The horizontal priority is the creation of the knowledge triangle based on education, research and business; passing through the  collaboration between universities and enterprises, supporting entrepreneurship, thanks to the support of research. This to obtain growth investment, through innovation and new information technologies, consequential create jobs in across Europe, through specialization strategies, which help provide the medium and small enterprises ecosystems regional favorable to make them competitive in the global value chains. This first choice is motivated by the fact that research, innovation and education, can ensure competitiveness in a global context in which other competitors, such as the countries emerging, they can count on cheap labor or primary resources. Moreover through this project is to innovate the methodological approach of design, innovation means "to produce, assimilation and exploitation successful innovations in the economic and social sector ", which is not in the traditional design are considered. Profits to improve and innovate the design and sustainable construction will be the living labs, in order to encourage all parties involved in the innovation process to collaborate on research and development. In fact, through the living lab you create a Partnership between businesses, local government and citizens, enabling innovation in areas such as design and marketing in the field of sustainable building.

Background and Experience

The University of Calabria, ranked by CENSIS as a public university of medium size, has a numerical size of about 30,000 students, 800 teachers and 780 administrative. Among the administrative 8 dealing with the Erasmus program and International Relations. Following the National Law n. 240 of 2010, the teaching plan, the organization of courses and management of its teaching activities were transferred from the previous six to fourteen new Faculty Departments, who have returned to the reorganization plan of the University's departments, which took place from late 2011 onwards. As of today the Departments offer 88 courses, including 32 of the 1st cycle, 43 of the 2nd cycle and 13 of 3rd cycle in the following areas disciplines: architecture, arts and design, law, economics and management, pharmacy, education and teacher training, engineering and architecture, geography and geology, humanities, languages ​​and philology, mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, political science and social sciences, communication and information. Since  the year of its foundation, the University of Calabria has put in place the appropriate strategies for the development of its international activities, through active participation in numerous EU programs for education and training, the development of partnerships with other universities and foreign bodies, even in non-European countries for joint scientific research, Ph.D Europeans and for education, development integrated programs of study, inherent complete cycles of study at bachelor, master and doctorate which provide for double degree. In terms of the agreements, as of today, approximately 300 are active inter-institutional agreements with other Universities, more than 700 contacts with enterprises and training institutions for Erasmus and a substantial number of Memorandum of Understanding with Universities, research institutions and other organizations in third countries.

The Department of Civil Engineering (DINCI) falls in technological CUN-08 Civil Engineering and Architecture, and is inspired by the values cultural factors that have always characterized the Italian civil engineering, a reference point in planning, construction and management in an urban environment and infrastructure works and in natural contexts. The cultural project is based on the legacy of the three Departments: Soil Protection, Spatial Planning and Facilities, ante legem 240/2010 and maintains and strengthens the areas characterizing civil engineering. The DINCI aims to transfer research results in the area, to contribute to and give answer to his problems. In particular, the Area's research topics of Civil Engineering are divided into different SSD. The topics in the sector of Technical Architecture and Construction Production affecting methodological design and Construction of the building organism. The research activity is targeted to the knowledge of the construction process of buildings in relation the conception of form, functionality of space, inclusion in the technical-economic and cultural-historical that should be organized in the building process. The research themes of the architectural and urban composition are the theoretical and methodological guidelines for the design, architectural and urban renewal, the historical-critical reconstruction of the architectural work, analyzing and cataloging pre-modern architecture, modern and contemporary. In DINCI there are numerous projects of international collaboration, through agreements with non-European institutions also. The most significant experience of the Department is that of a pilot project focused on the paradigm of sustainable development, reported in the same model of the European Union and the Calabria Region has adopted, approving the Regional Law 41/2011, equipping itself with a standard relating to energy and environmental sustainability. partners in this project, named P.A.R.C.O. (Housing Policies Calabria Region Observatory) are the Department of Public Works of the Calabria region, the University Mediterranean of Reggio Calabria with the Department of Architecture and Territory - art and the University of Calabria with Department of Civil Engineering - DINCI. In this project they are implementing the guidelines to formulate good practices for the planning, design and realization of sustainable building. In particular, the methodological approach consists in prepare and introduce the design phase, actions and detailed requirements regarding both the planners, architectural and engineering, and the use of resources such as energy, water, waste, technologies for communication, control, safety, care, starting from the analysis and diagnosis of the site and adopting innovative methods to reduce the impact environment, promoting the rational use of land and related natural resources, promote an ecological approach to mobility, promoting passive strategies for climate control, promote the use of natural lighting, promote the use proper materials and sound technologies that can be reused and recycled in accordance with the procedure of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment). All this will take place in a period of three years using experts that ensure a correct approach multidisciplinary, applying the principles of sustainability through an integrated design, as well as to produce repertoires of new materials for sustainable construction.

"Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi (TUIASI) is committed to academic excellence in teaching and research as a means of communication and to enhance the national and international scientific technical heritage. TUIASI has 11 faculties and relevant numbers in the field of research, with 23 research centers accredited, which place the university at the top in research National academic.

