Build Upon Seminar 6 - Cultural Heritage and the National strategy for deep renovations, Sofia
The sixth workshop part of the Build Upon project in Bulgaria was held on the 23rd February 2017 in hotel Arena di Serdica, Sofia. The topic of the workshop was ''Cultural heritage and the national strategy for deep renovations''. The aim of the seminar was to present some good practices from other countries, leaders in the processes of building renovations for buildings that are part of the national cultural heritage. The key focus was the introduction of foreign experience of France - a country that is well-known for its good renovation practices for the renovation of cultural heritage buildings and the improvement of their energy-efficiency performance. The objectives of the seminar included further capacity buidling for the attending stakeholders and it aimed to provoce a discussion, which can highlight the challenges in front of the Bulgarian government, related to the development of the national strategy for energy efficiency and renovation of the existing buidling stock.
The executive director of the Bulgarian Green Building Council, Nora Yovcheva and the president of the Members Board, Vessela Valtcheva-McGee opened the seminar with an introduction of the Build Upon projects and its role in supporting the development of the national strategy for energy-efficiency renovation of the existing building stock and its implementation in cultural heritage buildings. The talk was continued by Katya Samardzic, an architect, an urbanist and an expert from the French Ministry of ecology, sustinable development and energy and École de Chaillot Institute, Paris, France. Architect Samardzic presented in front of the audience the French legislative framework and various initiatives for its implementation in the cases of buidlings that are part of their national cultural heritage stock. The French practice in those type of projects and real-life examples were presented by the second international speaker - Thibault de La Laurencie, an architect with a private practice in preservation and renovation of cultural heritage buildings. Architect de La Laurencie is also a lecturer in the National School of Architecture in Marrocco. The French expert introduced the holistic approach in the practice and the recently established European standard EN 16883 related to conservation of cultural heritage.
The current situation in Bulgaria was presented by architect Galina Pirovska, chief expert at the National institute for the immovable cultural heritage in Bulgaria. Architect Pirovska discussed the challenges associated with the preservation and renovation of cultural heritage buildings in the country and the energy efficiency measures applicable for this type of buildings.
The seminar continued with a discusssion and an informal cocktail, where all attendees had the opportunity to share their opinions and exchange ideas that will be presented to the Bulgarian governement and which will be of use when the government develops the new version of the national strategy for energy efficient building renovations of the existing building stock in Bulgaria, which needs to be done by the 30th April 2017.
The report on the workshop can be found on the following link.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is one of the world's largest green building investors. Its Green Economy Transition (GET) initiative has enabled by end of 2017 over €15billion