About ten kilometers from Modena, in Montale fraz. Castelnuovo Rangoneis found an Ecovillagea zero-impact residential neighborhood, built according to the principles of bio and eco-sustainability to combine maximum comfort with minimum energy consumption. A time where today stands theEcovillage of Montale there was a farm: the real estate project started in 2007 and transformed the face of that countryside into the sign of innovation, while maintaining a strong link with the past and traditions. The Bertuccia srl SB – Società Benefit real estate company and the interdisciplinary work team that manages every single aspect and value of the neighborhood have staked everything on a sustainable conscience aimed at giving a concrete impulse to the protection of the environment and the well-being of people. The idea was to build ecological houses that do not emit CO2, do not produce fine dustmore the whole village helps to constantly replenish the aquifer, avoiding waste and dispersion. All urban planning choices are driven by “antispreco philosophy” with a strong focus on natural resources and in particular on the water cycle: the same construction characteristics of ecological buildings discourage their dispersion. The water cycle is the basis of the urban project and takes place in three phases: collection, conservation and reuse.
Montale ecovillage drone view
This green revolution doesn’t stop and a multifunctional center will be active in the coming months in energy class A4 and Nzeb (acronym for nearly zero energy building): it is a new investment in sociality in line with the philosophy of the eco-neighborhood which is resilient to climate change. It is the first time that a building for public use in the highest energy classes has been built in Emilia-Romagna and Modena. In the Center they will therefore carry on business that will work without resorting to fossil fuels. For example, you can go shopping in an eco-market, train in a green gym, live an experience at the eco-bistro or at the People’s Restaurant knowing that only photovoltaic solar energy will be used to air-condition the rooms and that the materials used to build it are 46% recycled and/or recyclable. The Service Center in the wake of the European Union directives, fulfilled and applied by the Ecovillage for over 10 years, will also to support the challenges of the UN 2030 Agenda to contribute to the achievement of the central objectives for the ecological transition, such as goal 7 Clean and accessible energy, goal 3 Health and Wellness, Goal 13 Take action for the climate e goal 11 Resilient and sustainable cities.
“During the Holocene, the period of climatic stability on our planet, we prospered by growing in population and well-being; unfortunately due to an unbalanced use of natural resources we have entered the Anthropoceneconventionally datable around the middle of the last century, which is the phase in which man with his activities has left an indelible mark on the environment. The unbalanced production and use of polluting materials have fueled a vicious circle that has serious repercussions on our health and future prospects. Today a change of course is essential, which balances the use of resources based on their ability to regenerate. We can no longer afford to consume more than what nature generates autonomously and to pollute the resources on which we depend for our survival” these are the words of Silvia Pini, entrepreneur and creator of the Ecovillage.
Ecovillage acted on the basis of 3 directives: to abandon the use of fossil fuels thanks toenergy efficiency, reduce waste generation preferring the use of recycled and/or recyclable materials, reforesting and regulating rainwater. The design and construction of the entire eco-district is based on these postulates, with important results and benefits for the territory and the community. For example in the last 10 years the careful reforestation activity has allowed to absorb 1700 tons of CO2, the photovoltaic to self-produce 600 MWh of renewable energy, avoiding emissions of a further 300 tons of CO2.
According to a recent census data on reforestation can be summarized thus: 3600 shrubs, 150 trees and 10000 m² of lawn. Other interventions on the natural heritage are in progress. In addition, Ecovillaggio has promoted the establishment of Mutina Arborea, the non-profit Social Enterprise Forestry Consortium which has as its purpose widespread urban and extra-urban reforestation to improve air quality, mitigate the effects of climate change and generate well-being. A project that will bring into play, in Modena and its province, concrete initiatives to green spaces and neighbourhoods involving citizens, companies, public bodies and local associations. Also in this case the intent will be to support the challenge launched by the United Nations to plant, in Europe, 3 billion trees by 2030.
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