7th November 2018

  • 2.30 - 5.30 pm (PAV. B7 - Agorà Room) → Low cost (circular) and health: the drivers of innovation in the city by The Ecomondo Scientific and Technical Committee

Recent statistic show that, despite the wide availability of new technologies, the adoption of smart services and functions is still limited on the side of governance by the lack of resources, experts and strategies. In Italy, this situation is even more aggravated: these technologies have been adopted in only a few cases, and primarily in the cities of the North. If they are to escape this situation of stagnation, municipal authorities need not just centralised guidelines and training, but also strategies to mobilise innovation in cities and increase collaborations between public and private stakeholders. Low cost (circular) and health in every day life are two potential drivers of innovation (along with environmental sustainability), since they have a powerful impact on the citizen. This event aims to identify, in an authoritative panel discussion, potential strategies to enable such change over the short to medium term.

Session chair

Gian Marco Revel, Polytechnic University of the Marche, Coordinator, Italian Construction Industry Technology Platform


14.00 Introductory remarks by the session chair

Attended by:

Carol Lemmens, Global Advisory Services Leader, ARUP Group

Andrea Lenzi, La Sapienza University of Rome, President, Healthy City Institute
Francesco Profumo, Polytechnic of Turin, President, Compagnia di San Paolo

Marco Granelli, Mobility and Environment Councillor, City of Milan
Gianluca Galimberti, Mayor of Cremona

Mark Watts, Director, C40 Network (TBC)

Concluding remarks
Simona Bonafè, EU Parliament Member, Rapporteur Circular Economy Package (TBC)



8th November 2018

  • 9.30 - 1.30 pm (PAV. D7 - Agorà Room) → Industrial strategies for digitalising construction and managing tomorrow's cities by The Ecomondo Scientific and Technical Committee

In the hallmark spirit of Sustainable City at Ecomondo, businesses which offer complementary products and services for the construction and management of the city of the future come together at this event to discuss industrial strategies and opportunities relating to digitalisation and the massive availability of data. New technologies are revolutionising even traditional industries like the construction supply chain, and opening the doors to synergies able to generate new and improved services for citizens and Public Authorities.

Session chair

Gian Marco Revel, Polytechnic University of the Marche, Coordinator, Italian Construction Industry Technology Platform


Introductory remarks by the session chair

Attended by:

Paolo Perino, President, Bticino, Vice-President for Innovation, Federcostruzioni

Maurizio Focchi, CEO, FOCCHI Spa

Enrico PIRACCINI, Director for Development, Central Innovation Department, HERA SpA

Orazio VIELE, General Director for Research and Innovation, ENGINEERING Spa

Other companies and utilities

Concluding remarks by the session chair



  • 2.00 - 6.00 pm (PAV. D7 - Gardenia Room) → Efficiency and existing buildings: techniques and financing by GBC Italia

The deep renovation of buildings is a unique opportunity for relaunching the construction industry. But for this potential to have long lasting benefits, it is necessary that:

  • The energy upgrading of buildings be the occasion for a deeper transformation of the country's built assets through:
  • Incentivisation of deep renovation, integrating energy upgrades with structural and hygienic upgrades
  • Innovation in the industry, promoted by the industrialisation of upgrading techniques, thus reducing the duration and expense of the work.

The objectives of deep renovation also require that advanced financing instruments be made available which go beyond current proposals, to assure economic sustainability. Financing mechanisms must identify ways to satisfy the varying requirements of demand, such as making available green mortgages with conditions related to the building's performance, and to resolve the criticalities of insolvent subjects by guaranteeing the "portability" of deductibles in relation to financial institutions and utilities. Financial incentives should also be accompanied by simplified administration, thus eliminating the obstacles blocking access to them for users and medium sized businesses.

For such long term investments, of considerable technical and financial import, it is essential that instruments be set in place to measure their results, including:

  • Energy-environmental sustainability certification protocols, to guide the design of integrated projects and measure their impact.
  • Consumption measurement systems, to monitor performance over time.

The conference will attempt to consider all these aspects, with topical, innovative contributions to the discussion which are fundamental to a genuine development and acceleration of the deep renovation of buildings and urban regeneration.


Session chairs



9.30 Introduction

9.45 Revaluing existing buildings

10.15 The role of Public Authorities in upgrading public and private assets

10.45 Urban regeneration projects: from city quarter to building. GBC Quartieri (Quarter), GBC Condominio (Condominium) and GBC HB protocols as guidelines for sustainable retrofitting projects

11.15 Integrated deep renovation techniques: efficiency, safety, comfort and hygiene

11.40 Innovative financial instruments for the deep renovation of existing buildings

12.00 Case history



9th November 2018

  • 9.30 - 1.30 pm (PAV. B5 - Energy Room) → Industrial construction by The Key Energy Scientific and Technical Committee

The session provides a national and international overview of the process of industrialising construction. The recovery in terms of productivity offered by the hybridisation between construction and manufacturing offers not just new development possibilities for the sector but also a renewed capacity for urban regeneration using the available resources. The new building product is characterised by the highest standards of quality and sustainability.

Session chair

Thomas Miorin - Director for Innovation, Habitech / Energiesprong Italia


The international framework

Jamie Johnston* - Board Director and Head of Global Systems - Bryden Wood

Jasper van den Munckhof* - Director, Energiesprong Foundation

Italian experiences

Enrico Frizzera - Manni Group

Construction sector industrialisation as a development strategy

Giulio De Gregorio - Saint Gobain

New industrialised solutions for circular construction

Giovanni Spatti - AD Woodbeton

Industrialisation in new buildings and in reuse processes



Paolo Bonaretti - General Director, Aster

Stefano Firpo - General Director for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Small/Medium Business

Gabriele Buia - President, ANCE


  • 10.00 - 1.00 pm (PAV. D7 - Gardenia Room) → The digital building by ANIE

The Internet of Things as a tool that enables devices to simplify the user's life and create new services. A look at innovation in the various industry members of ANIE Federazione.

Session chairs



10.00 Participant registration

10.15 Introduction and chairman's statement

10.30 Energy management delegate
Data management in the service of smart home energy efficiency

10.50 Assil delegate, APPLiA Italia delegate
Connected objects in the digital building: lighting equipment and domestic appliances

11.30 ANIE Rinnovabili delegate
The 4.0 photovoltaic module

11.50 ANIE Rinnovabili delegate
Renewable generation and storage: cloud-based integrated electrical/thermal power management

12.10 ANIE Sicurezza delegate
The growing importance of cyber security for buildings

12.30 ANIE Digitale/Building Group
Recast EPBD: new prospects for the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI)

12.50 ANIE Digitale/Building Group
The ANIE Digitale/Building whitebook: the market opportunities of the IoT

13.10 Discussion and concluding remarks