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Palazzo Grassi – where culture meets sustainability

An old building kitted out with modern technology: KSB pumps and valves for heating, air-conditioning, water and sanitation systems help to save 30 % of energy in the Palazzo Grassi.

Palazzo Grassi

The project: Palazzo Grassi, an 18th century Venetian palace

The Palazzo Grassi is one of Venice’s most famous buildings. The three-storey structure from the 18th century stands directly on the Canal Grande. It was created by architect Giorgio Massari in the transitional style between Late Baroque and Classicism. He was commissioned by the Grassi family.

Today, the impressive building houses a renowned museum of contemporary art. The exhibits belong to the French entrepreneur and collector François-Henri Pinault who bought the building in 2006.

An energy analysis revealed that the palace’s energy consumption was enormous, making energy optimisation measures absolutely necessary. The task was to install state-of-the art equipment for heating, air-conditioning, water and sanitation systems. Technology designed to meet the demands of maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

The challenge: Cutting-edge technology in an old building

The challenge was to significantly reduce energy consumption in the Palazzo Grassi – and thus save costs – by using efficient and environmentally friendly pumps and valves.

The solution: A complete range of technology and expertise covering all systems

To meet the specific requirements of the Palazzo Grassi, KSB supplied a complete range of pumps and valves for heating, air-conditioning, water and sanitation systems. This comprised 131 shut-off and control valves, 24 swing check valves, 29 strainers, 45 expansion joints and 5 Etabloc pumps.

The main criterion was the high efficiency of the pumps driven by KSB SuPremE IE5* motors. The magnet-less pump drive impresses with high efficiency in all load ranges, enabling maximum energy savings.

All pumps were also fitted with a PumpDrive variable speed system and PumpMeter pump monitoring unit. In addition to installing these new pumps, KSB carried out maintenance of some of the older pumps.

The project took eight months from its start in July 2015, with the products being delivered in November 2015 and final completion in February 2016.

The bottom line: KSB’s solution has enabled a substantial reduction (30 %) in energy consumption

30 % lower energy costs thanks to KSB solutions

Data I Facts I Figures

Location: Venedig

Application: Building Services

Project: Maintenance of older pumps, installation of KSB pumps and valves

Duration: July 2015 to February 2016 (8 months)

KSB Products used: Pumps and valves for heating, air-conditioning, water and sanitation systems✓ Energy-efficient & sustainable ✓ 30 % energy reductions

Commissioned: February 2016

Products used



Single-stage close-coupled volute casing pump, with ratings to EN 733, with replaceable shaft sleeve and casing wear rings, with motor-mounted variable speed system. With KSB SuPremE, a magnetless synchronous reluctance motor of efficiency class IE4/IE5 to IEC TS 60034-30-2:2016, for operation with the KSB PumpDrive 2 or KSB PumpDrive 2 Eco variable speed system without rotor position sensors. Motor mounting points in accordance with EN 50347, envelope dimensions in accordance with DIN V 42673 (07-2011). ATEX-compliant version available.



IEC-compatible, sensorless, magnetless synchronous reluctance motor (exception: motor sizes 0.55 kW / 0.75 kW with 1500 rpm are designed with permanent magnets) of efficiency class IE4 / IE5 (super/ultra premium efficiency) to IEC TS 60034-30-2:2016 for operation on a KSB PumpDrive 2, KSB PumpDrive 2 Eco or KSB PumpDrive R variable speed system. Suitable for connection to three-phase 380-480 V power supply (via PumpDrive). The motor mounting points comply with EN 50347 specifications to ensure compatibility with standardised IEC frame motor applications and full interchangeability with IE2 or IE3 standardised asynchronous motors. Envelope dimensions lie within the limits for IE2 / IE3 motors as recommended in DIN V 42673 (07-2011). The motor is controlled without rotor position sensors. The efficiency of the motor also exceeds 95 percent of nominal efficiency when the motor runs at 25 percent of its nominal power on a quadratic torque-speed curve. The motor is magnetless which means that, in particular, so-called rare earths are not used in production. Drive production is thus sustainable and environmentally friendly.

PumpDrive R (KSB202)

PumpDrive R (KSB202)

Frequency inverter for wall mounting or cabinet mounting. For variable speed control or other control functions of asynchronous motors, synchronous reluctance motors like KSB SuPremE or permanent magnet synchronous motors. PumpDrive R extends the power range of KSB PumpDrive up to a rated power of 110 kW as standard or up to 1.4 MW (on request).



Globe valve to DIN/EN with flanged ends, short face-to-face length to EN 558/14, slanted seat, bonnetless, EPDM-encapsulated throttling plug, soft main and back seat, position indicator, locking device, travel stop, insulating cap with anti-condensation feature; maintenance-free, full insulation possible.

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