The total absence of reinforced concrete, the waterproofing system recommended even by Green Peace, geological reports and landscaped screening…The land, in fact, is not subject to encumbrances and the structure can be perfectly separated from the ground, therefore it can be considered movable…+
Biodesign Pools won 1st Pool Prize BCN 2011 for sustainability, a product that guarantees an efficient use of resources (water, energy, raw materials) and that is respectful of the environment throughout its life cycle (production, installation, use, dismantling and recycling) : an award for sustainability.
Sustainability, environmentally friendly and bio-compatible. When these words are used, they are generally used as a business slogan and certainly do not refer to humans actual sensitivity towards the environment. We often deal with this issue in our courses deliberately asking the audience open questions. Responses are always a confirmation of our impressions. The only complaints about environmental matters that engage the audience are in fact those related to the dificulties obtaining permits to build swimming pools or those cases when they are denied. We should try thinking about whether or not by chance our insensitivity actually has something to do with those administrative restrictions. Years of environmentally aggressive construction practices towards the environment and the beauty of Italy as a whole have perhaps contributed to the creation of terrible procedures. Let’s be clear, this is not a justifcation of the ineficiency of the Public Administration, but rather and invitation for us all to increase our awareness in the first place.
In recent years we have interacted many times with the Public Administration, Building Offices of Planning and Development Departments, and the Superintendency of Fine Arts while assisting our customers and helping them out with permit applications for the construction of pools based on Biodesign technology. On many occasions we have witnessed the resigned look of officers, who at the word “pool” did not even finish looking at the rest of the documentation and closed the matter. But these initial responses were not enough to discourageous. We enriched our documentation and returned to the same o_ces with the relevant certifications. We presented technical reports emphasizing the characteristics of the technology we intended to license and specifying the advantages including the absence of reinforced concrete and the use of waterproofing technology even recommended by Green Peace, as well as geological reports and landscape screenings. In that way we demonstrated that for all intents and purposes, Biodesign pools do not degrade the surrounding beauty rather they are just an artificial lake perfectly integrated with the environment.
The site is not subject to loads and the structure can be perfectly separated from the soil to the extent that it could even be considered movable. Perhaps talking about the mobility of Biodesign technology may seen a bit exaggerated, even in our opinion, but we remain convinced that a technology that uses an environmentally-friendly waterproofing fabric and a layer of inert material placed on it, looks much more like a technology for building water reservoirs, lakes and ponds, rather than pools. All the more so if the rocks used in construction are local, like the colours of the inerts used in the pool and the treatment systems also have no environmental impact. The proof comes from Biodesign installations that have even been constructed in locations with landscaping constraints, where getting permits is becoming much less complicated. Working in the luxury and well-being market with an environmentally-friendly product is long-term opportunity for your company and a point of pride for the both the business that builds it and the client who purchases it. In addition to certifications and reports, the latest International Swimming Pool Exhibition, held in Barcelona gave Biodesign technology an award for being the most sustainable, environmentally friendly product in the industry. The fair was attended by companies from over 30 countries worldwide, some of them very large and even publicly traded. Thanks to Biodesign technology, API Italia was the only Italian company among the finalists and won two very important awards.