Green Life
Crédit Agricole Headquarter

Place Parma
Country Italy
Client Crédit Agricole Cariparma S.p.A.
Team Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura, Frigerio Design Group, Policreo S.r.l.
Assignment Preliminary, definitive and detailed design for MEP, fire prevention, LEED consulting, LEED AP commission authority
Dates of services 2013 - 2015
Dates of construction 2016 - 2018
Project area 20.500 m2
Building footprint 7.000 m2

The Project

The project for enlarging Crédit Agricole Green Life Headquarters features several essential aspects such as sustainability, LEED Platinum environmental certification, the use of geothermal systems and water recovery installations, besides LED ligh sources and automatic lighting control systems.

Photo credit: © Enrico Cano

This project design shows a high quality standard and considerable focus on the aesthetic-functional integration with all finishing architectural elements, extremely accurate interior-design also aimed at achiving remarkable quality levels.

The LEED certification iter was followed both at credit application stage and when assisting Commissioning Authorities in their activities, thereby assuring the expected certification level without affecting the works cost. Selected options are based on the combined aspects of long term reliability as well as actual energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The result is a cutting-edge design with high-reliability and performance solutions. The dynamic modeling of buildings was performed to improve energy performance and achieving LEED certification; this permitted to determine the energy-related behavior of the facility on a yearly basis, resulting in the adequate settings for the screening systems, the fixtures performances and the photovoltaic installations.

Photo credit: © Enrico Cano

Two renovation activities of the existing areas are envisaged within this intervention; the related aspects, such as the interference with ongoing activities, represent the most critical issues on which the design was specifically focused.

The building complex also hosts a modern and functional canteen with kitchen, together with preparation and consumption dedicated areas.
The use of space was optimized through integrating the disciplines in all the rooms, developing systems infrastructures in coordination with equipment.

Project of the month for GBC Green Boulding Council Italy, February 2019