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Russian and British Developers to Cooperate in Setting Up ‘Green Building Hub’ in Russia

A roundtable was held at the V Russian-British Business Forum on the development and introduction of smart urban technologies and green building. The roundtable was organized by the Trade Representation of Russia in the UK and the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC). The Forum was held under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade in cooperation with the Trade Representation of Russia in the UK and the Roscongress Foundation.

The programme of the Russian-British Business Forum traditionally takes into account the most popular areas for discussion by Russian and British business. In 2019, the main theme was ‘digital’ and high technology in various sectors, including urban studies.

During the roundtable, Dmitry Berezutsky, Chairman of the Board of «GreenStroy» Association, announced the construction of Russia’s first innovative hub for the integration of green technologies. The hub will be located at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. This project will present integration solutions from both large, medium, and small businesses. The hub will include two platforms that aim to develop educational marketing in green building and improving Russia’s regulatory framework in this regard.

Shamir Ghumra, the director of BREEAM, BRE Global, spoke about specific methods and practices in environmentally sustainable design, construction, and operation. BREEAM technology is currently one of the most popular technologies in the world for measuring the environmental performance of buildings. He also noted the importance of the widespread introduction of BIM-technologies, which help take construction, equipment, operation, and repair to a new level thanks to the algorithms of working with all architectural, design, technological, economic, and other information in the design process. Integrating these technologies onto the Russian market is one of the objectives that the business has set.

Joanna Bacon, vice president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), spoke about modern architecture trends and noted the need to adapt aesthetics to geographic conditions and cultural traditions.

Ivan Romanov, deputy CEO of LSR Group PHSC, spoke about Russian approaches to implementing progressive projects and, as an example, cited the landmark ZILART project, one of the largest in Europe over the past 40 years.

The discussion participants paid particular attention to climate change, ways to improve quality of life as well as waste management and recycling issues in light of the reform of garbage collection laws.

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