The Italian Response to Sustainability in Built Environment: The Match Between Law and Technical Assessment

  • Fabio ManzoneEmail author
  • Manuela Rebaudengo
  • V. Lorenzo ZaccaroEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 797)


During these last years, increasing consideration has been given to the concept of sustainability seen in a broad perspective, including several fields of the human activity. The construction industry represents one of the most important sectors to focus on in terms of sustainability; therefore, its main challenge nowadays has shifted from a quantitative to a qualitative aspect of the production. This happens at both international and national levels; still sustainability is an issue that has a relative weight, depending on the specific needs of the area, the political choices of the country and its socio-economic background. The paper analyses the Italian framework both in terms of law and technical assessment of built environment sustainability. Section 1 shows how nowadays the inner political line and membership in the European Union lead Italy to focus on improving the quality of the buildings: such quality concept could be called “sustainability”, since this word includes various dimensions. Section 2 technically explains the environmental, social and economical dimensions of sustainability and the attempt to balance them in a holistic perspective. Section 3 depicts the legislative approach to enhance sustainability. Section 4 focuses on the Italian background with its recent regulatory changes, which have introduced the mandatory application of the Minimum Environmental Criteria (MEC) in public building’s construction.


Minimum environmental criteria Sustainability BIM approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTurinItaly
  2. 2.Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and PlanningPolitecnico di TorinoTurinItaly

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