Sustainable building design is becoming a reference model for the development of any activity related to the built environment. Its theorization is closely related to that of sustainable development and is therefore also related to the concept of properly using the environmental and cultural resources of the areas concerned.
The topic of building and urban retrofit fits into this picture since it is considered a sustainability practice that can firstly reduce soil and, in general, resource consumption, and secondly develop territories by increasing the value of the building stock and its cultural and environmental heritage.
Nowadays, there are several factors that lead to considering the retrofit of the existing building stock, and on a larger scale, urban regeneration, which is pivotal for reviving the entire building sector. Nevertheless, it is clear that in order to trigger such valuable mechanisms in the territory and within the fabric of its economy, chasing just the profit or developing merely specific technical knowledge are not enough.
Tangible results therefore originate from a cultural and political maturation of the society, which becomes aware of the significance of such themes, leading essentially to the active participation of both governance systems and the production sector.
This is the context in which to place the birth of R.E.S.E.T. - Energy Retrofit and Sustainability in Building Construction and Territories. The general aim of this idea lab is to contribute to the sustainable, economic, and social development of territories that are marked by features such as architectural heritage and a wealth of landscapes and environmental attractions.
R.E.S.E.T. especially aims to encourage the debate about building stock retrofit and urban regeneration, providing students, professionals, civil servants, and company employees with tools that allow them to work effectively in this field.
By means of the scientific, educational, and operational contributions of academics, professionals, and qualified companies, R.E.S.E.T. is intended to promote training initiatives, meetings, and debates in order to spread the best practices in building and urban retrofit.
Arch. Michele Pietropaolo,
Ing. Davide Di Fabio,
Arch. Paolo Bonvini,
Arch. Vittoria Mencarini,
Arch. Luana Del Prete, Arch. Iacopo Fiorani.