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Sustainable construction: technical workshops at the embassy

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The British Embassy in Buenos Aires held a series of technical workshops with BRE Group* on sustainable construction, on 18 to 19 March.

The meeting was supported by the Central Society of Architects and was attended by representatives of the National Government, the City of Buenos Aires, construction industry trade associations and companies.

British Ambassador John Freeman opened the discussions, which were led by Orivaldo Barros and Flavie Lowres from BRE.

Specific topics discussed included:

  • innovation in sustainable construction: from theory to reality
  • innovation drivers in sustainable architecture in Argentina
  • BREEAM certification
  • life cycle analysis of materials
  • application of sustainability to local cases

The initiative stems from the UK Government’s interest in promoting its experience in sustainable construction, and it is part of a series of events on the same subject organised by the British Embassy in Buenos Aires. Since the year 2011, the Embassy has also led trade missions to Ecobuild, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design and construction, held in London every March.

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* About BRE:

BRE are independent, impartial research consultants and creators of the BREEAM certification, offering comprehensive expertise in sustainable construction and related industries.

About the speakers:

Orivaldo Barros

Director, International Affairs, BRE. Law graduate from University of Cuiaba, Brazil. In his role at BRE, Orivaldo is responsible for developing the international strategy, focusing on new markets.
In 2012, he signed an agreement with the University of Brasilia, the Brazilian Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Construction Chamber to build a park in Brasilia based on BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford, England.

Flavie Lowres

Flavie Lowres has a PhD in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Birmingham. She was selected by the Building magazine as one of the 50 most promising figures in the field of sustainability, and has worked on various sustainability projects since 2007. In addition, she delivers courses at universities and companies on the relationship between sustainability and construction. She is also a member of the Environmental Design Committee for the aerospace industry.