SAIE 2012 – REBUILDING ITALY
Rebuilding Italy is SAIE’s slogan for its 2012 edition – the 48th – to be held at the
BolognaFiere Exhibition Centre from 18 to 21 October.
The new Saie was presented at a press conference at BolognaFiere by Duccio Campagnoli,
President of BolognaFiere, Roberto Di Vincenzo, coordinator of the “Salone della
Ricostruzione dell’Aquila,” Norbert Lantschner, international expert on sustainability in
buildings and founder of Casaclima, Oscar Buonamano, coordinator of the “Made in Italy
nelle costruzioni” Project, and by Luana Patricelli, Saie’s new Project Manager.
This new team marks the transition of the oldest Italian building exhibition toward a future
based on sustainability, green building, and urban renewal. In its new formula, Saie 2012 will
devote greater attention to the needs of both architects and companies with regard to
renewal by organising seminars, workshops, and events that explain the best ways to use
new technologies and meet the challenges of environmental and economic impact in this
critical period for the building industry.
SAIE, always the foremost exhibition for the construction industry and for the presentation of
innovations for professionals, focuses this year on a critically important subject: renewal of
buildings and homes and environmental and energy sustainability. All aspects of this subject,
strategic for the entire Italian System and for the economic recovery of the building industry,
will be covered during the 2012 edition and in the weeks prior to the exhibition thanks to the
organisation of conferences and workshops and to the contribution of international experts
working with BolognaFiere to create “A new Saie for a New Concept of Building.”
SAIE 2012 will be devoted entirely to energy efficiency, to solutions, technologies, and
innovative materials, but also (in a broader definition of renewal) to technologies for
engineering, for the environment and the territory, and to social housing. Specialisation and
attention to innovation will be the common denominator of the many scheduled initiatives
which, before and during the exhibition, will deal with the “reconstruction” of our architectural
and environmental heritage.
Reconstruction is also of great interest to Italian families: as shown in recent surveys, 55%
of Italians live in housing built prior to 1972 (15% of which was built prior to 1945!)
and, therefore, obsolete and needing renewal. Property valued at 4.8 billion euros, with
buildings having an average age exceeding 30 years and 10 million units built between 1946
and 1972, putting Italy at the top of the European list for era of real estate construction.
The revision of city plans, calling for renewal not only of single buildings but also of entire
neighbourhoods, with special attention to outskirts, to the territory in general, and to
unauthorised building, can no longer be postponed and are currently on the list of priorities of
the new government, which has promised that a revised “City Plan” will be launched by the
summer of 2012.
Another new feature of this edition is cooperation with the Salone della Ricostruzione
dell’Aquila, a strategic partnership for the building system, committed – three years after the
Abruzzo earthquake – to rebuilding an area that has become a laboratory for a new concept
of building. Cooperation with the organisers of the Salone della Ricostruzione will also result
in a Saie exhibit on the history of Italian architecture, entitled “Made in Italy nelle
In addition, for the first time at an Italian fair, there will be the “MED in Italy” fullyfunctioning
prototype of a home based on energy self-sufficiency, with very low
environmental impact (designed by the Faculty of Architecture and Economics of University of
Rome Tre, Industrial Design of La Sapienza, Free University of Bolzano and Fraunhofer). This
is an energetically independent, high-efficiency home with 100 m2 of surface area and 60 m2
of external space, designed for the Mediterranean climate, buildable at reasonable cost and
with very low consumption. The prototype will be located outdoors and can be visited during
the four days of the Exhibition, during which the “Med in Italy” team will be on hand to
describe how it works, its materials, and the innovative technologies used.
Three Macro Areas for Building the Future
The new SAIE will have three new macro areas:
the innovative Green Habitat area, devoted to energy efficiency, sustainability, and urban
design, with a space for sports and urban renewal; the traditional large area devoted to
Cantiere&Production (always featured at Saie), and Services for Designing & Building,
devoted entirely to measurement tools, software, and technologies to help architects and
companies in all aspects of building.