The permanent focus is on interdisciplinary research, innovation and knowledge transfer, as well as recognition and the visibility of the 'University internationally. Lately, the University has taken part in more than 350 national projects and International and research contracts with a total value of over € 9 million. The research profile is directed towards sectors of high-tech engineering that allow researchers to have a very innovative approach to the issues of sustainability,developed as part of the 10 Graduate Schools affiliated to the faculties.

In reference to the specific competencies of the field the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services has the following experiences:

1. A course for all undergraduate courses entitled "Environmental Engineering";

2. courses "Concrete Special", "special foundations", "construction", "Composite Materials", "Transport Infrastructure - Roads," "structures wood "and courses devoted to the master's programs, chapters dedicated to the reuse of waste materials from industry, eco-friendly materials, energy saving, control of passive houses, etc.

3. short-term training courses for energy certifiers in construction of buildings and services.

4. Twenty teachers were trained as part of a European project for the design of e-learning equipment and use of e-learning dedicated platforms.

5. PhD programs related to ecological houses and the assessment of the life cycle of civil engineering works.

6. Two 6PQ (Framework Program) and three 7PQ European research grants related to environmental protection and ecological materials.

The two key people from TUIASI are:

Professor Mihai Budescu, Ph.D., currently dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services and Director of the Laboratory Research on earthquakes. He has published 10 books, 69 refereed publications, 125 papers in the proceedings of international conferences and symposia and 6 patents. He has coordinated more than 100 research projects and design and holds the Romanian Association award for engineers Structural. Professor Mihai Budescu is a member of the International Council for Building (CIB-W078), Project Manager of POSDRU CUANTUMDOC "PhD for European performance in research and innovation" ID79407, project funded by the European Social Fund and the Romanian Government.

In 2007 the Association of Structural designers in Civil Engineering awarded him the "OPERA OMNIA Award Certificate". In 2004 theRomanian Government, the State Inspectorate for the construction, Bucuresti, Romania, awarded him the "Merit Award Certificate". Expert andevaluator for civil engineering projects.

International consultant for seismic protection in construction design.

Professor Petru MIHAI, Ph.D., currently vice dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services in charge with digital communications, teaches courses and seminars for the MASTER - modern building materials and durability of structures reinforced concrete. He was awarded a Diploma in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Computer Engineering. He has over 15 years of activities and applied experience: This large construction projects, technical evaluation construction, evaluation work statics of buildings, assessment for eligibility for funding for buildings, business promotion specific activities and IMM (SMEs), local and international marketing activities, organizing protocol activities and public relationships, management of projects and programs. E 'was also director of the research contract "Using mathematical models to simulate the behavior of reinforced concrete elements and structures "- Contract no. GR80/2007. Published more than 70 scientific articles and 8 books.

The Institute for Technological Training of Central Macedonia (Serres) was founded in 1994 with two faculties; business & Economics (with two departments, Business Administration and Accounting) and Technological Applications (with two departments Engineering, Civil and Mechanical Engineering). The ICT Department and the Geo-Informatics operating since 2000.

In 2014 he built Design and Textiles (Kilkis) and Logistics (Pieria) promoted in Central Macedonia at your own from Serres. Students are about 14,000. The professors are about 100 members, the support staff is around 110, and an equivalent number of teaching staff is available at contract.

TEI is involved in Erasmus / Socrates projects since 1992. It 'was the first institute to lecture in English. One of the first Erasmus bilateral agreements was with UNICAL.

All departments have been evaluated by the relevant internal and external evaluators, with prizes of almost excellence.

The Civil Engineering Department has long experience in the search for the Earthquake proof buildings. Courses in Civil Engineering (Structural & Building) covering the fields of science Civil Engineering; with particular attention to the phases design-build, cost control and budget implementation, materials technology, etc.. Special emphasis is placed on regulations for the buildings as well as on the aesthetics of the realizations of the above always in relation to costs. The individual courses are specific for the safety, operation, restructuring and maintenance of buildings in general.

Graduates of this direction of the department are qualified to design and test buildings up to two floors.

The teachings include:

  • Theoretical courses of education
  • Tutorials and hands-on lab exercises, whose objectives are consolidation and the application of theory
  • seminars
  • Visits construction site
  • graduation projects
  • Practical training.

The Chamber of Italian and Greek Commerce (GICC) was founded in Thessaloniki in 1996 and is an independent private organization non-profit dedicated to promoting trade, tourism, investment and economic cooperation between Italy and Greece.

The Chamber is affiliated with the Northern Chamber of Commerce of Greece and Assocamerestero, the Association of Chambers of Italian foreign trade, which represents more than 70 rooms in the world. It brings together the individual entrepreneurs, as well as enterprises to promote the interests of its members through contact and interaction with government agencies, trade associations category and international organizations, both in Greece and Italy.

Primary objective, GICC provides specialized services such as market research, assistance for the internationalization of small and medium enterprises, seminars, business meetings, information and referral for investment opportunities, information on rules and regulations, research and establish business partnership, organization of trade delegations.

In addition, one of the roles of the Chamber is to provide assistance and training for future generations of managers and entrepreneurs.

This is achieved through the executive activities and participation in EU programs.

