Join Jan Van Steirteghem, General Manager Business Unit Europe at BESIX, Renaud Chevalier, CEO ASSAR and sustainable materials Guru, Camille Mommer, Natura Mater to discuss a sustainable future for construction and real estate

Did you know, the construction industry accounts for an incredible 36% of worldwide energy usage, and 40% of CO2 emissions. Change is not just necessary, it’s urgent.

In this panel discussion with experts from BESIX, Assar Architects and sustainable materials guru, Natura mater, we pose the big questions: how will we build our houses and cities in the future, and how can the real estate industry better work together to speed up progress? We will discuss the latest developments in environmentally friendly construction, debate the most resource-efficient solutions, explore new sustainable materials and practices, and review the challenges ahead.

Radical, sustainable, new materials

It’s not easy being green – and nowhere is that more true than in the building profession. To help and advise those looking to embark on the challenge, Natura Mater is a Belgian start-up that sources sustainable materials and provides building solutions to professionals. Their aim is to help builders, entrepreneurs, architects, and property developers integrate sustainable practices in their projects from start to finish in order to accelerate the construction industry’s eco transition.

In this panel discussion, Natura Mater’s co-founders Jeremy Bommer and Camille Mommer will discuss with an architect and a contractor the challenges and opportunities of using sustainable materials in building projects. Not just for those in construction, all TheMerode members are welcome to discover and learn about one of today’s most important topics.

Welcome: 6:30pm

Conference: 7-8pm

Bar is open: 8pm

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Jan Van Steirteghem General Manager BU Europe @BESIX

Jan Van Steirteghem has been General Manager of the contracting activities of BESIX Group in Western Europe since January 2020.

From 2016 to 2019, Jan managed BESIX Engineering, the in-house design office of BESIX, comprising 150+ engineers in Brussels, Dubai and Brisbane. Previously, he contributed to the construction and renovation of major infrastructure, among others as Project Manager for the Coen Tunnel in Amsterdam, including the renovation of the old infrastructure and the creation of a new tunnel that considerably improved urban mobility in the Dutch capital.

Jan Van Steirteghem has a PhD in Engineering Sciences (2006) and a Master in Civil Engineering & Architecture (2001) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Camille Mommer Sustainable Material Guru @ Natura Mater

Camille Mommer is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. A Master inbio-engineeringfrom the VUB (Belgium) in pocket, she started working for 3 years in financing of innovation. In 2014, she joined the cluster where she gained experience in the world of entrepreneurship. She coached dozens of entrepreneurs and develops a firm knowledge of the ecosystem that surrounds them. She then worked for Agoria on company networks and technical lobby portfolios. Camille is enthusiastic, passionate, and has a pragmatic approach.

Renaud Chevalier CEO of ASSAR Architects

Belgian architect Renaud Chevalier worked on a number of  major projects throughout his career, from conception to development, such as Flagey Brussels, the “Hippodrome of Wallonia” in Ghlin, “la Salle des Marchés” from BNPParibasFortis bank as well as NATO headquarters (220.000 m² in Brussels).

 He is Managing Director of ASSAR and has devoted himself mainly to the management of the company, its growth (from 100 to 160 employees in a few years) and its sustainability in the face of the societal, technological and environmental challenges of our world.

Jeremy Bommer Architect & Founder @ Natura Mater

Jeremy Bommer studiedarchitectureat ULB in Brussels and graduated with first-classhonoursand the prize for architecture. He then joined a Brussels-based architecture firm where he managed projects from beginning to end. In 2014 he put his compass away to become technical director of a general contracting company and in 2016 went on tofoundhis own construction company alongside a property developer. After three good years, he looks to the future and now sees it’s time for a new challenge, closer to his beliefs and to the impending climate emergency. 

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