A place where the person and his or her health are central to the design. An environment where harmony and comfort reign, allowing you to pursue your daily tasks in a perfect balance of mind, body and soul.
Living harmoniously in the spaces we occupy, assessing environmental factors and choosing solutions, equipment, technologies and products that can guarantee the well-being of the mind and body while protecting health and safety, is crucial to improving the quality of all our lives.
We spend more than 80% of our time at home or at work. This is why the utmost attention must be given to these spaces, in the design phase and during construction alike.
Building materials, objects and surfaces that are always in direct contact with the people living in the home can release polluting emissions into the air, ranging from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), Particulate Matter, Ammonia, Formaldehyde and many others.
These are elements that can cause discomfort and affect the physical and mental well-being of people in residential environments:
- air quality
- adjusting temperature and humidity
- internal electric and magnetic fields
- the type of lighting
- the materials used to construct the furnishings coatings and related treatments
- paints and varnishes
Bertani Lab is an integrated project developed in collaboration with GoldenPath that focuses on the use of products and solutions that guarantee the protection of human health.
A space in which all the components work to achieve the final result and each element is conceived in consideration of the whole it will reside in.
Constructing the envelopeThe elements that contribute to defining the space, or rather the envelope, are the floors, walls, paints, glues and sealants.
Different aesthetic and functional requirements can be fulfilled in many different ways. From biocompatible wooden floors that can be laid without glue, porcelain stoneware with antibacterial properties that eliminates the proliferation of bacteria, clays, water-based paints, plasters and wallpapers.
Certified, safe, high-performance materials and finishes that do not release harmful VOCs. Surfaces that are pleasant to the touch and easy to clean, rendering the feel of the space even more comfortable.1 8
WoodWood is the very essence of nature, it is the emblem of sustainability and can be recycled back into the production cycle.
At Bertani Lab we use only biocompatible wood treated exclusively with natural oils based on waxes, vegetable resins and balsamic oils. We utilize the essential oils of the pine and spruce trees, as they release Alfa-Pinene, a therapeutic substance typical of mountain air, into the atmosphere.
The installation is important and we prefer solutions that do not involve the use of chemical adhesives.2 8
Marbles and natural stonesMarbles and natural stones are sustainable materials that do not release harmful substances and are therefore hygienic and hypoallergenic.They are noble surfaces that lend charm and elegance to floors, walls and bathroom or kitchen counters.
Their veining and unique shadings provide a uniqueness to the different areas of the house while interacting with other materials to create unforgettable scenarios.3 8
GrèsThis is a material which lends itself to many levels of customization as it is versatile, resistant to high temperatures, organic stains, cleaning products and chemicals such as acids, bases and solvents.
Bertani Lab chooses stoneware surfaces that also feature antibacterial properties through a production process that uses the latest generation nanotechnology. There are surfaces that provide continuous bactericidal action that endures over time and is activated without requiring light, while its beneficial effects are further amplified in humid environments.4 8
Resins and MicocementThe allure of an ancient material that is as relevant as ever, with attention to the barely noticeable nuances and the calibrated and never ostentatious changes of tone. In addition to their unquestionable official qualities, these materials add performance and characteristics that are perfectly in line with designs that aim to guarantee comfort and well-being coupled with a low environmental impact.
Resins and microcements are low emission materials that are therefore perfect for use in any room in the home, to create splendid continuous surfaces that are high performing and ensure excellent results in terms of mechanical resistance, while also simplifying the maintenance and cleaning work.5 8
Plasters and ClaysThese materials are irregular, as only artisanal coatings can be, and resistant thanks to the formulation and the technological features that increase their performance. They are also sustainable and environmentally friendly as they are made exclusively with natural raw materials.
The fine plasters and clays selected by Bertani Lab are highly breathable, bacteriostatic and naturally fungistatic, appropriately fulfilling the sustainability requirements of the design.6 8
AdhesivesAdhesives allow any type of material to be affixed onto different types of substrates and funds, even under difficult conditions, making them perfect for new constructions or renovation work alike. Flexible and multi-purpose, they are used for the laying of coverings, floors and coatings and ensure stability, coplanarity and durability.The eco-compatible adhesives used at Bertani Lab feature very low carbon dioxide emissions, greater resistance to chemical agents and provide improved technical performance, even in extreme situations. The chemical formulation excludes the use of substances that are harmful to humans and the environment.7 8
WallpaperWallpaper combines aesthetics and high performance to provide the utmost comfort in living environments. Our new green substrates allow for breathable surfaces that enhance the wellness of the rooms and the condition of the walls. At the same time, the quality of the materials used, in particular non-woven fabric coated with cellulose and polyester fibers, make the wallpapers environmentally friendly and recyclable.8 8
Adorning the spaceIt is important to know how to choose the best solutions while being aware of all the aspects of a project and searching for systems that combine aesthetic qualities and formal expression with a sustainable approach that protects people and the environment in which they live.