The greek-Italian Chamber of Commerce promotes important events in Italy and in Northern Greece for businesses, printing specialized, visitors and importers. The aim of the Greek-Italian Chamber of Commerce is to assist companies in planning their participation in trade fairs, in order to get the most out of their participation and to encourage contacts between Italian and Greek professionals.

The Chamber of Commerce participates as leader or partner in several international projects funded by the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and other international organizations. By participating in these initiatives, Greek-Italian Chamber of Commerce provides its members a range of high value-added services related to professional training, the internationalization of business and entrepreneurship of young people.

In recent years it has become more important to organize seminars for agencies, organizations and businesses in order to improve the training of staff and improve their computing capabilities and management, to approach the various disciplines the EU and its European programs, including through seminars such as E-Learning.

The GICC also collaborated, as an interested party, in a previous program Invest in MED with the project "BEST-MED, Tourism Eco-Sustainable Business in the Mediterranean ", where the leader was Unioncamere (Union of all the Chambers of Commerce Italian in Italy).

Finally represents an added value to the project for its practical experience in the field of entrepreneurship.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering as one of nine faculties of the Technical University of Kosice is a modern institution, scientific and teaching that attracts the interest of national and foreign students. Since its founding in 1977, he has more than 5100 graduates format.

Each year, about 1,300 students studying in programs aimed at building construction and attention to the environment, engineering design, construction, transportation, environmental engineering, economics and construction management.

Through various projects are created for students, very good condition for their afuturo the world of work, research and development, as well as in government. The success is demonstrated by the prestigious position of its graduates in national and international companies of the first plan, which in turn allows the faculty to develop meaningful partnerships with commercial institutions and public sector, in order to improve the performance of teachers in the university system, focusing on education, research, development and business.

The long-term results of science and cutting-edge research are reflected on the acquisition of a number of bags of study and scientific funding, the most important of which is a project of the EU Structural Funds to support the center of Search for building systems, materials and advanced and integrated technologies, valued at more than 1.3 million €. Researchers at the Faculty Engineering, on the basis of research and development activities within a single laboratory experiment, in situ, explore solutions techniques of Sustainable Building Design, RES..etc.

The activities of the Institute of Engineering and Architecture are designed to identify the areas and evaluation indicators in line with the sustainable building design and proposed theoretically and practically justified for the evaluation criteria of the buildings, with a focus on sustainable design, water and renewable energy technologies and internal. There certification of green buildings is carried out with criteria for the identification of parameters that give an environmental assessment buildings based on globally accepted methodologies. Thanks to the Structural Funds, the Institute has achieved excellent equipment and devices experimental for the internal environment monitoring with the use of advanced systems for heating / cooling, ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings with equipment for the experimental control of quality and quantity rainwater in low-energy houses.

The main subjects of the project are:

1. Associate Professor Zuzana Vranayova, PhD.- who is conducting various researches in his major field of study: design sustainable building, face to the water supply and building drainage system; It is also actively involved in governmental and academic institutions and related committees with his field of study as chief coordinator and board member.

She is a vice dean for education. She coordinated and coordinates several projects, for example: MVTS NATO / TUKE / 08 Evaluation of the

sustainability in the design process.

2. Ing. Daniela Kaposztasova (Ocipova), PhD. And she is specialized in the supply of water and sewage. Recently it focused on green buildings and water reuse. He coordinated and coordinates various projects, such as: Norwegian Research Council: (ISMOBIL)

Project 202667 / V11: Water a global challenge of the 21st century.

For publications and citations refer to database Scopus and Web of Science.

The University of Transylvania in Brasov was founded in 1948 and now has 18 faculties, more than 1,200 employees (teachers, researchers and administrative staff), and it offers degrees, masters and doctoral courses to over 20,000 students, with the aim to train specialists highly qualified in the field of basic sciences, technology, economics, law, sociology, art and medical science, and to provide knowledge and services to society. The advanced search is developed in 22 centers, focusing on the major issues of the sustainable development: renewable energy systems, innovation in processes for energy efficiency, advanced solutions for products and processes for energy efficiency, conservation and use of natural resources, health and quality of life, education, Culture, Communication and Economic Development. The research results are transferred to students at various levels of courses undergraduate, master and doctoral degrees, and the community on common projects and lifelong learning. Thus, the theme of research and formation that gives identity to the University of Transylvania is sustainable development.

The Institute RTD (research, training and development) of the University of Transylvania collects all 27 RTD centers; the new headquarters Institute of RTD is on the campus GENIUS (Green, Energy Independent University Campus), where 11 buildings headquarters of the laboratories as buildings have been developed with low energy consumption and 68 of integrated equipment lines have been developed so complementary to the existing infrastructure. The new headquarters, infrastructure and software are part of the Structural Funds of project: RTD Institute High-Tech Products for Sustainable Development, concluded in 2012. The RTD centers have good experience in managing national and international projects; during 2009-2011, they have been managed more than 23 M € in over 240 grants and contracts. A very good cooperation has been established with the local authorities, the Metropolitan Agency Brasov and City Hall (including the Brasov Energy Agency), in developing comprehensive approaches and local action plans for development Sustainable (developed in 2006, 2007) and are now in the process of implementation tools development, in terms of education, research and RTD.

