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Hungary Green Building Council presents:

GREEN RETROFIT – Renovating Buildings for the Future
BUILD2GETHER international conference
24.09.2014., Budapest
Location: Eiffel Palace, Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 78.
Language: English

In celebration of World Green Building Week and its theme of GET UP GREEN UP, the Hungary Green Building Council is proud to host GREEN RETROFIT – Renovating Buildings for the Future on 24 September 2014 in Budapest.  This conference is an annual event supported by the Build2Gether alliance in the Central Eastern European region. Build2Gether provides a platform for small countries to share knowledge and best practices, deliver a wider view on education, and strengthen the actions of the green building movement in the CEE region. Countries participating in this event will be Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Slovenia. This is an international event and will be in English.  

This conference will bring together green building council members and professionals from all around the Build2Gether regional network. It will offer presentations from industry experts as well as high level discussions on the topic of sustainable development and the value of retrofitting existing buildings.      

Keynote speakers for the conference include:

Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz – Founding member of the HuGBC, Nobel prize recipient and global climate specialist.

James Drinkwater - Environmental Lawyer and Policy Expert of the World Green Building Council’s European Regional Network.

Géza Matuz - Production Director of ÉMI Non-Profit Llc. for Quality Control and Innovation in Building to unveil the National Strategy for implemention of the EU Energy Efficiency Directives for existing buildings in Hungary.

The morning session will include project case studies of successful green retrofits from the region will be presented by several industry experts. In the afternoon, the HuGBC will lead a round-table discussion from participating GBC members to share regional views and the EU perspective. The conference will conclude with a tour of the Eiffel Palace building, a historical building renovation project that received both LEEDv3 NC Gold certification and BREEAM Very Good level certification.

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Time Program description
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome & introduction
Pál Baross FRICS, President of Hungary Green Building Council (HuGBC)
Host: Shayna Prunier, member of HuGBC
9.15 - 9.45 A Global Picture of Climate Change - UN IPCC report
The Global Climate Change Hazard: Science and Policy
Professor Tibor Faragó, PhD. Former National IPCC Focal Point for Hungary 
9:45 – 10:15 WorldGBC Update on EU Activity
James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor, Europe Regional Network, World Green Building Council
10.15 - 11.00 Build2Gether Member Updates & Activities
Moderated by Shayna Prunier Member of Hungary Green Building Council

SPEAKERS: Representatives from each attending Green Building Council
- Ladislav Piršel, PhD. Executive Director Slovak Green Building Council,
- Ines Reiter, MBA Managing Director ÖGNI GmbH Austrian Sustainable Building Council,
- Libor Marek, Czech Green Building Council Membership Manager,
- Zsombor Barta MRICS, Vice President HuGBC, Director of Sustainability Sentient,
- Snjezana Turalija,Croatia Green Building Council
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:30 Successful green retrofit project case studies
Moderator: Rudolf Riedl MRICS, Member HuGBC, Managing Director Raiffeisen Evolution

- Professor Sternová, Director of Building Testing & Research Institute - Sustainable building refurbishment in Slovakia,
- Gerhard Hoffmann DGNB Senior Auditor - Retrofit project in Düsseldorf,
- Doris Wirth, MSc, 
President of "Vienna Engineers" – Sustainable Retrofit in Austria,
- Éva Beleznay, Architect - Board member of HuGBC – Dorottya Udvar Project
12:30 – 12:45 Implementation of EED directives for Existing Buildings - National Strategy Plan for Hungary
Géza Matuz, Production and Sales Director of ÉMI Non-Profit Limited Liability Company for Quality Control and Innovation in Building
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch break – networking
13:45 – 14:00 Certification ceremony
Presented by ÖGNI Austrian Sustainable Building Council
Award to 3 projects in Hungary and 1 project in Poland rated according DGNB
14:00 – 15:00 Presentations of Gold Sponsors 
- Gábor Kiss, Senior Specification Representative of Armstrong Hungary: Sustainable Suspended Ceilings for Retrofit Projects
- Péter Oláh, Sales Person of COTHEC, Building engineer with M degree: Modernisation of Energetic Systems Involving Investor Partners Specialized in Field
Kornél Tóth, Real Estate Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Hungary: Why Go Green - Office Selection from a Tenant's Perspective
15:00 – 16:00 Empowering your GBC - Build2Gether Members Group Discussion
Moderated by James Drinkwater World GBC

- Richard Teichmann, Founding member ÖGNI,
- Ladislav Piršel, Ph.D. Executive Director Slovak Green Building Council,
- Gábor Radványi Vice President of HuGBC,
- György Rábai MRICS, BDO real estate advisor partner,
- Arne Springorum Czech GBC Managing Director HE Consulting,
- Mark Gero Croatia GBC

TOPICS: What are the National Experiences? How can we act as a group to overcome national obstacles? Are there any nationally funded projects currently happening? Discuss opportunities and ideas for successful regional collaboration to impact local governments and the EU.
16:00 – 17:00 BUILDING TOUR - The Eiffel Palace
A successful sustainable retrofit project. Led by Mr Zsolt Gyöngyösi, board member of HuGBC



Entrance fees:

  • NON-GBC Industry Professionals : 10.000HUF / 33 Euro + VAT = 12.700 HUF / 41 Euro 

  • Joint Members of HuGBC: 5.000HUF / 16 Euro + VAT = 6.350HUF /  21 Euro  

  • HuGBC & Neighboring GBC Members (with valid identification): FREE

  • Students (with valid identification) : 2.500HUF / 8 Euro + VAT = 3.175HUF / 10 Euro 

  • 10% discount to RICS members: 9.000HUF / 29 Euro + VAT = 11.430HUF / 38 Euro 




A regisztáció lezárult!

Programmes in Hungary on World Green Building Week

22-26th of September 2014.

1.BUILD2GETHER international conference on sustainable architecture on the 24th of September 2014, with cooperation of Green Buuilding Councils of the neighbouring countries. The language of the conference is English.

2. GREEN WALK - Visits to projects connected to the main topic of the conferene during World Green Building Week

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