Architecture & Interior DesignArch. Rosario Picciotto
General contractor, engineering, sustainability consultancyWelldom, Giovanni Fabris
Building TypologyXlam wood technology
ClientEnrico Moretti Polegato
Heated volume2,063,39 m3
Energy classClasse A (36,19 kW/m2a)
Text description provided by the architects. BioCasa_82, located in Montebelluna (Treviso, Italy) is the first private residence in Europe to be awarded the certificate of conformity to the highest level of LEED for Homes, LEED PLATINUM, as well as one of the first in the world to have privately conducted the carbon footprint analysis with remarkable results. The study has, in fact, calculated that for a lifetime of 100 years the harmful emissions are 60% lower than that of a traditional building*. An important result for the environment: the construction sector accounts for a 30% of the total CO2 pollution of our planet.
The architecture as well as the interior design of BioCasa_82 - private residence of Claudia and Enrico Moretti Polegato, Diadora CEO - were made by Arch. Rosario Picciotto, whilst Welldom has followed the construction, the engineering and the sustainable consultancy according to a holistic tailor-made approach that led BioCasa_82 to levels of well-being and sustainability never achieved before. With 117 points out of 136**, according to the American protocol LEED Platinum, and 10 points out of 11 for the parameter related to innovation in design, the project boasts the highest values in Europe as far as innovation and application of sustainability practices in the building construction are concerned.
A project that Claudia and Enrico Moretti Polegato strongly committed to: "We dreamed of a house that, in addition to being beautiful and" healthy", shows consistency between our values and the social responsibility towards future generations. We hope that our choice, thanks to the impact of the symbolic carbon footprint analysis, could stimulate the debate and thus contribute to a progress that we consider necessary for the future of our planet".
These results have been achieved thanks to a unique construction process, the "Welldom Method" developed by Giovanni Fabris, a “philosopher” of the concept of ideal living, that combines the most advanced construction techniques in the field of sustainable bio-climatic engineering with maximum comfort - understood as thermal comfort, olfactory (related to air quality), visual (relating to lighting), acoustic and psychological. As a result, in BioCasa_82 the climate reaches precise standard of temperature and humidity; indoor air is always fresh and free of mold, bacteria, pollen, dust; the acoustics are excellent with no internal reverberation; the lighting is designed to be as natural as possible. In addition, all rooms are free of radon gas as well as electric, magnetic and electromagnetic harmful fields.
From the energy saving point of view, BioCasa_82 boasts the 99% of recyclable materials, 100% of the rainwater collected and the 100% energy production from renewable sources thanks to a photovoltaic system that produces about 14kWh of electricity and a high efficiency geothermal plant for the production of heat, hot water and cooling. The house has, in fact, a very low power consumption (<30 kW/m2 per year).
In addition, Welldom used only eco-friendly, recyclable certified materials, employing local products where possible: wood with FSC or PEFC standards from Germany (which were the nearest forests), natural silicate plaster, stone floors in Zovonite from the Padua quarries, concrete from Bigolino of Valdobbiadene, etc.
As per the architecture and interior design, Arch. Rosario Picciotto studied each detail in order to boast the "naturalness" of spaces, as he commented: "Despite being a “important” house, it has nothing to do with the opulence and a logic of consumption. In order to meet the client’s wishes, every aspect has been taken care of to be environmentally friendly: it's amazing how such a big house can consume so little". The facade is characterized by a brise soleil that embraces the landscape and led it into the house. The same principle of interaction with nature has been adopted for the living areas that boast huge windows enriched by sheer white curtains that open on the near green hills.
The home decor is almost entirely custom-designed for this project. The kitchen is tailor made by Arclinea; in the huge living area, a white chandelier by Karman add drama to the room, whilst the Eames Lounge Chair by Vitra and Moroso sofas add a classic design touch; in the sleeping area, an original white leather armchair by Modular and a huge yellow marble bathtub. Particular attention has been paid to Viabizzuno in the lighting design in order to meet each space requirements, creating warm and unexpected visual effects. Viabizzuno has, in fact, specifically designed and engineered special lights shaped after the original geometry of the building.
Outside a meadow, not a “garden” with native plants that grow naturally in accordance with the rhythms of the surrounding nature.
* baseline building in energy class C with geometric characteristics equal to those of Biocasa_82.
** the reasons why the maximum 136 points were not achieved is due to the choice of the project site, which is located in the countryside with no close infrastructure and services available, a factor which further validates the high performance achieved in the field of sustainability and energy efficiency.