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THE ROLE OF ACCREDITATION FOR PROMOTION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN BUILDINGS


ACCREDIA signed an agreement with ITACA, the Institute for innovation and transparency of tenders and environmental compatibility, for the promotion of certifications issued under accreditation in support of regional policies for the environmental sustainability of buildings. 

Keenly awaited by business and by professionals, the collaboration between ACCREDIA and ITACA draws up a single national standard for the environmental sustainability of buildings together with the definition of a unified certification system and, on a voluntary basis, to coordinate and integrate it with the regional systems already in place and based on the “Itaca Protocol” and the national technical system (UNI and CEN). 

The aim to guarantee the independence, impartiality and competence of conformity assessment against the reference standards. 

Indeed, the evolution of standards of quality of new buildings and sustainable construction has generated an increase in the requests for guarantees in their performance which can be obtained also by means of energy consumption controls, materials used and waste management. 

The agreement with ITACA is a part of the activities being undertaken by ACCREDIA in terms of environmental protection also with other entities and institutions, in particular with the Ministry for the Environment, with the aim of guaranteeing the competence of conformity certification in compliance with environmental standards. 

“With this agreement”, says ACCREDIA President, Federico Grazioli, “we’re able to offer to the market a parameter of reference for quality assessment in construction. Together with ITACA we can respond more effectively and with greater coordination to the evolution of standards, satisfy and promote awareness of sustainable construction and environmental protection. ACCREDIA’s commitment is to work with the Public Administrations to ensure the reliability of certification, also in the construction industry.”                                                               

Ugo Cavallera, President of ITACA and Culture Minister for the region of Piedmont,, said, “A national process of voluntary certification in the construction sector in accordance with the “Itaca Protocol” aims to satisfy the growing demand for qualification with regard to the principles of environmental sustainability, with guarantees of independence, impartiality and competence on the part of people assessing conformity against the applicable standards.”

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