Certified sustainability

Technology applied to the future

By ensuring highly sustainable, efficient energy performance Vitae aims to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Gold ratings, and the green project aims to achieve ‘Better’ level in the “BiodiverCity” Certification.

Thanks to the innovative technology used in the façade, the external envelope adjusts to sunlight, ensuring an optimal amount of shade and lighting depending on exposure. Another energy-reducing design element are the wooden upper floors (NZEB - Near Zero Energy Building category), which maintain a comfortable temperature.

The new Certosa 2.0

A terrace for each office

Guest rooms for researchers

Seasonal greenhouse

Vitae employs a sustainable green mobility system with the aim to improve citizens’ quality of life by encouraging walking, cycling, and the use of public transport and electric or low-emission vehicles.

A new design model

The 10 sustainability and resilience challenges

The Vitae project strategically brings together the ten challenges set by Reinventing Cities as an innovative, scalable design model that can be replicated in other contexts. Leading partners in the fields of sustainability and innovation have contributed their own unique expertise to the project to ensure the challenges are successfully met. The project is coordinated by Covivio, together with Carlo Ratti Associati and Habitech.

The journey to a zero-carbon project requires a network of solutions, which depend on the site, its configuration, and how it integrates with and adapts to the surrounding environment.

Winnner of

Owner & Developer

Innovation & Designer

Environmental Expert

Energy efficiency and low emissions.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of energy production and consumption.

The project exceeds current energy standards and represents a model of efficiency; it uses clean energy and aims to achieve zero net energy consumption or a state of “positive energy”.

Life cycle assessment and sustainable management of building materials.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated during construction and at the end of the building’s life.

The project employs materials that generate low emissions throughout their life (extraction, processing, transport and end of life). Another key aspect is the reuse and recycling of building materials.

Low-emission mobility.
Promoting sustainable mobility: walking, cycling, public or electric transport.

The project encourages and promotes low-emission and zero-emission travel, and achieves exemplary results in the field of green mobility by reducing energy consumption related to transport and contributing to cleaner air.

Resilience and climate adaptation.
To implement a project resilient to current and future climate risks.

The project is modelled on a careful assessment of climate change, its impacts, scenarios and the real risks to the site. Resilience concerns both residents and construction.

Ecological services for the territory and green jobs.
Promote a more sustainable lifestyle and consumption habits and reduce the city’s environmental impact.

Vitae is a catalyst for the improvement of existing urban services, the development of new ones, and the creation of green jobs locally to reduce the city’s environmental impact.

Sustainable management of water resources.
Develop sustainable systems for innovative water resource management.

The project reduces water consumption to mitigate the impacts of resource scarcity or drought, and adopts the sustainable management of water resources.

Sustainable waste management.
A faster transition to a zero-waste city.

The project manages the waste generated during operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and offers additional benefits such as limiting the extraction of scarce resources and of fossil fuel.

Biodiversity, urban reforestation and agriculture.
Protect biodiversity and promote the development of urban vegetation and agriculture.

The project creates green and blue infrastructure with the aim to mitigate climate risk, promote environmental sustainability and urban biodiversity, and provide key ecosystem services.

Inclusivity, social benefits and community engagement.
Develop inclusive services and interventions to meet community needs.

Vitae originated from a process of listening to and understanding the local context, so that it can meet some of the key needs of local residents and businesses and actively engage the population.

Innovative architecture and urban design.
Combining environmental performance with high quality architecture and urban design.

Vitae integrates seamlessly into the urban environment by enhancing its surroundings, thanks to a unique and context-relevant architectural approach.

A landmark development project in Milan.

Vitae operates in synergy with the Symbiosis business district, south of the Porta Romana. Together, they introduce a previously unimaginable model of the future.

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