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Ecostruendo

CasaZera: a new vision of sustainable living

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CasaZera: a new vision of sustainable living

Ecostruendo

In a decommissioned industrial area in Turin, a single bright yellow apartment stands out in the shell of an old factory. This is “CasaZera”, a sustainable living housing prototype, which was officially opened on the 18th April 2013 by local officials, and the project partners.

The Ecostruendo prototype, designed for the former Nebiolo industrial area, is the outcome of an experimental scalable system for sustainable buildings.
The system combines outstanding environmental performance with a reduced investment cost. It will be targeted at social housing and to the wider residential market.

3 things to know

  1. Ecostruendo’s CasaZera is a habitable prototype apartment that demonstrates how to use decommissioned industrial areas for residential purposes.

  2. The home integrates state-of-the-art technology for home automation and resource management, with 75% of the energy used in the apartment produced by renewable solar, photovoltaic and biomass sources.

  3. Experientia designed a tablet app for the automation and resource management of CasaZera, an innovative tool for sustainable living.

CasaZera is part of the Ecostruendo program, funded by the Region of Piedmont, and promoted by Polight, the innovation center for sustainable construction at the Turin Environment Park. The apartment is a habitable prototype, demonstrating ways to use decommissioned industrial areas for residential purposes, and adhering to five main precepts: zero consumption of soil, zero waste of resources, zero time, zero energy and zero project errors.

The apartment itself is a fully-designed and equipped residential unit of around 30 square meters containing a bedroom, living room/kitchen and bathroom. It integrates state-of-the-art technology for home automation and resource management, with 75% of the energy used in the apartment produced by renewable solar, photovoltaic and biomass sources.

Experientia’s role, as consultants to DE-GA S.p.A, was to employ human-centered design methodologies to make this cutting-edge technology easily usable for the everyday people who will live in the unit. The tablet-based solution Experientia created allows people to interact with key functions for controlling the home appliances, heating and cooling systems, and shows simple visualizations of how the energy in homes is being used – a “living room” view of the household consumption.

As part of Experientia’s holistic approach to enabling more sustainable lifestyles, the final solution also helps connect the residents of the apartment to local services. This includes information on frequency and time of local public transport, bike sharing availability, and locations of local markets, stores and pharmacies.

Experientia’s work on this project was as consultants to DE-GA S.p.A. The other partners in the initiative were: Tra architects, experts in social and co-housing; Confortaree, experts in housing fixtures and fittings; Habicher Holzbau, specialized in wooden residences; Teclmp for heating and cooling fixtures; Golder Associates, environmental and energy consultants; Onleco consultancy service; and Tebe, a research group on energy technology for construction.

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