2023 was an important milestone in the development of environmental The year 2023 was an important milestone in the development of environmental construction in Russia, marking the transition from a fashionable trend to a fundamental component of the national sustainable development strategy. to a fundamental component of the national sustainable development strategy. Significant progress was made during the year significant progress was made, reflecting the growing awareness of the importance of sustainable practices in the construction industry. of sustainable practices in the construction industry.
One of the key developments was the the standardisation of new sustainable materials and technologies, which has standardisation of new sustainable materials and technologies, which has provided new opportunities for developers to create environmentally sustainable and efficient projects.
The adoption of national standards The adoption of national standards for the assessment of green buildings has ushered in a new era in assessing the environmental performance of construction projects.
A significant step in this direction A significant step in this direction was the introduction of the “Clover” green building assessment system, developed with the support of the VEB of the Russian Federation by leading industry experts. with the support of VEB RF, by leading industry experts. This system, which is characterised by This system, characterised by independent verification, has introduced a number of significant appraised projects to the market, demonstrating its efficiency and reliability.
The Ministry of Construction and DOM.RF played a key role in stimulating green building by presenting financial instruments that will accelerate the transition to green building. instruments that will accelerate the transition to environmentally sustainable practices. These measures will significantly contribute to the development of the industry and attract new investment. investments.
Within the framework of international co-operation, the Russian Green Building Council RuGBC has taken the initiative to join the Eurasian Working Group on Harmonisation of Green Building Practices. initiative and joined the Eurasian Working Group on Harmonisation of Green Standards. green standards. Co-operation with the Councils of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan has strengthened Russia’s position as a leader in this field in the post-Soviet space. post-Soviet space.
Establishment of the Technical Committee Technical Committee of Rosstandart TC 474 “Environmental Requirements for Real Estate” was a response to the need to develop standards that promote sustainable development. was a response to the need to develop standards that promote sustainable development. development. In the standardisation plan for 2023/24, special attention was paid to development of green GOSTs, including a standard on the environmental declaration of of building materials.
The year 2023 has undoubtedly become a defining year for green building in Russia. Support from the support from the government, active position of non-profit and expert organisations contributed to the formation of structured and effective approaches to sustainable construction, from green design to green building. environmentally sustainable construction, from green design to green financing, opening up new horizons for the future of green building. financing, opening new horizons for the future sustainable development of the construction industry in Russia. of the construction industry in Russia.
As we look ahead to 2024, we are optimistic about Russia’s path forward in the field of ecology and green building. Russia’s green and green building path, a path that has already signalled a new era of innovation and sustainable development. a new era of innovation and sustainable development. With each passing year, this path becomes more realised and fulfilled, and we hope that the coming year will strengthen and expand this path. year will consolidate and extend these achievements.
We wish that a deep understanding of the importance of environmental sustainability permeates all levels of society, from city planners to everyday citizens. May every project, every building, every corner of the city be an embodiment of the desire for harmony with nature. and care for future generations. We dream of seeing Russian cities as oases of greenery and sustainability, where clean air, green parks and energy-efficient buildings will become the norm, not the exception. buildings will become the norm, not the exception.
May 2024 bring with it new ideas and technologies that will make green building even more affordable and efficient. affordable and efficient. We hope that the efforts of government, the private private sector and non-profit organisations will be synchronised in the pursuit of environmental responsibility and sustainable development. environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
In this year, as the world strives towards a green future, we wish Russia to become a shining example of how the domestic advanced technologies and sustainable innovations domestic cutting-edge technologies and sustainable innovations can transform the urban environment, making it better not only for us today, but also for future generations tomorrow. but also for future generations tomorrow. May every step towards environmental sustainability inspire and open up new possibilities for a cleaner, greener and more prosperous world, greener and more prosperous world.