The University of Brasov Transylvania is part of two regional clusters (The Electrical Regional Cluster, ETREC and cluster Green Energy).

In anticipation of the expiry of the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings (2010/31 / EU), indicating the objective of NZEB status for new buildings by 31 December 2020, the new R & D Institute was designed as 11 buildings headquarters of the laboratories, built following the design concept described by the Kyoto pyramid. The labs have identical building envelope and were designed by the team from the university, to meet the standards Low Energy Buiding (LEB) with well insulated and double glazing enclosure Low E facing N and curtain walls facing S. active thermal systems for buildings have been used for indoor heating and cooling. The buildings are built with materials and commercial technologies, combined with an innovative design / optimized. A monitoring system was installed to measure the power consumption, the internal air temperature and the relative humidity, and external meteorological parameters: the solar radiation, the temperature and the relative humidity, the direction and wind intensity. The workshops are in test facilities for the various solutions based on renewable energy to that aim transform LEB in NZEB, as part of the interdisciplinary research of the engineering design teams, science materials, civil engineering and automation. The Institute for Research and Development has its own water treatment plant and waste water, in which new solutions and implements a specific waste management system have been identified, as part of the effort to develop a sustainable community.

Therefore, the specific skills of the team are: design and construction of renewable energy systems in the environment construction, energy efficiency, sustainable communities; waste (including biomass) as secondary raw materials; process advanced for the purification of the environment; design of systems implemented in the built environment; design of solutions based on renewable energies and implemented in the built environment; monitoring, via sensors, green buildings; ecodesign, LCA of the environmental impacts of products; materials (new and recycled) used for the design and monitoring in Time of buildings or partial responsibility in services for buildings (mainly water supply and gas); forestry construction,

ecological construction, wood construction, urban networks, regional and urban planning; composite material design greens (choice of materials, optimization, forecasting macro and micro-mechanical properties), the production and characterization (Mechanical, thermal, dynamic, electric, etc.); monitoring green buildings through the wireless network; the identification, selection and assessment of the properties of natural materials; face compatibility problems in the production of environmentally friendly composite;

environmental issues and financial aspects, considering the stages of processing products; develop and improve properties fireproof green materials used as building materials; recycling issues; e-learning for the development of systems and resources.

Description of the Project


The project entitled "Housing Policies for Sustainable Building", wants to develop, transfer and implement some practical innovative, as regards the Green Building (designing optimal environmentally buildings to minimize the impact environmental total associated with all phases of the construction project life cycle).

This approach will facilitate cooperation among the different stakeholders, the promotion of entrepreneurial attitudes and skills for the creation of new professionals in the labor market. In addition, the project aims to promote and improve the quality the relationship between organizations and educational and job-training institutions in areas geared to the development of joint initiatives, in order to support mutual learning and exchange of experiences in the field.

The concept of "sustainable building" is placed in a broader context, that is sustainable development, defined for the first time as part of the 1987 Brundtland Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development. The report stresses how sustainable development is far from a final state of harmony, but rather the process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change, they are made consistent with future needs as well as with the current ones.

For these reasons, the sustainability revolves around four basic components:

• Economic sustainability: ability to generate income and employment for the people's livelihood.

• Social sustainability: ability to ensure human well-being (security, health, education) equally distributed and classes gender.

• Environmental sustainability: the ability to maintain the quality and reproducibility of natural resources.

• Institutional Sustainability: ability to ensure stability, democracy, participation and justice.


The main objectives of the project include:

1) the creation of strategic alliances between universities, training institutions, chambers of commerce and the various operators working in construction, such as precisely firms and construction companies;

2) the promotion of an interchange that combines the technical aspects of the construction with the new demands of environmental impact in the social sciences;

3) the promotion and consolidation of a network of university academic systems and entrepreneurial systems.


Project Housing Policies for Sustainable Construction aims to incorporate the four major characteristics specified above, in order to consider new design patterns for the construction of housing to zero energy, eco-cities and certified buildings. This new design model for sustainable construction will produce value for society. To value is more than a gain cheaper for specific companies, in general it will have an economic benefit, social and environmental, with sustainable innovations such as eco-cities and eco-homes. The benefit can also be expressed according to qualitative terms, such as increased mobility people, a major attraction for the area and higher quality of urban life. In this perspective, the "construction sustainable "refers to the concept of environmental planning, a method that focuses its attention to the compatibility of changes to be made depending on the characteristics of the territory. The study of the territorial specificities allowed identify some gaps in knowledge about sustainable building in partner countries, which have a limited understanding of benefits resulting from the application of bio architecture design patterns. Therefore, once the project will be implemented by the different partners, it will create the exchange of expertise and joint initiatives to translate the results into learning concrete of new technologies and best practices. At the same time it will provide theoretical and practical tools to develop and promoting an entrepreneurial mindset and employable skills on the labor market, thus supporting the local economy

through a process of continuous improvement. The project will be carried out where a transnational level to promote a policy sustainable building that also respects the Kyoto Protocol, creating the Label to facilitate collaboration in the building sector sustainable between several European countries which are not part of and the Intelligent Energy Europe program. The involvement of professionals and transnational companies also need to collect cases of innovative study from countries involved to create good practice in sustainable construction and launch, in the international context, a policy sector that does not yet exist.

