Education of professionals and the public in the green building agenda is the CZGBC’s condition for success in meeting its vision. Following stabilization of the basic structure of the association, a time has come to fulfil its educational role. CZGBC ACADEMY will be a cornerstone for the education of both target groups. Program´s objective is to offer specific educational program on sustainability in the built environment to professionals and also to non-professionals in the Czech Republic. However, education of professionals is accented.
Coordinator: Jaroslav Pašmik (Director of Communication and Development, CZGBC)
Externals: Jenda Bogdan, Tony Šmíd, Libor Mitrovič, Michal Křemen
The group was created from a multidisciplinary group of council members to prepare a professional design study specific to the Czech Republic, which would quantify the differences in the up-front cost and both short and long-term values of new green buildings relative to typical regional practices. A major hurdle for the implementation of sustainable development practices locally has been the lack of a RELIABLE AND COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF GREEN BUILDINGS specifically addressing the Czech market. Our study aims at providing a reputable comparison of office building valuation between more sustainable ‘green’ building practice and typical Czech practice, to guide developers in this interim period before more green projects are realized, and direct data can be compiled.
Coordinator: Eric Johnson (LEED AP, BREEAM AP, Associate for Gardiner & Theobald)
Externals: Petr Hanyš
About 1.2 million prefabricated concrete apartments were built during the communist era in the Czech Republic. This in total makes 30% of the housing stock. Bulk buildings brought both architectural and urban settlements uniformity, unsustainable interference with city centres and villages, but also, from the current perspective, an energy inefficient housing. Recently, the residents living in prefabricated houses have been affected by rising energy prices for central heating, poor quality of the reconstructions with the short-term perspective, bad reconstruction concepts with regard to human health, especially the lack of ventilating. In the frame of the newly prepared legislation EPBD II stricter requirements for the reconstruction should be also targeted. Prefabricated houses in CR have the biggest potential of savings due to its simplicity and consistency. Also, they are not the listed as a cultural heritage which enables a very progressive approach. However, the owners are not well informed and aware of potential savings. In the upcoming year the plan of the task group is to focus primarily on current legislation associated with the EPBD II in connection with prefabricated houses and the media awareness of the innovative possibilities of green solutions for prefabricated houses.
Coordinator: Petr Vogel (Chairman of the CZGBC Board, consultant at Ekowatt)
Externals: Jaroslav Dojava, František Frídl
Through education, the group focuses on complex cooperation between Green Building Certification Systms (LEED, BREEAM, SBToolCZ, DGNB). It aims at future development of the systems.
Coordinator: Boris Zupančič (Director of CZGBC)
Investors and developers often demand sustainable certification of their buildings, i.e. LEED, BREEAM, DGNB etc. This raises questions about technologies required to reach such certificates. Artificial lighting of interiors and exteriors is a significant part, which influence the final level of the certificate as well. This influence is in case of commercial building even higher in view of the fact that up to 30% of electrical energy consumption is used for lifting.
The second issue is the new legislation in a form of EPBD directive and especially its recast No. II. Again also here we have to clarify the requirements on lighting design needed to fit into EPBD II directive.
The key objective of the task group is education of investors, designers and architects through simple and easily reachable guideline in a form of printed and electronic brochure, which would be distributed among professionals.
Coordinator: Vladan Jesenský (Managing Director Zumtobel Lighting)
The group focuses on energy management systems for all types of buildings, production processes and services. It will elaborate ideas and tools for continuous improvements in using energy more efficiently and adequately, regardless of the form of energy in question. The aim is to purposefully and strategically motivate organizations to approach energy management systematically, thus improving their building‘s energy efficiency, and reducing its environmental burden.
At the moment, the group focuses on EPBDII implementation into the Czech legislative process (Chance for Buildings).
Coordinator: Petr Holub (Chance for Buildings, initiative coordinator)
Externals: Dalibor Borák, Roman Šubrt, Josef Smola, Jan Bárta a další
The group wants to support increased involvement of real estate financiers in green building financing, brought about through better knowledge of data, trends challenges and market demand.
Coordinator: Ira Saul Rubenstein (Partner at Traficon, member of CZGBC Board of Directors)
Over the last two years, CZGBC significantly contributed to how sustainable construction is perceived, especially by providing information about building certification system to a wider audience. The next logical step is to go deeper into the topic and examine building materials. It is clear that sustainable buildings need sustainable materials. On one hand, this represents enormous opportunity for producers of such materials, on the other hand it brings along risks associated with how to prove and verify that a specific material is sustainable. The task group reached an agreement during 2011 that the best way forward is to promote the objective evidence-based method of Life-cycle assessment, the results of which are then formalised in Environmental Product Declaration.
Coordinator: Ondřej Šrámek (Public Affairs Manager for CR and SR at Knauf Insulation)
Externals: Marie Tichá, Vladimír Kočí, Daniel Hájek, Miroslav Čermák, Pavel Hrubý
The group specifies on EPD methodology which proves to be a very promising model for renovations/reconstruction of buildings. Public buildings have, among other things, a great potential for improvement in energy efficiency.
Coordinator: Ivo Slavotínek (executive at ENESA s.r.o.)
The building technological systems of today are rather scattered – each component (HVAC, ICT, lightning, physical security etc.) having its separate control. The integration of control mechanisms is, using modern technology, achievable not only on the BMS level, but now on the level of interconnection with ICT infrastructure. Such integration can, when applied properly, bring about many benefits. The main objective of this initiative is to summarize and document the possibilities of integration, summarize/evaluate benefits it offers and, if possible, verify them on real example.