Date & Location: 26.11.2021

[Workshop] Sustainable Life Cycle of buildings – a holistic approach to deliver sustainable buildings and reduce waste

Experience sharing of circularity, real-life projects, and industry-led initiatives supporting the transition towards a sustainable built environment in Russia and the EU.

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Josefina Lindblom’s presentation “Reducing carbon emissions along the building’s entire lifecycle – European approaches”

Ksenia Agapova’s presentation “Holistic approach to urban renovation and BREEAM communities”

Vladimir Gumilar’s presentation “Transformation Strategies and good practices of circular constructions”

The built environment has a significant impact on many sectors of the economy and is one of the most resource-consuming sectors in the EU, accounting for approximately half of all extracted materials, half of the total energy consumption, and one-third of water consumption. In the EU, the focus is shifting from policies regarding energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions during the operational phase, to a lifecycle assessment of the environmental impact of the buildings and limiting the embodied greenhouse gas emissions. Construction and demolition waste accounts for more than a third of all waste generated in the EU.

Greenhouse gas emissions from material extraction, manufacturing of construction products, construction, and renovation of buildings are estimated at 5-12% of total national GHG emissions. Resource efficiency in buildings aims to reduce resource use and limit buildings’ environmental impact throughout their lifecycle – from material extraction used in the construction phase, to resource use during occupancy and maintenance, material recovery at demolition. The new circular economy action plan (CEAP) published by the European Commission in March 2020 is one of the pillars of the European Green Deal and aims to support the transition to a circular economy, a reduction of the pressure on natural resources, and an increase of sustainable growth and jobs.

During the third workshop of the EU-Russia exchange, representatives of local authorities, resource efficiency experts, companies, and industry associations active in circular construction will share their experience and present their views on circularity, real-life projects, and industry-led initiatives supporting the transition towards a sustainable built environment in Russia and the EU.




Josefina Lindblom

Josefina Lindblom works at the European Commission for DG Environment, in the unit of Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption. She has been responsible for the work on “sustainable buildings” since 2011 and has, among other things, managed the recent collaborative developments of Level(s), a common framework for the assessment and reporting of the environmental performance of buildings. This work is at the heart of the efforts that the European Commission is making to bring the buildings sector into the circular economy.

Josefina works to make life cycle thinking a key part of existing European building policy. Moreover, ongoing efforts relate i.a. to the development of a roadmap for the reduction of whole life carbon and the inclusion of life cycle thinking of buildings into Horizon Europe.

She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering Design from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg, Sweden, partly conducted at the Institute for Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, USA.

Ksenia Agapova

Ksenia Agapova is an international expert in the field of sustainability and construction. Her certification experience entails more than 80 buildings in Russia and abroad, conducting training courses and preparation of market analysis. She has considerable teaching experience in Russia’s leading universities (Moscow State University, Moscow Architectural Institute, MMGU) and has participated as a speaker at events such as ARCH Moscow, Green and Sustainable Real Estate Conference, CRE Summit and others. Ksenia holds the following qualifications: MBA, BREEAM AP + BREEAM In-Use Auditor, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, ID+C, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador DGNB Consultant.

Ksenia has acted as an advisor for a number of international projects. In 2015 and 2016 she received the BREEAM Awards Country First for projects in New Zealand, Singapore and Azerbaijan.

Pablo van den Bosch

Pablo van den Bosch is co-founder of Madaster and a Board Member of Madaster Services. He studied public affairs at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and was partner in a global consultancy that he co-founded in 2003. Pablo left in 2016 to invest his time and experience in new ventures that aim to deliver a positive social impact.

He teamed up with Thomas Rau, a renowned architect who has been creating energy-neutral buildings since the 1990’s. Based on Thomas’ vision that “Waste is material without an identity”, they and four others created Madaster, the register for products and materials in the built environment. Pablo initially focused on establishing the not-for-profit Madaster Foundation, which supervises the Madaster platform development and operational services. Currently Pablo fulfills the role of Board Member Public Affairs and Internationalisation.

Vladimir Gumilar

Vladimir Gumilar holds a Master of Science in Construction from Ljubljana University (Slovenia), and MBA from the University of Kansas (USA). Since 2004 he is the cluster manager of CCS (CONSTRUCTION CLUSTER OF SLOVENIA), coordinating different RTD and other cluster projects. He has been deeply involved in the construction industry’s R&D, coordinating different R&D projects and activities since he graduated: e-NVISION, TECH-TRANSFER, REGCON and MESSIB, OPENHOUSE, RECTYRE, EE-HIGHRISE, NEWBEE, SILENTWALL, STEELPROST.  Within the REGCON project Vladimir developed the ICM333 methodology for the development of the innovation clusters in construction. He was a coordinator of the STOREPET project (FP7), ECCA (COSME) European Circular Construction Alliance. He coordinates the ICBUILD ESCP4i partnership aiming at the internationalisation of circular construction solutions. He is the initiator of the International Circular Construction Cluster (ICCC). He is a member of the expert and/or advisory boards of different EU projects (CINDERELA – H2020; SMARTBUID4EU-H2020). As a cluster manager, Vladimir is strongly networked in EU clusters` community, supporting CCS to be involved in ESCP4i (ECCA), ESCP3S (Cyber Secure Light), and ESCP4X (SMART4NZEB).

Nora Sophie Griefahn

Nora Sophie Griefahn is executive managing director and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle NGO. She majored in Environmental Sciences at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Goethe University Frankfurt with stays at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and University of Copenhagen. As the only German, she was elected as a GreenBiz’ 30 Under 30 inspiring young leader in 2018.

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