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In Italy a total of 1500 houses need to be renovated every day to meet the EU’s strategic targets

The Osservatorio SAIE analyses the potential market while SAIE SMART HOUSE (BolognaFiere 14 – 17 October) showcases the best technological solutions for the “building-plant” system

Bologna, 17 September 2015 – To meet the targets of the EU 2050 programme, Italy will have to renovate 1500 homes a day – that’s almost one a minute! This startling figure comes from the Osservatorio SAIE, the market observatory conducted as part of SAIE, the key Italian appointment with the future of building to be held in the Bologna exhibition centre from 14 to 17 October. After supporting and accompanying the country’s growth for 50 years, the show is undergoing a major upgrade in 2015 with the launch of SAIE SMART HOUSE, a platform that responds to the new construction requirements and the need to renovate an enormous building stock. According to Nomisma, there are about 13.6 million buildings in Italy requiring renovation. This represents a major challenge for our country and is potentially the most powerful driver of the Italian economy over the next few years.

European directives on energy are clear and Italy is beginning to enact them, with three measures completing the legislative framework for energy efficiency in buildings due to come into force on 1 October. This marks an important step forward and will finally get Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) up and running, providing citizens, administrations and professionals with precise and detailed information on the efficiency of buildings and plants.

SAIE is following this new trend with the introduction of the new SMART HOUSE platform which offers an overview of the “Building-Plant system” and explores the very best of technological innovation both for the building itself and for the industrially-made components and accessories. At the show architects and construction companies will have the chance to meet manufacturers specialising in building envelopes, facades and roofs.