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Nomination in the Eurobuild Awards

Eurobuild Awards is one of the most important contests in real estate branch in Central and Eastern Europe. We are proud to be nominated to the award in category of Green Services Provider of the Year.

 

In the Eurobuild Awards prizes are awarded in four main categories:

– Tenant Awards – In the category of tenants’ awards, winning buildings are selected in the tenant survey of offices, shopping centers and warehouses throughout Poland.
– Jury Prizes – For jury prizes an individual jury composed of leading market professionals chooses a winning project or company in each category.
– Popularity Awards – Winners of the Popularity Awards are selected in two stages. In the first stage the jury members select the three best projects that will be voted in the category. Final voting takes place during the gala and is open to all participants.
– Total Achievement Award – This is the only category in which the editor selects Eurobuild CEE magazine. This prestigious award is given to a person whose reputation and fame have reached the highest level in the real estate market.

 

Among the nominees are the most significant companies and commercial real estate projects. Announcement of the results will take place at the gala ceremony on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at ul. Skalnicowa 21 in Warsaw.

WELL AP training

Go4Energy will take part in the first WELL Building Standard certification training in Poland, which is a preparation for the WELL Accredited Professional exam. The organizer of the training is The National Association for Support of Sustainable Construction (OSWBZ).

 

A dynamic rating system for the built environment that combines best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions, the WELL Building Standard® is a significant new development for the building industry. The WELL Building Standard is a culmination of research and development by leading professionals in medicine, science, and the green building and construction industry. The overall aim of the WELL Building Standard is to improve and protect the health and wellness of building occupants.

 

This 2-day exam preparation course provides a detailed and efficient approach to studying. The content covered emphasizes the mastery of the WELL Building Standard, the seven WELL Concepts, all 105 features and their requirements, and the WELL certification process.

 

The course is designed for professionals wishing to take the WELL AP exam and for anyone interested in exploring the WELL Building Standard.

 

The training will take place on 27-28th of November 2017 in Warsaw and will be conducted in English by a certified trainer from International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) Academy. More details and possibility to register are available on: www.oswbz.org/szkolenia-well/

Go4Wake, the First Amateur Wakeboarding League for the commercial real estate market, has officially been launched.

Go4Wake

The first of a series of events organized by Go4Energy within the framework of Go4Wake – the First Amateur Wakeboarding League, will take place on 14 June in the Wake Family resort, situated near Warsaw, in a beautiful location surrounded by forest and a clear, azure water.

The motto of the Go4Wake league is “Sports. Fun. Integration.” and all representatives of the commercial property market, eager to experience the thrill of competition, but first and foremost – to actively spend their free time with family and professionals are very welcome to join.

 

In addition to integration, the main purpose of this first wakeboarding session, will be learning how to swim using a wakeboard, in order to be able to take part in future Go4Wakethe First Amateur Wakeboarding League competitions. The first competition has already been planned for September.

 

Applying companies and their representatives will be able to participate in all training sessions and competitions of the Go4Wake Ligue FREE OF CHARGE. The organizer – Go4Energy – will provide free equipment and swimming sessions under supervision of an instructor.

 

Registration of participants and companies will continue throughout the whole spring-summer season.

 

Participation in the training scheduled for 14 June 2014 can be submitted until12/06/2014 through an online form available on the event’s website: http://go4wake.pl/pierwsze-szkolenie-wakeboardowe-ligi-go4wake/.

We invite all sports enthusiasts to register and join!
For more information on the Go4Wake league and all upcoming events, please visit http://go4wake.pl/.

 

Organizer:

 

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Go4Energy is a brand of Polish, an independent research firm and consultancy go4it specializing in modern research and analysis of energy consumption in buildings. Thirteen years team behind Go4Energy provides professional consulting and training services in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. Based on cutting-edge solutions, simulation has been cooperating with many investors, building owners, designers, contractors and building management companies.

 

 

 

Partners:

PropertyTalents

PropertyTalents is the leading provider of recruitment solutions to the property, real estate, retail, construction and engineering sectors in CEE, CIS and SEE regions.

 

 

Venue:

Wake Family

Wake Family is a very popular location, well known to all wakeboard-lovers. The venue is located near Warsaw, in a beautiful location surrounded by forest and clear, azure water. Crystal clear water and alluring beach enhance active leisure and swimming.

 

 

A voice in the debate – Paweł Pucher

There are at least three methods to support energy-saving building, information, negative and positive approach.

 

The information support system mainly consists in creating a commercial value of the energy performance of the building, taken into consideration by potential buyers of the house or flat.

 

The negative method bases on imposing requirements in scope of energy efficiency of buildings and sanctioning the creation of buildings that fail to meet the standards.

 

The positive support is based, on the other hand, on systems of co-financing energy-saving building.

 

In information and negative support, the economic burden is on investors, with the difference that the first one assumes their will to bear such burden, while the other imposes such obligation. In the positive support, the final cost is spread out on all taxpayers.

 

The information support, which is already used based on building energy performance certificates, will be significantly strengthened by the implementation of Directive 2010/31/EU into the act on energy performance of buildings that is being created.

 

However the question is how quickly the social awareness can evolve concerning economic returns of the investment, if not concerning the impact of energy-saving building on environmental protection.

