, furthermore the whole FGT will be illuminated by LED systems but during the day, through natural light channels it will be possible not to illuminate the rooms internally without the need to turn on the light.

All the systems will be controlled by an innovative home automation system for which we have already requested and obtained a micro-innovation loan from the Lazio Region, in collaboration with the SOTEL company of Rome. The system will make it possible to measure the benefits in terms of energy savings day by day and therefore to verify how quickly it is possible to obtain the return on investments made. The home automation system we are creating will be low cost and applicable to any building without carrying out invasive and expensive interventions.

7) Is FGT a replicable and extensible project? as?

Yes, our idea is precisely to create a project that is widely replicable and extendable to other buildings to be restored. MANAGEMENT INNOVATION (MAIN), through its Green Technology Division, after the experience of FGT, will be able to design and implement turnkey renovations of homes and buildings aimed at energy saving and low environmental impact. FGT has the characteristics of a scalable project both in terms of building size and in the complexity of the interventions to be implemented. We are activating a network of collaborations with some of the main Italian companies engaged in Green Building to distribute these technologies in Lazio and Central Italy.

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