SPVH Workshop I
"Sustainable for whom?"

November 28-30, 2014
MSU Zagreb
speakers/schedule: Workshop I Guide

presentations: David Smithson

Dr. Zdenko Šimić

Some technical, economic and environmental aspects of PV
use on buildings, with  the MSU and the SPVH as examples

Marina Zajec
(My) houses of wood and straw
Dr. Dražen Šimleša
Designing for the Sustainable Economy

Summary of Conclusions


Sustainable for the designers?
Sustainable for the builders?
Sustainable for the owners?
Sustainable for the users?
Sustainable for the taxpayers?
Sustainable for the banks?
Sustainable for the politicians?
Sustainable for nature?
Sustainable for future generations?

With this first workshop in the SPVH Workshop Series, we follow through
with the objectives stated at the SPVH Conference in 2013. The focus is to stimulate a comprehensive discussion about renewable energies - and renewing culture - by incorporating the principles and practices of sustainable energy into our everyday lives. Our goal is for the MSU to set a good example for other public institutions about the best approaches to an energy profile overhaul.

The project seeks to show that the transition to renewable energy does not need to take place at the expense of the uninformed mass population, with profits only for the elite, as is often the case with the mass application of technologies. This transition can develop through democratic structures based on horizontal social networking, in a way that serves everyone without becoming the next trap for the general population.

During the three workshop days in the Školica educational spaces at the MSU, the speaker presentations will cover; 1) the implementation and risks of renewable energies, 2) green building practices, and 3) sustainable development and mobilization strategies in civil society. Potential applications to improve the museum’s energy profile, and design aspects of the proposed roof-top educational pavilion - inspired by a traditional Croatian wooden house - will serve as immediate case studies. Parameters for installing photovoltaic power plants on building roofs, analyzing covered local consumption, economics and CO2 impact, will be presented. Numerous examples of alternative methods of building construction and sustainable practices in architecture, particularly the opportunities provided by straw-bale house construction, will be spotlighted, giving special attention to the environmental impact of the materials selected for a building.



Models for impacting and renewing society with a focus on economic and policy level decisions, using historical examples and current initiatives as references, will stimulate interdisciplinary thinking about renewable energies and sustainability among young professionals.

All workshop days are open to the public and will include smaller task groups (Day 2 and Day 3) and plenary discussions. In the morning on Day 2 participants will have the opportunity to present projects or issues (announced during registration) for inclusion in the discussion. In the afternoon on Day 2 a panel discussion will look at the larger picture of energy production and the environment.

On Friday, November 28th at 4 pm DOOR will present the CLICK Award Ceremony.


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