SBE19 Conference shared good practices of how to develop built environment more sustainable

Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conferences have established their position among leading events where researcher, industry, and government networks share good practices and further develop key sustainability topics in the built environment. In 20 years, the SBE series has evolved from buildings to neighbourhoods successfully complementing environmental aspects in social and economic dimensions.

The SBE19 Helsinki edition in 22-24 May debated how our Clean Planet with its Happy People can share Prosperity for present and future generations. Emerging Concepts range from climate change mitigation and adaptation, circularity, net positive approach and ecological handprint, healthy indoor and outdoor environments, business models for value and risk optimization and nature-based solutions to frugal innovation.

Green Building Council Finland‘s strategy aligns well with the key findings of the program. We are heading towards a more resilient and greener built environment.

Below you’ll find notes from the keynote presentations held on Wednesday 22 May and Thursday 23 May. Complete presentation files can be found via the programme page among other information.

Ilari Aho, Vice President, New Business Development & CSR, Uponor, Finland. Ilari currently serves as Board Member in World Green Building Council, Board Member and Treasurer of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP), Executive Council Member of the European Heating Industry Association (EHI), Vice President of ENCORD (European Network of Construction Companies for R&D), and Member of the Industry Advisory Forum of CEN-CENELEC. In his presentation, he pointed out how Agenda2030 has been taken on as an international framework for their company strategy. They invest in Social Licence to Operate to have satisfied employers and even to be attractive in the competed labour market.


Wouter Roemaat, Partner at Alba Concepts, summarizes his key note presentation: They use Building Circularity Index (BCI) consisting of Material Index and Disassembly Potential. It is a Dutch standard used also in Belgium. The best cases measure up to 66 … 67 % at present.


Erik Anderson, Associate Professor, Stockholm Resilience Centre leads the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s reasearch on urbanization and human dominated landscapes. He summarizes key points of his presentation in the video below: How to reach a sustainable and resilient green infrastructure: “adapt to climate change /  protect biodiversity / promote green economy / increase social cohesion”.


Saskia Beer, Chief Executive Officer, Transformcity, The Netherlands, highlighted the important roles of cities in sustainable development: Making the city more exciting, inclusive and resilient – “start shaping storylines”.

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