Meet the Supporter: Francesc Bonvehí

Meet the supporter Francesc Bonvehí

I am currently working on the Energy Transition in cooperation with professionals from different trades. Related to that and applied to the built environment I also work on Ecodistricts.

The main objective of the work on Ecodistricts consists in identifying the right scale for a given environment, specially existing neighbourhoods in order to attaint common objectives on global warming.

This activity is sustained in my involvement in Building Physics since 1980.

It is most needed to share a common ground for international discussions in order to identify the main barriers and lack, or loss, of knowledge and skills. New ways to be effective in the pursuit of shared goals must be found.

Among these goals, the integration of people from different social and cultural backgrounds is of great relevance.
Mr. Bonvehí is a senior Professional Engineer with over 40 years of professional experience. He has been active in the energy and building sectors acquiring network capability, responsiveness to deliver and entrepreneurial skills. His experience includes research, innovation & development, project & construction management of industrial & building projects. He is familiar with procedures of certification, auditing, assessment, peer review and regulations. He has been working in international environments for research centres, utilities, private enterprises and institutions. Several projects have been carried out within the frame of the European Commission programs: Joule, Thermie, Remma, Sunh and Green Cities and OECD: Dragon Project. In the energy field he has worked in nuclear power, cogeneration and renewable energy. He has also been involved in several sustainable building developments as well as conventional ones. In his professional career he has worked in Spain, France and UK. Mr. Bonvehí has been awarded the 2001 International Prize to Creativity and 2009 Best Entrepreneurial Practice by the Association of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia.

Industrial Engineer, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona, 1970. Reactor Physics, INSTN Saclay – Orsay University, 1972 INSTITUTIONS & ASSOCIATIONS Independent Expert on Ecobuildings and Sustainable Energy Systems to the European Commission – Directorate General for Energy , Research & Innovation. Visiting Professor in Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, BES LaSalle and Escola Sert – COAC. Professional Trainer at Col·legi d’Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya. Member: Industrial Engineers Association of Catalonia. Building and Energy Commissions. ASHRAE CIBSE Group Member – IBPSA-USA International Building Performance Simulation Association. Member: German Council of Sustainable Building – DGNB.

Catalan & Spanish : Native languages – French & English : Spoken and written PROJECT REFERENCIES DGNB Certifications : Fuerteventura Hotel and Espai Barça. US Green Building LEED Certification NC: Office Building in Asunción del Paraguay , Warehouse in Barcelona, Pharma Labs & Offices in Barcelona, Hotel in Girona, Residencial in Madrid, Industrial Facility in Algiers. Environmental Audits & Permits, Industrial Facilities. Terrassa – Barcelona Technical Due Diligence – Hotel 4 stars in Barcelona. Energy Audits: Social Club in Barcelona, Government Office in Guayaquil – Ecuador Project & Construction Management of Industrial premises, Torelló – Spain Green Building LEED certification, conceptual project. Corniche Towers, Jeddah – Saudi Arabia Project and Monitoring of low energy houses in Castelldefels and Sitges , Thermie Program. Project and startup of the cogeneration plant of Colomer – Munmany in Vic-BCN, Emte. Development of methods and facilities for testing building components. CNRS and AISA – France. Application projects of energy efficient buildings in France, Antilles, Abu Dhabi, Bamako and Bangkok. Experimental engineering / High temperature reactor. Dragon Project, OECD – Saclay CEA & Winfrith UKAEA

Energy Transition & Industry Conference. Organiser, ECI, Barcelona March 2018. Sustainable Building & Town Planning Conference. Organiser. ECI, Barcelona June 2017. Sustainable Building Certifications. ACI. Barcelona, February 2016. Towards an efficient architecture. Roca Gallery, Barcelona, May 2014 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. Gran Foro de Ingeniería y Project. Barcelona, May 2013 DGNB Certification System: Construction 21, Pompeu Fabra University , September 2012 Certificacions de Sostenibilitat I valoració d’Edificis. Fulls dels Enginyers. Març 2011 Simulation of a Multifamily Building in Madrid, Spain. 11 th IBPSA Conference. Glasgow, July 2009 Energy certification of buildings. Montajes e Instalaciones. December 2007 Cerramientos Ventilados. El Sistema SAV. Domus,Guayaquil. Octubre 2007.