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LEED v3 BD+C (NC) Italia Platinum

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Maximum green space and minimum building footprint to extend the Cavagnari Headquarters; the Green Heart. A project that is sustainable from an energy, social and financial standpoint, and an expression of growing entrepreneurial and environmental awareness.

New volumes, generated from the geometry of the original settlement, are placed along the area’s perimeter in order to define and leave a large green space free in the centre. Green is not used just for landscape and environment value, but as summer micro-climates generator too.

An architecture that is born from the context, with its character and personality, expression of a city, of a society and a history: an intervention with the minimum ecological footprint, socially and economically reasonable, the expression of a new consciousness and entrepreneurial environment.

The complex is composed by the two volumes of the so-called Eco-Uffici, connected between themselves and distributed through the Forum which has the function of reception, dining and meeting point. The Forum is underground, situated beneath a green hill. Each building is designed to be independent in terms of systems and with direct entrance from the street.

Bioclimatic buildings applying the energy strategy “minimum, simple and green”.

Constuctive choices are related to local climatic conditions, aiming to maximize energy efficiency, reduce maintenance and using durable and recyclable materials.

Compact volumes to reduce losses, placed along north-south heliothermic axis to maximize passive solar gains. The Eco-Uffici south facades are fully glazed and protected by a modular shading, while the north facades have reduced windows and outside high-performance walls.

Office buildings proposal is developed with a linear plan having a sleeve of 20m, in order to reduce distribution spaces and paths, maximisation the operating surfaces. In general on the south side are planned open-space offices, while on the north side closed offices; in the middle there are lifts, meeting rooms and other services, all overlooking an empty double, triple and quadruple height courtyard, with an interior garden and pond, made to encourage natural ventilation in spring and autumn.



LEED PLATINUM Certification


Natural ventilation

Innovative cooling system

Shading system


Grey Water Recycling

Biological water treatment

Water-saving sanitary appliances

Sustainable building materials

Low-emitting materials and finishes

High efficient lighting

Daylight sensors

Environmentally friendly furniture

Smart design (passive design strategies)

On-site renewables

Ground Source Heat Pump

Green or brown roofs

Outdoor view maximised

Sustainable transport

Waste reduction commitment

Recycling facilities provided


Green Life is an eco-sustainable headquarter both for the external environment of nature and for the internal ‘human’ one of a Company made up of people and shared values, expression of the new ‘smart and green’ approach with which Crédit-Agricole has renewed its brand identity.

At the climatic level, the strategy adopted was to maximize passive energy aspects to minimize active energy supplies, and for the energy required to use renewable sources: ‘energy saving’ also intended as a contribution to environmental improvement.

Radiant ceiling panels integrated with air changes on the perimeter, natural ventilation in the mid-seasons and night-time ‘free cooling’: for the various interiors the project introduces the concept of ‘sensory comfort’, that is the optimisation of the quality of the spaces in thermal, acoustic and lighting engineering terms.

The complex is powered by a geothermal plant of 800 KW and a photovoltaic system of 428 KW, with an estimated energy saving for the entire Management Center of over 16%.

The complex was awarded LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED Voluntary certification program, LEED® promotes a sustainability-oriented approach, recognizing the performance of buildings in terms of energy savings and water resources, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, quality of indoor environments in terms of user welfare. Furthermore, one of the certification milestones is the choice of eco-friendly materials and resources used, or the site and its connection with the city, as well as considering the management and maintenance of buildings over time.


Energy consumption:

85.00 KW/m² (26.945 KBtu/ft²)

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Crédit Agricole Italia



FRIGERIO DESIGN GROUP , Enrico Frigerio , Daniele Bona , Carola Ginocchio , Anna Tsareva , Federico Biassoni , Monica Russotto , Paula Vier , Daniela Galletti , Fabio Valido , Carola Ginocchio , Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura



VERDE PROGETTO E DIREZIONE ARTISTICA PARCO ARBORETUM , AG&P greenscape , E.Bortolotti , P.Villa , P.Palmulli , A.Battaglia , M.Troisi , I.Marchesin , B.Frangi , A.Parigi , P.Tagliola , A.Bortolotti , GEOLOGIA E GEOTECNICA , EN GEO Engineering Geology , C. Caleffi , INGEGNERIA IDRAULICA , R. Telò , DIREZIONE LAVORI , G. Burchi , M. Borsa , G. Borrini , RESPONSABILE LAVORI , Borrini Ingg. Associati , P. Castagnetti

Acoustical consultant:

Materiacustica , A. Farnetani , N. Prodi , AIDA , A. Farina , E. Armelloni

Building services engineer:

Politecnica ingegneria e architettura , M. Gusso , Massimo Fiorini , Francesco Frassineti

Development manager:

Giulio Burchi , Frigerio Design Group srl

Green certification consultant:

Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura

Specialist consultant:

Borrini Ingg. associati , AG&P Greenscape srl , EN GEO , Carlo Caleffi

Structural Engineer:

Policreo , Pier Paolo Corchia , L. Ferrari , L. Provenzale , A. Troni , R. Bizzi , APE , Mauro Ferrari



Pizzarotti & C. , Unieco Soc. Coop.


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