The innovative aspect of the project is to develop a better understanding of new management practices, concerning conditions and processes that facilitate the social actors, to transform the construction industry in a more innovative and dynamic sphere of economic activity. The design practices will undergo a transformation in order to obtain a real improvement environmental sustainability; an improvement that reduces the energy consumption and that, above all, will not affect the budget familiar.

In addition to the definition of sustainability criteria will result in a redefinition of the traditional criteria of Building Performance and of urban planning. Actually it becomes essential to strategically manage the entire process of recovery and renewal of the housing stock, through the application of sustainable design solutions, technology and systems, to preserve from hydrogeological and seismic risks, thus eliminating social and building decay. For this reason, the economic objectives should be various, so much so that must be taken into account simultaneously during the construction process. integration, social diversity and architectural, security, transport, low energy consumption and the use of the buildings.

Another innovative aspect of the project involves the creation of an exchange of information between the partner countries in research technological carried out on new materials and manufacturing processes used in building. In fact, the use of environmentally friendly materials ensures the compliance with environmental compatibility and greater attention to the related costs. The choice of a very specific field of action is related to the particular interest that the European Union (EU) expressed through the adoption in June 2010 of "Europe 2020" for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the next decade. This concept is articulated through the promotion and the implementation of an environmental policy, according to the full feasibility of the principle of sustainable development, which can be reached only through meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future.

The implementation of best practices, as defined by the project, will contribute to the long-term improvement of the framework socio-economic development of the partner countries through the creation of new professions and jobs in the short and long term in European countries involved in the project.

The project is complementary to the research project that the Department of Civil Engineering dell'UNICAL called P.A.R.C.O., is carrying out the guidelines for sustainable social housing. The research hypothesis of the project P.A.R.C.O. in fact foreshadows a decomposition of the complex issue of sustainability in other five thematic issues such as: eco-compatibility, cost effectiveness, reversibility, regeneration, security. It must be considered that there is also an interdisciplinary nature of the research itself understood as a parameter transverse to the objectives and the levels of intervention proposed which could become a possible grid work and intervention to sustainable construction.

The project partners were selected based on their previous experience in green building policies and all have great interest in taking forward research and analysis on the area covered by our project. The partners are from different sectors and this choice of cooperation reflects the need to pursue an educational nature objectives, economic and social. The partnership is it made up of universities and public bodies. In particular, the partnership created with the Institute 's Education Technology of

Central Macedonia and the Greek-Italian Chamber of Commerce, aims to create a number of opportunities in the cultural field, economic and entrepreneurial, through the sharing and transfer of good practices related to the construction industry sustainable. This area is of strategic importance, as recognized by the European Union, for developing policies that encourage

overcoming the deep economic crisis that has affected, in a penetrating way, the whole of the Mediterranean basin area. There cooperation with the European Union universities in the project was based on the interests and skills acquired in many research projects of recent years and on the best technologies and the best practices in building sustainable, in order to create new value to society. This common goal, on the basis of important precedents synergies in fields related to the project, facilitated the the process of finding partners who would like to work with us and to realize the entire project. This new type of cooperation will enhance mutual understanding about the new operating systems and new design patterns, in particular the reuse of waste industries, eco-friendly materials and energy-saving. In addition cooperation with partner countries will allow to fully understand their specific territorial characteristics, in order to adapt to innovative building practices

local traditions. Also affect the transformation of the construction market in the direction of sustainability and, at the same time, you will create a partnership between public and private institutions and Academic networks forming a critical mass affected to sustainable construction,

that will enable the sharing of the best and most advanced techniques used at European level, for sustainable building, becoming a reference point for entrepreneurs in the sector. The project for the first time activates a network of exchanges with parties outside the academic world, creating the collaboration between public and private, including designers, companies, so that you promotes implementation of sustainable design systems in order to offer wide range of innovative responses to the questions of a market in constant evolution and the development of sustainable design solutions enabling suppliers to meet innovative application of a continuously evolving market. The roles will be: UNICAL leader, as having already initiated research on sustainable social housing guidelines will help to transfer specific knowledge and documents already processed by research group, so as to influence and implement policies on sustainable and innovative actions.

The other universities: the Technical University of Iasi, the Institute for Technological Education of Serres, the Technical University of Kosice, and the Transylvania University of Brasov will welcome the contributions of research on sustainability and disseminate the know-how of Department of Civil Engineering DINCI locally, simultaneously, also will transfer the results of their research sustainable building will create a moment of focused debate about sustainable building so to promote an interchange transnationally.

The Chamber of Commerce become the key institution that through the involvement of enterprises, will launch a campaign information targeting specific business categories: construction companies, suppliers implementing sustainable building.

