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La Cosa Natura

A factory fuelled by sustainable thinking

Italian building chemicals manufacturer Kerakoll has put its money where its mouth is and commissioned a €15m GreenLab in Sassuolo, Modena. The building refers to the hilly topography and the firing kilns that used to pepper it. It’s a strange form I’ll grant you, but it’s fuelled by sustainable thinking – with a low carbon footprint and low VOCs. It’s heated by geothermal heat pumps and photovoltaics shade the south facade, while the only grass is in front of the south elevation, contributing to its microclimate.

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