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Residential Renovation towards nearly zero energy CITIES

In the spotlight: ABB, D’Appolonia S.p.A and Officinæ Verdi


ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Our solutions improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of our customers’ operations while minimising environmental impact. Innovation is at the forefront of what we do and many of the technologies that drive modern society were pioneered by ABB.

Each year we dedicate around $1.5 billion to fund research and development activities driven by our 8,500 technologists in our five divisions and seven corporate research centres.

Maintaining our position as one of the world’s leading engineering companies requires technology leadership, global presence, application knowledge and strong local expertise. We create and support a comprehensive range of products, systems and services that increase energy efficiency, reliability and productivity for our industrial, utility and infrastructure customers.

With a 125 year heritage of technology innovation, ABB continues to shape the grid of the future. The Power Systems Division focuses on the generation, transmission and distribution of energy from traditional and renewable sources: electricity in fact is generated in power plants using various fuel sources - some traditional, like coal and gas (thermal) and increasingly renewable energies, like wind, solar and hydro. The generated electricity is then integrated into the electricity grid and transmitted across distances through overhead, underground and sub-sea cable systems. Once it reaches closer to consumption centres, distribution networks carry it through to industrial, household and commercial end users.

Within the R2Cities project, ABB is in charge of the requalification of a building called “Lavatrici” (washing machines) because of their curious aspect, located in a Genova area. Tests will focus on passive low cost solutions, and on enhancing natural resources like the daylight and natural ventilation in four apartments, 2 of which inhabited and the remaining two empty.

ABB takes care of the distributed sensor system and will centralise all information in one software platform which will collect data on the temperature, humidity, velocity of air fluxes, air quality, indoor and outdoor lighting and weather parameters. This kind of analysis will be implemented according to algorithms studied to optimise costs and comfort and discomfort evaluation.

In detail, ABB has and will carry out the following:

  • Microclimate analysis aimed at the global thermo-hygrometric comfort and discomfort evaluation;
  • Monitoring of microclimate factors, such as: relative ambient temperature and relative humidity, lighting-technique comfort evaluation, velocity of air fluxes, air quality evaluation;
  • Outdoor monitoring conditions;
  • Diagnostic of the communication and devices for the monitoring systems.

​“As a member of the Genoa Smart City Association managing board, ABB Italy will actively work on the Genoa project but we are very keen to supply guidelines and advice to the other groups on energy efficiency.”, Stefania Alquati, Communications Specialist, ABB


Stefania Alquati

D’Appolonia S.p.A.

D’Appolonia S.p.A., part of the RINA Group, is the largest fully independent Italian firm providing consulting & engineering services to Clients belonging both to the public and the private sector. The company operates in the markets of Energy, Transport and Infrastructures, Industry and Investor Support.

D’Appolonia is a team of engineers, consultants, designers, planners and specialists supporting public and private Clients from concept to decommissioning, through consultancy, design, management, operation and maintenance.

The company provides a wide range of services covering the whole project life cycle from feasibility and specialised technical studies to conceptual and detailed design, prototyping and testing, project management, site engineering as well as operation and maintenance management.

Innovation is a key element in all our projects; D’Appolonia has over twenty years’ experience in helping its clients in developing their new products and services as well as managing their collaborative innovation processes.

D'Appolonia is member of the High Level Group of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) and is also a founding member of the Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA).

In the framework of the European initiative on Smart Cities, D'Appolonia supports city municipalities and public authorities in identifying and targeting all actions which contribute to the achievement of objectives set in their energy plans.

Within R2cities, D’Appolonia is responsible for the definition of the diagnosis methodology and indicators of performance coordinating the activities in the three demo sites linked to: energy audit, financial plans, technology payback analysis and users acceptance test.

D’Appolonia is moreover responsible for the overall coordination of demo implementation with the Genova demo case study.

D’Appolonia will follow all the phases from design to implementation to measurement and verification analysis and will cover the energy specialist role together with the University of Genova. D’Appolonia is responsible for the development of the district management platform dealing with the data coming from each energy management platform and aiming to support the district energy manager in the energy benchmarking of different scenarios.

D’Appolonia is, and will, be active for all the duration of the project and is particularly interested in the outcomes that will be achieved in order to identify clever solutions for the renovation of residential district.

The lessons learned will be used identify replication scenarios across the D’Appolonia consolidated network.  In addition from the involvement within R2cities project D’Appolonia aims to greater insight  on the functional elaboration of data collected on real environment.” Margherita Scott, project engineer, D’Appolonia.


Matteo Porta

Margherita Scotto

Officinæ Verdi

Officinæ Verdi (OV) is an Energy Efficiency Group created in 2011 by the UniCredit Group in Joint Venture with WWF Foundation.

Currently, Officinæ Verdi Group operates as a Management Company and Advisor for developing “Green Economy Applied” investments, combining financial and technological know-how in the energy sector, with a consolidated expertise in complex investment projects for energy-intensive sectors.

Officinæ Verdi has developed an operational capability to support a wide ranging analytical process from engineering to construction and environmental certification. This includes a very advanced financial and technical approach combining analytical skills, green technologies, investment and environmental impact assessments.

With a volume of investments generated in energy efficiency and GreenTech sector in Italy and Europe equal to €93.4M between 2013 and 2014, Officinæ Verdi can nowadays lay claim to a consistent portfolio of assets which it manages and monitors (465 plants, with an approximate value of €927M). Such investments are the result of research and development activities with the objectives of measuring operations (3.8% R&D investments with respect to arranged ones). Besides economic indicators, other two indices significantly describe the company activities: the Social Impact Index, which amounts to 3,748 direct and indirect green jobs generated by OV-managed projects, and CO2 impact index, which amounts to 391,906 tons of CO2 saved through investments and managed assets.

At the moment, Officinæ Verdi is involved in three European Projects: R2 CITIES (FP7), REMOURBAN and TRUST EPC SOUTH (HORIZON 2020) as advisor on the economic and financial sustainability assessment of technologies in the energy efficiency sector.

Within R2 CITIES, Officinæ Verdi has responsibility in:

  • supporting the development of Technology Payback Analysis and Business Cases and evaluating retrofitting technologies according to a rigorous technical and economic analysis
  • measurement and verification of energy performance post-intervention
  • defining business models for the development of the energy efficiency market
  • communication and exploitation activities

The ultimate target of the project is to reach a proper methodology in order to identify economically sustainable technological solutions, replicable to different settings.

Energy efficiency could produce a business capacity about yearly €300 billion and 20 million new jobs (WWF data), as the Juncker Strategy to defeat the European recession. Thanks to Energy Efficiency European Directives (2012/27/EU and 2010/31/EU) aiming for a target of nearly zero-energy cities in 2020 and connecting energy performances with sustainable economic standards, national governments are supporting new financial instruments. A good opportunity to move from the current industrial model to a new sustainable one”.  Giovanni Tordi, Chief Executive Officer, Officinæ Verdi


Valentina Luzzatto

Serena Olivetta