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IsolMAX: from Siberia the house of the future

8 February 2019 | Written by La redazione

An innovative research project, promoted among others by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, will test new housing solutions in extreme climatic conditions

The “laboratory/building” of IsolMAX, the research project promoted by the Trentino research system and supported by the Autonomous Province of Trento, in which the Bruno Kessler Foundation and the University of Trento, together with Cogi srl of Calliano and the Altai State Technical University, will be born in Barnaul, southwest of Siberia. IsolMAX’s goal is to draw guidelines for the homes of the future, starting with innovative housing solutions in extreme weather conditions.

For this reason, Siberia was chosen as the site of the project: the Barnaul area offers very severe and extremely variable climatic conditions during the year, with winter minimums reaching -40° C and peak temperatures in summer up to 37° C.

The building will be equipped with a series of sensors, developed by the Bruno Kessler Foundation, which will allow constant monitoring of both the structural and the residential well-being.

The project will end in 2023, after a phase of accurate analysis of the data collected during the observation period. The involved subjects expect to obtain valuable information and new knowledge to define what will be the design guidelines of the house of the future, starting from steelMAX®, the constructive system patented by Cogi that allows to develop residential buildings with the structural bearing part in metal, thus reducing time, costs and complexity of construction compared to traditional construction systems.

Thanks to IsolMAX, therefore, it will be possible to determine the correct choice and installation of more efficient materials and construction elements, the best technical and design solutions to ensure high energy saving performance, living comfort and durability of the building structure even in extreme weather conditions.

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