Smart Building: Increase of energy efficiency and self-sufficiency

This Podium Talk at swissnex Brazil brought together experts from Switzerland and Brazil to address the use of biomass, primarily bamboo, in the construction industry through the production of new types of concrete, especially in the social context. There is a long way to go concerning its exploration and the formation of a supply chain, despite the high biodiversity of this material. Brazil has about 230 species of bamboo.

The exchange of ideas between professionals and high-level institutional representatives reflected on the use of this material and the impact it will have on society. For this, three experts on the subject discussed the theme:

Celina Llerena
Architect and founding partner of the Ebiobambu School. Owner of an architecture and construction office with more than 39 years of experience in the market where she develops ecological and conventional architecture projects, consulting and adaptation of conventional architecture projects for ecological architecture, construction management, support, supervision and monitoring.

Guillaume Habert
Graduated in Earth, Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, PhD in Structural Geology in Toulouse (France). He works focused on the development of sustainable concrete. This also led him to address the environmental evaluation of building materials as well as the development of new binders such as geopolymers. Since August 2012, Guillaume Habert holds the Chair of Sustainable Construction and is Associate Professor at ETH Zurich. In June 2014, he joined the NCCR Digital Fabrication.

Romildo Dias Toledo Filho
Graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Paraíba (1983), master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1986) and doctorate in civil engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1997). He is currently a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and deputy director of Coppe/UFRJ. He has experience in Civil Engineering with emphasis on concrete, acting on the following topics: concrete, composite materials, low environmental impact materials, solid waste (municipal, construction and demolition, agricultural and industrial), durability, refractory concrete, folders for cement and concrete dams.