 

A strong negative approach, seeming as the most effective, is difficult to implement due to political and social reasons, and additionally, as a paradox, it may limit the number of buildings constructed using energy-saving technologies because more funds are needed to complete such a project. For the reasons referred to above, it is hard to assume that the definition of the near-zero energy building being developed at ministry level will contain the determination of primary energy consumption at a level that will translate to a drastic increase in demand for energy-saving technologies.

The positive support is the most efficient solution, as it takes into consideration social psychology aspects – we treat as a loss something we could have for free but for which we did not reach. Despite its high costliness related to the creation of earmarked funds, tax exemptions, etc., it is the best way to achieve the assumed goals – reduction of greenhouse gases emission and reduction of dependency on imported energy.

 

The role of public institutions and developers in development of the abovementioned three aspects of support is varied.

 

Firstly, when analysing the information support, one has to note that the creation of the certification system is a very good mechanism to shape social awareness concerning the benefits of development of energy-saving building. The only thing that has to be added to the existing model is the appropriate PR support. Here, the main part may be played both by public and private bodies. The following may be given as an example: creation of awareness-raising promotional actions, sums that may be saved using the construction technique which contains energy-saving building elements or creation of internet platforms which allow to calculate the investment return period.

 

Secondly, when referring to the negative method, one has to point out that one has to be very prudent in the lobbying process concerning the shape of the definition of the near zero-energy building.  A too strict definition of conditions could lead to a drop in number of investment projects due to the need to collect greater funds. But nothing stands in the way of reaching the strict standards in longer perspective.

 

Thirdly, public authority institutions and developers have the greatest opportunities in the scope of positive support. The role of public institutions should consist in developing a system of financial incentives on other terms than the ones already in place. The support system should cover not only persons who take up loans, but also persons who finance the investment from their own funds. Currently, the National Fund for Environment Protection and Water Management through selected banks only supports lenders who buy flats or establishments which meet the parameters specified in the program.

 

The role of developers consists in assisting the development of documents necessary to obtain co-financing and offering a range of possible technical solutions allowing to achieve the required standards.

 

Paweł Pucher – Partner, Kaczor Klimczyk Pucher Wypiór – Adwokaci

 

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Statement by Dr. Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz from DTZ in Go4Energy debate

How could energy-saving building be combined with economic grounds and how to overcome obstacles faced by developers? What solutions does the construction sector need and what Polish government and the developers can do about it?

 

Firstly, energy-saving building must be as functional and comfortable for users as traditional building, or even maybe more comfortable.

The existing practice and experiences from the commercial market in Poland show that grass-roots initiatives are the ones that work best. A good example of this is the certification of commercial buildings – without any incentives or orders of the government, the market saw the need of “green certification”. This results from the need of market players to build their competitive edge, as well as from the growing awareness of the customers – lessees and other users in this case. Therefore, in my opinion, the driver is the user awareness, and thus the activities of the government, developers, building sector should be directed towards creating this greater awareness. This will also cause a departure from competing with only price to competing with quality and environmental impact. One of solutions also includes the life cycle costs analysis of real properties, including in particular applied solutions, system and equipment. Thanks to it, end users may be made aware of how the given project will “behave” and what the result of possible initial savings and choices made may be. Such changes are already occurring in other sectors – for instance, home appliances, where the customers are looking at long-term costs of use and not only at the purchase price.

 

The Polish government should also promote, by appropriate regulations, the desired attitudes – the point is to make public administration a driver of changes, like it was in the case of the UK, where public buildings were the first to undergo such changes. I would certainly recommend avoiding a prescriptive approach and sanctions in form of additional taxation of real properties which are less energy-efficient.

 

What will be the consequences of the directives of the European Parliament and the Council and how to adapt our country to EU energy efficiency policy?

 

What awaits the construction sector with relation to the upcoming changes and what will the construction services sector look like after 2020?

 

Prices of designs will rise, as well as prices of existing buildings which leave it to their owners, unless restrictions, taxes and other persecutions are imposed on them too – all that in case of residential buildings. I am afraid that until that time, there will be no inventions that would allow to maintain a high living comfort (individual preferences of people – passive buildings limit the possibility of opening windows, as they have forced mechanical ventilation) with the zero energy regime.

 

As a paradox, if the share of renewable energy increases, for instance to 100%, why buildings should be zero-energy?

 

Here too, economies of the south are indirectly promoted at the expense of economies of the north – due to climatic conditions.

 

In case of single-family building, this may be a fiction, as buildings will be zero-energy only on paper, and in reality, it will be the same as with energy certificates. Things will be looking different in case of commercial buildings, where economic aspects prevail and where all this has more sense.

 

Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz, Ph.D., DTZ Director, Property Management Business Space

 

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Agnieszka Kalinowska – Sołtys from APA Wojciechowski in Go4Energy debate

In your opinion, how could energy-saving building be combined with economic grounds and how to overcome obstacles faced by developers?

 

An energy-saving building does not have to be tantamount to a more expensive building. It is very important to select appropriate strategies and technologies for a specific project. Certain solutions that perform well in one location may not work at all at another place.

 

Developers who plan to construct residential buildings are facing many obstacles, including the ones related to a decreased trust of the customer, the future owner of the flat, as compared to the attitude of a customer who is planning to buy or rent office or commercial space. Developers who sell flats “promise” may things the person in the street just cannot verify. That is why the promise of a more energy-saving flat and lower energy bills seems little credible. To overcome the obstacle of lack of trust and lack of reliable expertise of the buyers, we need education.