Communication between the partner organizations will naturally integrate all existing information technologies (Phone, email, Skype, video conferencing, online platform, the cloud for sharing documents and information, eg. Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). This integrated communications and interactive process will ensure a continuous exchange of data and information, the purpose of continuous improvement, very useful to the achievement of project objectives. This exchange will also offer ability to make changes and immediate corrective action, thus respecting the project time. However, there are even tentransnational meetings, including 7 with a frequency of about four months, for which a representative of each organization attend, these meetings will be held in rotation in each partner country. The last 3 meetings will be monthly and held in the last quarter of the third year of the project.

 The expected results are:

1. improvement of designers' training in the field of sustainable construction in both the private and public sectors in order to make them aware and sensitive to the issues of environment and energy;

2. awareness of project partner countries for a transposition of European directives on eco-sustainability and thus an input to Legislation on building;

3. involvement of the Universities to activate courses or master's degree for proper training on housing issues sustainable;

4. involvement of professional bodies (Architects, Engineers, Surveyors) by government, construction companies at awareness for the maximum dissemination of the sustainability in the construction industry, and therefore a maximum circulation of living lab;

5. involvement of regional production chains about the eco-sustainable materials, that each partner country can produce as resource of the territory of belonging.

Participants for which a specific contribution is not planned are those that partners indicate for participation in seminars, conferences and transnational meetings. There is participation between the partners of both the academic world and the business world, in order to strengthen transnational cooperation between Member States involved in the project, their regions and cities thus promoting a local level much more extensive information, the purpose is to strengthen territorial integration in order to even get any financial support at the local level, developing an economy based on knowledge of the building sustainable, which comes precisely from the promotion of excellence in innovation, sustainable management of natural resources as well as natural and technological risks. Foster stronger communities and capable of proposing competitiveness in the construction sector sustainable.  The partners while not participating in any financial provision will in turn promote a territorial level dissemination events in the form of conferences meetings, training sessions in the field of sustainable building, on-site training in the form of online seminars, publication of educational material that will be useful to address the sustainable social housing issues.


The project provides an organizational phase for a period of two months is preliminary startup of the project activities. The main objective phase of this work is to make an analysis of needs, in order to examine the state of each partner for the application of sustainability principles in the construction process and to highlight and understand what problems block their spread. During this phase, the University of Calabria, as coordinator, will be a figure of connection between the participating organizations. Given the complexity of the project and for the total duration, both for the articulation at different stages, the University of Calabria will make use of a specific figure to be assigned to the project, which will assume the role of manager.

This manager will work with two coaches who have organizational functions and will take care of the collection and integration data analysis (synthesis carried out by the participating organizations) and standards of best practices in each partner country about sustainable construction and highlighting the challenges in line with the policy of the European Community. The roles of the administrative staff involved in the project, however, will be to collect and store all documentation and accounting information.

These figures will be relevant to the success of the project, both in terms of effectiveness and efficiency, and carry out their role strategic for the entire duration of the project. Interrelationships and collaborative activities also allow a strong collaboration within the project team.

Project Management

In order to ensure effective control mechanisms, economic or of technical nature, the University of Calabria in the process of organization will prepare a set of tools to test consistently the validity of the strategic choices of the project.

These tools will be available for the coordinator (in charge), who can then analyze the data consistency between the budget and the actual costs incurred for each phase. The coordinator and the technical and administrative staff, will also affect monitor compliance with the schedule and the timing of the project concerning the individual measures envisaged for each phase. In addition, each human resource employed in the project will have to submit a monthly report, which will cover the actual hours worked on the project and the tasks performed, and will provide important information on the implementation of the objectives and activities. The action of coordination of the University of Calabria in collaboration with all partners will optimize every resource used in project and facilitate the results of the same.

The system for monitoring and evaluation of the results has been outlined in the initial phase, so as to ensure the participation of all partners involved and establish a set of objective indicators that take account of the critical moments of the project. In particular, it will be determined based an internal communication system to update all partners on work-in web-based progress.

This system will ensure transparency and shared responsibility. However, an efficient communication system will require also the preparation of internal reports, very useful tools to monitor closely the progress of project activities and related costs. The evaluation process must establish a balance between the time and resources used, research and analysis, the work management team and collaboration among stakeholders. The opportunity to take advantage of the experienced staff, it composed of specialized figures as civil engineers, architects, researchers in materials engineering, environmental engineers and

marketing managers, will allow the project to accurately analyze ongoing activities. Furthermore, in order to ensure maximum transparency and impartiality in the monitoring phase, there will be a further examination carried out by a group of dedicated evaluation belonging to one of the partner universities.

The identification of project risks is one of the most important steps in the management, as it aims to identify proactively threats or events that can hinder the smooth running of the project.

Therefore, without an adequate knowledge of the risks there is the possibility to organize targeted interventions. Therefore, the identification of risks will be a continuous process throughout the life of the project because, over time, the risk of external or internal factors may go to change. For example, after the approval of the project, formal agreements will be established adequate coordination between the team and parties, the following items will be clearly established: the shared responsibility of the risks and the progress on the project, roles responsibilities equally among the partners themselves to eliminate the potential risks and possible conflict situations.

One of the most popular and most effective ways to identify risks of the project is through brainstorming sessions, to be held between partners through videoconferencing.

