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Precise theme tackled by the practice: 
Renewable Energy – a Bed and Breakfast situated in a rural area of Trentino decided to invest in biomass boiler and solar panels to produce sanitary water and heating
Location
Country: 
Italy
Region or District or Metropolitan Area or Municipality: 
Provincia Autonoma Trento
Detailed description of the practice
Description of the practice: 
Casa Vigolana is a b&b with 24 beds spread over 3 floors and one basement that have been totally-new constructed in 2010. The owner decided to invest on a sustainable building for a new tourist business and he immediately started to collaborate with local professionals, architect and constructors. The structure is mainly wood, well insulated and has a good overall exposure (south-east oriented). The floor heating system and the domestic hot water is powered by a biomass boiler. This choice has been influenced by: - the high availability of biomass and the possibility of using it on local scale; - the very low environmental impact of Co2 emissions; - the low cost of combustible; - the high reliability of the systems: the owner chose to install a high efficiency stat of the art biomass boiler Moreover, in order to integrate the biomass boiler, 30sqm of solar panels have been installed on the roof to provide hot water for human consumption and for the outdoor swimming pool during summer. As foreseen by standards and regulations, at level ground the common areas are served by a ventilation system with air treatment units and high efficiency heat exchanger. The rooms’ ventilation is obtained by an automatically hygro-controlled air flow.
Lessons learnt from the practice: 
This new tourist building has been planned, constructed and is now running in a sustainable way. In fact, there are different aspects that proved to be good practices: - The structure of building, the orientation, the biomass boiler and the solar panels allow to have low energy consumption, low CO2 emissions and energy savings, which also means low energy bills; - The local development: all the stages linked to the realisation of this new building have been developed within the rural area and created new incomes for local constructers, architects, and plumbers and so on... - The wood biomass is local: it comes directly from the forest situated nearby the building; - Another interesting aspect is the payback in terms of image: tourists, willing to spend their holyday in mountain areas, are often quite aware of environmental problems and for this reason are also interested in buildings with a Certification of sustainability. In fact, Sustainability of buildings is becoming a key requirement also for the tourist market
Contact information: 
Luigi Demattè: info@casavigolana.it
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Website: 
www.casavigolana.it

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