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Real Estate and Construction Breakfast looks at green building

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A long-running and popular series of events, the BPCC’s breakfasts bring together stakeholders from the built environment – investors, developers, contractors, engineers, architects and of course real estate advisors.

The fourth quarterly breakfast of this year was held jointly with the Scandinavian Chamber of Commerce, in Skanska’s Spark office building, and attracted representatives of over 50 firms.

The construction sector is the biggest producers of greenhouse gases and waste materials, generating three times more waste than manufacturing industry and four times more than households. Builders have a duty to the environment to source more sustainably, focus on recycling and deliver buildings that are carbon neutral. But with pressures on cost higher than ever before, what should the construction sector be doing to build sustainably and within budget? How much more should tenants expect to pay for sustainability? How to apply innovative solutions to improve the environmental impact and the wellbeing of the tenants’ employees? How does Poland look compare with countries of Western Europe and Scandinavia?

These topics were discussed by a panel of real estate and construction-sector experts, Sylwia Chorąży, marketing, sustainability and innovation director, Skanska; Jacek Siwiński, CEO, Velux Polska; Jonathan Cohen, senior partner from Colliers Poland, and Bartosz Clemenz, from the real estate practice, of law firm Hogan Lovells. Michael Dembinski, the BPCC’s chief advisor, moderated the discussion, which also included questions and comments from the floor.

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