Casa Batroun Eco-Renovation

Casa Batroun Eco-Renovation

The Circular Economy & Eco Design

Maha Nasrallah

Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1960, Maha received the Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Beirut in 1983. She teaches architectural design at AUB since 2003. The main focus of Maha Nasrallah architect’s design office is on sustainable design. Some of her projects include: The ecological renovation of Casa Batroun in 2011, in collaboration with EcoConsulting, Dar al Aytam Qobbeh Complex in collaboration with Prime Design, and the Bkerzay lodging project. Maha also started experimenting with clay in 2010 and became one of the co-founders of the Bkerzay Pottery Workshop that began in 2011 in Baakline, and where she exhibits her work permanently.

Maya Karkour

Maya Karkour is an Environmental Consultant, an Eco-Entrepreneur, and the Managing Director of EcoConsulting which she co-founded in London, UK in 2003 and then established in Beirut, Lebanon in 2008. EcoConsulting is a specialized sustainability consultancy with a focus on reworking the relationship between businesses, institutions, municipalities, corporations, households and the Environment through greater energy-efficiency, better resource use, pollution mitigation, as well as healthier and circular solutions. Maya oversees or has directly worked on numerous projects aiming at reducing their environmental footprint –including the eco-renovation of Casa Batroun, first project in the Middle-East to achieve the British BREEAM “Excellent” certificate in 2014 and the Lebanese Architects Sustainability Award in 2017. She also conducts eco-building, sustainability, circular economy and environmental seminars & workshops on a regular basis. Maya has been actively promoting the Circular Economy and sustainable practices in Lebanon through workshops, as the local representative of the Circular Economy Club in Beirut, and more recently by launching the Circular Hub of EcoConsulting. She has also been coaching environmental start-ups or entrepreneurs with innovative entrepreneurial solutions. Maya has been a keynote speaker or moderator at various sustainability/environmental conferences in Lebanon and other countries. She has organized and animated a panel in 2017 on Agriculture & Climate Change, has been selected to coach all presenters and moderate an event for the EU Delegation in Lebanon in December 2019, entitled “Towards a Green Society in Lebanon?”, and was invited as a speaker on “Enabling a Circular Economy” at the CSR Lebanon Forum in October 2019. Maya holds an MSc (hons) in Environment from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a LEED Accredited Professional, a BREEAM Licensed Assessor, a Low Carbon Energy Assessor, and holds certificates in the Circular Economy and Permaculture. She is currently the President of the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association and is heading its environmental Education Committee.

Seminar Content


Casa Batroun Case Study: A small private house in the Mediterranean sea-side town of Batroun, North of Lebanon renovated and extended in an eco-friendly manner. It achieved the BREEAM Excellent rating and is the 1st project to be BREEAM-certified in Lebanon and the 1st BREEAM Excellent rating in the Middle-East. Casa Batroun was also the recipient of the GOLD Award from the UK Green Apple Award for the Built Environment in 2013 and the winner of the Lebanese Architect Award 2017 in the Sustainable Architecture category! The presentation will describe its bio-climatic design, the choice of low-impact materials, as well as all the energy-efficiency, water conservation, and sustainability features of the house.

October 20, 2020
05:30 pm - 06:30 pm


1 Unit CE
1 Unit GB




The Circular Economy & Eco Design
Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighborhoods


The Circular Economy & Eco Design

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities & Communities
Affordable & Clean Energy
Responsible Consumption & Production
Partnerships for the Goals
Good Health & Wellbeing

Who is it for?

General public, specifically architects, engineers, and architecture or engineering students