The city of Trento is the capital city of the autonomous province of Trento, located in the north-east of Italy in the heart of the Italian Alps. The city is known for its picturesque historic centre with ancient buildings. As of 2017 the city has over 117,000 inhabitants. InCUBE’s demonstration site is located in the Santa Chiara district which lies in the south-east of the historic city centre.
The Santa Chiara District is progressively abandonment since the end of the 1990 which resulted in social marginality and building decay, lack of space protection, and crime episodes.
In 2016 the Municipality of Trento has drawn the “Program for re-functionalisation and sustainable reuse of the area Santa Chiara”, involving several buildings as well as the park and has been recently funded by the Italian Government. More recently, the Municipality of Trento has decided to extend the intervention area also to the cultural heritage building called “Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara”, securing additional funding.
InCUBE will mainly focus on the deep renovation of the Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara, owned by the Municipality of Trento and one of the most important centres for cultural and recreational activities of the city. This building was built in 1235 (as the Monastery of S.Chiara) and has around 200 users. The energy needs of the building will be reduced by half and the renewable energy production will be increased to 864 MWh per year (photovoltaic and geothermal). Besides this specific building, other five public owned buildings will be deeply renovated for tertiary uses and residential spaces to enhance the district-level approach favouring the emergence of a Renewable Energy Community.
InCUBE will strengthen and extend these existing initiatives through several innovative interventions at a building and neighbourhood level:
The replication potential of the Santa Chiara District is huge, as the Municipality of Trento itself already manages a real estate portfolio of 1.35 million m2. In the last 10 years it was responsible for the renovation of about 167,000 m2 and in the next 10 years it planned the renovation of a further 180,000 m2.