Best practices

Most of the research showed that in Italy more than 50% of the buildings need renovation, that will enhance energy performance and reduce emissions and consumption. In order to improve the energy performance of its buildings, Intesa Sanpaolo Group decided to progressively intervene in large buildings, which consume more energy.

New Headquarters Turin

The New Headquarters was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. It is 166 meters high and has 38 floors above ground, including 27 intended for the Bank operating offices. On the lower ground floors 338 parking spaces are available.

A multipurpose room, that can host up to 364 spectators (in auditorium set-up) is situated on the ground floor.

In October 2015, the Intesa Sanpaolo Tower was awarded the LEED Platinum certification, the highest given by the Green Building Council, the most authoritative international body for eco-assessment of buildings. In November 2015, the building received the "Award for Commercial or Retail Structures" for the Expedition Engineering and Studio Ossola structural design, award promoted by the Institution of Structural Engineers of London (https://www.istructe.org/structuralawards/home).

In 2016, the skyscraper won the "Building of the Year" award in the "Offices" category, promoted by archdaily website (http://www.archdaily.com), the most visited architecture website in the world, and was finally ranked among the European finalists of the CTBUH Awards in Chicago (read more).

Since September 2019, the Executive Centre in Turin is the only one in Europe to have obtained the Leed Platinum certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in both the "new construction" category and in the category "sustainable management" building." The Green Building Council, the most authoritative international body for the eco-evaluation of buildings, has given the skyscraper the second recognition for continuity given to the solutions and good practices adopted in the construction. The tower designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop scored 85 points, thus exceeding the threshold needed to reach the most prestigious level. This is thanks to effective actions taken for energy efficiency, sustainable water consumption, material and resource management, employee habits in home-work travel and indoor environmental conditions, such as lighting and air quality.

  • Night-time free-cooling system: free cooling thanks to the use of natural ventilation of the double celling of each floor of the tower through the exploitation of the pressure difference between the east and west façades
  • Attention to reducing consumption of drinking water by using a system of collection and reuse of rainwater and groundwater for toilet flushing
  • Installation on the southwest façade of a photovoltaic system in an area of 2.000 sq. m.
  • LED lighting extended to 80% of the lighting fixtures
  • Presence of a bioclimatic multi-function greenhouse on the roof top and a full height conservatory on the south façade
  • The east and west façades are made of two glass walls separated by about 2.5mt, defined “Double Skin” and designed for improved interaction with the outside climatic conditions
  • Intesa Sanpaolo obtained an environmental sustainability certification “Leed Platinum” thanks to the focus on recycling, monitoring and containing total energy consumption and on the sustainability of the building
  • The installation serving the air-conditioning of the building has been designed to obtain an energy high-performance system using, both for the production of hot and cooled fluid, ground water from wells located at the edge of the park close to the building. The ground water, once used for energy purposes, is returned to the ground

Intesa Sanpaolo Vita, Milan

Environmental responsibility, efficiency, sustainability: these are the guidelines that have marked the work carried out at the headquarters of Intesa Sanpaolo Vita. The work on the building in Milan had the aim of creating the best balance between the environment and employees; a process still underway, stimulated by thoughtful suggestions from colleagues.

The building is equipped with efficient air conditioning systems, with a thermal insulation system for the building envelope accomplished by applying thermo-reflective film on the outer surface of the window frames, a system of LED lighting and automatic devices for monitoring total energy consumption. Furthermore there is a roof garden, a reading room and, prompted by Slow Food Italy, a vegetable garden on the top floor terrace, with a view to involving internal staff in a training and awareness path on the issues of local production and conscious consumption.

  • Strengthening of thermal insulation: application of thermo reflective film to the outer surface of the windows
  • Heat pump: automatic switching cooling cycle
  • Cooling: installation of refrigeration unit with water condensation
  • Heating: installation of a gas condensing boiler
  • Lighting system LED lamps in combination with fluorescent lamps with presence sensors
  • Datalogger: automatic device to monitor energy consumption and detect anomalies
  • Spaces available to colleagues and guests

Gallerie d’Italia Museum, Milano

Radical refurbishment was carried out in Milan in the property complex of Piazza Scala 6, where on the ground floor the "Gallerie d’Italia" Museum was set up in an area of 8,300 mq. The priority objective of the renovation, which was functional to separating the museum physically and in terms of systems from the remainder of the property complex, was also the reduction of energy consumption.

The operation schedules an energy saving of approximately 550,000 kWh/a year of electricity and approximately 90,000 mc/year of gas in relation to heating and air-conditioning.

  • Led spotlights are used for both the lighting of the rooms and that of the rooms and that of the works displayed
  • All the lighting fixture are managed by a regulation system that adjusts the light flow of each element on the basis of actual requirements
  • Four refrigeration units were replaced, two of them constructed with heat pumps producing condensation water that is then used for heating of the museum
  • The site is constantly monitored to identify further actions to improve and enhance the management of the system

Technology centre Moncalieri

An extensive renovation project involved the Moncalieri technology centre. This property extends over a total surface area of approximately 47,000 mq, in addition to an area of around 24,500 mq used as a car park. It consists of several buildings appointed to different purposes (offices, canteen, company nursery, data processing centre and plant rooms). The renovation, which also comprised the removal of asbestos in the plant rooms and an enlargement of capacity amounting to around 500 work stations, was aimed at improving the energy efficiency of the facility.

As a result, the building moved from energy class E up to energy class C.

  • Development of a building management system to manage and monitor the refrigeration units and ambient temperatures
  • Installation of a photovoltaic plant with a peak power of 440 kWp
  • Complete replacement of all the windows in the buildings used as offices with new low-thermal transmission glass fixtures
  • Installation of solar thermal systems of 100.86 kWh, useful for guaranteeing the production of domestic hot water
  • Creation of lighting system comprising fluorescent bulbs equipped with electronics reactors with regulation based on outdoor light conditions
  • Outdoor lighting using LED bulbs controlled by photocells

Zero energy branch VE-Marghera

Intesa Sanpaolo decided to implement the provisions of the EU legislation on environmental sustainability by setting up "The first nearly 0 energy branch".
This means a structure with high energy performance and level of sustainability, whose energy needs are covered mostly by energy from renewable sources, as required by the European Directive 31/2010.
The Branch of Venice Marghera - inaugurated June 19, 2012 - is the first example.
Thanks to the innovative solutions, we will be able to have a reduction of 80% of the primary energy for heating and about 60% for cooling, thus obtaining the energy class A certification.
The project received important recognition in October 2012 as part of the Banca e Territorio award, established by AIFIn (Italian Association of Financial Innovation) in order to promote the themes of Corporate Social Responsibility in the banking sector, by winning in the category "Initiatives to protect and support the environment". In June 2013, the "Nearly 0 energy branch" received the Green Globe Banking Award - a prize for the green best practices in the banking sector - in the category Direct Impacts.

  • Installation of a photovoltaic system with peak power of 9 kW, capable of producing about 8550 kWh/year
  • A geothermal heat pump in addition to an air source heat pump for the simultaneous production of domestic hot water and cooling of equipment rooms
  • Insulation of the building with a coat of polyurethane and thermal bridges elimination
  • Replacement of doors and windows with low transmittance and low emission windows
  • Installation of equipment with high efficiency lighting controlled by occupancy sensors and LED lights
  • Installation of two multifunction office machines and supply of new furniture built with ecological panels (FSC certified) and formaldehyde emission class E1
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