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Cersaie 2010: Conferences and Seminars Ceramic tiles and sustainable building
Wednesday 29 September - 10.00 a.m.
Towards Green Public Procurement: what are the opportunities for ceramic tiles? Researchers and green building experts will discuss the contribution made to sustainability by the intrinsic characteristics of ceramic tiles compared to polymeric materials or wood and the environmental performance characteristics based on a LCA. Green Public Procurement in non-EU markets.
Biographical notes Mario Tarantini is senior researcher at the Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA). Graduated in Mechanical Engineering, he has worked since 1984 in Energy Systems Department of ENEA and, more recently, in the Environment , Global change and Sustainable Development Department. He has more than 15 years of experience in conducting national and international research projects. On behalf of Italian Ministry of Environment he is actually coordinating a working group to define environmental criteria for Green Public Procurement of building materials and elements.
Biographical notes Rossano Resca, a graduate in Mining Engineering, is a researcher at the Ceramic Centre in Bologna. He deals mainly with the planning and development of Environmental Management Systems, in compliance with the requirements set down by ISO 14001 and by the EMAS Regulation, and with assistance to companies seeking Environmental Product certification, in compliance with the criteria required by the European Ecolabel system. In these professional areas, he has worked with the most important companies in the sector, helping them to obtain various kinds of environmental certification. He works as a third-party auditor for the Evaluation of Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001 standard and EMAS Regulation), and for the Evaluation of Recycled Material Content in order to obtain LEED certification for buildings.
Biographical notes Ron Jones is Co-Founder and President of Green Builder® Media. Considered to be one of the fathers of the green building movement, Ron has been instrumental in setting guidelines and standards with the most recognized organizations in the green building/sustainable development sector, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In fact, he is the only person ever to serve as a member of the Boards of Directors for both of these organizations. He served as charter chairman of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee and is an original member of the LEED Homes Committee for the USGBC. Ron is also the owner of Green Builder LLC, a national-award-winning design/build company that specializes in challenging site projects and environmentally appropriate construction. He has served as a speaker, trainer and consultant to a variety of organizations including the American Solar Energy Society, National Recycling Association, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, NAHB, USGBC, International Housing Conference of the Americas, Fannie Mae Partnership Foundation, National Arbor Day Foundation, and many others in the private and public sectors. Ron served as Chairman of the consensus committee that developed the National Green Building Standard (ANSI 700). He also served on the International Code Council’s Sustainable Building Technology Committee, which developed the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) which is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Biographical notes James Biber has practiced architecture in a multi-disciplinary environment for more than 25 years. Trained first as a biologist, then as an architect, James has surrounded himself with a variety of thinkers from different fields to expand the notion of architecture. His work centers on a belief that architecture, as an expression of identity, is inseparable from its language of form and tectonics. The result is an architecture tied closely to its context; whether physical, cultural or metaphorical. Projects Biber has created range from oceanfront residences in the Hamptons to a museum for the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle company. Filling in this broad spectrum of projects are restaurants, showrooms, retail stores, schools, exhibitions, streetscapes and urban design projects spanning the US market. Current clients include the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston; the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT; Interface FLOR; Fashion Center NYC; and Harrah’s Entertainment in Las Vegas. His work has been awarded prizes from numerous magazine and design organizations and has been widely published in the US and Global press. James has practiced for the past 19 years as a partner in Pentagram. On October 10 he will open his new office, Biber Architects, in New York.