Sustainable Buildings

Innovative methods and technologies to reduce emissions and environmental harm through the construction and operation of buildings
October 04, 2023

Let’s build better and more sustainably! The real estate sector is responsible for almost 40% of global CO2 emissions through construction (1/3) and building operation, including heating and cooling (2/3). A third of all waste in the EU is construction waste. Swiss and Polish architects, developers, policy-makers, managers and researchers are invited to this year’s Polish-Swiss Innovation Day to discuss sustainable construction, innovative designs, energy-efficiency and much more. Register now and join us to learn more about “Projekt 118”, which achieved 70% component reuse and won the 2021 Global Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, or about NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building) of EMPA, an internationally acclaimed R&D site for sustainable building technologies.




8:30 - 9:00

Opening remarks

9:00 - 9:25

H.E. Fabrice Filliez, Ambassador of Switzerland to Poland (VIDEO RECORDING)

Michał Stępień, President, Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (VIDEO RECORDING)

Keynote I: How to Make the Building Stock Part of a Sustainable Energy System

9:25 - 9.50

Dr. Peter Richner, Deputy Director of EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, ETH) (VIDEO RECORDING)

Keynote II: Breathing New Life into Building Components through Circular Construction

9:50 - 10:15

Barbara Buser, baubüro in situ (winner of 2021 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction) (VIDEO RECORDING)

Keynote III: How Architects Can Balance the Boundaries of the Planet with the Needs of the People

10:15 - 10:40

Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys, President of the Association of Polish Architects, SARP (VIDEO RECORDING)

Coffee break

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote IV: Decarbonizing Polish Buildings – a Pathway to Climate Neutrality

11:10 - 11:25

Alicja Kuczera, CEO of Polish Green Building Council PLGBC (VIDEO RECORDING)

Keynote V: The City of Tomorrow: Coexistence of City and Nature – A form of Urban Life to Aspire to?

11:25 - 11:50

Prof. Ute Schneider, Partner at KCAP in Zurich and Professor of Urban Design at TU Vienna (VIDEO RECORDING)

Panel Discussion: Swiss and Polish Solutions for Sustainable Buildings



Jakub Kuszewski, Country Manager, Forbo Flooring Poland

Rafał Krupiński, Architectural Advisor, IGP Powder Coatings

Łukasz Downar, Schindler Polska Sp. z o.o.

Radosław Palmowski, General Manager, Zehnder Polska

Gunnar Geppert, Board Member, SWISS KRONO

Moderator: Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys, President of the Association of Polish Architects, SARP

Closing Remarks


Pablo Padrutt, Head of Economic, Financial and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Switzerland in Poland

Ulrich Schwendimann, Director of the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Piotr Lesiak, Head of Swiss Business Hub Central Europe (VIDEO RECORDING)

Werner Huber, Editor and Co-Managing Director, Hochparterre (VIDEO RECORDING)

Networking lunch


All the keynotes and discussions will be recorded. After the conference, these video recordings will be made available on the website.


Browary Warszawskie,
ADN Conference Center (Building GH, entrance B)
Grzybowska 56, Warsaw

Tel. +48 22 322 76 25


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on-line registration is closed,
please contact us by phone +48 22 322 76 25