International Conference “Energy efficiency in architecture and construction”, Maribor, FCE at UM, 21/10/2010 International conferences organized by the University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering present one of the possible forms of education, where a strong emphasis is put on promoting awareness of general public and professionals of current issues in the field of architecture and civil engineering.
First international conference conducted in cooperation with Society of Civil Engineers and technicians Maribor, included presentations of several domestic and international experts on the topic of successful architectural and civil engineering practices. Presentation of applicable legislation on the design of energy efficient buildings was at the forefront of the discussion, which also included demonstrations of different design strategies for energy-efficient buildings. Regarding construction methods special attention was given to wood construction.
Target group consisted of experts from companies working in the field of designing energy efficient buildings (architects, builders, engineers), postgraduate students of these areas, as well as the general population. The conference was attended by more than 350 participants, which clearly showed the interest and the need for the organization of consultations regarding energy efficiency of buildings in the eastern part of Slovenia. Conference was financially supported by six Slovenian Companies.
International Conference “Energy efficiency in architecture and construction” on the topic “Renovation of residential and public buildings,” UM FCE, 10.11.2011
Second international conference was focused on the problem of energy-wasteful old buildings, which by far no longer meet current energy efficiency of buildings standards. Main objective of the conference was to provide general information and to raise awareness amongst the experts, designers, contractors and the general public of the approaches to energy-efficient construction and renovation of energy-wasteful buildings. There were 15 specially selected guest lecturers in the conference, including two from abroad, who presented good practice examples of possible energy renovations. The conference was attended by approximately 100 participants, and was financially supported by as many as 11 national companies.
International Conference “Energy efficiency in architecture and construction” with the topic “New opportunities and challenges for Slovenia”
Maribor, UM FCE, 18.10.2012
With the intention to ensure ongoing in constant awareness raising of the professional public and all other stakeholders, the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Maribor in cooperation with the Association of Building Engineers and Technicians also organized 3. international conference on “Energy efficiency in architecture and construction.” Global economic crisis, which had a particularly strong impact on the construction sector, presented a cue for selection of the main topic of the conference “New opportunities and challenges for Slovenia.”
Domestic and foreign experts in the field of architecture and construction, altogether seven speakers, participated in the conference and presented different ideas, solutions, and projects concerning selected topics. In the introductory lecture Viennese architect George W. Reinberg M.Sc. presented architectural approaches to new solutions in the design of sustainable buildings. His lecture was followed by presentation of Gerhard Moritz and Gerhard Kopeinig, also from Austria, on the architecture of public buildings, primarily schools and kindergartens. The conference continued with presentation of one of the most successful architectural teams, Matija Bevk and Vasa J. Perovič,; they presented one of their recent projects. A comprehensive overview of the multi-storey wooden buildings was then presented by an architect and assistant professor at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Manja Kuzman Kitek Ph.D. The architect Martha Enriquez – Reinberg participated with the presentation of a very interesting project of a zero energy building in Estonia. Boštjan Ber, a graduate student, presented his view on how to emerge from the crisis in the construction sector, and the vision of younger generation of where the opportunities lie.
The conference was financed by the project MOVE; it also received additional financial support from 5 companies, which shows industry’s interest in addressing such topics even in this times of crisis, that is particularly strong in the construction sector.
MASTERS’ STUDY PROGRAM FOR SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
Masters’ study program “Sustainable construction” is being prepared; enrolment in individual courses for DGNB certification is possible.