Building Sense Now

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An initiative by a group of dedicated international architects and engineers who will lead by example. Since Building Sense Now is an initiative from individuals to individuals we would like to invite you to present yourself and your motivation to support the initiative on our website. We would like to invite you to join our initiative and actively support this in your own practice.

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The Idea of Building Sense Now

The construction of our built environment is driven by a dangerous mixture of need for growth, the hunger for modernity and by strict cost and time constraints. This leads to buildings which are not designed to provide a positive impact for their users, their city or the environment. Being confronted with our global climate goals we need to start to build our future today by disrupting the status quo.

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Meet the Initiators of Building Sense Now

On November 8 in 2017 six pioneering doers of the sustainable building community met in Frankfurt, Germany, to officially launch the initiative Building Sense Now.

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The Initiators

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Dr. Christine Lemaitre Chief Executive Officer, German Sustainable Building Council – DGNB e.V.

"To design and construct buildings has such a long tradition and looking at our existing building stock is the largest case study of all times. We know so much and understand what is working and what needs improvement but in too many cases it seems like this is not taking into consideration."

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Prashant Kapoor Chief Industry Specialist, IFC Climate Business Group, World Bank Group

"Architects must develop new skills, knowledge and attitudes to support green design. Only then will it be possible to design a building that is inspirational in every way: financially, environmentally and esthetically."

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Bruno Sauer Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council España (GBCe)

"We are reaching a point of no return. Globalization, until now, did not take into account the value in cultural differences, neither local needs because of climate or social circumstances."

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Ashok Lall Design & Technology Chair at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai

"The good news? The architecture of low carbon building and the DNA of low carbon urban development – the way to the future - is being demonstrated in all parts of the globe."

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Prof. Peter Sharratt Director Strategic Consulting, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

"As the world continues to urbanise, as shifts in climate and extreme weather events become more ‘normal’ and as we learn more about the complexity of the challenges that lie ahead; designers and problem solvers have a growing role to play in coming up with the solutions that will make a difference."

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Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart CEO EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung Hamburg

"As a matter of fact, buildings are the urban mines of the future. And architecture can make a difference and is able to improve our quality of life.

With buildings that are useful for people and nature, we can truly celebrate our positive human footprint."

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Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Auer Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, TU Munich

"The built environment is more than the physical building. Several factors affect the occupant experience - including their variation in time and space. Indoors or outdoors, a climate is continually changing. Climate engineering responds with dynamic solutions that work with the natural variability, not against it. Despite the development of new technologies and innovative applications, one has to recognize that technology alone is not the answer."

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