 

Another important factor in overcoming obstacles in development of energy-saving building consists in reasonable regulations which impose higher standards, or subsidies and grants which may actually encourage to buy energy-saving flats, offices or houses.

 

What solutions does the construction sector need and what Polish government and the developers can do about it?

 

The construction sector needs a stimulus, an impulse, something that will make investments in energy-saving buildings profitable. I think tax exemptions, tax deductions for those who invest in such solutions would be a good solution. It is a model which works very well in many countries.

 

What will be the consequences of the directives of the European Parliament and the Council and how to adapt our country to EU energy efficiency policy?

 

Unfortunately, in Poland the process of adapting local regulations to EU requirements is quite slow, which may in consequence lead to Poland loosing many opportunities, and what is even worse, we may be at risk of being penalized for failing to implement the regulations within the time limits set by the EU.

 

What awaits the construction sector with relation to the upcoming changes and what will the construction services sector look like after 2020?

 

The construction sector will face many changes after 2020, stricter regulations will impose the application of more advanced solutions, better materials and improved standards.

 

I think that if EU requirements in this scope are successfully implemented by that time, then the public building sector will become clearly divided into buildings built before 2020 and ones built after that date.

 

The situation will be similar with commercial buildings, although in this sector, the process of changes and improvement of standards has already started.

 

Agnieszka Kalinowska – Sołtys is a director at APA Wojciechowski Architekci
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Go4Energy Debate: Obstacles to development of energy-saving building in Poland

On November 7th, during the Fuiture4Build fairs, the debate “Future of the energy-saving building in Poland” was initiated. The debate, which is a part of social consultation process, was commenced on the initiative of Go4Energy with relation to implementation of EU directives providing that by 2020 all new buildings should meet the energy-saving requirements. The debate is partnered by the Murator Publishing House.

 

A group of representatives of various circles: both from the government and broadly taken construction business discussed the consequences of enforcement of the EU directives, changes on the construction market and whether and how the legislator stimulates changes towards energy-saving building. The debate was led by Tomasz Augustyniak from Go4Energy.

 

Transcription of the debate >>

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“Government actions will result in gradual improvement of the energy performance and thermal protection of buildings. Another tightening of the regulations – announced Tomasz Gałązka from the Ministry of Transport, Building and Maritime Economy – will result in buildings constructed from 2021 achieving a near-zero energy consumption. These changes include an obligation, which already has been imposed on designers, to present an analysis of possibilities to use renewable sources of energy in public buildings when preparing technical documentation.

 

Paweł Pucher from the legal office Kancelaria Kaczor Klimczyk Pucher Wypiór Adwokaci found such perspective as overly optimistic and pointed out to the sluggishness of the legislator in transposing EU regulations into the Polish body of law. He further pointed out that the ministry only enforces those directives which allow to avoid sanctions, but does not plan to develop any serious programs to support or promote energy-saving building in Poland.

 

Economic aspects of implementing “green” houses was the subject of presentation of Michał Marszałek from Skanska Property Poland, a representative of developers. In his opinion, energy saving building needs greater capital expenditure as it is more expensive to construct, however at a later stage it turns out to be cheaper in operation, and in consequence – easier to sell. It also ensures a higher level of satisfaction of the later users of the building. However, lessees must be educated and the idea of “green project manager” has to be championed.

 

Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys from APA Wojciechowski told about changes in approach to designing which are necessary to achieve the objectives. In the past, the task of the architect was to design a building that met a minimum of standards, as the low price of construction was the priority. Now, the designing process starts with inviting all participants of the investment process to discuss and jointly develop a concept of an inexpensive, energy-saving, environmentally friendly and comfortable house – with the participation of architects, specialists in mechanical and plumbing works, static engineers, construction companies, the owner and finally, the future property manager.

 

Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz from DTZ, who represented the property manager circles, noted that it is not enough to sell a “green house”, a lot of effort has to be made to educate the lessees. If the users are not sufficiently educated and aware, they will interfere with the operation of the building. In fact, people are lazy from nature and tend to do what is convenient to them. Much also depends on the level of competencies of technical support services. Apart from that, one has to be sufficiently skilled to properly analyse the operation of the building cost-wise, because a building behaves differently in the 1st or 2nd year of operation and differently in the long term.

 

Piort Bartkiewicz from the Warsaw University of Technology added the scientific point of view, or rather presented a series of questions. He indicated to the needs of a wider debate which will explain to people what is underlying the increased thermal insulation ratings the EU directive discusses. What will be our own, Polish, definition of an energy-saving house, as there are a few of them in Europe. Are we prepared for producing new installations and systems, as designers, static engineers, contractors and finally – as users? Why so little is said and shown about the already existing zero or plus-energy buildings? Will Poland implement financial or at least administrative incentives, allowing, for instance, for a quicker process of a building permit in case of sustainable buildings, like other countries do?

 

The representative of the ministry, Mr. Gałązka strongly denied the supposition that the administration wants to prioritize in any way buildings with better energy performance in the context of obtaining building permits, however the ministry is open to demands of various circles as part of social consultation process and perhaps other ideas would be taken into consideration.

