An insightful discussion by an international and local group of policy leaders and professionals will focus on the exchange of experiences between Brussels, which adopted the Passive House standard in 2015 as its building code, and Washington, DC, an advocate of strong environmental policies.

In light of collaboration between Brussels and Cities in US and Canada on integrating high performance building standards, Brussels, the Capital of Belgium, is bringing the conversation in other US cities such as Washington, DC.

The intent of the event is to display examples and case studies from architects to show that passive standards are feasible, easily integrated into existing work, and serve to raise ambition and results on efficient buildings.

WRI’s Building Efficiency Initiative is hosting this event in partnership with Belgium.


Belgian Ambassador, H.E. Dirk WOUTERS

Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President And Managing Director, World Resources Institute

His Excellency Mr. Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region

H.E. Cécile Jodogne, Secretary of State for the Brussels-Capital Region in charge of Foreign Trade & Investment

Tommy Wells, Director of DOEE

Joël Solé, Director Energy, Air, Climate, Sustainable buildings at Brussels Environment

Landon Van DykeSenior Advisor for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, and Executive Secretary for the Greening Diplomacy Initiative and the D.C. Eco-Capitals Forum, U.S. Department of State

Emma Stewart, Director, Urban Efficiency & Climate, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Kathlijn FruithofTrade and Investment Commissioner,