Build Upon Seminar 7 - Cultural Heritage and the National strategy for deep renovations, Varna
On the 24th February, the Bulgarian Green Building Council organised the final event, as part of the European project Build Upon. The seventh, final seminar had the same topic as the sixth one. The key objectives of the workshop included presentations about good practises and case studies from France that has already implemented its successful national strategy and promotes the benefits from energy efficiency and building renovations for all types of buildings, including architectural heritage ones. Thoughout the project and as part of the stakeholder engagement, it was noted that there are groups of stakeholders in the North and Eastern part of Bulgaria, who are not able to attend the workshops in the capital. It was also identified that the topic about the renovation of architectural heritage is very popular among stakeholders and therefore it was decided upon the organisation of an additional workshop on the same topic that can be attended by experts and stakeholders from Varna, Shumen, Rousse, Bourgas and other municipalities in the area.
The workshop was opened by the chief architect of Varna Municipality - Viktor Buzev, who talked about the work that Varna does, related to the preservation and renovation of cultural heritage buildings and the initiatives by the local government to support the building owners. The dean of the Architectural faculty of Varna Free University and a member of the Board of Bulgarian Green Building Council - proffessor Atanas Kovachev talked about the importance of the national strategy for energy efficiency and deep renovations, and the work that the Council does to represent the opinions of all stakeholders, engaged in the processes. Our partners from Varna Free University officially announced the new Master programme for sustainable building.
The policy framework and the national legislations related to energy efficiency and renovation of buildings part of the architectural heritage of France were presented by Katya Samardzic. Architect Samardzic is an urbanist and an expert from the French Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy. She presented on the successful measures that the French government has adopted to support the conservation and the energy efficient building renovations of the architectural heritage buildings. The good and bad case studies from the practice of actual renovation and energy efficiency projects were presented by the architect Thibault de La Laurencie. The architect has an architectural studio, specialising in renovations of cultural heritage buildings and is also a lecturer at the National School of architecture in Morocco. Architect de La Laurencie presented the newly published standard EN 16883 Conservation of Cultural Heritage - Guidelines for improving energy performance of historic buildings, too, which is yet to be established as mandatory in Bulgaria.
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