Technical services for the design, certification and maintenance of buildings complying with the requirements of the international protocol LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for green buildings.
Buildings designed following such standards respond to a concept of sustainability which is broader that the simple energy [...]
Technical services for the design, certification and management of buildings complying with the German protocol Passive House for high-efficiency buildings.
Such buildings, certifiable under the Passive House Institute in Germany, are characterized by extremely high levels of energy efficiency and internal comfort up to the so-called [...]
Technical services for the design, certification and maintenance of buildings complying with the requirements of the international protocol BREEAM® (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method) for sustainable buildings.
Also this protocol, created in the U.K. even before the LEED®, interprets sustainability [...]
Specific technical services for the management of green building projects, from the early design stage through the construction process until the final building occupation and commissioning procedure.
Developing a project in foreign countries means facing different rules and processes only local companies can deal with. In order to implement [...]
Architectural and engineering services for the design and development of wood buildings and major structures in regular or steel-reinforced laminated wood.
Timber is considered a strategic material for the development of sustainable buildings because, if harvested and manufactured under certain criteria (1), it represents a renewable raw [...]
Technical services for the development commissioning processes throughout the design and/or the construction process of the building.
Commissioning is the process that ensures a facility and its systems are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to perform as the design intended. This is achieved by implementing and [...]
The implementation of new materials and technologies plays a key-role in the development of innovative green-building solutions. However, prototype materials always have to be tested before being applied to the building design in order to make engineers understand first-hand how the prototype will perform under real-building conditions.
How do our buildings really perform? We believe that the only real answer to the question is… testing. Numerical analysis and computer simulations can give us a sense of the building performance during the design phase however real values of complex systems where human activities take place constantly can only be measured on-site after [...]
The acoustic simulation is the process that allows us to recreate in a virtual reality the principles of physics under which the sound is generated, spread and absorbed during a certain lapse of time within a specific area or fence. This lets us understand the acoustical behavior of a certain space, open or closed, prior to its construction and [...]
The energy modeling represents a key-aspect of the building design as it is the only available tool to estimate the quantity of energy that the building will consume after its completion allowing architects and engineers to optimize the building features during the early design stage.
Depending on the building location energy simulations are [...]
The lighting conditions under which will operate the building users represent a key-aspect for the interior environmental quality. The sustainability protocols currently in-use try to increase the use natural illumination because, apart from the eventual energy savings, the artificial light has a much lower frequency compared with the sun [...]
In order to optimize the performance and measure the energy consumption of modern building a Building Management System (BMS) is an essential feature to consider during all design and construction phases.
Building Management Systems are most commonly implemented in large projects with extensive mechanical,HVAC, electrical, and plumbing [...]
GBF, through its international partners, provides high-performance energy services for new and existing buildings in facility design, operation, and commissioning. Our experience allows us to accurately evaluate the best solutions to optimize existing buildings and proposed designs. We provide technical expertise and support for energy cost [...]
Within the construction field the level of “sustainability” is generally measured by looking at buildings. However, all details and information related to every single construction product are needed in order to evaluate the construction as a whole. Such data focus on the whole product life-cycle and analyze all kinds of impacts on [...]
GBF, through its partners, offers the following services related to projects validation and products certification:
EPD validation, Environmental Product Declaration according to ISO 14025 standard and Environmental Statements according to the UNI EN ISO 14021 standard;
“Make it Sustainable” [...]