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Conference: Green Office Buildings
November 29, 2012   
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The Warsaw Voice held another conference in its Innovative Poland series Oct. 18. The conference, the fourth in the series, focused on Green Office Buildings and was held at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw. In addition to bankers, financiers and central and local government officials, it brought together individuals and companies interested in using environmentally friendly technology in construction. Other attendees included architects, engineers, developers, investors and all those interested in building certification.

The first part of the meeting concerned energy efficiency in construction. After 2020, every new building in the EU will be expected to have almost zero energy consumption. Experts suggest that zero-energy buildings and passive buildings, which consume up to 15 kWh per square meter, should be just one step towards even bigger changes in green construction. Rather than a fad promoted by a handful of enthusiastic environmentalists, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technology have become a necessity.

Speakers during the first part of the conference included Prof. Krzysztof ¯mijewski from the Warsaw University of Technology, who is the Secretary General of the Public Board of the National Program for Reduction of Emissions. ¯mijewski spoke about the future of passive and energy-positive buildings and the role which the government played in promoting energy-efficient construction. According to ¯mijewski, the government should set standards, promote green buildings and support initiatives aimed at reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

The second part of the conference concerned green office buildings in Poland, focusing on the situation of this segment of the real estate market. Participants were briefed on some of the most popular certificates and provided with data on green office buildings in Poland. Companies presenting their projects included Skanska Property Poland, whose office buildings are certified in the American LEED green building rating system. Other projects discussed during the meeting included the Alchemia office and retail complex in Gdañsk, which is applying for a platinum LEED certificate. Alchemia is the largest green project in northern Poland.

Conference participants also discussed bank loans as a source of funding for green buildings. The second part of the conference closed with a discussion on the profitability of eco-friendly features in buildings.

The conference was held under the auspices of the National Fund for environmental Protection and Water Management, the Polish Green Building Council, the Union of Polish Architects, and the Polish Chamber of Construction Engineers.

Next year, The Warsaw Voice plans to follow up with another three conferences in its Innovative Poland series.
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