• The European Union is rapidly evolving into a domestic market for the construction and property sectors of its member nations.
  • A conversion to sustainability will be a vital feature of future activities, throughout the EU, within these sectors.
  • Understanding the full implications -both commercial and socio­ economical – of this conversion towards sustainable building is essential both for regional and local planners and for those responsible for
    maintaining the competitiveness of construction, property and related industrial companies.
  • Specifically, how will the anticipated large-scale trend towards sustain­able building affect building costs, property values and the environ­ment in which we live and work?

Talks will be held in Swedish and in English.

Chairman: Dr. Robert Windborne-Brown

7:45 Registration

8:10 Welcome to the Conference!
Dr. Robert Windborne-Brown, Chairman: ESPRO, The Windborne International Group

8:15 Introduction:
A Sustainable Society: the vital role of the building and property sectors
Nicholas Sonntag, Executive Director, Stockholm Environmental Inst, Stockholm

8:30 Enhancing the Environmental Quality of the Building: Performance-based Contracts.
The efficient transfer of advanced technologies and sustainable building concepts to the market requires the implementation of new methods of practice.
Dr. Flavia Conti, Senior Official
European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Italy.

9:15 Systems Design for Sustainable Habitat Development
The presentation will focus upon the total environmental footprint of the Construction and Property sectors and will argue, that very significant changes are needed in the way buildings are designed, built and regulated.
Juan F. Rada, Managing Director
The Environmental Partnership, Geneva, Switzerland.

10:00 The Swedish Building Stock: Opportunities arising from increased sustainability
The Swedish Government has set goals for a sustainable development in Sweden (Governmental Declaration 1997/98: 13).
The paper reviews the stock of existing buildings in respect to, among others, its use, age, occupancy, technical condition, u-value, heating and fuel, and potential for up-grading. The environmental benefits in terms of effects on flows of energy and materials in the stock are estimated. Costs and pay-off are discussed.
Professor Anne-Marie Wilhelmsen, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.

10:40 Coffee Break

11:00 Understanding how business can respond to the demand for sustainable
Four strategics for change in the Construction and Property sectors are presented to facilitate a more positive response to the increasing demand for sustainable solutions.
Allan Gillham, Head of Sustainable Building
Building Research Establishment, United Kingdom

11:45 Case Study presented to The Nordic Council of Ministers:”Possibilities and Limitations for implementing eco-efficiency and factor 4/10 into the Building and Real Estate Industry”
A draft framework for achieving a ten-fold improvement in the Building and Property sectors.
Katharina Th. Bramslev, Senior Representative
GRIP Center, Norway

12:30 Discussion
Questions and answers related to the morning session.

13:00 Lunch is available in the Rosenbad restaurant (at own expense).

14:00 Sustainable Development and the Factor 10 Challenge.
Defining the concept of ”sustainable development” and the Factor 10 challenge. Increasing efficiency, reducing waste and improving management to achieve these goals. Implications for the building and property sectors. Viability of Governmental interventions
Henrik Kaergaard, Senior Consultant
COWI Consulting Engineers, Denmark

14:45 Creating a Sustainable Building Industry
Skanska are pursuing an intense policy for the promotion of sustainability and healthy buildings. All environmental management systems shall be in place no later than December 31, 1999 and be certified by December 31, 2000.
What are Skanska’s goals and strategies regarding sustainable and healthy buildings as we move into the next millennium?
Bengt Wånggren, Miljö Manager. Housing Division
Skanska, Sweden

15:30 The Environmental Assessment of Buildings with regards to ”sustainable development”.
The aim of an environmental assessment of a building is to estimate its environ­mental impact throughout its lifetime. Can this assist the owner – contractor – designer to develop or modify a building capable of achieving greater sustainability?
Dr. Mauritz Glaumann
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

16:15 Discussion
Questions and answers related to the afternoon session.

16:45 Closing of the Conference


  • Ministry of the Interior: Building Costs Committee (Byggkostnadsdelegationen).
  • Swedish Council for Building Research (Byggforskningsrådet).
  • Swedish National Energy Administration (Statens Energimyndighet).
  • Swedish Delegation for Sustainable Technology (Miljöteknikdelegationen).
  • Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry (SBUF).
  • Windborne International Group.


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