Organized by the Embassy of France, which each year brings together local officials and representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina local governments, this year's round table on "Local Communities and the Challenges of Climate Change" was held on 20th of November at the Olympic Museum in Sarajevo Zetra.
At the event attended by Ambassador of France in Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Claire Bodonyi, one of the speakers was Assist. Prof. Dr. Sanela Klarić, from the Department of Architecture at the International Burch University.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Sanela Klarić, within her presentation "New Materials in Construction", presented research related to local natural materials prevailing in BH, which represent an opportunity for the development of clean technologies.
Materials such as wood, sheep's wool or straw are natural materials that in BH are not managed in a sustainable manner and often represent waste. Through energy efficiency projects, that are very popular in local communities, it would be possible to support the development of enterprise for the production of insulation materials of these local natural materials. Those in its lifetime consumes much less power, and have no bad influences because of their natural regulation of the environment and climate .
These projects would provide jobs and balanced development of BH, and warming facilities projects implementation would support socio-economic development of the country. Renewed or newly built buildings would become more comfortable and healthier because natural materials affect the improved comfort and breathability in buildings.
The lecture was very well accepted, and the local officials have recognized the development opportunities of these materials and their relationship with energy efficiency. We hope that in future better partnership between the institutions, local authorities, universities and businesses will be achieved.