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«The Olympic Games will bring green building in Russia into fashion»

¹ 11-12 (2011)
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Winter Games-2014 can bring ecological building into fashion in our country and promote the elaboration of national ecodevelopment standards, considers the general director of Prosperity Project Management, the cofounder and the chairman of the board of Ecological Building Council in Russia, Alexey Polyakov.

— Will the Olympic Games in Sochi become «greenest» in the history of the Games?

— It is difficult to talk about it, but ecological control at construction of buildings is very serious. As for the infrastructure, we should remember: Sochi is situated in unique natural climatic zone, and it will be difficult to reduce the influence on environment to a minimum.

In particular, ecologists compain of road building Adler — Krasnaya Polyana and ports building in mouths of the rivers Psou and Mzymta. But Organizing committee, and «Olympstroy» would like to do as less harm as possible. And such global project can change radically the notion of Russians about ecodevelopment, make to it, good PR, so to say. Today we can already speak about two kinds of technologies used on the Olympic buildings in Sochi: it is wastelessness of building and protection of potable water resources. The first is gathering and recycling of building garbage — it can be used subsequently as building materials, processing factories in Sochi are being already constructed. The second presupposes that erected objects won't pollute natural reservoirs in immediate proximity.

— The Olympic Games in Sochi will become the most expensive project in the history of modern Russia. Whether it makes ecobuilding more expensive?

— Ecodevelopment is not so expensive as we think. We should just think of it beforehand, at a stage of conceptual designing. Then, by means of inexpensive, but rational approaches to selection of technologies and equipment, an arrangement and orientation of the building itself, rise in construction cost will make no more than 5%. Moreover, it is necessary to remember that construction cost — is not only building, but also operation, and it is 25-30% cheaper at using of harmless technologies. The construction is stronger and more durable, it is more convenient to live and work in it.

Author: Sergey Semyonov