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Exemplary Buildings: Success Stories from Brussels, Belgium
Presentation by Ms. J.O. "Joke" Dockx of Brussels Environment
Wednesday, March 13th from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Portland Building, Room C
1120 SW 5th Avenue
How did a Portland-sized urban center launch an energy-efficient building program that helped cut regional energy consumption by 10% while maintaining economic viability? Through a combination of measures, Brussels has accomplished this goal.
In fact, Brussels is already in alignment with the European energy goals for 2020 and 2050. Last year, the European Commission recognized Brussels Environment with the European Energy Award.
Ms. Dockx will explain how Brussels has created a government-private Exemplary Buildings partnership promoting ultra low-energy new construction and retrofits of commercial, institutional, multi-family, and single family residential buildings.
Since 2007, Brussels Environment has assisted 52 Exemplary Building projects with another 44 under construction (collectively, over 1.5 million square feet meeting the stringent Passive House standard for low-energy buildings).
Bring your questions, and let’s discuss how we could apply this knowledge and experience in developing a similar program for the Portland metro area. This presentation is geared towards local policy leaders, energy efficiency advocates, and environmentalists committed to energy independence and substantial reduction in regional energy consumption and greenhouse gases.
The City of Portland, Oregon Environmental Council, and Passive House Northwest co-sponsor this event.
J.O. Dockx, is the Director for Energy at the Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment (“Brussels Environment). Brussels Environment promotes, subsidizes, and monitors sustainable development in the Brussels Capital Region of Belgium. A growing share of the Exemplary Buildings meet the Passive House Standard, and Brussels Environment will mandate Passive House starting in 2015. Brussels Environment has already reduced regional energy consumption by 10%