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Inside the framework of the Science and Technology Park Kilometro Rosso in Stezzano (Bergamo), Italcementi has created an Innovation and Technology Central Laboratory or I.LAB. The building, designed by Richard Meier with a particular focus on environmental preservation and energy saving (proved by a Platinum LEED Certification), is a great example of modern architecture, technologic excellence and environment responsibility.

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The use of cutting-edge materials, photovoltaic, solar and geo-thermal systems, makes i.lab a high sustainability building. The project aims at obtaining the award of Partner of the European GreenBuilding program and the certification LEED Platinum. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy saving, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“LEED Platinum” certification corresponds to the highest standard attainable in a green building. Termigas performed the mechanical works of the i.lab, which include the installation of two 900 KW condensing boilers, two 700 KW chillers with dedicated evaporation towers and 7 air handling units. All machines and pumps are equipped with inverters. Air conditioning is made with a combination of geothermic system and radiant panels, fan coils, primary air and chilled beam systems. To assure air quality, all inlet ducts are fabricated with antimicrobial surfaces while laboratory air ducts are made in stainless steel. To prevent any contamination, all air ducts are maintained fully sealed until installation. For fire prevention, parking is equipped with a sprinkler system while the data centers are equipped with inert gas systems. Additional special plants made by Termigas include dust extraction system, industrial gases distribution and process water treatment plant.

When incorporating LEED standards, particular attention was paid to ensure the following results:
» Sustainability of construction material employed, specifically glues and silicon products which were subject to specific laboratory tests;
»Compliance with stringent project requirements, along with prolonged tests and commissioning and detailed energy analysis;
» High performance of the machines, reaching or exceeding design data;
» High quality of indoor air, assured by special care in duct installation and strict schedule and procedures for filter replacement;
» Energy savings resulting from building services design, such as independent temperature regulation for each room and variable air volume systems in the majority of the working spaces.

Within this project, Termigas has shown his capability to achieve “LEED Platinum” standards and, more generally, his competence to tackle modern challenges of green construction.

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