The conference program will include 15 special sessions, divided into five themes that you can follow during your conference days.


Participants choose one out of five parallel special sessions at three times.

The choice is entirely yours, but there are five themes that can be followed during the conference. Here are the five session themes and colours:


  • Certification systems
  • Building materials, health and the environment
  • Renovation and energy efficiency
  • Urban development
  • Smart cities

Please note that sessions can and will fill up, so register early to make certain that you will be able to attend the session you are interested in.

Day 1 (October 18th)

13:30 – 14.45 Choose one of five special sessions. 

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

The new revision of Miljöbyggnad will soon be finished. In this session, the results and experiences in developing a certification scheme – which will regulate the environmental work in many projects in the years to come – are presented.

  • Catarina Warfvinge, Director of Miljöbyggnad, Sweden Green Building Council (Sweden)
  • Veronica Eade, Energy and environmental policy expert, Swedish Property Federation (Sweden)
  • Ulf Wiklund, Business and Development Manager, Tyréns (Sweden)
  • Åsa Wahlström, Sector Manager, CIT Energy Management (Sweden)
  • Per Andersson, Consultant sustainable development, Passivhuscentrum Västra Götaland / PPS Consulting AB (Sweden)

2. Sustainable building materials (session in Swedish)

Whether converting older buildings or building new ones, the selection of materials is ever more important in order to satisfy environmental and climate requirements. At this session there will be numerous examples of how this can be done.

  • Jonny Hellman, Managing Director, Byggvarubedömningen (Sweden)
    • Sustainability facts for new building materials and products
  • Ebba Örwall-Lovén, environmental manager, Woody Bygghandel, Builder's merchant & Anders Ejlertsson, independent consultant, sustainable construction, Klimatsmart byggande (Sweden)
    • Education in sustainable building for small businesses and craftsmen
  • Ivana Kildsgaard, Chairman, 100GRUPPEN and sustainability manager, Link Arkitektur (Sweden)
    • Circular solutions and environmental assessments of carpets, curtains, furniture and other things in our indoor environments

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

There are new policy instruments for energy-efficient renovations, in both Sweden and the EU. These policy instruments will have a large impact on future strategies for energy efficiency and sustainable renovation. This session considers the requirements that affect property owners, developers and tenants in the future. 

  • Emma Thornberg, Economist, Swedish Energy Agency (Sweden)
    • Results and reflections from completed and in-progress projects for energy efficient housing
  • Jonas Tannerstad, Head of Energy and Automation, Örebrobostäder - Public housing in the city of Örebro (Sweden)
    • Don't see the obstacles, just the opportunities - the greatest potential for energy efficiency is in our existing building stock
  • Bengt Wånggren, CEO, Sweden Green Building Council (Sweden)
    • Barriers for Deep Energy Renovation and how to overcome them – BuildUpon, a study on government and private best practice and initiatives in Sweden and 13 other European countries.
  • Sofia Wellander, Arkitekt SAR/MSA, Boverket, Enheten för Energi och Samhällsekonomi. (Sweden)
    • A Swedish national strategy for energy efficient renovations - results so far and what's happening as Sweden moves forward.

4. Urban development with ecosystem services

The use and integration of ecosystem services in urban environments can make cities more sustainable and less vulnerable to climate change. Participants in this session will learn more about the recent developments in the use of ecosystem services for planning and urban development.

  • Nathalie Baumann, Urban Ecologist (MSc), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Grüental (Switzerland)
    • Basel city  –  how nature can improve urban environment, biodiversity and sustainability
  • Patrik Grahn, Professor in landscape architecture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp (Sweden)
    • Do we feel better in a city where eco system services are implemented? Results from studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Lykke Leonardsen, Head of Department, Technical and Environmental Administration, City of Copenhagen (Denmark)
    • The success factors of the implementation of ecosystem services in the city of Copenhagen
  • Sara Borgström, PhD, Researcher in urban studies, landscape governance and ecosystem services, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University (Sweden)
    • Developing a toolbox for matching needs and approaches when working with urban ecosystem services. Examples from C/O City.

