After its first year of project implementation, the e-SAFE consortium team finally met at the end of September to present the project’s progress in reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint through building renovation whilst preventing seismic damages.
The meeting took place at Villa Zingari Tetto, designed in the early twentieth century, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Art Nouveau buildings in Catania. Thanks to the University of Catania (UNICT), participant partners also enjoyed a guided tour of the museum inside the building.
This suggestive location was therefore the setting for intense days of presentations and discussions. The first day was dedicated to the state of the art of the project, analyzing the progress of the work packages in which it is articulated. In the second day a series of working groups were organized, aimed at addressing challenging issues relevant to the project (ICT, financial, social, energetic, and technological aspects) and at providing innovative solutions for the project to further proceed.
Finally, the most important event was the visit to the pilot site in Catania. Through this activity, the partners of the project had the opportunity to directly see the model of an e-SAFE’s target building. This helped them grasp the reality behind their work; the requirements of an area in which a combined energy efficiency and seismic action is the only answer for a sustainable innovation.