The demo case consists of four areas:
Area 1, the former Italcementi industrial site, will host an entirely new mixed-use district of Trento, containing residential and tertiary buildings. The aim is to develop the district as self-sufficient, by using the very high geothermal potential in the area and its excellent orientation to the southeast for PV production to power the geothermal heat pumps.
Area 2 is an urbanisation from the 50s–70s. Most of the buildings are close to or have already reached the end of their life cycle. The area was developed with a strong focus on social housing and is largely still owned by the Trentino Institute for Social Housing. These residences are to be renovated by using standardised prefabricated timber-based façade elements, implementing the so-called “One-Stop-Shop” which provides technical support at all stages of design and realisation, also the private owners of the area are invited to associate themselves in the redevelopment process, thus guaranteeing a high degree of replicability also for other areas of Trento.
Area 3 includes the former Piedicastello highway tunnels encompassing two 250-m holes in the Dos Trento Mountain, which are currently used as an art and exhibition gallery. This geo-structure is intended to supply and store energy for the new city district in areas 1 and 2.
Area 4 currently used as a parking lot, will be redeveloped with a service HUB for the district and city. It will connect commuter flows to commercial services and will host an energy storage system, following the V2G (Vehicle-to-grid) approach, simultaneously promoting the market penetration of electric mobility.