Winter Olympic Legacy

As the Sochi Paralympics draws towards its close, the athletes will soon be gone – but the buildings will remain for other uses. 

This massive development has brought about a seismic shift in attitudes to green buildings in Russia. A key player has been the head of the Russian Green Building Council, Englishman Guy Eames, a graduate of IESD’s MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development. According to Eames, ‘There was a lack of awareness of what green building was and the opportunities it offered. 

We had a lot of people saying they did not believe that green building in Russia would take root.’ Some of the many energy saving features include separating air supply for the ice track and spectator stands in the skating centre, natural daylight, insulation standards well above Russia building regulations, and use of heat recovered from ice and cooling machines. 

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Posted on Monday 17th March 2014

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