 

The later part of the debate was rich in examples of solutions promoting the idea of green houses in other countries; the need of a leading role of public administration in implementing appropriate standards and their markings was further discussed. At the end Mr. Augustyniak, who moderated the debate, announced the will to continue the debate and invited all the participants to keep track of it and to further participate.

 

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Transcript of the Go4Energy debate during the Future4Build conference

Feel free to read the transcript of nearly the whole Go4Energy debate “Future of energy-saving building in Poland.” The debate took place on November 7th, 2013 during the Future4Build fairs. The debate is partnered by the Murator Publishing House.

 
Tomasz Augustyniak: A warm welcome to all of you. My name is Tomasz Augustyniak, I represent Go4Energy, the company that invented this debate. As we are short of time, I will proceed to presentation of our speakers and will start a bit unconventionally, not from a lady. I wish to present Mr. Tomasz Gałązka from the Ministry of Transport, Building and Maritime Economy. You may applaud, of course. I think Mr. Gałązka will tell us many interesting things about upcoming changes in law. Then, I would like to present Mr. Paweł Pucher from the legal office Kancelaria Kaczor Klimczyk Pucher Wypiór Adwokaci, who will most probably help us with interpretation of these regulations. Another person I would like to present is Mr. Michał Marszałek from Skanska Property Poland – an interesting voice in the discussion from a developer. Another person today with us is Ms. Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys from APA Wojciechowski – who represents architects who have to combine all the legal changes with the voice of investors. And another person is Ms. Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz from DTZ – a company that manages real properties.  I think we will hear voices a property manager hears from lessees, who are the actual beneficiaries of all our actions in scope of energy saving. And last but not least, I would like to present Mr. Piotr Bartkiewicz from the Warsaw University of Technology – the school that teaches future specialists, engineers who will have to find their way in this market, somehow. Students who start now, will be graduating around 2020. Which is exactly when the main changes will have to come in force. I give a warm welcome to all of you. Thank you for accepting the invitation to this debate.

 

Now, I will start the subject of obstacles in development of energy-saving building. A subject that may seem strange to you – why do we talk about obstacles in the first place? Everyone knows there are obstacles. We know that too, but we started to think whether the obstacles we identify are really obstacles that concern us all, (…) or whether obstacles we see are actually the same obstacles against which other builders throughout Poland hurt. Therefore (…) we had a survey conducted, which we addressed to 2000 developers in Poland (…), asking them to identify problems or challenges that they face. As part of the report, which is available on our website, the basic obstacles have been identified (…)

 

(Note: at this moment of the debate, survey results were presented. More>>)

 

Right now, I have no time to discuss the whole report, that is why I encourage you to read it on our website, and now, I would like to start the debate by asking our participants four basic questions: what do we expect, what consequences of the EU directives (stating that by 2020 all new buildings in Poland should meet energy saving requirements) will be for Poland? What will be the reaction of the building sector? What does this look like from the point of view of a single building and economic effect related to energy-saving activities? How do our speakers expect the building market to look after 2020? I would like to give the floor to Mr. Tomasz Gałązka. Let us start our meeting.

 

Tomasz Gałązka: Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me. I would like to answer to the first question displayed a moment ago on the slide – what will be the consequences of implementation of the directive? There are a couple of directives that relate to energy efficiency, including energy efficiency in building. These are directives on energy performance, on promoting renewable sources of energy, and the energy efficiency directive. These directives will above all result in gradual improvement (…) of energy efficiency in building.  (…) Regulations on energy efficiency and thermal protection of buildings are about to come into effect.  I would like to emphasize that the existing requirements do not, in fact, prevent anyone from building better. (…) As Mr. Augustyniak pointed out in his introduction, the requirements will be gradually tightened, until the objective determined in provisions on energy performance of buildings is achieved. This objective consists in reaching near-zero energy levels in case of buildings constructed since 2021. And this is the purpose the new standards should serve. (…) Apart from these regulations concerning the energy standard of the buildings, the key and very important element of the energy assessment system is the obligation imposed on designers, which has been in force in our legal system since this October.  This is an obligation saying that when creating documentation, the designers should include in the technical description of the building the information, analysis of possibilities of using renewable energy sources for hot water, heating, cooling (if applicable) and lighting in public buildings.  And maybe that is it to start with.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Thank you, Mr. Gałązka. And now, I would like to ask Mr. Pucher for a short commentary.

 

Paweł Pucher: Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Gałązka was kind to show us a few consequences of regulations coming into force, however these are regulations which already exist in our legal system. These are amended ordinances concerning the standards to be met by buildings, their location, as well as ordinance on the scope and detailed contents of a building design. These regulations actually come into force on January 1st, but this is only a fraction of what has to be implemented according to the European legislator and I would like to point out – if I am to speak about obstacles – to what our government and our parliament do not do and what makes these obstacles exist. (…) Actually both the 2010 directive on energy performance of buildings and the 2012 directive on energy efficiency set, in my opinion, the right direction (…), and the transposition of these regulations into the Polish law is far from being perfect.

