IES Join RuGBC and Share Expertise at Renowned Green Building event in St Petersburg
Russian Green Building Council
05th November 2014
November 4, 2014 – In September this year IES became a member of the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC), adding to its long list of Green Building Council memberships across the world. To introduce IES to the Russian Green Building community, IES expert Michelle Farrell addressed a large crowd of attendees at the St Petersburg event, “How to build a green building at world level without increasing investment costs: The secrets of leading practitioners in the world”, on September 23. Michelle’s presentation covered the use of programs for integrated design during the LEED and BREEAM certification process.
Other presentations at the event included those from, Buro Ecoseven, an IES Re-seller and expert in the development and implementation of energy efficient technologies, and Bureau of Technics, a service engineering company that specialises in LEED and BREEAM standards. The topics discussed included:
1. Practical cases – LEED certified buildings.
2. Tools – the use of programs for integrated design for LEED and BREEAM.
3. The Russian experience – calculating savings at the design stage.
4. The Russian experience – analysis of the life cycle for BREEAM certification.
The Russian construction industry is the largest Eastern European construction industry with an emerging green building segment. However it is only really in the past five to ten years that Russia has begun to realise the environmental impact caused by its inefficient, resource intensive, and increasingly obsolete building stock.
The RUGBC was established in 2009 and since then Russia has committed to improving its energy efficiency by 40% by 2020. There has also been an encouraging and corresponding rise in the number of announced green building projects, including several very large, mixed-use urban developments in or near Moscow that will be designed, constructed and operated in compliance with major international green building rating systems. According to the BREEAM Green Book, there are currently 42 Russian Certified BREEAM assessed buildings and the USGBC website confirms that there are 51 Russian LEED Certified buildings.
“The commitment that is being shown by the Russian Green Building Council to promote the Green Building movement in Russia is very encouraging”, says Michelle Farrell, Head of EU Division, IES. “There are exciting times ahead for Russian construction and we at IES look forward to facilitating the creation of a greener, healthier and more sustainable built environment in Russia.”
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