The purpose of furnishings and accessories is to adorn spaces stylistically. They are often given center stage, to give life to micro-architectures within a home that the residents relate to and which improve their life.
Focusing on the salubrity of the spaces, Bertani Lab proposes solutions without formaldehyde emissions and with a low environmental impact pursuant to a consistent green philosophy that also extends to the furnishing elements.1 4
Solid surfacesA flexible, high-performance material that can be shaped to create organic volumes and surfaces that develop seamlessly in the space. Characteristics that advocate its use in interior and exterior design. Features such as hygiene and ease of cleaning have made it a success in the world of integrated washbasins and countertops for bathrooms and kitchens.
The world of Solid Surfaces is constantly evolving and low emissivity is undoubtedly one of the material’s strong points.
Bertani Lab proposes the use of Solid Surfaces throughout the home. From furniture to bookcases and from consoles to worktops.2 4
Metal and glassMetal and glass, in their many forms, have always played leading roles in the different environments within our homes. Aluminum, iron and noble metals such as copper and brass are conspicuously present in differing shapes and finishes.
Current technologies make it possible to create innovative finishes that give glass and metal an unprecedented aesthetic appeal while maintaining their essential features.
They are sustainable materials that are often recycled and can then be recycled again at the end of the product’s life cycle. They are used to create sturdy but lightweight and structures as well as safe and hygienic surfaces that interact with light to generate infinite reflections.3 4
Sintered stonesSintered stone surfaces are extremely high performers that combine the formal and intrinsic qualities of stone with the performance characteristics of porcelain stoneware. Large slabs of full-body sintered stone that are ideal for creating claddings and worktops are created using this technique. These neutrally and elegantly shaded surfaces ensure hygiene, safety and ease of cleaning, while expressing a contemporary style. They are completely anti-bacterial, non-porous, do not absorb liquids or stain and are resistant to bacteria and mold. Sintered stone is a sustainable material as it contains no resins or petroleum derivatives, while it is completely inert and enduring.4 4
LightingThere is no doubt that lighting is a fundamental aspect in terms of overall well-being.
Correct lighting, which consists of an optimal balance between natural and artificial light, is fundamental for improving well-being in the environments in which people live and work. In terms of performance, the new LED sources ensure excellent light quality, good durability and significant energy savings.
To improve the quality of air in residential and non-residential environments, solutions with antibacterial properties have been developed in the form of special lamps that limit the proliferation of viruses, bacteria and pathogenic microorganisms.1 3
Light filtersIn addition to their primary function which is to illuminate, lamps can also help purify the air.
Bertani Lab has concentrated on technological systems that pass indoor air through a UV light that is unobtrusively integrated in the lighting element. The beams are completely hidden from view and are not projected towards people in any way.
The use of sound-absorbing materials can also help to reduce noise and promote concentration by improving interaction between people and increasing well-being.2 3
Dynamic lightingDynamic lighting automatically reproduces the variations of natural light throughout the day, increasing psychophysical well-being. The lighting fixture has a system that simultaneously adjusts light intensity and colour temperature, creating different scenarios and maximising visual comfort.
The integrated design of natural and artificial lighting allows objects to be seen correctly and different activities to be carried out optimally and safely, without straining the eyes.3 3
Air PurificationIn addition to materials and finishes, lighting and furnishings, “active machines” now make an essential contribution to creating a safe and comfortable environment, as they are intelligent devices able to significantly improve the air condition. Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
In fact, it has now been demonstrated that indoor pollution is responsible for major chronic diseases, as indicated in studies concerning air quality recently published by the WHO, the Italian National Study Group on Indoor Pollution, the Italian National Institute of Health or ISS, and the Italian Ministry of Health.1 3
PurifiersAir purification and ionization systems can be small, free-standing devices or elements that are integrated into ventilation systems. They operate on the basis of the natural technology of bipolar ionization for the disinfection of the air in closed environments, controlling and ensuring over time the maximum effectiveness of the system in reducing bacteria, suspended dust, mold and many other chemical pollutants normally present in the air.2 3
Controlled mechanical VentilationAir treatment and controlled mechanical ventilation systems promote the exchange of air and consequently its quality.