And unfortunately (…) one cannot say when the new act on energy performance of buildings comes into force, because right now we are only at the stage of draft assumptions to the draft act. The delay in this transposition is more than a year and half and this is, sadly, quite characteristic for our legislator. The Polish legislator acts in a way I would call minimalistic, which means that they select from the directive the provisions that have to be implemented in our legal system in order not to be at risk of sanctions – and where the directive allows, as this is the nature of this act of law – to select measures aimed to meet the objectives indicated in the directive or select, choose own ways, the legislator does nothing.  As an example, let me say that in the assumptions to the draft act I mentioned before, only a few lines are dedicated to the issue of programs supporting the energy-saving building and to promotion of this issue, and these provisions lead to the statement that no new support programs are planned and the ministry will create a website. I think there is no need to comment on the possible effects of that on the market – or rather on no effects of that. I would like to go on with my criticism, but I see the moderator winking at me and I think he wants me to stop my argument, so I am sorry, but I have to give the microphone back.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: This is my unrewarding function (…). Now, I would like to give the floor to Mr. Marszałek – How does a developer cope with such an environment?

 

Michał Marszałek: Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. As a developer, I think I should be speaking about obstacles which appear in the context of combining an energy-saving building with economic aspects. In fact, one may say that the economic aspect appears in two phases of a building’s life. First during construction and second – during operation of the building. I can tell you how we overcome these obstacles in my company. The first element is that from the onset of the project we attempt to select partners, architects, designers who can meet our expectations. In our team, we also have qualified members from the technical department who make sure from the very beginning that the building being built is of the highest priority. We implement solutions like designing using the BIM system and we have an extensive central purchasing system. However all this makes energy-saving building more expensive – we have to invest more (different statistics say it is 2 to 5% more expensive).  For us, optimisation is most important, as well as showing (…) that we want to go in the energy-saving direction despite there are no different guidelines on how to do it (…) We try to do everything to make energy-saving buildings a reality, as (…) we know that there is a demand for that and we know it is profitable. These buildings are cheaper in operation, these buildings are easier to sell and the people working in these buildings are more satisfied. The very costs of operation are lower – I think it is the basis of energy-saving building – that the building itself brings, after some time, savings. However, I would like to point out that the awareness of people who use such a building is very important. We, as a developer, who is aware of this, also try to educate somehow the lessees. Another idea is to create something (…) I don’t know if it will be called so – a green property manager who will take care that the building is energy-saving during its operational functioning after the occupancy permit is obtained. We introduce certain provisions into contracts to obtain every month data from utility counters located on the leased space.  We verify them against the energy model, check them and recommend certain changes. When it comes to the question whether the energy-saving aspect of building can be combined with economic aspect, I believe that this subject has to be approached holistically, end-to-end.  I will let myself present here one more statement, I don’t want to tranlate it to Polish, but the so-called life-cycle cost is very important to us too – this means that from the very beginning, the idea, the verification of costs so that the best optimization can be done and then, such building is economically justified.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Thank you very much and I give the floor to Ms. Kalinowska-Sołtys, to present us the point of view of an architect.

 

Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys:  Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. The debate started with the discussion of law and legislation. We, as architects, have not much influence on the law, of course we can take part in debates, discussions, make our remarks and we try to do it, but let’s be frank, we cannot do much. The law is what it is and in order not to stand in one place, we try to make some changes. Michał presented Skanska’s philosophy, what are the expectations of the investor and we, in a will to adapt to this ideology we also completely change our work, the perception of what is going on in our company. Some time ago, maybe 5 or 10 years ago, the task of an architect was to design a building according to standards, but actually to a minimum of standards, because it has to be as cheap as possible (…) and on this, the role of an architect ended. Now, we are trying to meet the expectations of investors, who exactly know what they want not only at the construction stage but are already thinking of how the building will function in the future. We had to change our approach to designing. Right now, at the very beginning of the design stage, which is the preliminary concept stage, we invite to discussion every participant of the investment process. The work on the project starts with a brainstorm, where not only architects and other discipline specialists and static engineer are present, but most of all the investor and the property manager (something that did not happen in the past) and construction companies. We all talk about how to solve certain aspects of the project to make it cheaper and more comfortable and more energy-saving and more environmentally friendly. I believe that by starting such discussion at a very early concept stage, we may benefit a lot and save a lot of money. (…) The more a design is thought over, the project and later building management is easier and the quality of this design and of the building itself is higher – that is my opinion. And this is what we aim at.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Great, thank you very much. Now, I would like to ask Ms. Paciorkiewicz, as a property manager, to say whether these activities bring some tangible results and whether lessees appreciate this.

 

Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz:  Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. We, the property managers, get a certain gift in the form of a building, and get it together with users, or our lessees. We have not much influence (…) on legislation (…). Still a few years ago, not much was said about green certificates, about certified buildings. Take note that that were not the legal obligations, the directives that forced the situation on the market when it comes to certificates; it was rather a grass-roots initiative of the developers’ market, who saw a great competitive edge in having a green building. Thanks to this, it became popular. Why do I speak about that? Because building users are a kind of animal who will do what its beneficial and convenient to them, so the basic obstacle or opportunity to have green buildings, near-zero energy buildings, is in fact the awareness of users. If the users are not aware of that, they will simply interfere with the operation of the building, because they will act as it is the most convenient to them. Therefore there is a need to design bearing in mind that our user is lazy. (…) and here, I would fully agree with the Skanska representative who said that the point is in designing and managing the building in such a way as to use it as it was intended in its design.  We, as property managers, sometimes have some problems, because a building is really designed to be green, only after it is build, there is a problem with educating users, with educating technical services, etc. Not everyone is sufficiently educated and has the appropriate awareness yet. This results from the fact that on one hand, everyone thinks that an ecological building will be cheaper, and on the other hand, people are saving on knowledge and on educating the service staff who contribute to the good and proper use of the building. And here once again I will agree with my colleague from Skanska – when analysing the operation of the building, one has to look at the cost analysis of the whole life cycle of the facility. Because a building behaves differently in its first of second year of operation, when it is being occupied by lessees, and it is hard to make it zero-energy at this stage. It may be zero-energy only after some time. And this too has to be taken into account. In the design, everything looks nice in calculations, but in practice, there are many variables coming into the equation. Everything depends also on the method of operation of lessees. (…)

