Interviews with RuGBC members

Interview with Denis Kuvshinnikov, ABD Architects

“We feel that the market is in need of green projects and we’d like to know more about green building in general, in order to provide correct estimates to our clients. We also think that this green building trend is very positive and we want to play a part in this process.”

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Interview with Juergen Willen, Willen Associates Architects 

“Sustainable, green thinking and acting is not a task of the future, it is an essential challenge of today. The responsible use of resources and an integral approach provide a secure future and prevent from economic and ecological damages. Accredited certificates of DGNB, LEED and BREEAM, which approve buildings with regard to sustainable, energy-saving and environment-friendly criteria are increasingly requested by tenants and become one of the most important marketing tools. Forward-looking green buildings achieve competitive advantages, do economically make sense and moreover: it’s a matter of common heritage and our duty to approach to the environment responsibly.”

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Interview with Yuri Yudakov, Clearlink Development 

“We have developed a formula that will enable us to save on energy and thus cut СО2 emissions and then use the money we have saved for meticulous project work without changing the total project budget and also use better materials for all the buildings we design and build. It is important to understand that project budget includes not only construction and assembly work, but also power and water supply, land, etc. What I want to say is that it is definitely possible to build sustainable and green buildings of better quality without spending more money. The better quality in its turn provides economic effect, namely higher rent, investment value and liquidity.”

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Interview with Armen Khachikyan, EcoStandard 

“According to the estimates of the leading Russian ecological consultancy EcoStandard group, 30% of materials in the Russian market are dangerous to people’s health; 40% are potentially dangerous, that is, when several materials from this group are used inside, concentration of hazardous materials would exceed the norms due to summation effect. Only 30% of the products available on the market can be recommended for use.”

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