Updates on latest trends on holistic approaches for healthy and sustainable buildings. Key notes from visionary front runners on how to (e)valuate and program with users in mind. Comfort Economy tools and developer viewpoints on energy-efficiency priorities, insights and knowledge from building industry experts, and a great opportunity to share ideas and projects, in a networking atmosphere!


6th Active House Symposium
Active House, the Architecture of Comfort & Economy

Wednesday November 7

  • 12.00 Registration and lunch buffet
  • 13.00 Welcome by Prof. Manuela Grecchi, Vice-rector Politecnico di Milano
  • 13.15 Introduction by Marco Imperadori & Lone Feifer
  • 13.30 Key note by Ian Ritchie, UK, 'Reading the Mind'
  • 14.30 Pulse talks on projects, case examples and results
    • Marco Imperadori & Vinay Venkatramen: Active House Live
    • Elisabeth Endres: Aktiv+ - Strategies for buildings at the interface of passive and active
    • SUN Yimin; Active House Academic Society: Wuhan University active Stadium
    • Eileen Meyer: Strawbale B&B active barn recovery
    • Istvan Kistelegdi: Aerodynamical winery & active boutique hotel
    • Susan Carruth: Daylight & Wellbeing – guide to Sustainable Buildings
  • 17.00 Key note by Gord Cooke, Canada
  • 20.00 Symposium Dinner and label awards 2019 ceremony

Thursday November 8

  • 09.00 Key note by Chiara Tonelli Active House RhOME concept
  • 10.00 Book launch ´Active House – Smart Nearly Zero Energy Buildings´
  • 10.30 Parallel workshop sessions:
    1. MOBISTYLE Project: The innovative behavioural change concept and first business case ideas - English
    2. Digital Design Meets Digital Use in BIM and smart buildings - English & Italian
    3. Active House Specifications 3.0 & Active House Academy – educating professionals globally - English
    4. Active House specifications - saleability and attractiveness in real estate – Italian
  • 13.00 Lunch & tour of campus Lecco
  • 14.00 Key note by Brian Cody Form follows Energy
  • 15.30 Student prize ceremony 2019
  • 16.00 Speakers panel key take aways & next steps
  • 17.00 End of seminar

* Programme, speakers and timings may be subject to changes

Parallel breakout sessions on Thursday

  1. MOBISTYLE Project: Open discussion about the innovative behavioural change concept and first business case ideas session / Simona d´Oca, Ana Tisov & Andre Litiu / English (see here for more details)
  2. Digital Design Meets Digital Use: Active House principles in BIM and smart buildings / Federica Brunone & Lara Hale / English & Italian (see here for more details)
  3. Active House Specifications 3.0 & Active House Academy concept / Carsten Rode, Bas Hasselaar, Alexander Kucheravy & Amdi Worm / English (see here for more details)
  4. Active House specifications - saleability and attractiveness in real estate / Marco Soravia / Italian (see here for more details)

Extra activities & Touristic programme
7-9 November

The extra activities and the touristic programme are separate from the professional programme of the Symposium, arranged for those, who book it.

Among others, we will organise site visits to two of our Italian Active Houses – VELUXlab in Milano and Casa sul Parco in Fidenza – as well as to the Active House Italia’s Administartive Office in Paderno Dugnano. For further details, please consult our brochure HERE. Please note that no visits will be possible without reservation!

Wednesday November 7

  • 9:30-11:30 Active House Openhouse (site visits)

Friday November 9

  • 15.00-18.30 Active House Openhouse (site visits)

Sign up HERE for the site visits

We will also organise touristic activities in the surrounding area so that you could better discover the beauty of Italy. For more details on the touristic options to visit Lecco and the surrounding cities, please consult our brochure HERE. Please indicate your interest if you wish to participate and we will inform you about the final price soon. Expected price level is 120 – 150 € including dinner & lunch.

Thursday November 8

  • 20:00 Dinner (included in Touristic programme Option 1 & Option 2)

Friday November 9

  • 10:00-14:00 Touristic programme Option 1: LECCO
  • 10:00-18:00 Touristic programme Option 2: VARENNA/BELLAGIO BY LAKE

