AGENDA OF THE CONFERENCE

Opening of the Conference and Welcome Speeches

09:30 – 10:00

Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:30

Welcome by Juris Stinka, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics of Latvia

Welcome by Leonīds Ribickis, Rector of the Riga Technical University

Welcome by Pēteris Druķis, Director of the State Construction Control Bureau of Latvia

Welcome by Laurent Peinaud, President of the European Building Control Consortium

Memorandum of the Latvian Government with the Construction Industry

10:30 – 11:20

Panel Discussion “Implementation Progress of the Memorandum Signed by the Latvian Government and Construction Industry”

The main idea of the panel is to give a short summary on the content of the memorandum signed by the government and the construction industry on 31 May, 2016, and what is the vision of Latvia for the future goals in construction industry.

Participants of the panel discussion include opinion leaders from the construction industry and the state representatives who will share their opinion about the implementation progress of the tasks assigned by the memorandum and how the memorandum is helping stakeholders to work together on future policy goals.

Refreshment break 11:20-11:50

National Policies of Baltic and European Countries in the Construction Industry

11:50 – 12:10

National Building Policy (Guidelines) in Estonia – Kaur Kajak, Head of Industrial Safety Division of the Estonian Technical Regulatory Authority

Presentation provides information about the main objectives and tasks of the construction industry in Estonia and characterises the main challenges, as well as the progress in reaching the challenging objectives.

12:10 – 12:30

National Building Policy (Guidelines) in Lithuania – Lina Staškevičienė, Deputy Head of State Supervision of Construction Department, State Territorial Planning and Construction Inspectorate under the Ministry of Environment

Presentation provides information about the main objectives and tasks of the construction industry in Lithuania and characterises the main challenges, as well as the progress in reaching the challenging objectives.

12:30 – 12:40

National Building Policy (Guidelines) in Latvia – Edmunds Valantis, Deputy State Secretary, Director of Construction and Housing Policy Department of the Ministry of Economics of Latvia

Presentation provides information about the main objectives and tasks of the construction industry in Latvia and characterises the main challenges, as well as the progress in reaching the challenging objectives.

12:40 – 13:10

Construction Policy Tendency in European Countries – Martin Russell-Croucher, Secretary-General of the Consortium of European Building Control and Rainer Mikulits, Managing Director of the Austrian Institute of Construction Engineering

Presentation provides insight into the main conclusions regarding the construction policy in Europe, as well as the main trends and agendas for policy-makers today.

Lunch break 13:10-14:10

14:10 – 14:30

Building Renovation Strategy 2020 and Its Development Perspectives – Emilio Miguel Mitre, Director of International Affairs of Green Building Council Espańa, the World Green Building Council member

Presentation informs about the challenges of the building renovation today. Do the state programmes help reaching the goals set and what changes can be expected in the future with regarding to the building renovation?

Information about BuildUpon project, progress report on the future perspectives from the BuildUpon project side.

14:30 – 14:50

Simplification of Eurocodes and Perspectives for Development of National Building Regulations – Rainer Mikulits, Managing Director of the Austrian Institute of Construction Engineering

Presentation provides information about challenges for the industry regarding the use of Eurocodes. Where is the Eurocodes programme heading in Europe and what changes can be expected in the future?

The representative of the State Construction Control Bureau of Latvia gives short comment on the progress with Eurocodes in Latvia and what changes are expected in the national building codes.

14:50 – 15:10

Applying European Building Regulatory Expertise to Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries – Thomas Moullier, representative of World Bank

The representative of the World Bank will present the new Building Regulation for Resilience Programme initiative. The presentation will highlight opportunities for collaborations and how European regulatory expertise could be applied to support risk reduction in low and middle-income countries.

15:10 – 15:20

Communication Technologies in Construction – Jānis Prodnieks, Chairman of the Board of InfoEra Latvia Ltd.

Presentation on the opportunities of the latest cloud-based digitalisation technologies for information distribution in construction projects.

15:20 – 15:30

Development of Construction Industry in Digitalisation Era – Leif Granholm, Senior Vice President of Trimble Solutions Oy and BIM Ambassador

Presentation on what digitalisation offers for the industry. What newest technologies can help to solve the tasks set by the policy – raise productivity, reduce grey economy and improve quality and competitiveness?

Refreshment break 15:30-16:00

Role of National Policies for Raising Quality in Construction Industry in Europe and Latvia

16:00 – 16:50

Panel Discussion “What is the Role of National Policy in Raising Quality of Construction Industry?”

The goal of the panel discussion is to outline expectations of policy makers from the industry and vice versa. What should be done and what not in order to reach the goals set?

Participants of the panel discussion are state officials and industry leaders from Latvia, and officials of European Building Control Consortium.

16:50 – 17:00

Conference Summary by Pēteris Druķis, Director of State Construction Control Bureau of Latvia

Summary of the conference discussions and conclusions. Outline of the upcoming activities in 2017 – what tasks have to be achieved by law-makers (Parliament), developers of regulations (ministries) and developers of standards (industry stakeholders) for construction industry development.

Date and topic of the conference in 2017.