From 31 January to 3 February, Fiera Bolzano is hosting the 19th edition of the exhibition dedicated to energy efficiency and sustainable and responsible construction

The future is built every day. Choices, actions, thoughts, emotions, feelings. How one lives and deals with today determines what will happen tomorrow. On a personal and global level. Anticipating the future, based on the present, makes it possible to predict how things will turn out.

This is vital for the construction industry to start building more sustainably and green, identifying a possible future on the basis of which to define new strategies and new ways of intervening in the present. For about 20 years, Klimahouse has been an authoritative laboratory of innovation that explores tomorrow's scenarios, responds to energy challenges, and elevates living comfort.

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The 2024 scenario

The right perspective, tension for change, imagination, long-term vision, flexibility and responsibility, courage, passion, commitment, skills and creativity are needed. Aptitudes capable of generating new strategies, new business models, new construction techniques based on experimentation, on advanced technological solutions, on integrated and shared systems. Collaborating, cooperating and working together: companies, designers, institutions and local communities.

A scenario that Klimahouse 2024 puts at the centre of events, meetings, conventions (more than 100 appointments) and exhibition spaces (about 400 companies including 17 start-ups). Commitments and initiatives that have earned Klimahouse the Best Forestry Prize, awarded by PEFC Italy and Legambiente.

Designing the future at Klimahouse

The cities of tomorrow need innovation and urban planning projects that promote economic development and environmental protection. The cornerstones for reshaping living and working patterns have always been at the heart of Klimahouse: energy efficiency and green building.

These two topics are at the heart of the European debate, where work is underway on the Green Homes Directive (the European Union's energy transition agenda aims to reduce harmful emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieve zero emissions by 2050), a package of regulations promoting the renovation of high-impact buildings and the construction of new energy-efficient buildings.

What will happen in Italy?

The measure at European level aims to prioritise 15% of the most energy-hungry buildings (placed in energy class G) for each member state. In Italy this is about 1.8 million residential buildings, out of a total of 12 million.

Dwellings are currently classified according to their energy performance, which is essential to know the energy needs of a building and to limit consumption. Until the end of January 2024, the measure will remain provisional pending formal approval by the EU Parliament and Council.

Klimahouse Future Hub

The 'Building Well, Living Well' concept is developed through four thematic focuses: Wood, Energy, Materials and Innovation in Construction. Many innovations will be presented: latest-generation proposals for thermal insulation, advanced plant engineering for air conditioning and indoor air quality, digital technological solutions for smart building management, and solutions devised by the start-ups present at Klimahouse Future Hub

The congress: two days dedicated to Inspiration and Innovation

Appointments to mark in your diary include Klimahouse Congress with a focus on renewable energies and materials, scheduled for 2 and 3 February at MEC - Meeting&Event Center in Bolzano. It starts on Friday 2 February with a reflection on the theme Women in architecture and virtuous examples.

The first day is dedicated to Inspiration, addressing female visions and suggestions, bearers of inspiration and ideas for raising the standards of sustainable building: Professor Samia Henni, writer Melania G. Mazzucco, architects Christine Pfeifer, Francesca Galeazzi and Benedetta Tagliabue. On Saturday 3 February, Innovation will be at the centre: architects Walter Angonese, Roger Boltshauser, Konrad Graser, Dirk Hebel and Marthijn Pool will discuss the theme of circularity in architecture, a new paradigm requiring unprecedented approaches and a radical change in perspectives and thinking.

An award for timber architecture

Eco-compatibility and the environmental impact of materials are another thematic pillar of the fair. Special attention is paid to wood and its use as a structural element, with all the engineering challenges this entails.

Among the programme highlights is the awarding of the winners of the Wood Architecture Prize 2024, an award, now in its second edition, celebrating the architectural and sustainable value of Italian works in wood, with the scientific partnership of Politecnico di Torino, Università Iuav Venezia and in collaboration with PEFC Italia.

80 candidate projects, 7 jurors, 12 finalist works in 3 categories (private, public and temporary), plus a special mention across the board for a project by designers under 35. Final verdict at the official award ceremony on Thursday 1 February at Klimahouse Stage.

A Short Master in Wood Architecture

On Thursday 1 February 2024, during the fair, the 15 applications for the first Short Master's in Wood Architecture promoted by Wood Architecture Academy by Klimahouse, Klimahouse's educational spin-off to educate on sustainability and responsible design, in collaboration with YACademy (an international postgraduate institute founded by internationally renowned architects) will be announced.

The experience offered by the master's degree is the result of years of experimentation and interaction with the great masters of architecture. The course (lasting two months with 32 hours of workshop and 80 hours of face-to-face teaching) integrates didactic formats that make the experience unique and able to make a difference in the professional career of young designers. Applications for the course were evaluated by a selection committee made up of fourPritzer Architecture Prize-winning studio partners.

The Klimahouse Tours

Finally, visitors can experience first-hand the benefits of low-environmental-impact buildings by taking part in the Klimahouse Tours, guided tours to discover the secrets of high-efficiency buildings, virtuous architectures and avant-garde buildings that have already seen the light of day in the area.

Photos by Giulia Palaia, Marco Parisi, Simone Bossi