The countdown has begun for Greenbuilding, the international exhibition and conference on energy efficiency and sustainable architecture, to be held at Verona Exhibition Centre on 5-7 May 2010. Some of the most important companies operating in the field of sustainable architecture have confirmed their participation, underlining the event’s growing importance in Italy and internationally.

The conference programme is now available online. Once again, Greenbuilding offers a vast range of meetings covering the latest topics in low-environmental impact building, featuring international conferences, seminars and training courses.

Two international conferences will kick off the fourth edition of Greenbuilding on 5 May. “Next City: International conference on next-generation urban concepts for a low-carbon society” is organised by Ambiente Italia Research Institute, Exalto and the Greenbuilding Research Centre. It will be followed by the second edition of “Next Building: International conference on next-generation building technologies & design“. This event will feature the awards ceremony for the Italian buildings singled out in the European GreenBuildingplus project. The event is organised by end-use Efficiency Research Group (eERG) of Milan’s Polytechnic University, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Greenbuilding Research Centre.

“By recognising these Italian buildings, we want to highlight achievements that position Italy in the top flight internationally,” said Lorenzo Pagliano, director of eERG. “The coming decade will see extreme efficiency in the building envelope and plants, high-level architectural composition and optimal comfort in heating and illumination as the defining features of the building industry. And it will be possible to replicate them in construction both in the public and in the private sector.”


In 2004, the European Commission established the GreenBuilding Programme to boost energy efficiency and promote the integration of renewable energy sources into non-residential buildings in Europe. By achieving and maintaining over time a documented reduction in overall primary energy consumption of over 25% (acting both on envelope and plants), a building owner becomes a GB+ Partner and a technical support company/designer becomes a GB+ Endorser. Many participating building projects have largely overcome this saving objective, achieving reductions of 30-60% compared to pre-retrofit (for retrofit projects) or legal values (for new buildings) and are documented on the European-scale website http://re.jrc.ec.europa.eu/energyefficiency/greenbuilding/index.htm, and national websites like http://www.eerg.polimi.it for Italy.
In December 2007 the second phase of the programme started, called GreenBuildingplus, supported by the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme.

Among other international appointments at Greenbuilding, a conference will be held on May 7 dedicated to “Solarch: building solar design & technologies“. This international conference, organised by the Solarexpo Research Centre and Greenbuilding, will complement the Solarch special event to be held in the exhibition area.

The list of events being held this year at Greenbuilding can be downloaded from the website http://www.greenbuildingexpo.eu



This year will also see the much-awaited return of Illuminazioni, Greenbuilding’s showcase for the best technologies in sustainable architecture. The 2010 edition will be dedicated to “Dry construction”. Among the leading names that will be exhibiting at Illuminazioni will be Alpac, Bampi, Bbuilding, Brianza Plastica, Celenit, Fantoni Group, Fassa Bortolo, Freudenberg Politex, Gyproc Saint-Gobain, Kme, Knauf, Over.All, Gruppo Pre Metal, Rheinzink, Rockwool, Roefix, Rover Plastik, Sfs Intec, Stiferite, Tecno Imac, Apemilano/Tegostill and Velta Italia.

“As of this year, Illuminazioni will become an annual event held as part of Greenbuilding and dedicated each year to a different theme,” said Sara Quotti Tubi, director of Greenbuilding. “The idea of moving to this format has been widely appreciated, as demonstrated by the large number of companies that have chosen to take part. Illuminazioni will thus become a themed space within the exhibition gathering together top products in sustainable architecture.”

In 2010, Greenbuilding will again be held alongside Solarexpo, the international exhibition and conference on renewable energy and distributed generation, as way to continue offering a complete overview of products, technologies and solutions related to renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Solarexpo & Greenbuilding will be held on 5-7 May 2010 at the Verona Exhibition Centre, Italy.