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

The concept of “smart cities” is currently spreading across the world, and many cities in the EU are collaborating to develop smart technology solutions focusing on sustainability and the environment.  The session is focused on how IT and communication technology can make cities more sustainable and more attractive to residents at the same time. 

  • Barbara Moehlendick, Dr. Ing., City of Cologne (Germany)
    • Strategy, structure and projects of a Smart City; a milky way towards SmartCity Cologne
  • Joern Ploennigs, Research Scientist (PhD), IBM Research Ireland - Smarter Citiies Technology Center (Ireland)
    • Challenges and opportunities -  the digitalization is changing how our cities are operated concerning traffic, energy and the buildings we live and work in.
  • Merit Tatar, Institute of Baltic Studies (Estonia)
    • From Hrustsovka to Smartovka - how Tartu is turning Soviet legacy into Smart City

Day 2 (October 19th)

10.45 - 12.00 Choose one of five special sessions. 

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

The impact will be huge if the existing housing stock can be made more energy efficient, sustainable and environmentally certified. It is all about removing fears and creating trust. This session will focus on how this can be done, and the decisions and tools that are needed.

  • Jennie Wiederholm, analyst at Hyresgästföreningen
    • How to create security for the tenants during the renovation process and make it easy.
  • Ulf Alexandersson, Chief Financial Officer, AB Alingsåshem
    • Of course energy efficiency is profitable – if you take the holistic, long term view.
  • Lotta Bångens, Managing Director, Energieffektiviseringsföretagen
    • Authorization of businesses creates increased security for the client

7. Chemical substitution in the construction industry (session in Swedish)


The Swedish Chemicals Agency has proposed that Sweden should develop national data for maximum amounts of harmful chemicals that building products may emit. There are also several industry initiatives for better chemicals control and active substitution. This session is focused on how substitution can be carried out in a more efficient way.

  • Erik Gravenfors, chemist and ecotoxicologist, Swedish Chemicals Agency (Sweden)
    • Swedish ambitions for phasing out dangerous chemicals in the construction process
  • Anna Lennquist, toxicologist, Chemsec (Sweden)
    • Substituting dangerous chemicals and good substitution examples
  • Sussi Wetterlin, Managing Director, Basta (Sweden)
    • Products for construction and infrastructure which can handle tough requirements on chemicals

8. Business models for energy efficiency

Successfully making existing buildings more energy efficient is a key to reducing climate impact. This is not only a technical question, as financing plays a major role. This session reviews different business models for successful energy-efficient renovations.

  • Renske Bouwknegt, Service Design Consultant, partner at Ideate, (Netherlands)
    • Mind your business! What we can learn from more than 50 European business models for energy efficiency services within IEA DSM Task 25
  • James Drinkwater, Regional Director European Network, World Green Building Council (United Kingdom)
  • Joseph Tang, Head of School Energy Performance Scheme, Heritage and Architecture Department, City of Paris (France)
    • Business model for energy efficient renovation on a long term with a global perspective in the city of Paris

9. Planning the human city (session in Swedish) 

It has become more popular for families that have children to remain in urban environments. We live longer, and older people are expected and also prefer, to continue to live at home even as they need more help and medical care. This session is focused on the planning of urban environments while taking changing lifestyles into account.

  • Mats Lundström, Planning Architect and researcher, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)
    • Sustainable cities, accessible for the older population
  • Lisa Klingwall, General Planner and Landscape Architect, City of Stockholm (Sweden)
    • How to create child-friendly spaces in sustainable cities
  • Pelle Envall, CEO, Trafikutredningsbyrån AB (Sweden)
    • City- and street-planning with a focus on cyclists and pedestrians

10. Smart systems in smart buildings

Information and communications technologies are changing how we communicate, and they can also make living in buildings easier. Smart technology makes it possible to combine higher standards of living with a reduced ecological footprint. This session will show existing and future solutions using new technology that can make daily life easier and more sustainable.

