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Cresme: The seismic retrofit market is worth 300 billion euros over twenty years

Countdown to Saie 2016. Interview with Cresme director Lorenzo Bellicini, who gives a preview of the centre’s economic report

By Paola Pierotti, PPAN


According to the seismic classification of Italian municipalities made in March 2015 by the Italian Civil Defence Department, 44% of the national territory (133,000 sq. km) lies within a high-risk area (seismic zone 1 or seismic zone 2), corresponding to 36% of Italian municipalities (2,097). A total of 22.2 million people (8.9 million families) live in these areas and there are more than 6.1 million buildings, of which almost 1 million are devoted to production activities (4.7 million workers and 1.5 million business units). As a result of the settlement dynamics that have occurred since 2001, the population living in these high-risk municipalities has risen by 4% and the number of buildings constructed in these municipalities has increased by 7.6%. This picture of seismic risk in Italy will be discussed in greater detail in the 24th Cresme economic report due to be presented on 18 October in Bologna during SAIE 2016.


By Paola Pierotti, PPAN communication and networking platform for the built environment