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Thank you and I would like Mr. Bartkiewicz to comment on that.

 

Piotr Bartkiewicz: I am looking at this from the perspective of – let’s call it – science. I am watching certain processes that are happening now. And I have to say that basing on experience we have gained on international projects concerning the method of implementing these directives in other countries, and understanding the Polish context – it seems we could do this simply better. And what you have been stressing – it is true that awareness, end user awareness is very important, but I believe that broadly speaking, awareness of Poles is important. We are not fully convinced and we do not understand too well what lies underneath the provisions we have been speaking of in the context of legislative changes. It seems to me that we need to talk, need to have a wider debate, where we can show why we are doing this, what this change, for instance concerning the thermal performance ratios, consists in. On the other hand, I would like you to note – we still have a few years, if we want to really take this challenge and have in 2020 near-zero energy buildings, and we only start from a level where people do not really know why this is for, do not really want to agree to that, are, as we mentioned it, lazy in some way or another, optimize their costs in some way or another, and also here, we have a free hand with regard to this legislation part. We can think about the life cycle analysis issues.  We can think about the optimum cost. We can think about the definition of the near-zero energy building.  In Europe, there are a few definitions, different countries started to define this in various ways. We have to consider how will this impact the systems, because in a few moments, we will be designing other systems, we will have to use renewable sources of energy more, which will make the very systems, the very buildings different. Are we ready for that as designers, as contractors and as maintenance service? Are we ready for that as citizens? I believe we aren’t and this is the huge role of education. Please note how poorly we promote examples of buildings, let’s call them, nearly-zero energy or zero-energy or even plus-energy ones. For now, these are just a few isolated examples, but I think it is important to show that it is doable, to think about the consequences it has for us all. So that we do not start making buildings which have actually very low energy consumption but are dramatic when it comes to comfort level and quality of interiors. Perhaps once again, we will throw the baby out with the bathwater. And here I believe the holistic approach we are talking about, an approach where we take care of different issues, is the key.  (…) If we could have some incentives rather than just regulations, which tell us how strictly we have to limit the energy demand. These may be financial incentives (…) and if we cannot afford that, some smaller incentives, for instance ones where examination of designs by central administration would be quicker in case of sustainable buildings. There are many examples of that worldwide and we have much to do in this respect. I believe this debate, where the participants represent various companies, various approaches, could help us elaborate on an area that is common to us all and would help us find this solution.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Thank you very much for this lecture. There was a question which I will address to Mr. Gałązka – do buildings which are actually more than average, are certified, are designed and made in accordance with the best practice and are really energy-saving, do these buildings have a chance to have their building permits processed more quickly?

 

Tomasz Gałązka: As an answer to this question I have to say that all the buildings are assessed in the same way and there will be no special treatment for buildings which have a better energy performance than it results from standards imposed by the law. I would also attract your attention to the fact that all the aspects related to obtaining the building permit and the execution of the investment process include more than just energy-saving. There are many more aspects that have to be taken into consideration.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Thank you although I think we would be more satisfied with a different answer.

 

Tomasz Gałązka: Well, I had to say what I said.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: We are hoping you at the ministry will think it over, maybe in the next years.

 

Tomasz Gałązka: I wanted to point out to another thing, it is not that these regulations are imposed top-down, by the administration, by the market regulators. All the regulations we were speaking of at the beginning, both the act on energy performance of buildings, and the secondary regulations I mentioned before are subject to major consultations. Every stakeholder may take his or her position about that, different circles make their stand and many proposals, ideas are taken into consideration. Thank you.

(…)

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: OK, changing the subject, when people go to the store and buy a fridge, they have some vague idea of the energy saving class, they also buy a washing machine that is energy-saving – for years they have been prepared, accustomed to that. And they really trust in companies that make these appliances and really make an informed decision. But how is it when they buy a building which has some energy-saving class to which the developer or the designer commit? Are there methods, any ideas on how to commit that the building, with a proper method of use, will actually consume the amount of energy as written on the certificate or in some other calculation presented to the user or lessee? Maybe I would ask Mr. Marszałek to tell us what Skanska thinks in this context – how to convince users or buyers?

