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RoGBC Related

Circular Economy for Buildings  
Location : IDA, Strada Argentina nr. 43, București
From: Monday 23 May 2016, 11:00
To: Monday 23 May 2016, 18:00

Following William McDonough and Michael Braungart's seminal work on "Cradle 2 Cradle: remaking how we make things" the Romania Green Building Council has partnered with Steven Beckers - one of Europe's top eco design experts - to bring for the second time in Romania their experience to the ''Circular Economy for Buildings Workshop''.

This course is essential for all in the construction industry to better understand how we design and utilize construction materials to free us from resource scarcity and reduce (and eventually eliminate) our growing population's harm to the planet. This course will also form the basis for a #BuildUpon workshop supporting the improved design and implementation of Romania's National Renovation Strategy.

Actual projects under development in Romania will be examined and the course participants will undertake an exercise to dramatically improve the environmental impact and aesthetics of the projects while respecting the necessary cost constraints. Ww will discuss about national development and investment projects lists in order to create jobs and economic growth as well as the integration of sustainable development principles, green economy and circular economy.

This course qualifies for credit as an optional course for the "Romania Green Professional" Certification.

TrainerSteven Beckers, C2C accredited Architect  

Steven is the President of the Implementation Centre for Circular Economy and a founding partner and CEO at Lateral Thinking Factory ; supporting projects according to Circular Economy / Cradle to Cradle™ (c2c) principles with a multidisciplinary network of world experts that include c2c authors Dr.Michael Braungart and Architect William Mc Donough. Since May 2012 Steven is also co-chair of the groups “Communities” and “Africa” for the Hanwang Forum based in Beijing.

Since completion of his architectural studies diploma work in 1984, Mr. Beckers developed a global approach on sustainability in architecture and urban planning. This approach began with the Meknes Hotel project featuring natural climate control, local materials and labour, water treatment and contextual/cultural approaches. The project was honoured with the Aga Khan and “African Technical Association” prize. A year later, his project for the Wilson Palace in association with tje Geneva Gaillard Architect firm was awarded the jury prize on environmental urban planning.

Steven was European director of the London firm EPR architects from 1986 till 1996 and was a founding member of Architecturo EEIG in 1990. The European group responsible for sustainable projects in France, UK and Portugal won the 1996 Green Office European award with the EXPO 98 Headquarters in Lisbon. As Head of Architecture for Berlaymont 2000, He was responsible for the 250 million Euro restructuring of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels which is recognized as a European Commission benchmark in sustainabilityand was awarded the PLEA Passive and Low Energy Architecture award in Cambridge 2000.

From 2000 till 2010, Steven was a partner with Art&Build Architects; a firm selected by Greenpeace for their headquarters in Brussels, by the Council of Europe for the Agora , Pharmacopea and nursery buildings in Straubourg (receiving BEX, MIPIM, LEAF and RICS prizes). Steven initiated, with AG Real Estate for Carré 92 HQE&BBC a 15 hectare development in Gennevilliers, France and with Equilis the 30 hectare Waterwalk Cradle2Cradle urban regeneration in Brussels.

Steven Beckers is now an independent registered Cradle to Cradle™ architect/consultant, Master of Conference at BATir ULB university, vice president of Seco building control, founding member of Local Solutions Development Group ASBL already active in Africa.



-Deep Renovation ideas and strategies

-Renovation Projects / Initiatives at the building and community level

-c2c/Circular Economy concepts integrated into Renovation projects/initiatives

- Building Integrated Greenhouses; with emphases on renovations


Agenda is available here.


These topics support the objectives of the BUILD UPON project funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program. 

A key objective of the BUILD UPON project is to promote participative policy making to improve the design & implementation of the National Renovation Strategy. The workshop will include presentations as well as group exercises to include the participants in contributing their knowledge and feedback about if or how the ideas presented can be implemented locally.   

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