City Life Magazine 11 - Page 23

FEATURES 23 TRAINING, CERTIFICATION, CONSTRUCTION SITE YOUR BUSINESS IS DETERMINED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, AT THE MOMENT WHICH IS YOUR COMPETENCE AREA? LEEDme is the green building division of Essedi Strategie d’Impresa Srl, an innovative company centered on eco-friendly development, is one of the founders of GBC Italy. From 2008 LEEDme is involved on sustainable construction, in Italy and abroad, we are a group of accredited technical experts in environmental sustainability certifications, energy modeling and green energy audit. Mainly we use LEED protocols: LEED NC, LEED for Schools, LEED NC Italy, LEED for Healthcare, LEED CI, LEED CS. We also use other national and international certifications standard such as: GBC Home, BREEAM, CASBEE Ithaca, Ark. To spread the culture in construction sustainability, we organize and manage training sessions throughout Italy, directly or by professional orders. I personally manage all the activities coordination in LEEDme following directly important construction sites and certification projects. THE LEED CERTIFICATION IS NOT ONLY A MATTER OF TECHNOLOGY BUT ALSO SOCIAL, WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLAIN THIS ASPECT? Sustainability is based on the balance between social, economic and environmental angle. If we want obtain a socially equitable building we should search the best solutions for everyone involved in the construction or renovation building process: the owner, the residents, the manager and the maintainers, the design team and, the surrounding community members as unwitting beneficiaries of a neighborhood amended by the building construction. The design strategies and actions that have a positive impact on these subjects are numerous and diverse, for example open and recreational spaces for socialization or facilitate a sustainable mobility. In the preliminary design the builders often have a narrowed perspective, and they doesn’t grab all the correlations and opportunities for the surrounding community. It’s important to consider the new building positive externalities and inform designers about the influence that some choices they do on urban scale.