  • Johan Ander, Smart City Specialist, Fortum (Sweden)
    • Smart solutions for energy efficient buildings in the Royal Seaport; the system developed by Fortum gives new possibilities to understand and steer your energy consumption. 
  • Henk Kok, Senior strategic advisor, City of Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    • The user in control when reducing energy in buildings; two examples from Triangulum project, housing and small office spaces
  • Cecilia Hugony, CEO, Teicos UE Srl (Italy)
    • ICT tools in energy retrofit of multi property buildings gives a better understanding of the relationship between energy consumption and internal comfort.

13.30 - 14.30 Choose one of five special sessions 

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

Sweden Green Building Council has developed Citylab, a certification system and expertise platform for sustainable urban development. This session will be a general discussion of how a certification process can help urban development projects to put their sustainability efforts into concrete form.

  • Tomas Gustafsson, Program Director Citylab, Sweden Green Building Council (Sweden)
  • Patrik Faming, National coordinator, The Swedish National board of housing, building and planning (Sweden)
  • Josefin Wangel, Lecturer, KTH Royal Institue of Technology (Sweden)

12. Bringing Health & Wellbeing to Market and Green Building Certifications

Green buildings are not only expected to be resource efficient, they are now expected to support the health & wellbeing of the people inside them. In this session, audience members will learn about the leading research measuring the impact that poor indoor environmental quality has on building occupants and about tools which are helping owners, managers and tenants measure and manage indoor environmental quality. The audience will also learn how GBCs are integrating this key aspect of green buildings into certification programs and how leading companies are responding through the global Better Places for People campaign.

  • Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor, Harvard University School of Public Health (USA)
    • The COGfx Study - The impact of green buildings on cognitive function
  • Anna Braune, Head of Research & Trends, DGNB (Germany)
  • Ilari Aho, Vice-President of New Business Development and CSA, Uponor Group (Finland)

13. Renovation of existing buildings (session in Swedish) 

Making existing buildings more energy efficient is technically challenging, but it is important for the reduction of overall energy consumption. This session will highlight good examples and projects where different types of energy efficiency measures have been used. Life cycle analyses will also be discussed.

  • Jenny Gode, Unit Manager, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (Sweden)
    • Renovations with the goal of near-zero energy use - experiences from completed EU projects
  • Ing-Marie Odegren, Managing Director, Alingsåshem - Public housing in the city of Alingsås (Sweden)
    • How to switch to a more energy efficient wall - while the residents are still there
  • Peter Karlsson, Manager Technology and Energy, Akademiska Hus (Sweden)
    • Akademiska Hus are reducing the energy use in their building stock by 50% by the year 2025 - at Karlstad university it's already been managed.

14. Climate adaptation 2.0


The built environment plays a key role in both reducing emissions and adapting to an altered climate. What actions are reasonable to expect from the business community, government authorities and municipalities, and what sort of resources and political direction are needed? This session presents examples of climate adaptations to buildings and cities. 

  • Christoph Duckart, Landscape Architect and Åsa Keane, Sustainability Specialist, White arkitekter (Sweden)
    • About architecture which can handle tough requirements on climate adaptation
  • Camiel van Drimmelen, Urban Planner at the City of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
    • Amsterdam is developing a climate adaptation strategy to protect critical infrastructure from flooding
  • Emma Dahlgren, Crisis Management and Contingency Planning Specialist, Structor Riskbyrån AB
    • Approaching climate adaptation from a risk management perspective

15. Digitalisation – how smart can a city become?

How does digitalisation affect cities and their residents? With smart technical solutions you can create sustainable systems for energy distribution and transports in a city. This session will provide a glimpse into the possibilities and examples of new, smart, sustainable infrastructure in several European cities.

  • Roberto Vidal, Xeridia, Managing Director (Spain)
    • The ICT platform to drive urban regeneration models of sustainability and smartness
  • Tomas Roos, Technical Manager, Skanska (Sweden) and Peder Berne, Senior Project Manager Sustainable Cities, E.On (Sweden)
    • New technology, smart steering and cooperation reduces need of investments in grid capacity
  • Stefan Vielguth, Research Engineer, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Austria)
    • Urban Data Platforms – project experiences, potentials and challenges