Milan, Italy

MULTI COMFORT design principles can be applied to any type of building (residential or non-residential, new build or renovation project) in any country or climate around the world.

Project identity card
  • Category: Renovation with new build extension
  • Climate: Marine - Mild Winter (Cfb)
  • Building type: MULTICOMFORT SG training center
  • Surface area: 1,200m2 m2
  • Architect: Habitat Team
  • Building name: Habitat Lab
  • Main contractor: PR Color
  • Original construction year: 1957
  • Year of renovation: 2011/2012

Habitat Lab is Saint-Gobain’s training centre and showroom in Milan.

The highest rated LEED Platinum building in Italy, it is a laboratory for developing and monitoring new, sustainable building solutions and techniques, as well as a state-of-the-art training venue for construction professionals.

Highlights and challenges

The Habitat Lab was created by converting a 1950s cafeteria and adding a new build extension. This resulted in a high-performing, sustainable space, which is used both as an impressive training centre and a showroom for the MULTI COMFORT programme.

The project achieved CARE4 certification, and was certified by the Green Building Council as LEED Platinum status.


Energy balance*

  • Energy consumption: 22 kWh/m².yr (for 110 days of real use)
  • Energy balance: 0 kWh/m².yr
  • Energy production: 22 kWh/m².yr
  • Estimated CO2 savings: A reduction of CO2 emissions of 62.5 tonnes per year.

Daylight Autonomy

  • Showroom (DA>300lux 0800 - 1800): : 60%
  • Meeting room 2 (DA>500lux 0800 - 1800): : 55%
  • Meeting room 1 (DA>500lux 0800 - 1800): : 60%
  • Thermal performance

    • Average inside temperature: Average inside temperature:

      (% time comfort range temperature 19°C < T < 23°C)

      Summer range: monthly average not below 97.3%

      Winter range: monthly average not below 99.4%

    Acoustic Performance

    • Airborne noise insulation: : 66 DnT,W (C;Ctr)*

      Note: * Airborne Sound Insulation: DnT,w+C(C;Ctr) (dB) = Weighted standardised level difference between interior and exterior noise.

      ** Difference between external and internal noise levels.
    • ** Difference between external and internal noise levels.

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