FAQ Multi Comfort Student Contest

The Multi Comfort Student Contest is an international competition based on the principles of Saint-Gobain’s Multi Comfort program. It was organized for the first time in 2004 by Saint-Gobain Isover in Serbia and became an international event in 2005. Today, it attracts more than 2,200 students in 28 countries.
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FAQ

Is possible to cut-out some trees?

Yes, but for one tree you cut, you have to replace.

Is possible to liquidate or extend the greenery from plot B?

Not reduce, if possible to enlarge.

 

Could the car park be multi-store?

Yes, but underground parking is strongly recommended

Could the car park be common for plots A and B?

Yes.

How many parking lots are expected per one flat?

The regulation forecast 1quare/1cubic meter of building. Milano municipality oblige to add 10% of this space dedicates to bicycles.

What is a Floor Space Index (total covered area on all floors of all buildings on a certain plot)?

For this kind of building (afordable houses) the municipality has not given a real density, the evaluation is at global level, the project has to be integrated in the surrounding contest.

How many flats should be created for each group of community (students, young families etc.)?

It is free up to the designer.

Could designers propose age and quality diversity in one area/ building?

Yes.

What kind of roofs should be chosen (flat/gable roof)?

Green roofs are strongly recommended.

Is it mandatory to rise buildings 5 floors above the ground high or can they be lower?

No they can be also lower.

How will rental properties work? Should it be separated part of the development? Who owns and manages them?

This should be one of the proposal of the project. the owner today is the municipality but it is open to new business model if it is economically good (they can be managed by a specialized company also). Then the business model should be also one of the proposal which can be done by the student.

What are restrictions related to renovation- how strongly it is possible to interfere and change parts of the existing buildings (like facades, roof)?

It is free, the project need to be sustainable (cost/renovation time etc.).

Is it possible to attach some elements like photovoltaic collectives or turbines to existing buildings (plot B)?

Yes, it is possible (nice to match with green roof...).

What are the sources of the external noise?

Metro mainly.

In which units of length is the map? (centimeter/inch/other) And which layers show what elements? (Especially in which layer (color) are the borders of the plot?)

All the maps are in “metres” (no inch or others). The drawings of the Municipality do not have a dedicated for the parking area. We have created the dedicated layer which is now defined as follow: Layer1131 and color 201 (dimensions around 135x105).

What dimensions the plot A has? (length and width)

Dimensions around 135x105

Can I put the residential part in level 0 and +1?

Yes, you can, providing that total commercial area located on level 0 & +1 will represent between 16-33% of total build area.

What part of the ground and first can I intend for the services and what part for residential?

Share of Services (non-residential use) on level 0 & +1 should be sufficient to represent between 16-33% of total build area. The definition of the non-residential volumes is up to the designer.

Can I intend the whole surface of level 0 and +1 for residential?

No.

Can I intend the whole surface of level 0 and +1 for services?

Yes, you can, providing that total commercial area located on level 0 & +1 will represent between 16-33% of total build area.

As far as I got it from the task that existing building in plot B should be redesigned more by solving the external envelope of the buildings. Is that correct?

Correct.

Where I can find the data on the existing building structure compositions?

Since these plans were not existing and we are not having more details on buildings. You are free to make the assumptions on this by yourselves for the contest.

Do students have to describe concept of improving acoustics in the existing building apartments on plot B? Or is it just acoustics of external walls and roof…?

It is mentioned that inhabitants of the buildings in plot B will continue to live there during renovation. Therefore, it is hard to imagine that any significant works inside would be possible.

Students should concentrate on external envelope. (and eventually, but not necessarily, staircases & corridors.)

Do they have to make a thermal calculation for existing building? Heating demand etc.?

They should demonstrate the level of improvement (e.g. 50% decrease) so the assumption about current use need to be made and rough calculation of thermal modernization impact.

Should designers choose by themselves type and number of commerce and social services?

Yes, they can. One requirement asked is to have a parking area closed to Via Rizzoli (or a space) which should be dedicated (once a week) to the local market.

Could commerce area be located on two levels?

Yes, it is possible.

Is the height of level fixed or is possible to propose higher ground floor?

It is free to proposal.

What kind of social service is missing the most?

One requirement asked is to have a parking area closed to Via Rizzoli (or a space) which should be dedicated (once a week) to the local market).

Should designers intent to restrain usage of the metro?

No.

Are in nearby any other modes of transportation (bus, train, bicycles)?

Bus.

Is there a mistake on the following: To reach this concentration of CO2 the participants should provide a level of ventilation rate of 30mc per hour per person

30m3 /h per person is a Multi Comfort recommendation.