BIBM Event European Parliament, 23 January 2008
Towards climate-proof buildings: Concrete solutions.
On 23 January 2008, when the European Commission presented a new milestone for Europe’s energy and climate policy, the European Federation for Precast Concrete (BIBM) organised a debate in the European Parliament. The event focused on this industry’s experience and innovative solutions for resilient, comfortable and energy efficient building structures to withstand future climate evolutions.
Hosted by Mr Anders Wijkman, a distinguished Member of the European Parliament leading on climate change issues, more than 30 high-level invitees from the European Parliament, the Commission and the industry participated in this highly interesting and topical event.
Dr. Bernd Wolschner, the president of BIBM, underlined the excellent record of precast concrete solutions in achieving thermal protection, resilience and people’s comfort.
Professor Gudni Jóhannesson, from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and the Director of the Icelandic National Energy Authority, focused on the thermal inertia properties of precast concrete and its suitability for low energy houses.
Dr. Jacqueline Glass, an architect from Loughborough University, demonstrated that heavyweight structures were the optimal response for comfortable, resilient, beautiful and zero carbon buildings.
A lively exchange of views with participants followed the presentations. Referring to his experience within the Swedish Climate Task Force, Mr Wijkman pointed out the importance of considering substantial changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over a longer period of time. He stressed the need to promote the development of effective solutions for the climate-proof design of buildings.
Read the press release of the event
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