18-19 October 2016, Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Stockholm

Welcome to a conference on the sustainable building, housing and city planning of the future

Meet the future of green urban environments at the conference Building Sustainability SGBC16. 

The stunning venue Stockholm Waterfront will be filled with sessions and exhibits on sustainable cities, environmentally friendly buildings and smart green technology of the future 

This major international conference is organized by the City of Stockholm, Sweden Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council, and offers a unique opportunity to meet the decision-makers and stakeholders involved in sustainability in construction, building and real estate development.  Listen to exciting debates, learn more at in-depth sessions, mingle, visit exhibits and meet new business contacts.

The conference is also designed for everyone who works with sustainability in the fields of property development and city planning. It is organized with C40 and ICLEI as supporting partners.

All plenary- and special sessions at the conference are held in English, unless stated in the program.

Don’t miss this chance -- book your participation today!


18th of October 2016

08.00 Registration opens. Coffee and sandwiches will be served.

08.30 Visit open breakfast seminars, organized by companies, networks and others participating in the conference and exhibition.

09.30 Mingle and a chance to visit the exhibition.


10.00 Welcome to Building Sustainability SGBC16 with WorldGBC Congress Sweden

  • Bengt Wånggren, Managing Director, Sweden Green Building Council (Sweden)
  • Karin Wanngård, Mayor, City of Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council (Canada)
  • Tomas Kåberger, Moderator (Sweden)


10.10 – 10.20 Political challenges on multiple levels

The Swedish Government has the ambition for Sweden to be at the global forefront, both when it comes to meeting the climate challenges and to fulfill the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This has large political ramifications in a time when when the nation's infrastructure needs to be renovated, its cities grow and 700,000 new homes need to be built within 10 years.

  • Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment (Sweden)


10.20 – 10.45 An environmental scientist's expectations for sustainable building


Humanity is facing what may be our greatest challenge yet – to make our standard of living and consumption habits sustainable in only a few decades. The Stockholm Environment Institute is an internationally recognized leader in this area, and it is one of the pioneers in global environment and climate research. The Institute’s Executive Director Johan Kuylenstierna will share his experiences and tell us what he expects to see from key players and decision makers in the built environment.

  • Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden)


10.45 -11.15 The built environment and responsibility for the climate and the future

The recent Paris climate agreement is based on voluntary national commitments. Accordingly, large cities have established strict targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and many companies' environmental efforts go far beyond what is legally required. 

What shape do environmental efforts in the built environment take when they are voluntary? Can they be effective and successful, while not affecting one’s competitive position? Can the market and the business community deliver on the commitments in Paris?

  • Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council (Canada)
  • Luca Bertalot, Secretary General, EMF-ECBC (Italy)
  • Iram Farooq, AICP, LEED-AP, City of Cambridge (United States) 


11.15 – 12.00 How to build and plan for people and the environment

Three leaders of exclusive development projects will show how minimal environmental impact, energy efficiency and social sustainability can be achieved. The projects are of different sizes showing that it is possible to reach far-reaching goals in all cases if will and knowledge are in place. These projects have inspired urban planners to pursue the highest level of environmental standard and will surely breed more projects in the right direction. 

  • Staffan Lorentz, Project Manager, Royal Seaport, City of Stockholm (Sweden)
    • One of the largest urban development areas in Europe with very high environmental demands through the whole process.
  • Rickard Stark, architect/creative director, Okidoki arkitekter (Sweden)
    • By listening to people´s dreams and thoughts, a living district in Linköping is based on the concepts of variety, diversity and social sustainability.
  • Karin Kjellson, Architect, Kod arkitekter (Sweden)
    • The fantastic development of small house areas in the city meets the challenges of climate, social sustainability and the rising amount of people.


12.00 – 12.05 A small house to provide security in a difficult situation

In a very short time, they've gone from idea to finished product, creating a simple house that provides security and safety in refugee camps around the world. As a gift from the speakers at the conference, Building Sustainability SGBC16 is funding one modular emergency shelter, built by the Swedish project Better Shelter.

  • Märta Terne, Head of Communication, Better Shelter (Sweden)

12.05 – 13.30 Lunch, mingle and time to visit the exhibition 


13.30 – 14.45 Choose one of five special sessions. Read more about the sessions here. 

1. Sneak preview of Miljöbyggnad 3.0 (session in Swedish)

2. Sustainable building materials (session in Swedish)

3. New strategies for sustainable renovation (session in Swedish, translated to English)

4. Urban development with ecosystem services

5. Smart cities and smart communities - intelligent ways for cities to grow

14.45 – 15.30 Coffee break, mingle and a chance to visit the exhibition


15.30 – 16.20 Rapid gentrification or rational urban transformation. What is possible?

