At the end of the visit to the building site, Richard Meier spoke about the i.lab innovation: “Building in a sustainable way costs more, but in the long term is a choice that pays.”
The Group’s partnership with Richard Meier & Partners dates back to the construction of Dives in Misericordia church in Rome in the late nineties, and continues with the i.lab project, the Italcementi Group’s new Research and Innovation Center within KilometroRosso Science and Technology Park, near Bergamo. The i.lab building site – which offers the best of “green” construction technologies – has been visited in the last few days by the American architect and his staff to supervise the work in progress.
The innovative aspects that make the project stand out, the building’s sustainability and the excellence of the construction methods employed make i.lab a symbol of contemporary architecture and of genuine commitment to a better quality of construction and a better environment. i.lab is built using innovative alternative materials in accordance with the requirements of LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, the world’s most popular and authoritative system for measuring environmental sustainability.
“The i.lab represents Italcementi’s commitment to sustainability and material innovation. Its self-cleaning, photocatalytic white concrete points to a future generation of buildings that integrate environmental performance and lasting beauty.” says Richard Meier.
The outer cladding of the structure is made of TX Active®, Italcementi’s photocatalytic “smog-eating” cement that reduces pollutants in the air. A number of walls are made of i.light® “transparent” cement, invented by Italcementi’s laboratories and used for the first time in the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Thermal solar panels, photovoltaic panels for generating clean energy and geothermal climate control permit energy savings which exceed the requirements of current legislation by 60%.
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