Rome, Order of Architects, The new Code of Public Procurement and the obligation to integrate minimum environmental criteria for the construction industry

At the Casa dell’Architettura, the training meeting for all the architects enrolled in the Order, on the new Code of Public Procurement took place, which provides for the integration of CAM (Minimum Environmental Criteria, per its Italian acronym) relating to the construction sector in project and tender documents.

The event is part of the European LIFE program and specifically, the GPPbest BEST PRACTICIES EXCHANGE AND STRATEGIC TOOLS FOR GPP project.

The event started with greetings and the introduction of the President of the Order of Architects of Rome and Province, Alessandro Ridolfi, who illustrated the actions taken in support of professionals to assist them in everyday problems, illustrating the new free three-year compulsory online distance training to be completed for their upgrade.

Thereafter, Vito Consoli, Director of the Regional Directorate for Environment and Natural Systems, thanked the Order of Architects for its collaboration with the LIFE GPP project and repeatedly underlined how important it is that the Public Administration collaborates with institutions, providers and professionals for homogeneous development and a shared growth with a view to an increasingly close-knit collaboration between the various partners.

Silvano Falocco, Founder and Director of Fondazione Ecosistemi, Dana Vocino, architect and planner of Fondazione Ecosistemi, engineer Marco Gentilini and architect Maria Tiziana Marcelli of LazioInnova, illustrated the objectives and actions of GPP policy, as a fundamental tool for an environmental reconversion of the economy and the technical specifications provided by the Minimum Environmental Criteria for construction, of the Ministry of the Environment (Ministerial Decree of 11/1/2017), which includes materials and construction techniques with reduced environmental impact.

Therefore, the methods for introducing the compulsory technical specifications and award criteria that the public administration is obliged to include in the calls for tenders for maintenance, renovations and new construction were covered, regardless of the tender amount.

The PAR GPP (Regional Action Plan) of the Region of Lazio, approved by Regional Council Resolution No. 310 of 13/06/2017, was explained, as well as the actions that he Region intends to carry out for the full implementation of GPP in the Region of Lazio.

Finally, the Region of Lazio was framed in the European Strategy for smart growth, POR FESR 2014-2020, which aims to support energy efficiency: the Region has plans to finance a multitude of projects of this type in its territory by providing for the use of CAM.