Piero Russo ArchiTALKS - Masterclass for architects - ISPLORA

Trailer To build passive

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Passive building as a goal, designing and creating high energy performing buildings with an increased living comfort. A road necessary for the safeguard of our planet and a concrete response to the requests of communities and people through efficient and sustainable buildings, homes and spaces, looking to the future and to overall quality, paying attention to costs and management.

Just think that buildings generate 40% of global CO2, reducing energy consumption through a performance approach applied to buildings becomes essential.

The ArchiTALKS, through the words of Eng. Piero Russo and the professionals of the AKE (Architecture & Klima-Engineering) firm, starts from this premise to develop the topic of passive architecture: the possible variations, the main components, the regulatory framework and research carried out, the professional skills and disciplines involved, technical and compositional aspects, tools and materials, concept and construction.

A journey that starts from the contextualization of "passive building" within the references given by the Passive House Institute: standards and requirements, advantages and perspectives of the inclusion within an international research institute, based on the development of an idea of design and construction based on efficiency and performance. The principles of building engineering physics, in particular the "five pillars" of passive building: thermal insulation, transparent part of the envelope, heat recovery ventilation, airtightness and absence of thermal bridges.

Principles that develop along the ArchiTALKS through their application in architecture projects in warm climates by AKE, highlighting innovations and solutions. In particular, the Putignano Condominium represents the first mass-structure multi-family building to be certified Passive House, a result achieved through a careful planning of the solutions - envelope and plant engineering -, of their realization - construction site - and of monitoring, putting in relation compositional and technical issues, costs and benefits.

Starting from the Putignano project, which becomes the case study to analyze passive architecture, other elements are explored in the narration of the new projects of some villas in Lecce, the retrofitting of an apartment building in Bari, the recovery of a trullo in Locorotondo. Case studies not only to evaluate the solutions adopted, but useful to highlight the step-by-step process which the work is based on, in addition to highlighting some issues: the work on the heritage, on existing architecture, innovation and the relationship with tradition, the lesson of the past that operates on today's buildings.

A necessary and above all integrated approach that brings together different disciplines and skills, phases and tools: creating passive buildings in warm climates.
A journey through the economic and construction aspects, the requirements and social consequences, form and matter. Passive architecture as an operational proposal to take care of the territory, suggesting a sustainable future today.

Educational objectives

  • The topic of "passive building" will be illustrated and analyzed, in particular its application in warm climates through variations, components, regulatory framework, technical and compositional aspects, in order to obtain high energy performance and an increased living comfort;
  • A possible working method will be uncovered, based on precise skills and tools, working along all the design phases: from construction to assessment with the ultimate goal of reducing energy consumption in buildings;
  • The themes that characterize passive architecture will be discovered and analyzed through some of the creations by AKE (Architecture & Klima-Engineering): new buildings, retrofitting, interventions on the existing heritage and on vernacular buildings;
  • The issues related to the "step by step" process and aspects related to building engineering physics will be highlighted, stressing principles and solutions, costs and benefits, integrated concept and design, implementation and management, assessment and monitoring.


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