About the Czech Green Building Council

The Czech Green Building Council (CZGBC) brings together companies from various sectors of the economy. Their common interest is high-quality buildings that support new construction and renovation based on sustainability principles. The Czech Green Building Council was founded in 2009 and all its activities are aimed at meeting the “Vision Zero” objectives - a state where buildings have zero impact on environment throughout their whole life cycle.

The Council priorities for 2020-2021 can be found HERE.

MISSION

We encourage the market to transform the way people design, build, maintain and operate the buildings and urban areas. We strive to create a healthy, prosperous and environmentally and socially friendly urban environment that improves the quality of life.

VISION

Green buildings will become standard in the Czech Republic. They will enable higher productivity, a healthy and comfortable environment for their users, and will not consume more energy than they themselves produce.

The Council currently has 80 members with the following breakdown by focus:

  • Developers
  • Materials manufacturers
  • Technology Producers
  • Architects and Designers
  • Consultants
  • Others
  • Financial Institutions

Green building

What does a green building mean?

The green building is energy efficient, has a high-quality internal environment, saves water, uses circular economy principles and sustainable materials. Positively affects the environment.

Green buildings have long-term economic benefits for their owners throughout their whole life cycle, while creating a healthy and comfortable internal environment for their users.

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Solar energy

  • Photovoltaics and solar thermal panels as renewable energy sources

Energy from earth and air

  • Heat pumps take heat from the surroundings and pass it to the building for heating and hot water

Optimizing energy consumption

  • Energy management, operation control and automation
  • Detailed measurement and analysis of consumption data

Outdoor shading

  • Fixed or movable shading elements and windows with reflective foils reducing sunlight and thus overheating the building

Heating, cooling and ventilation

  • Controlled ventilation with heat and humidity recovery
  • Use of night pre-cooling by ventilation in summer
  • Utilization of waste heat from cooling

Envelope constructions

  • Well insulated walls, roofs and floors
  • Suitably oriented insulating tight windows and doors

Healthy indoor environment

  • Fresh air provided by air conditioning with recuperation, possibility to open the window
  • Thermal comfort in summer and winter, the possibility of individual temperature control
  • Natural daylight and intelligent artificial lighting control
  • Acoustics with absorbing surfaces
  • Ergonomic interior design
  • Motivation for movement and active rest
  • Greenery in the interior promotes concentration and relaxation

Water management

  • Collecting rainwater for flushing and irrigation of greenery

Water management

  • Economical fittings
  • Rain and purified gray water for flushing
  • Heat recovery from waste water for preheating

Green roofs and facades

  • Rainwater retention in place
  • Cooling of premises in the building and its surroundings thanks to water vapor
  • Lower energy consumption for summer cooling of the building
  • Pleasant and natural environment for users

Sustainable materials

  • Building as a material bank: principles of circular economy
  • Recyclable and recycled materials and demountable elements
  • Materials with lower carbon footprint
  • Natural materials free of harmful substances

Ecological transport

  • Facilities for cyclists and connection to cycle paths
  • Use of public transport
  • Charging station for electric cars and electric bikes

Building incorporation

  • Appropriate orientation towards cardinal points
  • The use of brownfields before land seizure
  • Preventing the heat islands of cities by greenery on roofs and facades
  • Promoting the biodiversity of natural plant and animal species
  • Elimination of light pollution of the sky
  • Available amenities and greenery

The Chance for Buildings Alliance

The Chance for Buildings alliance was established by the Council together with the Passive House Center in 2010 with the aim of creating a favorable legislative and economic framework that will ensure that buildings in the Czech Republic are sustainable, ie energy efficient, adapted to climate change and environmentally friendly.

In the preparation of legislation, standards or support programs, Chance for Buildings provides institutions with the expertise and expertise of a broad membership of over 300 companies from entire building segment.

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