Gentrification is a fact in nearly all rapidly growing urban districts around the world. Areas that have low status, problematic street life and low prices attract urban trendsetters, and property developers follow in their wake. It doesn’t take long for rents and prices for flats and offices to begin going up. People who neither want nor can afford the new scene are displaced and replaced by groups with more purchasing power.  Are there other development paths, and if so what do they entail?

  • Catharina Thörn, Researcher, Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Michael Edwards, Researcher, The Bartlett School of Planning, London (United Kingdom)
  • Ana Vilencia, Researcher, City of Belgrade (Serbia)


16.20 – 16.40 The art of living sustainably without suffering 

Al Pitcher, the popular New Zealand comedian who has made Sweden his home, has an outsider's perspective on Swedish life that surprises many and shocks a few, but makes almost everybody laugh. In this session he gives his very personal viewpoint on environmentally-aware Swedes who love to discuss housing prices and look forward to going to the recycling centre as weekend entertainment.

  • Al Pitcher, Stand-up comedian (New Zealand)


18.30 Drinks in the Blue Hall, Stockholm City Hall

19.30 Gala Dinner in Stockholm City Hall’s Golden Hall, presentation of the Sweden Green Building Awards, the "Two become More"-award of the City of Stockholm, and World GBC Awards 

The Sweden Green Building Council will present the Sweden Green Building Awards for the fifth year in a row. Prizes are awarded to the projects, companies and organizations with the best performances in environmental certifications and sustainable buildings in the past year.

19th of October 2016


09.00 – 09.35 New challenges in sustainability for the construction industry 


For successful efforts in sustainability, not only environmental and climate issues are crucial. The focus must also be on working conditions, human rights, gender equality and anti-corruption. This can be challenging for the construction sector. Listen to the Swedish Ambassador of CSR and AllBright foundation, the non-profit pressure group supporting companies that want to make a difference.  

  • Diana Madunic, Swedish Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility (Sweden)
  • Seher Yilmaz, Chair, Equalisters (Sweden)

09.35 – 10.00 How focus on sustainability can be a key to growth

Sustainability is often seen as a response to outside pressure, to protect the ecosystems and climate as well as human rights. But can focus on sustainability also lead to growth and economic development for the company? Skanska, Lendlease and DEXUS Property Group are three companies that believe so. Listen to their experiences and views on the challenges highlighted at the conference.

  • Tanya Cox, Chair of Green Building Council Australia and COO, DEXUS Property Group (Australia)
  • Gunnar Hagman, Business Development Director, Skanska (Sweden)
  • Pascal Eveillard, Director Sustainable Habitat, Saint Gobain (France)

10.00 – 10.45 Coffee break, mingle and a chance to visit the exhibition


10.45 - 12.00 Choose one of five special sessions. Read more about the sessions here. 

6. Sustainability challenges in existing housing stock (session in Swedish, translated to English)

7. Substitution of chemicals in the construction industry (session in Swedish)

8. Business models for energy efficiency

9. Planning the human city (session in Swedish)

10. Smart systems lead to smart buildings

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch, mingle and a chance to visit the exhibition 


13.30 - 14.30 Choose one of five special sessions. Read more about the sessions here. 

11. Certification of urban districts (session in Swedish, translated to English)

12.How to create a sustainable indoor environment

13. Renovation of existing buildings (session in Swedish)

14. Climate adaptation 2.0

15. Digitalisation – how smart can a city become? 


14.40 – 15.20 The Human Dimension in Planning 


Cities continue to grow at unprecedented rates. Globalisation and market forces collide with grass roots movements and the need for equity. In every urban environment there public or open spaces, and these places hold the key to help resolve some of the challenges. Gehl Architects have active projects on every continent, from small villages in Norway to new cities in Brazil. At the heart of all of these is the goal to make cities for people, full of inviting places to meet neighbors and fellow citizens and enjoy everyday life.

  • Helle Søholt, Founding Partner & CEO, Gehl Architects (Denmark)

15.20 – 15.30 Conclusion and thank you from the organisers!


  • Bengt Wånggren, CEO, Sweden Green Building Council (Sweden)
  • Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council
  • Gustaf Landahl, Head of Department, Environment and Health Administration, City of Stockholm (Sweden)

October 20th 2016


08.30 – 15.30 Study visits around the City of Stockholm - Read more about the study visits here.

Building Sustainability SGBC16 with WorldGBC Congress Sweden welcomes participants at the conference to attend several study visits in various parts of the City of Stockholm. Stockholm is one of the world leaders when it comes to sustainable building, urban development and infrastructure and during the study visits, you will learn more about various projects around the city that embrace and promote sustainability to create a better environment for all the people who live and work in Stockholm.