CMV consists of a structural solution that recovers the heat of the exhaust air integrated with dehumidification systems. This system features a function that regulates the amount of fresh air. The continuous change of air and the filtration system prevent fungi and mold, control pollen levels and allergen levels and significantly reduce the impact of fine dusts and polluting agents.3 3
Measuring comfort and healthThe Bertani Lab project is based on objective, verifiable results. Working with reliable data and tangibly comprehending the extent to which the solutions we use and the choices we make can contribute to improving air quality.
The main pollutant markers must be monitored continuously in relation to the pollutants present in the atmosphere in order to confirm the data.
We do this by using a multi-sensor instrument that detects temperature, humidity, VOC, particulate matter (PM 2.5) and carbon dioxide parameters in real time on a continuous basis.
This will monitor the overall level of comfort and salubrity of the space.
These results were further validated and supplemented by measuring physical agents using certified portable instrumentation and conducting environmental sampling of chemical agents.1 7
Indoor pollutionInside the Bertani Lab space, the controlled mechanical ventilation system (VMC) constantly sucks the internal air, bringing it to the outside, while the opposite path is done, after filtering the external air. The heart of the system is the heat exchanger which has the role of putting the two flows in contact and allowing the internal air to give part of its heat to the incoming air before being expelled.
The new clean air, from which, thanks to special filters, most of the allergens and pollutants are eliminated, is introduced into the rooms in a silent way through the diffusers that do not create internal air currents, guaranteeing maximum comfort.
Within the environment, the concentrations of three parameters were analyzed: carbon dioxide, fine dust, volatile organic compounds (VOC).2 7
MicroclimateThe microclimate of an environment refers to the parameters of temperature, relative humidity and air velocity that determine the heat exchange between the individual and the environment.
The conditions detected within the Bertani Lab space require a modest intervention to the individual's thermoregulation system to achieve homeothermic and therefore a feeling of well-being.
From the evaluation of the measured PMV and PPD reference parameters, a condition of thermal comfort results.
The air currents are imperceptible since Va <0.25 m / s.
The relative humidity of the air takes values between 30% and 70% and is therefore optimal for people's health.
The air temperature is 22 ° C in line with local building regulations which express values between 18 and 22 ° C.3 7
Fine dustAtmospheric particulate matter is a very fine dust consisting of solid or liquid substances suspended in the air, with dimensions ranging from a few nanometers to 100 nanometers. The composition is very varied and depends on the source from which they derive. particulate matter is harmful to health as it is classified by the WHO as a carcinogen.
The concentration of PM2.5 identified within the Bertani Lab space is less than 0.5 mg / m3, fully respecting the limit of 3 mg / m3 proposed by the TLV-TWA ACGIH 2021.4 7
Carbon DioxideCarbon dioxide is the main metabolic gas produced by man and by the combustion of organic compounds, boilers, gas hobs and many other sources. The increase in the concentration of this gas is associated with the sensation of breathing unpleasant air for the less amount of oxygen available in the environment.
The concentration of carbon dioxide detected inside the space is 300 ppm, fully respecting the limit of 1000 ppm proposed by the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers).5 7
Volatile organic compoundsVolatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a series of chemical compounds that evaporate easily at room temperature. Sources of VOC emissions are building materials, furnishings, cleaning products, printers and copiers. The emission is higher at the beginning of the product's life and tends to decrease in a short time with the exception of formaldehyde which tends to have constant releases for many years.
Long-term exposure to high concentrations of VOCs can damage health, so it is essential to use low-emission building materials, adhesives, paints and furniture.
In the Bertani Lab space, the main theme of the design was the inclusion of low-emissivity components. The measured concentrations of volatile organic compounds are negligible as they are lower than 0.3 mg / m3.6 7
NoiseNoise means sounds that are subjectively considered to be unpleasant, annoying and disturbing. Almost all noise sources in residential environments, as well as offices, are produced by man-made and electromechanical sources.
Various studies analyse the correlations between sound and noise, investigating the effects they have on the psyche and body of human beings.
Excessive exposure to noise, including low intensity noise, has numerous effects on people's health. The noise detected in the Bertani Lab complies with the daytime applicability threshold for offices and residences recommended by the WHO.7 7
What can we do for you
- Interior design project consultancy
- Design and technical consultancy for VMC or air purification systems
- Technical assistance during the construction of the VMC or air purification system
- Supply of materials
- Installation of furniture, laying of materials (wood, stone, clay ...)