Sign up HERE for the touristic programme


Brian Cody
Univ. Prof. BSc(Eng) Hons CEng MCIBSE
Prof. Brian Cody is founder and CEO of Energy Design Cody and a chartered engineer with 30 years of experience in the analysis and design of energy efficient cities, buildings and systems.
He is also full professor and head of the Institute of Buildings and Energy at Graz University of Technology in Austria and visiting professor and head of the energy design unit at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.
Prior to his appointment at Graz University of Technology in 2003, he was associate director of the international engineering consultancy Arup with over 13 000 staff in over 35 countries and design leader of their offices in Germany. His focus in research, teaching and practice is on maximizing the energy performance of buildings and cities.
He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng MCIBSE) and speaks fluent English, German and Turkish. Prof. Cody serves on many advisory boards and juries. In 2014 his contribution to the design of the NRW state archive building in Duisburg, Germany was recognized with the Balthasar Neumann European Award for Architecture and Engineering.
Ian Ritchie
Architect and founder of Ian Ritchie Architects
Ian Ritchie CBE RA is a British architect,artist and author, who founded Ian Ritchie Architects in 1981. His practice’s projects include the RIBA Award winning and 2018 London Building of the Year Royal Academy of Music, and the British Construction Industry UK Building of The Year and the LEAF Awards 2016 overall winner for the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL, London. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University School of Architecture in 1968. He then went on to research Urban Studies for a year in Oita-Osaka, Japan and graduated with a Diploma in Architecture with Distinction from PCL, London (now University of Westminster) in 1972.[2] After working with Norman Foster (1972–76), Ritchie spent two years in France designing and constructing projects before joining Arup's Lightweight Structure Group.[3] In 1979, he founded Chrysalis Architects. In 1981 he created Ian Ritchie Architects in London, and co-founded the design engineering firm Rice Francis Ritchie (RFR) with Peter Rice and Martin Francis. He left RFR in 1990 and went on to a number of advisory and teaching roles alongside his work at Ian Ritchie Architects, regularly lecturing on topics including art, urbanism and regeneration at venues across the world. During his career he has been awarded multiple accolades, including a CBE in 2000, and was elected a Royal Academician in 1998 and Professor of Architecture at the RA Schools in 2004. Ritchie (and Ian Ritchie Architects) have received 80 national and international awards and have been shortlisted four times for the RIBA Stirling Prize and Mies Van der Rohe Prize. Ritchie was the first foreign architect to receive the French Academie d’Architecture Grand Silver Medal for Innovation.
Chiara Tonelli
Associate professor in Architectural Technology at the Department of Architecture of the University of Roma Tre
Chiara Tonelli is associate professor in Architectural Technology at the Department of Architecture of the University of Roma Tre, where she is the Rector’s delegate for ‘Startup and Enterprise’.
She conceived and coordinated the two multidisciplinary teams from Roma TRE University who took part at Solar Decathlon, a competition among universities around the world for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing prototypes.
In 2012 in Madrid the housing prototype “MED in Italy” was the first Italian project admitted to the competition and was ranked third overall, while in 2014 in Versailles the Social Housing apartment, named “Rhome for Dencity”, again the unique Italian presence, ranked first overall.
From 2015 she is responsible for the coordination of the Regional Energy Plan of Latium, where she operates to reduce regional energy consumption, to promote the transition to electricity and to diversify in the long-term sources of energy, reducing GHG emissions and energy dependency fossils, with the aim of spreading the low-carbon economy, to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the local industry and the productivity and profitability of the agricultural production.
Over the past four years she has initiated processes of university-industry exchange, involving Italian and multinational companies in experimental activities, which have led to the filing of patents and the launch of spin-off. In this context, she is launching a building chain of wooden houses in Argentina, following the assignment of a Great Scientific and Technological Research Project on “Energy and Environment” of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the years 2014-2016.
Architect since 1996, she is author of numerous projects for private and public entities, related to energy efficiency.
She is member of: the National Project 10,000 Social Housing Scientific Committee; the International Board pro Solar Decathlon Europe; and the Culture and Architecture Committee of the Bolzano Fair.
She is President of Casaclima Awards since 2013.
She has been: visiting professor at TUM Technishe Universitet of Munich, Germany, in 2014-15; member of Lazio Startup Commission in 2013-14 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Region; and member of the Green Drop Award Jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
She took part at over 100 meetings and conferences in Italy and around the world, among them the Republic of Ideas in Bologna in 2011, and the TEDx Milan in 2013. She has been host of several television programs on Architecture (RAI TRE “Geo & Geo – The ecological house” 2011-12, Leonardo “The house that will be” 2011-12, Real Time “Comfort for Strangers” from 2005 to 2013).
Since 2000 she teaches in the Architectural Technology domain, at the graduate level, master degree and postgraduate, in different Italian locations.
She speaks French, English and Spanish.
Marco Imperadori
Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Marco Imperadori is professor of Politecnico di Milano – Lecco Campus, owners of the chair of Technological Design and Innovation and Rector’s Deputy for internationalization programs. He is also director of the research group on Samrt-Eco Buildings. His research has always been concentrated on buildings environmental sustainability and on innovation based on industrialized dry stratified technologies, constantly applied in his works.
Gord Cooke
Partner with Construction Instruction Inc
Gord Cooke is a Partner with Construction Instruction Inc. Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry. As an educator, industry consultant and much sought after presenter, Gord has a unique talent for taking the building science issues that he sees in the field, and presenting them in an easily understood and practical real-world manner.  Gord has particular expertise in applied building science, energy efficient housing initiatives, innovative HVAC systems, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He has developed and delivered a multitude of workshops in these fields, as well as sales and marketing courses for builders and real estate agents to help them best promote the features and benefits of high performance houses.


Early bird rates:

  • Members 265€ inc. VAT
  • Non-members 315€ inc. VAT

Late registrations after 1 November:

  • Members 300€ inc. VAT
  • Non-members 365€ inc. VAT

Mobistyle rates:

  • Mobistyle seminar only 150€ inc. VAT
  • Mobistyle seminar with Wednesday gala dinner 215€ inc. VAT

Register HERE

The cost of the registration covers the Symposium programme, two lunches and one dinner

The cost of the registration does not cover accommodation costs, travel costs and touristic programme.


The new Lecco Campus

The new headquarters of Politecnico di Milano in Lecco, set for 2.000 students, is located on the site of the old Civil Hospital and covers an area of 40,000m2, energy-efficient dedicated to teaching, research, workshops and services to the area.

The Lecco Campus

The Lecco Campus was founded in 1997 upon collaboration between the University and territorial bodies to satisfy the need for, in a highly industrial area with great employment potential, a university campus able to increase and drive collective growth through research and technological development.

The Lecco Campus offers a distinctly high level of education that encourages integration with the territory in terms of both the uniqueness of the entrepreneurial fabric and the campus’ own research initiatives.

The study programs, consistently with the process of expansion and diversification underway at the Politecnico di Milano, have been devised to offer a valuable and structured academic opportunity, some of them unique to the Politecnico, that is fully integrated in the system and includes specific degree programs and research projects.


Lecco is within reach of all 3 Milanese airports: Linate, Malpensa & Bergamo Orio al Serio (the closest to Lecco).

Recommendations for arrival by:

  • Plane
  • Train
  • Car
  • Boat



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