After the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, a number of "Siedlungen" were constructed in the rural outskirts of the city, using the most modern seismic safety and energy efficiency methods. This includes the usage of solar panels. Such issues are investigated in the COST action TU1401 RELY.
Maria Bostenaru, 2010 / CC BY
2009 a strong earthquake struck L'Aquila and destroyed the historic city centre. The buildings were propped for not collapsing, but the funds were spent and thus they could not be repaired anymore. Instead, in a record time span, severy new neighbourhoods were built in the outskirts of the city, in rural setting. They followed the modernist ways of planning from the interwar time. Innovative should be the seismic protection, with base isolation, but also energy efficient planning. As such, they build an example of energy efficient Siedlungen, and answer questions regarding on how such a neighbourhood can respond to challenges of today, instead of those of the interwar time. The use of renewable energies included solar panels as well, integrated in the buildings. The reconstruction project was called C.A.S.E. which stays for Complessi Anti Sismici Ecocompatibili (Anti-Seismic and Eco-friendly housing).
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.