Bologna - Italy    23 - 27 / 09 / 2024

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Cersaie 2010: Conferences and Seminars
Hotels and energy efficiency

Saturday 02 October - 9.30 a.m.
Galleria dell'Architettura

The theme of energy efficiency concerns the whole built environment.
It is becoming particularly critical in the specific field of hospitality structures due to the growing attention of users to issues of sustainability (they favour the most advanced facilities, where energy efficiency can become a decisive factor) and because hotel buildings are intense energy consumers (large and complex utility systems, highly diversified uses by guests, need for continuous operation, locations with accentuated climatic extremes).
Alongside issues affecting new projects are those that concern existing facilities. Italy’s historically strong tourist industry has led over the years to the creation of a stock of hotel buildings that are old and often obsolete and in any case in need of energy remediation.


Arch. Andrea Rinaldi More

Arch. Andrea Rinaldi

Head of Architecture and Energy Centre, Ferrara Architecture Faculty
Think sustainably

Think of architecture geared to human well-being and identity, free of excess, built using simple and innovative technologies in accordance with available resources. A simple and durable form of building in which space, form and technology combine. A new way of living, space conducive to a multiplicity of relationships, where simplicity stems from complexity, where passion is ubiquitous.

Biographical notes
Researcher in Architectural and urban composition at the Faculty of architecture of Ferrara, he is Director of the Architecture and Energy Research Centre and a member of the Laboratorio di Architettura (RE).
He conducts research in the field of architectural and urban design and studies the relationship between architectural planning, sustainability and energy. He has written articles in books and magazines for the sector and has won awards and architecture competitions.
A.Rinaldi, (editor) Progettazione ed efficienza energetica, Maggioli, Rimini, 2010

Prof. Arch. Paolo Rava More

Prof. Arch. Paolo Rava

Architect, ANAB representative, councillor responsible for urban planning for the Municipality of Forlì
Strategies for sustainability in hotel buildings

Two architectural projects in two different microclimatic contexts, coastal and inland hills in the Romagna region. The common theme of the project is that of an eco-sustainable and low environmental impact bed-and-breakfast/guesthouse. The search for local zero-kilometre materials and the use of regionally compatible dry construction techniques, retrofit projects and energy remodelling of existing buildings. Natural material are used to solve problems of environmental comfort and customisation of interiors and as part of a low CO2 emissions strategy for ecotourism.

Biographical notes
PAOLO RAVA, architect, lives and works in Faenza. Since 1989 he has conducted theoretical and practical research in the field of bioecology in architecture and has gained experience in natural sustainable and bioclimatic architecture as part of the Architecture and Energy research group. He works for A+4 studio and as a tutor on courses and workshops. He is also an ANAB delegate and a temporary lecturer in the Architectural Design Workshop of the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara. He has written texts and essays on sustainability.

Prof. Luigi Martirano More

Prof. Luigi Martirano

University researcher and lecturer in domotics and rational energy use

The impact of building automation and technical management in the energy performance of a hotel



The potential of building automation and control systems (BACS) for improving energy efficiency of buildings is now widely recognised, especially in hotel type applications. Alongside the evident advantages in terms of safety, management and maintenance of utilities, the BACS systems may improve energy efficiency by reducing the quantity of energy required to provide a given service while offering innovative technologies and directly controlling and managing energy consumption. BACS systems also provide energy measurement tools that are essential for performing effective technical management of the building.


Biographical note
Luigi Martirano is a university researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University Sapienza of Rome. He lectures on the course of domotics and rational energy use and is a member of the technical committee of CEI 205 Bus systems for buildings and 311b. G Parise, L Martirano: Impact of Building Automation, Controls and Building Management on Energy Performance of Lighting Systems, IEEE/I&CPS 2009, May 3-7, Calgary, Canada. 2002/91/EC directive on energy efficiency in the building sector. UNI EN 15232 October 2007, UNI EN 15193-1, March 2008 

Ing. Martina Demattio More

Ing. Martina Demattio

Engineer, ClimaHotel project manager

ClimaHotel, for responsible tourism  



The goal of Agenzia CasaClima is to combine savings, living well-being and sustainability. CasaClima has become a synonym for energy-efficient building and a healthy lifestyle. The concept concerns not only new buildings, but also sustainable remodelling of old buildings with the objective of guaranteeing comfort and quality of living without harming the environment or resources.  

ClimaHotel is a new quality seal for responsible tourism applicable to hospitality structures that are attentive to environmental and energy resources, that respect local culture and traditions and pursue solid and lasting economic development. The seal offers a guarantee for both guests and hoteliers and is granted following comprehensive and long-term verification of the evaluation criteria, from design through to management. The quality seal is based on an all-round approach and evaluates sustainability objectives that consider environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects.


Video interview

Luigi Martirano
Paolo Rava
Andrea Rinaldi
Martina Demattio