ABITA - Bioecological Architecture and Technological Innovation for the Environment

Address Information
City: 
Florence
Country: 
Italy

ABITA is a consortium of eight leading Italian Universities and a newly created Interuniversity Research Centre in the field of environmental technologies. The members are: University of Florence, Polytechnic of Milan, Polytechnic of Turin, University of Genova, University of Naples "Federico II", University of Naples-Aversa, University of Rome "La Sapienza" and Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.

 

MISSION

The main objectives of ABITA activities are to promote, organise and develop research activities in the field of systems and architectural technologies and in the transformation of the built and natural environment. ABITA lately promotes collaboration new Municipalities and Public Administrations in order to improve policies of urban environmental qualification with the aim to introduce new environmental parameters in building standards and about urban development. In particular:

 

  • to integrate into the design process advanced technologies aiming at energy saving;
  • to develop evaluation instruments for the control of the quality of the transformation interventions of the built environment;
  • to apply instruments methodologies and innovative in the formation of the operators in the field of studies on bioecological architecture and on employment of innovative technologies for the environment; furthermore to co-ordinate research and experimental activities among the associated universities in the above mentioned fields;
  • to develop the training of researchers through organisation of training courses, conferences and workshops;
  • to diffuse the results of the activities undertaken through "discussion papers" and specific publications in order to facilitate the teaching of Bioecological Architecture and Technological Innovation for the Environment;
  • to improve human potential in education and cultural diversity (Partnership enhancing content production on Sustainable Development for "eLearning" in Developing Countries).

 

ACTIVITIES

 

  • Research, consultancy, education and dissemination activities on energy utilization in buildings and climate-sensitive architectural design;
  • Processes of innovation and technical change in the construction industry;
  • Technical support to the building design and construction professions throughout Europe;
  • TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH - URBAN PLANNING maximising the use of renewables energies;
  • RENEWABLE ENERGIES Targeted actions for the improvement of awareness energies;
  • ACTIVE BUILDING Development and Industrial Design of components;
  • OFFICE: Passive Retrofitting of Office Buildings;
  • PV in SCHOOLS Target action for the dissemination of PV in school;
  • MUSEUMS: Energy efficiency and sustainability in museum buildings;
  • PVPublish - Architectural and technical advice for PV integrated systems in buildings;
  • HOSPITALS Exemplar Energy Conscious European Hospitals;

CONSULTANCY

 

ABITA, team of architects and engineers, regularly works with professionals to help implement sustainable and energy efficient strategies in real projects. Our team can offer a wide range of expert advice with back-up technical and analytical support as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience stemming from our research activities and access to a European-wide network of experts.


EXCELLENCE IN UNIVERSITIES

 

Training and information : European Masters in "Bioecological Architecture and Technical Environment". This master is tailored for professionals working in the built environment who want to acquire specialist skills and knowledge in sustainable environmental and low energy design, an increasingly important international field. It gives a practical and theoretical grounding to architects and building professionals. Skills are developed in a range of different methodologies for evaluating environmental conditions and predicting the effects of design solutions. These include data collection and interpretation methods and computer-based simulations of buildings, set within a framework of low energy design principles, and against a background of often conflicting theories of sustainability. The course is taught by ABITA Reasearch Unit of Florence within the School of Architecture and the Department TAeD.