Brainstorming for the identification of risks should also involve stakeholders of the project and, in particular, the team of the project with the main purpose to list the greatest number of potential risks which must be kept under control. One of the the objectives to be pursued in the course of brainstorming sessions is to gather information from each participant, the order to draw up an initial list of possible threats.

Even in the early stages of the project it is useful to undertake a SWOT analysis in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities arising from the external environment and possible threats. Its effectiveness depends on the quality of the information collected during the process of defining guidelines for the achievement of the project objectives.

Finally, as part of project development, a scientific committee is scheduled composed by members of the partner institutions academia in order to share their different expertise on risk management and for the production of a tool evaluation that it can be serviced from time to time between the partners themselves, but only at the final moment approved by coordinator.

During the entire duration of the project, and especially after the end of each the output stage will be measured to delineate the results expected and those actually achieved.

In particular, during the research phase, modeling and implementation of best practices, the researchers will present monthly reports to the coordinator, including an indication on progress work and the pursuit of efficiency in industry energy and sustainable construction.

In addition, proper investigation will be carried out on the enterprises operating in the construction industry and more generally in the whole economic environment.

This sectoral analysis will be carried out by the section of the greek-Italian Chamber of Commerce, which will use tools different detection available and the above reports.

As for the e-learning activities, which constitute the heart of the project, these will also contain questionnaires assessment that will measure levels of learning achieved thus demonstrating the importance that the monitoring did this phase.

The e-learning platform will include specific counters that will control the access of multiple users and the training supply impact. Of Consequently, the University of Brasov, given its prestigious credentials in education, will address the process of validation and certification of acquired skills.

In the last year of the project a new cognitive survey will take place in all the organizations involved. It will analyze the impact effective on the territory of applying design pattern shared by the partner countries, thus detecting the quality procedures and technical methods undertaken by construction companies in the field of Green Building and the influence of these changes and actions in terms of impact on employment.


The implementation concerns different phases:

FIRST PHASE the project startup phase: the project manager will prepare a strategic document to be shared with partners where they will be exhibited with the necessary knowledge on sustainable construction issues. This document will provide a basis for transversal management of the project. There will be reported: sustainable building state of the art in the partner countries, will be analyzed the economic, social, and also the proper technical and design aspects of professionals, companies of existing production, import products, the cataloging of sustainable materials, state of the art training designers, the existing regulations at the national level in the member countries, in order to have the necessary knowledge on the state art for sustainable social housing in the countries involved.

SECOND PHASE The project concerns also the need to improve the design methods, the design approach sustainable with respect to the stability and security of the facilities, both in the new design in which the built recovery, then also pay attention to the sourcing of raw materials, production processes of materials, putting in place a methodology that optimizes the use of human and material resources, combining and reconciling the comfort requirements, the living comfort with environment, land and human health.

THIRD PHASE will cover the development of systematic relationships between universities and enterprises to pay attention to the policies of economic development, this trend wants to revise the strategies and intervention tools to support innovation. In fact the  dialogue between universities and the world of companies is particularly important in innovation policy, since it makes it possible enhancement of knowledge and skills developed and proposed by the scientific research and technological contexts operating on territory.

STEP FOUR, based on data collected in the planning stage, there will be an elaboration of the results achieved through an analysis statistics, the construction of new methodological tools for systemic and integrated design that aims: to eco-compatibility, with economy, reversibility, regeneration, security. The overall implementation will cover a size conveniently, an organizational and a technology, which are the macro phases concerning the implementation of the project on building sustainable. It 'clear that, in the implementation phase, it is not only the manager to take the most cogent decisions about the best practices, but it should be considered, which based on the analysis of the data presented by the managers involved in the project team, you will be a interchange on the strengths and weaknesses of the project, so as to integrate and facilitate the practical implementation of the same in the respect of the timing. Through problem-solving techniques you can reach the awareness of target the entire design process towards solutions economically, socially and environmentally more sustainable.

It will be possible, ultimately, develop software or a specific protocol for the certification of buildings, a tool technology for the dissemination of good practices and environmental sustainability.

Intellectual Outputs

Output  O1

Creating multimedia corpora for coordination and organization methods. The entire operation of the creation of a methodological corpus multimedia makes the output of the coordination and organization of activities for partner organizations most qualifying, as they have the ability to fully benefit from the developed instrument allowing a better comparison of the various methods of organization and existing coordination.

Output O2

Creation of the E-learning platform for SCORM (sharable content object reference model) a learning platform remotely to heed the training aspect and remote update via the internet, to make better the education system distance, since it is, for the three different aspects that characterize it: interactivity, dynamism and modularity also allows a constant monitoring system and allows eventually change and better organize learning. Through the platform, you can create SCORM (sharable content object reference model) or one virtual model where they collected all the technical specifications for sustainable building. Through the SCORM, it is thus developing a shared protocol for sustainable building which takes into account the different structural, economic and social aspects of each partner organization. All partners will contribute to sending digital content in a independent of the platform in order to identify a theoretical model applicable to all actors involved (universities, Contractors, Chambers of Commerce, etc.).

