Net Zero Emission Building: the future is already here
After the Wind Tunnel, the Machining Department, the New Logistics, the Product Development Centre, the New Paint Shop and the Company Restaurant, as well as the new Car and Engine Assembly buildings, the next building that must respond to the criteria of Formula Uomo is the new home to Scuderia Ferrari. For this project, the work of French architect Jean-Michel Willmotte, Ferrari wanted to raise the bar even higher. This is to meet the new European standard which will not be the norm until 2021, when all newly built private buildings will have to be nZEB (net Zero Emission Building,) which means that, over the course of a calendar year, they will have to present an algebraic figure relating to energy flow both on entry and exit of zero.
In planning the new home for the Scuderia, Ferrari was strongly inspired by wanting to adopt the nZEB philosophy ahead of time, with an operation which, partly because of its size, is a particularly challenging task today.
Achieving such a high energy target involves firstly going through a carefully planned mix of technological strategies aimed at reducing and optimising the energy requirements by making the maximum use of natural light, improving thermal isolation of all the walls, high efficiency air conditioning, combining sophisticated control systems for ventilation and temperature in every environment, so as to achieve the highest levels of quality and comfort in the internal areas.
The second characteristic which goes to qualify the construction as nZEB is the major use of renewable energy production technologies, such as photovoltaic and solar power.
With its new headquarters for the Scuderia, Ferrari thus enters the field of energy experimentation at the highest level, which today sees the involvement of excellent research and development facilities from around the world, such as NASA with its Facility Building at Cape Canaveral, the DOE (Department of Energy of the United States) and the German EnOB (Forschung fur Energieoptimiertes Bauen.) It’s a field in which Ferrari wishes to get involved, creating a building that is not restricted simply to an exercise in pure energy engineering, even if it is applied to such a large building, but which at the same time is architecturally harmonious and functional, perfectly in line with the principles that govern the continuous development of Campus Ferrari, respecting the local area and the people who, every day, contribute to renewing the legend of the Prancing Horse.