 

Michał Marszałek: Yes, we already thought about this aspect and soon we will be implementing the so-called dashboarding – I’m sorry I’m using so many English words, but sometimes it is impossible to translate it to Polish. We will use information boards in buildings, in main halls. There is a software we are creating in house, which will illustrate the consumption of the building. Each lessee and each visitor of a given building will be aware of how the building operates, at the very moment, how much energy it consumes and where it consumes most. We want to play a bit with the lessees, create a kind of competitions for people or for companies who will be using the least energy in their office. Maybe there will be some mini prizes or some initiatives. We will be thinking of that but is seems as a good step, linked to the awareness we were talking about. Step by step we will make this energy-saving awareness very high in the nearest time.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Maybe someone would like to take the floor again?

 

Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz: I would like to add one thing – just to follow this way of thinking about positive motivation to be green and to educate, because for now, we have the impression things are just imposed on us (…) I like very much the British example, where the public administration started to show the right direction and started from itself. To put it simply, new offices or authorities which are relocated are relocated only to energy-saving and green buildings. I believe it is a kind of positive example that we could try to implement in Poland too. This generates the highest level of trust. (…) It is an element of positive motivation, as Poles do not like having things imposed on them. I do not like it myself and will do everything out of spite, perhaps not very wisely, but it is so sometimes.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Mr. Gałązka, what does the public sector has to say to that and when the price criterion will cease to be the only criterion, but energy-related criteria will be taken into consideration too?

 

Tomasz Gałązka: It is hard to say – when it comes to public procurement regulations they contain solutions thanks to which the price criterion is not the only one to be taken into consideration. On the other hand, I would like to refer to the proposal that the public sector should be a model – it is actually so. The public sector has some tasks both concerning the purchase of energy-efficient equipment and to occupy buildings of appropriate energy standard. But one thing has to be said – in its vast majority, the public sector occupies buildings which are quite old, and in many cases, these are historical buildings where the application of energy-saving solutions is very difficult.

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: Would people on my left like to comment on that?

 

Paweł Pucher: I would like to continue this subject. I perceive myself as the one looking for gaps in the system.  It is true that in the new regulations, which will come into effect, this leading role of public administration is programmed. In fact, if the new regulations become effective, all the public administration buildings of more than 500m of usable space and, from July 2015 – of more than 250m – will have the obligation to place copies of energy certificates at a visible place at the entrance of the building. The same obligation will apply to the non-public sector but only in relation to buildings that have to obtain the energy performance certificate. However please note that we keep talking about new buildings, while in Poland there are more than 6 million used buildings and the energy consumption is the highest there. The draft regulation will apply to them only to a very limited extent. (…)

 

Tomasz Augustyniak: I would like to thank you very kindly that you came here today. I would like to thank our speakers and would like to stress that as you could see, 40 minutes is a way too short. Therefore we would like to start this debate today.  We invite you to participate in it, express your opinions, ask questions we could address to experts. At the beginning of next year we will present the results of this debate. We already have some first remarks of companies, whose representatives could not be with us today due to a shortage of time. So please feel invited to participate in this debate. Thank you.
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The debate is partnered by the Murator Publishing House.

Invitation to the debate

On November 7th, a debate organized by Go4Energy “Future of energy-saving building in Poland” was initiated. It premiered during the Future4Build conference. The debate is partnered by the Murator Publishing House.

The main questions asked to the participants of the debate – how could energy-saving building be combined with economic grounds and how to overcome obstacles faced by developers? What solutions does the construction sector need and what Polish government and the developers can do about it? Are we able to implement optimum economic and legal solutions? What awaits the construction sector with relation to the upcoming changes and what will the construction services sector look like after 2020?

 

Participants of the discussion:

• Piotr Bartkiewicz, PhD Eng., Warsaw University of Technology
• Tomasz Gałązka, Head of Energy Performance Department, Ministry of Transport, Building and Maritime Economy
• Tomasz Augustyniak, President of Go4Energy
• Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys, Director, APA Wojciechowski
• Michał Marszałek, Sustainable Growth Coordinator, Skanska Property
• Zuzanna Paciorkiewicz, PhD., Director of Office and Warehouse Space Management Department at DTZ
• Paweł Pucher, Legal Office Kaczor Klimczyk Pucher Wypiór Adwokaci

 

In the next few days, we will post a transcript of the debate and a video report.

 

JOIN US in the debate or ask your own questions – contact us at debata@g4e.pl

Go4Energy debate at Future4Build Fairs

Go4Energy will host a debate during the conference on November 6-7. The Future4Build fairs and conferences are one of the most important events in Poland, a platform to exchange experiences on sustainable building, which gathers experts and local and international companies.

 

In November, the event’s 3rd edition will be held, focusing on sustainable building. In June, we conducted in cooperation with Cube Research a survey concerning obstacles in development of energy-saving building on a Poland-wide sample of developers. The results show that the support and promotion of energy-saving solutions by the law and encouragement from the government are a very important element of implementing new technologies.

 

The survey also indicated a series of challenges that await the entire sector. What solutions does the construction sector need and what Polish government and the developers can do about it? What will be the consequences of the directives of the European Parliament and the Council and how to adapt our country to EU energy efficiency policy? Are we able to implement optimum economic and legal solutions? What awaits the construction sector with relation to the upcoming changes and what will the construction services sector look like after 2020?

These and other questions will be asked to the debate participants concerning the energy-saving building in Poland. We invite you to keep track of the debate and to join us at the fairs.

Is Poland ready for near-zero-energy projects?

