Research Team


  • Dr. Antonio José Lara Bocanegra (USC-PEMADE, UPM)

Architects collaborators:

  • Dr. Almudena Majano Majano (UPM)
  • Belén Feijóo Lombao (USC-PEMADE)
  • José Luis Gómez Royuela (UPM)
  • Luis Lozano Bodeguero (UPM)

Structural design and analysis:

  • Dr. Antonio José Lara Bocanegra (USC-PEMADE, UPM)
  • Jose Antonio Lorenzana (USC-PEMADE)

Main Researcher:

  • Dr. Manuel Guaita Fernández (USC-PEMADE)

Lugo+Biodynamic is an EU-funded project to develop urban climate change adaptation strategies in the city of Lugo that can be replicated in other medium-sized cities. The aim is to propose a new way of building more resilient and sustainable cities through multiple lines of action, such as the promotion of the widespread use of local wood in construction, the incorporation of forestry and agriculture into the urban environment and the revaluation and protection of natural areas with high environmental potential.

One of the demonstrative actions with the greatest impact is the construction of the Impulso Verde pilot building and its urbanisation. The building, with a height of 18m and a floor area of 682m2, will function as a municipal facility, a catalyst for activities related to the environment and climate change. It will be surrounded by a new educational park with draining paving, native species, rain gardens and a large area of urban community gardens in which to strengthen social cohesion and self-consumption.

Impulso Verde will be the first public building in Galicia to be built entirely with local wood, thus demonstrating that technological and sustainable construction using local, natural and renewable materials is possible. In particular, two of the most abundant species in Galicia are used through their application in structural technology products: Radiata pine for the manufacture of CLT panels and linear laminated wood elements; and Eucalyptus globulus, one of the species with the highest mechanical performance in Europe, with which an innovative structural lattice system has been developed for the roof of the building.

Impulso Verde’s energy strategy combines the use of natural light with passive building principles, high efficiency equipment and a comprehensive management system (BMS). The use of biomass for heating and DHW and photovoltaic production will achieve a near-zero annual CO2 emissions balance.

The use of local wood, both for the manufacture of materials and for energy production, will significantly reduce the carbon footprint in the construction phases, while favouring the growth of natural carbon sinks and boosting the circular bioeconomy.

The building will be Green certified and will be the first Spanish building with FSC project certification.

Related publications
Related links

■ LIFE Lugo + Biodinámico- The impulso verde building will change the construction model of the city of lugo. Read>>

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