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Low-Carbon Construction: Conference
The Smart Buildings & Smart Cities conference that took place Oct. 21 at Warsaw’s Copernicus Science Center focused on the importance of people-friendly, sustainable projects in the construction industry, one of the most important sectors of the economy.

The buildings in which we live, work and relax give us a sense of security, but when inadequately designed and built, they can make us frustrated and sick. User-friendly sustainable construction is vital, and architects, engineers and developers are increasingly aware of this.

In order to be green, an office building needs to do more than just meet LEED or BREEAM certification criteria.

New engineering solutions and the increasingly popular philosophy of sustainable development are producing projects that, instead of doing harm to the environment, form green zones in cities.

Since low-carbon development is a subject of interest to city authorities, our conference participants have for two years included local government officials. Warsaw City Hall has been working on a comprehensive project to make the city green and part of the plan is to designate low-carbon zones. In Gdańsk, the local authorities have teamed up with developers and as a result, office buildings are offering more space and services to local communities with facilities such as swimming pools and preschools.
Elżbieta Wrzecionkowska