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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Feb 17, 2021

Charalampos Giannikopoulos is the founder of DCarbon, a consultancy firm whose goal is to provide top-quality analysis and strengthen existing values in the real-estate sector through the seamless integration of sustainable development tools, optimum efficiencies, innovation and green advocacy.

Charalampos started his career in the UK as the Sustainability Coordinator of the R&D group at Aedas, a global leading architectural firm, jumping to the business consultancy sector focusing on environmental investments and PPP projects. In 2011, he was involved in the inaugural implementation of LEED in Greece with large scale commercial projects.

With extensive experience in participating in multi-disciplinary teams on major international projects including the “Masdar City” sustainable masterplan and the “Abu Dhabi Investment Council” development in Abu Dhabi, Charalampos has been involved in prominent commercial, industrial and educational projects in the region including management of more than 80% of all completed LEED projects in Greece. Along with dynamic energy modelling projects, creation and implementation of environmental management plans and green advocacy programs.

Charalampos is a LEED Fellow, a USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) Faculty, a former member of the LEED Technical Advisory Group of the USGBC and USGBC Pro Reviewer, a founding member of the BoD of the SBC Greece, former Vice President of the Hellenic Chapter of ASHRAE, a LEED AP with the “Building Design + Construction”, “Interior Design + Construction”, “Operations + Maintenance” and “Neighborhood Development” specialties, a WELL AP, a BREEAM International New Construction Assessor, a BREEAM In-Use Assessor, an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional, a DGNB Consultant and an EDGE Expert. 


Show Highlights

  • Greece’s  95% collapse in the real estate sector pushed sustainability to the forefront of projects.
  • Charalampos’ project management company does sustainability on a greater scale by asking how green is your portfolio. 
  • Looking at sustainability from a different aspect to improve product manufacturer requirements. 
  • Charalampos’ fearlessness has allowed his team to be involved in every single first project in its category.
  • How the evolution of health issues connects directly with the economics of green building?
  • The biggest challenges for the future and why LEED has been taken for granted.
  • Applying LEED and other rating systems in his region.
  • Keys for successful LEED projects and how to engage teams to maximize resources.  

“I'm really proud of our involvement in the first  LEED Platinum project in Greece - a kindergarten! To us, it is vitally important that children come into contact with sustainability. We believe that early exposure to sustainability can have a positive impact on the way people see the world, and choose to live and interact with the environment.”

- Charalampos Giannikopoulos


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