Associate Professor Thomas Spiegelhalter Presents Climate Responsive, Carbon-Neutral Architecture Projects at Formedil I-TOWN Conference in Taranto, Italy


Associate Professor Thomas Spiegelhalter was sponsored and invited by the nationally-known Formedil & GARANZIA GIOVANI as part of the BUILD UP SKILLS I-TOWN Conference, which took place in Taranto, Italy from November 25th to 27th. The conference was co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme and the Puglia Region.

The two-day conference at the Polytechnic University in Taranto and Bari focused on the Formedil & GARANZIA GIOVANI programme, which is a funded Italian, national training, qualification and workforce programme for building professionals throughout Italy. The entire professional training programme stretches from Trentino Alto Adige in the North to Sicily in the South. The president of the Polytechnic University in Taranto, Dr. Fabio De Bartolomeo, recorded hundreds of participants, including engineers, architects, surveyors from three professional organizations, and other professionals who work in urban energy planning, policy making and applied research of resource efficient spatial planning.

Spiegelhalter kicked off the panel and presented and discussed his numerous built, awarded, and widely published net-zero energy and carbon neutral building typologies and infrastructural planning projects. He also presented parametric protocols, post-occupancy measuring, and performance benchmarking processes. 

The presentations that followed Spiegelhalter’s were given by Dr. Erminio Radaelli on bioarchitettura, Professor Costa Erminia Amabile from Politecnico di Milano on ecologica, and Dr. Carapella Giovanni, Direttore del Formedil Nazionale from Rome on conservation and sustainability.

The I-TOWN project – Italian Workforce Training Qualification in Building – promoted under the community program BUILD UP SKILLS Pillar II, is scheduled to run from January 2014 to August 2017. It aims to create and update training programs and foster the achievement of the EU’s energy saving and environmental protection targets.
 Other partners of I-TOWN includes Polytechnical University in Turin, Energy Agencies of Livorno, Liguria, Cosenza and Chieti, and the University of Naples, Federico II. I-TOWN is co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union.

For his presentation at the BUILD UP SKILLS I-TOWN Conference, Spiegelhalter was mentioned on Terra Ionica D’Europa.

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