The building sector consumes 40% of the total energy use EU-wide. That is why a priority for the years to come is to reduce that number to 20%. This objective is to be met thanks to improvement of energy performance of buildings. This may be achieved by reducing the energy demand, using renewable sources (sun, wind, biomass) or by increasing the energy performance. The changes will apply both to old and new facilities. A real challenge the Polish construction sector is facing is the introduction of near-zero-energy, zero-energy and plus-energy buildings. Changes imposed by the directives of the European Parliament and EU Council will have a significant impact on the entire construction sector.

 

Energy performance of the buildings

EU member states were obligated to determine minimum requirements concerning the energy performance of buildings. The idea of high energy performance of the building is getting an increasingly wider acceptance. Already today, every facility and establishment must have a certificate depicting its energy performance and recommendations for its improvement. Such certificate should be handed over to the buyer or lessee. The existing practice indicates that the importance of energy certificates in building is lesser than assumed. Therefore a new system of determining, certifying and controlling the energy performance of buildings will be needed. The most stringent guidelines related to near-zero-energy buildings, will cover all the new buildings. New solutions will also be implemented in case of renovation the cost of which exceeds 25% of the value of existing buildings.

 

Investment plans for Poland

Poland is facing the challenge related to getting adapted to the new reality. We still have no definition of the zero-energy building which would be a model for developers, and the time is running. “Luckily, many large commercial building investors, especially in case of office buildings, are already implementing programs adapted to the future, increased requirements” – says Tomasz Augustyniak, President of Go4Energy – “These works are coordinated by sustainable building specialists and allow to make multiannual investment plans based on energy consumption optimisation, which allows to achieve the assumed goals.” So how could energy-saving building be combined with economic grounds and how to overcome obstacles faced by developers? One of the most important tasks is to reasonably estimate the optimum cost of the project based on analysis of costs throughout the life cycle of the building. Poles need not only grounds for implementing energy-saving building, but also subsidies to assist investments in renewable sources of energy and energy-saving solutions.

 

Perspectives for developers

A survey conducted for Go4Energy by Cube Research shows that according to developers support and promotion of energy-saving solutions by the Polish law and government incentives are very important elements of development and implementation of new technologies. The construction of a passive building may cost 20% more, while an energy-saving building – 10% more. However, this investment may bring returns in a few years thanks to lower operation costs. Before starting the construction, the owner will be obligated to perform an analysis of environmental, technical and economic possibilities to use alternative energy sourcing systems. What is more, the owner will have to develop the related documentation. “If these analyses are conducted and the abovementioned documentation is prepared taking into consideration reasonable investment premises and capabilities of the given owner and then they are implemented by way of integrated engineering and commissioning process both during and after the construction, the results may be profitable to all parties of the investment process” – Tomasz Augustyniak, President of Go4Energy adds based on his existing experience.

 

Subsidies for the chosen ones

The National Fund for Environment Protection and Water Management offers subsidies only to individual investors for the period from 2013 to 2018. The budget is PLN 300 million and according to the assumptions, it should be sufficient to subsidy the construction of 12 thousand buildings. Unfortunately, the support of the NFEPWM includes only subsidies to loans which means that it does not apply to persons financing the construction from their own funds. How could the stakeholders most interested in this issue – the developers – deal with an increase in expenditure? A growth in real property prices is certainly not a good solution. So far, on the primary market only every fourth buyer asked for energy certificate which illustrates the demand of the building for energy. The statistics show that few people care for the real property to generate lower costs in the future. Developers know this and point out to the fact that the demand for passive (low-energy) buildings is low. That is why so far, very few such buildings were built. And this despite the fact that we often spend as much as 60% of our budget on operation of houses and flats. Thanks to investing in energy-saving building and sourcing energy from renewable sources these costs may be greatly reduced. To obtain the assumed objectives, energy consumption optimisation programs should be implemented from the very start of construction.

Obstacles to development of building

According to the amended EU directive, by 2020 all new buildings should meet the energy-saving requirements. Despite ongoing discussions, Poland has still not developed a definition of zero-energy building which would be a model for developers. This is the last moment to prepare for upcoming changes. What is the opinion of developer companies, which are the most concerned by this issue?

 

A survey conducted by Cube Research with the participation of 111 representatives of Polish developers shows that more than 55% of respondents believe in optimistic perspectives of energy-saving building growth. On the other hand, 31% of surveyed are pessimistic. The greatest obstacles to growth are insufficient support and promotion of energy-saving solutions by the Polish law and lack of incentives from the government – says Tomasz Augustyniak, President of Go4Energy – Another problem is that when construction of houses and flats is planned, the costs of their later maintenance are not taken into consideration.

 

The respondents also mentioned the lack of political will to support energy-saving building, high initial capital expenditure related to costly technologies and low availability of subsidies to buildings with very high energy performance. Poland is only making its first steps in energy-saving building. For customers and individual investors, the vision of living in a modern building with a near zero energy consumption and energy independence may be a decisive argument to purchase. Also for the developers, a one-time cost of construction, higher as it is, may translate to greater profits in the future. Currently, Poland is working on the optimum cost rule, which is aimed as a combination of energy-saving technologies with economic rationale.

 

About the survey:

The survey was carried out by Cube Research using the CAWI interview method (online survey). It was conducted with the participation of developer companies throughout Poland. In total, 111 interviews were carried out. Survey period: June 2013