Future cities by SWECO

was held in

5th of April, 2018

I Edition

On April 5th, 2018, at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, the "Future cities by SWECO" conference was organized by Sweco Consulting. The main message of the conference was to demonstrate inspiring solutions and ideas for design and development of future cities.

Illustrious speakers were invited to the conference, whose presentations drew great attention among the participants. At the very beginning Alicja Kuczera, Director of Polish Green Building Council PLGBC, presented the situation of multi-criteria certification on the Polish market. The presented statistics clearly confirm the high position of Poland in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. As the PLGBC director has mentioned, the Ecological Building Department of Sweco Consulting undoubtedly has a significant impact on this result for nearly 50% of BREEAM certification in Poland.

The current trends in the development of BREEAM certification were presented by Martin Townsend, Director of BRE Global. As it turns out, BRE is involved not only in the certification system itself, but also independently tests innovative building solutions and technologies that allow to meet the requirements related to climate change (e.g. protection of buildings against extremely heavy rain). Townsend remarked that the construction market must evolve and adapt to the requirements of the future, both in terms of adaptation to climate change and the development of the future cities.

Marcin Gawroński, Director of the Ecological Building Department at Sweco Consulting presented about obtaining 100 BREEAM certificates for newly constructed buildings, as well as explaining to the audience Sweco's development directions and currently involved projects. Presented solutions were dedicated to modern and ecological construction (including energy modeling, Life Cycle Analysis, optimization of energy consumption), as well as for the energy, transport, economy and water protection sectors with sustainable urban planning. Undoubtedly, the company's activity fits perfectly into the idea of future cities.

The highest rated office in history in BREEAM was presented by Kartik Amrania, Director of the Sustainable Construction Department at Sweco UK. The Bloomberg building in London, designed by Foster & Partners and Sweco, scored 98.5% (Outstanding level)! The building uses modern solutions such as: optimization of the façade allowing for natural ventilation or vacuum toilet flush with 100% use of recovered gray water. Thanks to Sweco's involvement, the Bloomberg building uses 35% less energy and 75% less water compared to standard office buildings.

Adam Błażowski, EcoSCADA Product Manager and Sweco Partner presented a case study of the building covered by the service of energy optimization. Thanks to the use of Smart IT solutions, it was possible to achieve energy savings of 30%. Błażowski also pointed out the great potential for this type of services in Poland that it is possible to save energy in buildings wisely and effectively.

Maciej Mycielski, an architect and urbanist representing Mycielski Architecture & Urbanism, spoken about the buildings, but in a wider, urban perspective. His presentation was focused on urban organisms. Mycielski pointed out how to set development priorities in Polish cities and what should be accomplished to increase the value of land and the attractiveness of specific places. He also emphasized the essential and significant role of social participation in the process of shaping future cities.

Dr Andrzej Kruszewicz, Ornithologist and Director of the Warsaw ZOO resented how to reconcile nature with modern construction. He drew attention to the impact of progressing urbanization on biodiversity in the cities. Dr Kruszewicz also explained how important it is to consider well-thought-out solutions for animals and what can be used in practice.

The last speaker was Daniel Hojniak, Senior Sustainability Consultant from Sweco UK. He familiarized the audience with an extremely important topic of healthy buildings, and presented the research results on the impact of the workplace quality on our well-being. Design of healthy buildings is increasingly being considered and implemented by developers, which is confirmed by the growing number of WELL and FITWEL certificates.

oth the conference moderator, Bartosz Dominiak - the author of Smart City Blog, and other participants in the lobby conversations appreciated the choice of the main event topic as extremely up-to-date and necessary for further discussion. They also praised the excellent selection of speakers and their inspirational presentations.

We believe that this 2018 conference should result in even greater involvement in implementing ideas of future cities. We want to create a safe and human-friendly living spaces that are effective in terms of energy, economy, and work with respect for the values of natural environment and ourselves.