Keynote speakers

Rab Bennetts

     Architectural Quality and Sustainability  
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Rab Bennetts co-founded Bennetts Associates in 1987 with his partner Denise Bennetts and provides overall design direction. He takes an active part in the firm’s projects and believes strongly in a collaborative approach based on teamwork and high architectural ambitions. He is also involved with many aspects of the design and construction industry, including research projects, professional committees and education. He presently sits on the construction industry’s 2012 Olympic Task Force plus the editorial panel for Building magazine, is a Director of Sadler’s Wells and a founder board member of the UK Green Building Council. He was previously the Chairman of the RIBA Competitions Committee and sat on the planning committee of Islington Council as an expert adviser. The need to combine sustainability with architecture of the highest quality has been a feature of his many lectures and articles, both in the UK and abroad.
Rab was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003 and Sustainability Leader of the Year in 2009 at the Building/UK-GBC Sustainability Awards.

Steve Burroughs

  Sustainable Housing for Indigenous Populations in Remote Regions: a Case Study from Nguiu, Northern Australia  
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I am the principle of „Dr Steve Burroughs & Associates,“ My company offers project management consultancy services, specialising in development of project systems, procedures, execution plans, strategic advice on project delivery processes, as well the providing project management/project architectural and engineering delivery services on major projects. I hold a PhD in Architecture obtained from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
I stated my company following several years' involvement in a number of Research and Technical Development consulting projects within the Family and Community Services Department of the Australian Federal Government, and a variety of construction project roles involving environmental, quality and safety management system roles of major infrastructure projects in Africa. I have expertise in Alternative Building Technologies, Project Management, Contract Management, Public Private Partnership Projects, Change Management, Value Management, Integrated Management Systems and Architecture.
During my career I have been involved the formulation of project delivery/execution and supplier integration strategies, and the development of project delivery systems, procedures and tools. I have also been a project manager/team leader responsible for sizeable packages on a number of major projects. With over 40 years experience in the construction and project management industry, including global and domestic exposure and specialization in sustainable building in commercial and housing within Australian and the developing world.
I have delivered a number of project management training programs pertaining to construction delivery and lectures on these topics at leading academic institutions in Africa, USA and Australia. I have served as a member of a number of high level committees including: the Federal Government Recycle Policy Steering Committee Working Group, the Global Performance Based Standard (ISO 18001 OHSAS) for Management Personnel in Construction using an Occupational Health and Safety Management System Working Group, and the Environmental Management System review committees for the Government Departments in Canberra. I am a regular speaker and keynote speaker at international conferences on Green Buildings and Alternative Construction Technologies. I have written books on Alternative Construction and peer reviewed journal articles.

Charles Kibert

     Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Designing to Nature’s Budget  
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Charles J. Kibert Ph.D., P.E. is Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment and is a Professor in the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA. He organized and administers the graduate track in Sustainable Construction at the University of Florida. He is the author of Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Construction, Second Edition (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2008), the editor of Reshaping the Built Environment (Island Press, 1999) and lead editor of Construction Ecology (Spon Press, 2002). He is currently completing An Ethical Framework for Sustainability which is scheduled for publication by John Wiley & Sons.

Nils Larsson

     Building Sector Strategies for the 21st Century  
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Nils Larsson is Executive Director of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), an international non-profit organization. During the 1990's, he developed and managed a demonstration program for high-performance buildings. He is also the main organizer of Sustainable Building Challenge (SBC), an international project to develop and test new methods of assessing the environmental performance of buildings. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Christophe Lesniak

     A Strong Foundation for Construction in Europe  
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Christophe Lesniak has a Doctorate in Computer Science and an MBA and worked in the aeronautical industry before joining the Commission in 1999. From July 1999-to December 2003 he was Programme officer in the Directorate “Industrial Technologies” affected to the priority NMP (Nanotechnologies Materials and Processes). His work encompasses the contribution to the technical and socio-economic orientation and to the development of relevant European Research Programmes and policies in the field of production, engineering and ICT technologies. From January 2004, Christophe Lesniak took over responsibility for construction research projects in the unit “New Generation of Products”. He is in charge at EU level of the European Construction Technology Platform and of the "Energy Efficient Buildings" Private Public Partnership.

Thomas Lützkendorf

     Procuring and Financing Sustainable Buildings  
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Thomas Lützkendorf, Professor, is head of the Chair of Sustainable Management of Housing and Real Estate at the School of Economic and Business Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technolgy (KIT). He holds a PhD (1985) and Habilitation (2000) in the area of implementing sustainable development principles within the property and construction sector. Within the scope of various teaching, research and consulting activities he is concerned with questions relating to the integration of sustainability issues into decision making processes along the life cycle of buildings as well as regarding the relationships between buildings’ environmental quality and economic advantageousness. He is a member and scientific consultant of the ‘roundtable on sustainable building’ at the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs. In addition, Prof. Lützkendorf is a founding member of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) and actively involved in various standardisation activities at the national, European and international level.

Ronald Rovers

     The Shift from “Less Bad” to “0-Impact”  
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Ronald Rovers is professor of Built Environment and Regional development at Zuyd Polytechnic University, Heerlen, and guest lecturer at Wageningen University. Main project is the District of Tomorrow. He is director of the private Sustainable Building support centre, an intermediate organization which contributes to the promotion and development of sustainable building through study tours, workshops, and consultancy. He was chairman and organizer of the first World conference on Sustainable Building 2000, in Maastricht, Founding board member of iiSBE, the international initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment, and organizer of research and program of the third pan European ministers conference on sustainable housing. Main research is aimed at developing closed cycle approaches for the building sector, at building level and area level. A first major project he was involved in was Ecolonia, a large scale demonstration project around 1990. At this moment he is supervisor for the project District of Tomorrow, a pilot project for 0-energy buildings and 0-impact neighborhood development. Exploring indicators and design and development approaches. It is carried out with students designing and pupils of construction schools together with market parties for realization. See and