Address: Regione Piemonte
Directorate for Innovation, Research, University and Sustainable Energy Development
Sustainable Energy Development Unit - Corso Regina Margherita 174 - 10152 Torino, ITALIA
Piedmont is one of the 20 regions of Italy. It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres, a population of about 4.4 million and its GDP is approximately 126 millions of euros (data refer to 2008).
The Regional Administration has been particularly active in the sector of Low Carbon Buildings (LCBs), providing support to the construction of low energy buildings and modifying the existing laws in order to diffuse better construction practices.
The results of the actions carried on till now have been different. From one side, Piedmont is now one of the Italian Regions with the highest presence of high performance buildings. On the other hand, the professional actors involved in the sector (from engineers and architects to simple workers) have had the opportunity to grow in competencies in this niche sector. Finally, new enterprises have started to create products and materials needed for LCBs, and are currently working in the EU market.
The adoption of high performance standards for the new buildings construction and the refurbishment of old buildings, in parallel with the allocation of significant amounts of money for the sustain of activities in the sector, has led to a strong increase of the presence of low energy buildings in the Region.
Piedmont Region has dedicated a great attention in developing its regional policies and strategies for efficiency energy and also for research and innovation coherently with the priorities set by the European Union. Piedmont Region considers the participation in European projects and networks in the fields of research and innovation and energy, a real opportunity to better align regional policies with EU recommendations and improve the quality and effectiveness of regional interventions. It recognizes that the participation in EU projects and networks offers the opportunity of mutual learning with other European regions allowing the creation of better channels of dialogue with the European Commission, while introducing and testing more advanced ideas.
Piedmont Region, through the Directorate for Innovation, Research, University and Sustainable Energy Development, is partner in “MARIE” and is in charge of developing the WP5 whose aim is to promote innovative techniques, materials and processes for a
“sustainable Mediterranean building”. This process of is based on a “Supply Side Regional benchmarking analysis” including the definition of existing market barriers and measures in the participating regions and countries. This task is developing in parallel to the Pilot Action 3, aiming at favouring quality supply for sustainable refurbishing, with a focus on marketing tools influencing the local building SMEs, so to increase their competitiveness at local and EU level.