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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

Press release Welcome to the age of the carbon-neutral hotel

Energy-efficiency is an increasingly important consideration in the construction of buildings in general and hotels in particular. It's partly a question of image, vis-à-vis an increasingly sensitive and demanding clientele, but it's predominantly a question of substance, revolving around spending less, spending it more effectively and safeguarding the environment. These are the items on the agenda for the meeting "Hotels and energy-efficiency" to be held at Cersaie on 2 October

In the coastal resorts of Emilia-Romagna, they call them “eco-hotels”, in other words hotels which meet a series of requirements relating to waste management, water consumption, sourcing of foodstuffs and even noise pollution. In reality, the trend sweeping through Italy’s major hotel chains is much more than just a quality mark, however prestigious. We are moving into the arena of energy-efficiency per se, a concept that’s receiving growing attention both from legislation – which in Emilia-Romagna, for example, requires that every building bought or sold must have an energy certificate – and from a public that’s increasingly sensitive to issues of eco-sustainability.


These and others will be the topics under discussion at the meeting “Hotels and energy-efficiency”, to be held at Cersaie on 2 October (at 9.30 a.m. in the Architecture Gallery), as part of the “Building, dwelling, thinking” series of events. There’s no denying that hotels are particularly energy-hungry, and the subject of efficiency is more than just a question of projecting an image or meeting legal requirements (an energy certificate will soon be necessary even for a simple vacation rental contract); it is now also a question of remaining competitive. The meeting’s contributors will include the architects Andrea Rinaldi, Head of the Architecture and Energy Centre at the University of Ferrara’s Faculty of Architecture, and Paolo Rava, a representative of ANAB (the Italian association of bio-ecological architecture) and Commissioner for Urban Planning for the municipal council of Forlì. It is in the field of energy-efficiency, moreover, that architecture enjoys its most beneficial links with engineering, through expert reports, measurements, calculations and other component parts of a complex task that compels engineers and architects to work side by side towards the common goal of “zero impact”, a goal which has already been achieved in several state-of-the-art facilities, both in the public and private domain.


As witness to this symbiotic relationship between architecture and engineering in the field of energy-efficient building, the speakers at the meeting will include Professor Luigi Martirano of the Department of Electrical Engineering at “La Sapienza” University  of Rome. Underlying the whole issue, is a completely new way of conceiving buildings: houses, like people, have their weak points and their own particular needs. Even buildings, it would be fair to say, have their own metabolism. We call it energy-efficiency and it can be defined in terms of a performance indicator (from Class A to Class G) determined on the basis of a comprehensive range of variables, which generally represent the weak points of buildings. These might include the windows and the insulation of the walls, roof and floor. They also include the technical systems – which fall squarely within the scope of engineering – such as the boiler, heating system, etc. The very structure of the building – and according to some studies even the shape of the rooms – can also affect energy-efficiency.       



The solution? To save energy, first and foremost, but also to develop ways of producing it at a lower financial and environmental cost, bearing in mind that 40% of Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions come, not from cars, but from buildings and their heating and air conditioning systems. The aim of the meeting “Hotels and Energy-efficiency” is to demonstrate that carbon-neutral buildings are not science-fiction but an achievable (and in many cases, already achieved) reality. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the meeting will see the participation of Martina Demattio, Head of Agenzia CasaClima based in Bolzano, an area of Italy in which eco-buildings are now widespread and large numbers of hotels are to be found, due to the high levels of incoming tourism. All in all, the meeting will provide a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at some top-class, real-world examples of what is meant by the energy-efficiency of buildings, including hotels.    



Cersaie Press Office - 5th August 2010 -

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