Date & Location: 14.09.2021

[Workshop] Future-proof buildings for all: Building regulations and renovation strategies in the EU and Russia

An overview of the current building regulations both in the EU and Russia as well as innovative policies and programmes to incentivise deep renovation, implementing the objectives of the EU Green Deal and Russian climate protection.

This event has passed. You can find the presentations here and watch the recording of the workshop below. The Russian language version of the workshop can be viewed here.

The European Green Deal is the strategic cornerstone for the EU and its Member States. It lays down the main objectives for future developments: achieving a fair, people-centred, healthy, resource-efficient, decarbonised, resilient, and viable economy in 2050. The building sector plays a key role at the intersection of those targets. While the construction sector is an important pillar for the economic growth of the EU, it is also responsible for a considerable share of energy and material use causing around 40% of the EU’s energy consumption, 36% of the GHG emissions, and accounting for half of the raw material consumed. With its Fit-for-55 package, the European Commission proposed changes in the current legislation to ensure the European Union will achieve its climate protection target of -55% GHG-emission reduction in 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The Renovation Wave is the European Union’s Strategy to implement the EU Green Deal in the building sector. Similarly, the Russian government recently acknowledged that measures in the building sector are key to decarbonise the economy. This workshop will provide an overview of the current legislation in the EU and Russia as well as innovative instruments to incentivise deep renovation, implementing the objectives of the EU Green Deal and Russian climate protection targets. Experts from the EU and Russia will provide insights on social, technical, and economic barriers to scaling up energy efficiency in the building sector, as well as policies and good practices to overcome these barriers.

This workshop is being carried out under the Strategic Partnership for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA).

This workshop will be held on September 14th, 2021 (09:00-12:15, CET) on the Interactio platform with simultaneous English-Russian interpretation and is the first workshop of the EU-Russia exchange on sustainable building policies and measures. Registration open here.



Sven Dammann

Sven Dammann works as policy officer in DG CLIMA’s unit for strategy and economic assessment, in particular on energy efficiency policies, including for buildings. He holds a PhD in environmental indicators for buildings, and had the opportunity to carry out a field study on socio-economic rural development in Russia as a student.

Dimitrios Athanasiou

Dimitrios is a Civil Engineer with a Masters Degree in International Construction Management. He has also graduated the National School of Public Administration in Greece. He joined the European Commission 5 years ago as a policy officer in the Buildings Team of the Energy Efficiency Unit in DG Energy. His work focuses on the proper implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, in particular on the monitoring of the calculation methodologies, the long-term renovation strategies and the nearly zero-energy buildings uptake within the EU. Prior to joining the European Commission he worked as a Minister’s Consultant for almost 8 years in the area of energy efficiency in the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy. He also worked for several years in different positions in the public sector and in the private sector where he practiced civil engineering.

Viktor Granovskii

Almost all of Viktor’s scientific and practical activities are related to the topic of energy saving in HVAC systems. He worked for about 17 years at MNIITEP and is candidate of technical sciences and defended his dissertation on the processes of heat and mass transfer in regenerative (including sorption) and recuperative devices of ventilation and air conditioning systems. For the last 25 years Viktor has been working in Danfoss in the sphere of research and development of energy-saving technologies and equipment for heat supply and heating systems. Additionally, he regularly participates in several expert councils and technical committees of Rosstandart, as well as in the development of a number of regulatory and legislative documents. Viktor is the author of many publications and patents.

Martin Pehnt

Dr. Martin Pehnt is an energy scientist, scientific and managing director, board member and head of the energy department of the ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied physics, philosophy as well as energy technology and management in Tübingen, Boulder (USA), Berlin and Stuttgart. Pehnt previously worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the German Aerospace Centre. His research focuses on renewable energies, energy efficiency, decentralized energy systems, technological impact assessment, life cycle analysis and the energy-economical assessment of innovative energy and transport systems. Pehnt furthermore researches on instruments and strategies of energy policy for the promotion of climate-friendly energy systems.

Paolo Bertoldi

Paolo Bertoldi is a senior experts in sustainable energy, climate change and energy efficiency at the European Commission.

Some of his key areas of expertise include: Energy Service Companies, market based instruments, governance, environmental leadership, ICT energy consumption. Experienced Editor In Chief with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry. Bertoldi is also skilled in sustainable energy, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Relations, and data centre, and is in charge of policy analysis for energy efficiency at the European Commission where he has served as Energy Efficiency Expert and Senior Expert for a total of 26 years. He has an engineering degree focused in energy systems and electrical system from University of Padova, Italy.

Iurii Tabunshchikov

Iurii is a Professor, Member of Russian Academy of Architecture and Building Sciences (RAASN), Head of the Building Engineering Department of Moscow Architectural Institute (State Academy), Founder and President of Russian Association of Engineers of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Heat Supply and Construction Thermophysics (ABOK). Fellow and Life member of ASHRAE, Fellow member of REHVA, Corresponding member of VDI,  Founding member of International Academy of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ), Founding member of Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC). Iurii received a personal diploma from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the contributing to the work that resulted in the IPCC being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Nicholas Stancioff

Nicholas Stancioff’s previous experience was in creating and restructuring businesses, as well as investment banking. His efforts to finance Russian EE projects in the 90s while at the EBRD informed much of his decision in 2012 to focus solely on finding a solution for residents of  50-70s era multi-family buildings. LABEEF and the NGO Ekubirojs are designed to deliver a private sector financial instrument, including legal and digital tools to prepare these buildings for another generation, reducing CO2 while mitigating the impact from Climate Change. 

Rui Fragoso

Rui graduated in Civil Engineering and obtained a post graduate degree in Planning and Sustainable Construction and as well as in Building Acoustics. In 2010 he joined ADENE (the Portuguese Energy Agency) and between 2012 and 2018 he was the Head of the Buildings Department, responsible for managing the EPC scheme and its implementation. Rui designed and implemented the one-stop-shop portal casA+ and provided technical assistance to the implementation of financial instruments. He’s currently the Head of the Projects Department. He also participates in current and past European and International projects like the CA and EPBD, among others.

Marcel van Miert

Marcel van Miert is a consultant in sustainability. He studied land and water management and economics. After a career at large companies in the construction and real estate world, Marcel has been an independent entrepreneur for 11 years with a focus on making buildings and business parks more sustainable. Together with Joost Rienks, Marcel founded Taskforce Label A. The organisation has two goals: all utility buildings on energy label A by 2030 and all industrial parks providing energy in 2040. Taskforce Label A’s role in this is to map the energy quality of buildings and to analyse the energy consumption, the savings opportunities and the generation potential of industrial estates. Their customers are local governments, constructors and investment companies.

Alice Morcrette

Alice Morcrette has been the director in the experimental Hauts-de-France Pass Renovation, the technical and financial instrument designed by the regional Public Service for Energy Efficiency since September, 2017. From November 2014 till August 2017 Alice was a technical Manager in the same organisation. Prior to joining the Public Service for Energy Efficiency, Alice held several job positions such as process engineer, training manager, product development manager at one of the worldwide leaders in insulation solutions.

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