DGBW Session International: Advancing Net Zero / Paris Proof

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Experts of international Green Building Councils (Canada, USA, UK and Australia) tell about their ambitions and strategies and the broad commitment they are aiming for in their region. Moderated by Victoria Burrows of the World Green Building Council.

Internationally, the ambition is called Advancing Net Zero (ANZ), in the Netherlands we call it Paris Proof: how do we deal internationally with the objectives of the Climate Agreement? Experts from international Green Building Councils from all over the world talk about their ambitions and strategy, about milestones achieved and the way in which they try to get commitment from as many parties as possible.

The program is still under development, keep an eye on the website for updates.

DGBW Session speakers

Victoria Burrows
World Green Building Council

Fin MacDonald
Canada Green Building

Richard Twinn
UK Green Building Council

Elizabeth Beardsley
US Green Building Council

Jorge Chapa
Green Building Council Australia

Martin Mooij
Dutch Green Building Council


This DGBW Session will be in English


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Part of the anniversary edition of Dutch Green Building Week

The DGBW Session is part of the anniversary edition of the Dutch Green Building Week. The tenth edition of the week will take place from September 21 to September 25. #MadeinHolland is the theme of the week, with which the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and its partners will put the Netherlands on the international map.

Go to the anniversary edition of Dutch Green Building Week

Victoria Burrows, WorldGBC

Victoria Burrows is Director of Advancing Net Zero, the pioneering WorldGBC global project to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” carbon by 2050. In this role, Victoria oversees and supports Green Building Councils participating in the project, as well as a number of other partnerships which provide funding and support, marketing and communications, and the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.  

With a strong background in the sustainable development industry, ranging from client side advisory services, green building rating tool consultancy, and an on-site Head of Sustainability for a major international contractor, Victoria brings a unique perspective to the Advancing Net Zero project.  

Victoria has a degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Nottingham, and co-authored the book: A Whole System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings.  


Fin MacDonald

Fin MacDonald, C.E.T., LEED AP O+M, is the manager of the Zero Carbon Building Program at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and represents the council as a subject matter expert in zero carbon design and operations through ongoing dialog with stakeholders and the media.   

Fin is responsible for the broad adoption of the program and for driving reductions in the carbon footprint of buildings through collaboration with industry, governments, utilities, and other stakeholders. Over the past two years he has also managed the Zero Carbon Pilot Program in Canada and led the development of Version 2 of the council’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. 

Richard Twinn

Richard Twinn is Senior Manager for Advancing Net Zero at UKGBC and works on issues including low carbon buildings, energy efficiency, green finance and embodied carbon. The Advancing Net Zero programme is aiming to drive the transition to a net zero carbon built environment and has developed the UKGBC Net Zero Carbon Building Framework and guidance on scope 3 reporting for commercial real estate. 

Richard has previously led UKGBC’s involvement in the LENDERS green mortgages project and has worked on a range of national policy areas including Building Regulations, the Energy Company Obligation and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. 

Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Counsel U.S. Green Building Council

Elizabeth (Liz) Beardsley brings more than 20 years of professional experience working on environmental and climate issues both as an engineer and lawyer. In her current role, Liz serves as Senior Policy Counsel at the U.S. Green Building Council, a global environmental nonprofit best known for LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. She provides strategic green building law and policy guidance and direction across the international, federal, state and local spectrum, and her work focuses on connecting building policy to climate mitigation. 

Since joining USGBC in 2014, Liz has represented the organization at four United Nations COP climate change conferences. Liz serves on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and participates on committees of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BSCE) and the Alliance to Save Energy. 
Liz has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, Green Building Council of Australia

As the Head of Market Transformation, Jorge Chapa is responsible for ensuring the GBCA's product and service offerings deliver healthy, resilient and positive places for people and nature. This includes setting the vision for Green Star, Australia’s leading rating system for the built environment.

Over the past decade, Jorge co-authored a number of GBCA reports including ‘A Carbon Positive Roadmap’ and ‘Building with Nature’. He’s also been part of WorldGBC’s ‘From Thousands to Billions: Coordinated Action towards 100% Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050’.

Jorge currently chairs GRESB’s Australia and New Zealand’s Benchmark Advisory Group, and the WorldGBC’s Global Commitment for Net Zero Carbon Buildings Taskforce. He is also a member of ClimateBonds building standard working group, and GRESB’s resilience working group.

Jorge has an architecture degree from the University of Monterrey in Mexico and a Masters in Design Science from the University of Sydney.

Martin Mooij, Dutch Green Building Council

Ir. Martin Mooij (1962) is programmamanager en manager Certificering. In deze functie is hij verantwoordelijk voor het grootschalige Deltaplan Duurzame Renovatie (Paris Proof) en voor het certificeringssysteem rond BREEAM-NL.

Martin is opgeleid als architect aan de TU-Delft en heeft zich tijdens na zijn studie gericht op flexibele woningbouw. Vervolgens heeft hij 5 jaar als projectontwikkelaar bij systeembouwer Fort Bouw gewerkt, waar hij zowel een woningbouw als een unitbouwsysteem heeft afgestemd op de regelgeving en de certificering van deze systemen heeft  verzorgd. In 1998 is hij naar Ecofys gegaan, adviesbureau op het gebied van energiebesparing, duurzame energie en duurzaam bouwen. Binnen Ecofys heeft de unit energie in de gebouwde omgeving geleid en een groot aantal gemeenten, bouwpartijen geadviseerd. Vanuit Ecofys is hij vanaf de beginperiode betrokken geweest bij van DGBC. Voor zijn komst naar DGBC was Martin verantwoordelijk voor het Public en Real Estate segment bij Nuon.

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