Studio Santi speaker at the course “Green in Cultural Heritage”

The intervention was held as part of the course "Green in Cultural Heritage: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Conservation and Enhancement"

On 24 and 31 May 2021 the course “Green in Cultural Heritage: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Conservation and Enhancement” was held, promoted by the Ministry of Culture, Galleria Borghese, YOCOCU, ISAC, ICOM, Fondazione Ecosistemi.

Studio Santi had the honor of participating in the day of May 31st, entitled “Sustainable Approach and Management of Cultural Heritage”, with the speech “Climate change, decarbonization and energy transition. The contribution of historic buildings/museums” presented by Prof. Federico Santi and by eng. Francesco Castellani.

The most recent analyzes confirm that, in the process of achieving the Sustainable Scenario (the one that keeps global warming below 2°C), the contribution of energy efficiency is more important than that of renewable sources. Compared to the total global climate-altering emissions, the share attributable to the construction sector is equal to 39%.

Overall, in the construction sector, renovation expenditure is 0.1 times the total expenditure. In Europe – which will soon be hit by an even stronger Renovation Wave, essential for achieving the 2030 objectives – this ratio is very different, especially in Italy where the expenditure in renovations is 3.5 times the expenditure in new buildings. The age of our housing stock (15% of homes and 17% of school buildings are over 100 years old) and government policies (tax deductions, incentives) have greatly contributed to defining this trend.

In Italy there is therefore a strong need to renovate the real estate stock, both public and private. Historic public buildings make up a large part of this heritage, inside which we find museum buildings. The sensitivity and extraordinary skills of the players of this specific sector (Superintendencies, officials, professionals) requires that in these areas must be developed the best practices – through case studies – to be subsequently transferred to other realities.

The case studies of the Borghese Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome – presented in the intervention of Studio Santi – demonstrate that it is possible to undertake an energy efficiency process of historic museum buildings, but only through an integrated approach: the best practices for the energy efficiency of historic buildings can only come from case studies in the museum sector.

Source: Studio Santi