September 26 - Brussels, Belgium





September 26 - Brussels, Belgium

We are delighted to invite you to join the Healthy Buildings Day 2018

Since 2015 the VELUX Group has been putting healthy buildings on the agenda. The theme for this year is Healthy Buildings as Value Drivers: Why healthy buildings make sense economically for builders, owners, occupants and society in general. Presentations and discussions on the day will highlight the latest research, consumer trends, user experiences and business cases. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet and discuss these issues with key building industry stakeholders.

  • Programme

    Healthy Buildings Day, September 26, 2018 

    9.00 - 10.00
    Breakfast & Networking
    10.00 - 12.30
    Keynote Presentations on:
    • What are the foundations for healthy buildings, and what can we expect of future trends and demands?
    • What is the value of health and comfort in architecture, and how do we realise this potential?
    • How does health and comfort contribute to business development in the building industry?
    12.30 - 13:00
    Presentation of the Healthy Homes Barometer 2018
    13.00 - 14.00 
    Lunch & Networking
    14.00 - 16.00
    Break-out sessions: discuss with practitioners, users and other experts:
    • Session 1: Healthy Family Homes – Health and Comfort as the New Business Drivers in Single Family Houses
    • Session 2: Healthy Social Housing – Innovative Approaches to Value Creation in Social Housing
    • Session 3: Healthy Learning & Working – How to Shape Human Performance and Behaviour with Optimal Indoor Environments

    16.00 - 17:00
    Closing Session
    • Why are healthy buildings important and why is a change needed in the way we build?

    17.00 - 18.00
    Drinks & Networking 
  • Speakers
    Kolja Nielsen, CEO of CEBRA architecture (DK)

    Kolja Nielsen is a founding partner and the CEO of CEBRA, which he started together with Mikkel Frost and Carsten Primdahl in 2001.
    Kolja Nielsen is a very versatile architect as he combines two skill sets, which in architectural circles are rarely found in one person. On the one hand, he is gifted with artistic aptitude and creative talent, while on the other hand having a sound business sense and political savvy. In his position as company CEO, he thus switches effortlessly between pencil sketches, management of CEBRA’s major projects, strategic and international business development, complex contractual affairs and speaking the voice of the Danish architecture profession, e.g. as former chairman of the board of the Danish Association of Architectural Firms.
    Kolja Nielsen has been the partner in charge of the well-esteemed science centre, The Experimentarium in Copenhagen as well as assistant partner on the prize-winning housing project The Iceberg at the harbour front in Aarhus, Denmark.

    Robin Guenther, Principal of Perkins+Will (CA)

    Robin Guenther FAIA LEED Fellow is Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to the global non-profit Health Care Without Harm. Robin works at the intersection of health care architecture, health and sustainable policy and participates in a wide range of leading edge advocacy initiatives while continuing to practice.
    She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and the co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture.  Healthcare Design magazine twice named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare”. Fast Company included her as one of the “100 most creative people in business”  in 2012. She was a TEDMED 2014 speaker. She led one of the winning teams in the Kaiser Small Hospital Big Idea Competition. She is the Project Director for the expansion of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which opened its first phase in 2017.

    John Sommer, Director of Strategy & Business Development at MT Højgaard (DK)

    John Sommer is Director of Strategy & Business Development at MT Højgaard – one of the leading construction companies in the Nordics known for being on the forefront in regards to application of new technologies and processes. During the last 100 years, MT Højgaard has built a number of remarkable buildings and civil structures in Denmark and internationally.
    John Sommer has been with MT Højgaard since 2003 and before that he worked at Skanska. In these companies, John has held managerial positions within production, sales, innovation and sustainability as well as strategy and business development. In addition, John has worked at the Board of MT Højgaard, Danish Green Building Council, and Danish Data Center industry. He represents MT Højgaard in a number of business networks that focus on  influencing the structures of the industry. Finally, he is the co-author of the book ‘Building a Circular Future’ published in 2016.
    David Briggs, CEO of the VELUX Group (DK)
    Ingrid Reumert, VP of Stakeholder Communication & Sustainability in the VELUX Group (DK)

    Andreas Hermelink, Associate Director at Ecofys (DE)
    Dr. Andreas Hermelink studied Business Economics (Dipl.-Kfm.) and Civil Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), and holds a PhD on Sustainability Evaluation of Buildings (Dr.-Ing.). The certified consultant for rational use of energy in buildings has 16 years of professional experience in the fields of energy related user behaviour, environmental life-cycle assessment, cost-benefit-analysis and application of passive house philosophy in new and existing buildings and neighbourhoods. In 2006, he was awarded the European Solar Prize 2006, the Energy Globe Hungary 2007 and the 3rd prize in the International Energy Globe for the EU FP5 project SOLANOVA.

    Before joining Ecofys in 2008, Andreas worked as project manager at the University of Kassel (Germany) and research manager at the Florida Solar Energy Center (USA). Being an associate director at Ecofys, Andreas leads the Ecofys service area on "Low-carbon cities" and manages the Ecofys office Berlin. Dr. Hermelink frequently supports conferences as a keynote speaker, session moderator or member of the scientific committee.

    Johannes Schwörer, CEO of Schwörer Haus (DE)

    Johannes Schwörer is the Managing Director of the Schwörer Group. With over 39.000 houses constructed, SchwörerHaus is among Germany’s biggest prefabricated house manufacturers. Its many innovations in the field of energy-saving HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) and house design have made the company a pioneer. Experience in this field, coupled with long-term company retention, have resulted in continuous further development in every field.

    Ditte Maria Kollerup, CEO of KFS Huse (DK)

    Ditte Maria Kollerup is passioned about how houses can fits the individual human and help create peoples future. Since 2003 she has worked in the construction industry, and todays she runs and own a building company started by her father, Kurt Flemming Sørensen in 1983. The company build approximatily one house every week in jutland, Denmark. The homes are unique house, arcitect designet from the companys own arkitects. Ditte also write about humans, leadership and life philosophy at

    Oliver G. F. Jones, Architectural Programme Leader at Northumbria University (UK)

    Frank Vierkötter, CEO of Interhomes (DE)

    Mette Mogensen, Head of Project Development at Domea (DK)

    Agnès Mathieu, Economist at ISIS Consult (BE)

    Vinay Venkatraman, CEO of Leapcraft (DK)

    Vinay is the CEO and founder of Leapcraft - a big data driven innovation consultancy. Prior to this he co-founded of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. He has also built a data visualisation academy in collaboration with the Danish Design Center.
    He works at the intersection of design and technology practices, consults to companies worldwide and lectures at various international venues. His current interests are in exploring the design & application of simple technologies to solve some of the world's wicked problems. Vinay is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but he frequently works and travels globally.
    Guilllaume Dayde, Partner at Ec(h)ome construction (FR)
    Soline Collin-Martin, Expert in Healthy Buildings at Medieco (FR)

Healthy Homes Barometer

Healthy Homes Barometer 2018, a study of suburban homes, social housing and workplaces in Europe, will be launched at Healthy Buildings Day 2018.

See previous Healthy Homes Barometers:


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