Owner/Director  Ronald Rovers, some highlights:

chair and organiser 1 st World conference Sustainable Building (SB2000, Maastricht)

co-founder iiSBE, International NGO: int.initiative for Sustainable Built environment

honorary member of the Chinese academy for Science and Technology, Wuxi, PRChina

expert missions for UNDP, OECD, Nuffic

guest lecturing, in Prague, Zurich, Aachen, Guimaraes (Pt), Hasselt(Be),

advisor to central European countries accession for the EU “90ties”

advisor to Ministry of construction , PR China, for Sustainable Building development 2003-2006

Research leader for the pan European ministers of housing conference, 2002

founder and Editor in Chief, Int Magazine ‘Sustainable Building’, 2000-2004

initiative and design demonstration house from recycled materials, 1995 (Dutch IBC environmental award)

Book: Sustainable Housing, a conceptual approach , 2006 ISBN: 978-90-8594-020-3

consultancy,  courses, workshops and lectures

SBSClogo-kl-klSBS offers  consultancy and expertise  for the development of Sustainable Building(s) and urban area (re-)development. Among these: executing short courses, contracted to analyse design options, develop project briefs, excursions, workshops,  international advice or expert support. The office is based in The Netherlands, and is internationally active. Owner is Ronald Rovers,  who works with many experts in different fields of expertise for  specific projects. 


logo ribuilt smRiBuilT is the research area,  which  explores zero impact built environments,  0 for energy, materials, water and food, that is to operate within defined system limits. Maxergy and Embodied Land (c) is the model and calculation method for absolute fysical impacts (compensation). Urban Harvest + is the approach to asses urban environments vitality, the potential of a district to operate under stress.   The total is positioned as “The concept of 0 ” . (See downloads)


= Guest Lectures, workshops and short courses

= Conceptual design and design guidelines

= Ambition and vision strategy development

= Partner in research projects

= Guided tour organisation

= consultancy for Sustainable Building and urban environmental management

= educational program development

= Training / workshops aiming at transferring knowledge and capabilities.


The main focus is to provide a clear and honest picture of sustainability and resource-performance of buildings and built environments, as a basis to make decisions on design and investments, within the conditions set by local climates and cultures. In research and projects over the years  many new insights have been developed in how to create real reduction in impacts from resource use, in energy as well as in materials, water and land management.  Both the Global and local circumstances are taken into account, leading to creative and  innovative solutions. These are  translated into a practical built environment approach: as guidelines, project briefs , key performance indicators.

The knowledge is spread via  publications, public lectures, workshops  and invited presentations, nationally and internationally, for a broad variety of stakeholders and institutions.


The project related  activities cover a large variety in the whole spectrum of sustainable development:  Developing assessments  based on  resource management, defining the terms of reference for a building project or Urban development , as well as  product development in bamboo construction  and concepts for  sustainable community development.



–  office development in Iran: design guidelines and terms of reference for the project: workshops, research, and project brief. 


–  preparation and shared moderating of the  IEA Future Buildings Forum conference, AgentschapNL & ministry of economic affairs


–  (team) work for the Ministry of Construction in China,  exploring the introduction of Sustainable Building: workshops, policy analyses, tool development.


–  local community value study Zaanstad The Netherlands: How can unemployed people create value from their direct built environment, in terms of energy water and food harvests, and more.


–  documentation of global green and successful policy examples for The Canadian Government.


–  assignment for the EU-China program, to assist  Shenzhen City in developing new Urban districts in a sustainable way.


–  community development in Iran coastal area, as a workers village for the Industry: Sustainable community development: total project: local analyses, concept design, materialisation, energyplan, social community strategy.


–  project tours with foreign experts  groups in The Netherlands


–  invited key note presentations : 2013: SB13 Czech republic  and SB13 Portugal ; Florence Architecture Forum, IEA Future Buildings Forum, and others.


–  Speaker invited for several companies events

–  advisor/consultant for new bachelor and master courses.


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