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Buildings 2016, 6(2), 17; doi:10.3390/buildings6020017

Design of Sustainable Agricultural Buildings. A Case Study of a Wine Cellar in Tuscany, Italy

Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems (GESAAF)—Via San Bonaventura 13, 50145 Florence, Italy
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Received: 18 February 2016 / Revised: 31 March 2016 / Accepted: 8 April 2016 / Published: 13 April 2016
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Abstract

This research concerns the design of an agricultural building with a high degree of sustainability, located in a farm in the south of the Tuscany region, Italy. The building, intended mainly as a wine cellar, offers innovative construction solutions of high deconstructability and has features of low environmental impact, economic competitiveness and constructive simplicity. In particular, the design of the basement cellar involves the use of gabions and stones for the realization of the foundations, the ground retaining walls and all other bearing walls. A different solution is adopted for the external wall which remains entirely above ground. It is also made by gabions, but it is externally covered with a coat of straw bales and is plastered with clay or lime. The roof-bearing structure is made of steel beams and galvanized steel sheets. A layer of fertile soil is arranged on the roof to form a green roof system. This research aims to spread the design criteria of deconstructable buildings, based on the use of natural materials with low environmental and economic impact. Where it is not possible to employ natural materials, reusable or recyclable materials are used. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable-building design; gabion-walls; land-consumption; design-for-deconstruction sustainable-building design; gabion-walls; land-consumption; design-for-deconstruction
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Conti, L.; Barbari, M.; Monti, M. Design of Sustainable Agricultural Buildings. A Case Study of a Wine Cellar in Tuscany, Italy. Buildings 2016, 6, 17.

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