Output O3

Methodology for the Assessment for Learning. The University of Brasov Transilvania will develop a methodology to assess the users' learning e-learning platform through a series of specific tools and tests that will allow, later, to certify the skills acquired and relate them to professional standards institutionally defined and publicly recognized.

Output O7

Informed e-learning: instruction and training in the use of e-learning platform. In particular, it creates a methodology to conduct the access to the platform, the creation of profiles, participation in training, the UDA (didactic learning units) and view content. Each partner will provide a specialized tutor who will support e-learning platform users.

Output O9

Innovative product in a new digital path. Creation of a specific software to determine the performance of the design of a building from a real case. The Software should provide the bio-environmental analysis, casing, insulation, closures, mechanical equipment, renewable sources,

electrical systems and audits. Facing all this also from a regulatory point of view, adapting the design to the needs and realities of each partner country.


Output O10

Methods for the assessment of project impacts and management of critical issues. Creation of a methodology for the analysis of efficacy based on performance evaluation of interventions. The evaluation work is to create indicators for measuring the values of output, result and impact.

Output E1

EVENT MULTIPLIER - PAES: transfer of good practice. sustainable construction issues and new ways of learning. The conference will organized with a moderator and six speakers (one national and five international). The contents of the conference will cover the issues of sustainable construction, with particular attention to new ways of learning for sustainable building. The goal will be to provide the notions used by a distinguished audience and actionable in the economic market to spread transnationally the results obtained throughout the project.

Output C1

Intensive Programmes for teaching staff. Intensive course for graduate students, researchers or research assistants, to be held at the University of Calabria for the training of tutors, from the partner organizations, which will support the users of the web platform in line with the realization of the output O5. There will be a phase of exercise, volunteers with users belonging to the respective target groups, with the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gained by the tutors.


  • Improvement, development and reshaping of traditional building design methods.
  • Improvement of teachers for vocational training, in order to innovate the research for excellence in new models design related to sustainable construction.
  • To provide the management tools necessary for companies operating in the sustainable construction sector in order to increase their competitiveness.
  • Internationalization of best practices related to sustainable building among the partners involved in the project, implementing the continuous training and constant innovation in the labor market.
  • To contribute to a better training of human resources with low professional profiles, in order to facilitate their integration into job market.

The project aims to standardize housing policies within the European Union, and particularly in the basin of

Mediterranean, with the goal of improving the quality of life through lower power consumption and respecting the protection of natural resources, and the consequent use of sustainable materials.

The results will be measured by means of a comparative survey in time and in urban areas of the partner countries involved in the project, based survey that places the rational development of the design themes of eco-neighborhoods and environmental Islands, territorial and urban planning. The survey is intended to measure the sustainable approach in terms of choice of the site, design and construction, as well as upgrading and management of existing buildings, which together combine to create a neighborhood. Attention is particularly once the problems concerning polluted sites and compromise by sound policies

that do not take into bio-ecological balance. The comparison is to assess the benefits obtained from the startup phase of theproject to the final stage.

Dissemination and Use of Projects' Results

The project results will be disseminated throughout the completion of the project itself and will be aimed at different targets. The main target within the Organization, are young graduates, researchers and specialized tutors, outside there are construction companies, manufacturing companies materials, designers, trade associations, as well as end users. The target audience at the local, regional, and national levels is the population that must be sensitized on the general theme sustainability, meant as functionality, cost containment, health and well-being of building occupants. Local governments, national and international will be invited to promote policies and regulations for the proper development of best practices related sustainable construction because, before you start designing one must keep in mind five basic principles:

  1. sustainable construction is a philosophy and not an architectural style;
  2. optimize resources to achieve maximum results with minimum effort;
  3. sustainable buildings need not be expensive and complex but functional / efficient and simple;
  4. integrated design is critical, so approach the integrated design right now, it lets get sustainable design;
  5. minimization of energy consumption

Will be set up an appropriate scientific committee and each organization will be represented by a senior teacher, in order to discuss the sustainable building issues and ensure good dissemination of project results.

Will be adopted comprehensive outreach strategy that will cover all major products and results of the project, not only during his life, but also beyond the end of the project.

All partners will participate actively in the advertising and promotional activities for the dissemination of project results, and transfer them to the people concerned at various levels: local, national and transnational.

The main distribution channels are: Institutional web site, which will take the name as an acronym of the project, items editorial / newspapers, CD-ROM, conferences, video conferences, meetings, newsletters, seminars, networking, publications, social media, etc.


Sustainability will be ensured through adequate funding generated by agreements between the State, Regions and relevant ministries ofeach country, as well as through the financial support of foundations or economic bodies, such as the B.E.I. (European Bank Investment). This is because the light of what is the search result, you can have a manual of guidelines on construction sustainable, which will be able to tap into the local authorities, at the Municipal level, Regional or National that wish to adopt the new models

sustainable design, but also for the upgrading and management of the existing built urban heritage, in order to achieve eco-cities and create sustainable urbanization, which allows not to deplete environmental capital already too compromised a light of what sustainability can be ensured by these key players: Institutions must also ensure that the contributions for facing a policy of planning interventions in line with the European Directives of sustainable building.

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