SAIE 2012 focuses: “Innovation” and “Technologies for Engineering, Environment
The first focus is on Innovation, with the initiative SAIE PEOPLE MEET INNOVATION,
will present a large exhibit on technological innovation in architecture and buildings that will
illustrate (with by means of products, technologies, designs and studies) the state of the art
and the principal trends in this field. It will display a selection of innovative product and
technologies selected by a Scientific Committee composed of university professors and
representatives of the trade press. A Research&Innovation area will be devoted to
universities and to Italian and foreign research centres (Hall 26). The Building Innovation
area will be devoted to products, technologies, system and processes that test products,
systems, technologies and innovative processes in a variety of contexts: yards, hi-tech
envelopes, social housing, renewal, and sustainable restoration.
The second focus is the new initiative entitled Technologies for Engineering,
Environment and Territory, developed by Saie-BolognaFiere, I.A.T. Ingegneria per
l’Ambiente e il Territorio Srl, and Alta Scuola (School of Specialisation and Study Centre for
the Maintenance and Conservation of Historical Centres in Unstable Territories), with the
sponsorship of Associazione Geotecnica Italiana.
The initiative will offer a series of conferences and seminars in the forum area, with a wide
variety of workshops on safeguarding and renewing the territory, with special emphasis on
civil and geotechnical engineering, geology, hydrology, and hydraulics. In the forum area,
SAIE 2012 exhibitors will be invited to present systems, technologies, and products. The
scientific conferences will present interesting case studies and the relative technologies used.
An international conference will present projects and technologies used in large civil
engineering projects in Italy, with the participation of foreign delegations invited to Saie 2012
for this purpose. More than ten such delegations have been invited, with operators and
buyers from Turkey, the Mediterranean area, Arab countries, and South America. B2B
meetings (reserved to Saie exhibitors) will be organised during the exhibition.
The international SAIEselection competition – now in its 4th edition – reserved to students
and architects under 40 and receiving hundreds of designs from all over the world, selected
by a jury chaired by architect Mario Cucinella (who once again will help identify the top
talents in architecture) – focuses this year on redevelopment.
Redeveloping, Regenerating and Improving Buildings – Sustainable innovative
solutions is the title of this edition of the competition, reserved to designs that utilise
innovative solutions, materials, technologies, and systems for sustainable renovation, urban
renewal, and improvement.
SAIEselection 2012 is organised in three sections:
1. Urban regeneration and renewal
2. Building renovation
3. Renewal and improvement of historical buildings
The designs will have to satisfy three fundamental parameters:
• use of criteria of sustainability referring to the entire life cycle, with constant attention
to energy efficiency in order to achieve zero emission solutions
• innovative solutions for integrating different materials, technologies, systems or
building methods with respect to the existing structure
• competitive costs, accompanied by estimates of lower operating and maintenance
NATIONAL AICARR CONFERENCE
Another important event linked to energy efficiency is the 30th National Conference
organised by AiCARR (Associazione italiana condizionamento dell’aria, riscaldamento e
refrigerazione) in cooperation with BolognaFiere, entitled Beyond energy certification:
designing and managing the building/plant system to optimise comfort and energy
The need to construct new buildings at “almost zero” energy and to maximise energy
performance of existing buildings demands technological solutions for envelopes and systems
that must be evaluated integrally and must call for the use of renewable energy sources. The
building/plant system requires careful evaluation of the real effects on wellness that can be
achieved in buildings, as well as of problems linked to annual management of plants.
The AiCARR conference will study plant engineering aspects that combine to guarantee
conditions of wellness and will offer input and ideas on correct selection of the plant/system,
on the use of renewable sources, and on correct plant management in order to ensure high
performance and energy efficiency.
WAITING FOR SAIE
SAIE supports building operators, companies, and professionals not only during the
exhibition: between editions, SAIE organises a large agenda of meetings and events on
important topical subjects.
The next event, held in Bologna on 3 May as part of the Green Social Festival, will be
devoted to social housing, a high priority in times when new forms of poverty and the
economic crisis demand immediate answers and increased attention.
The forum will offer a preview of the sustainable and low-cost housing solutions to be
exhibited at SAIE 2012 in October.