Visit to Kaohsiung and Ping Tung in Taiwan

During the interval between the Chongqing and Sydney SBE16 conferences, Nils Larsson spent 6 days in Kaohsiung, a city of more than one million located in southern Taiwan. One of our colleagues in Kaohsiung, Paul Chou, is Director of the Department of Interior Design at Shu-Te University, and he arranged a week of activity that included jury duty in a design competition, visits to start-up ventures, meetings with senior staff of Kaohsiung City and Ping Tung City; and finally a public lecture to 60 academics, architects, engineers and students.

Joseph Li, who is Executive Director of the Taiwan iiSBE chapter and also Associate Professor at Shu-Te University, is organizing two parallel sessions at WSBE17 Hong Kong that focus on urban resilience in Asian cities and approaches to sustainability followed in Taiwan.

Climate change is now a major public concern in Taiwan, with summer daytime temperatures in Kaohsiung having increased by 2.1ºC over the last 100 years and summer night-time temperatures having increased by 2.3ºC. Other relevant facts are that there were 165 days in 2015 with temperatures over 30ºC, and that PM2.5 concentrations are of increasing concern.

Dominican Republic GBC members join iiSBE

Eight members of the Dominican Republic Green Building Council have decided to also join iiSBE to strengthen their international and research interests. Members of the DR iiSBE group include:

Angelica Sherber (President)
Michael Sherber (Treasurer)
Argentina Espaillat
Dulce Rodriguez-Ferencz
Ella R. de Lima
Hamlet Rodriguez
David Teller
Rafel Garcia Mena

We welcome the new group to iiSBE and hope to see them participating actively in future activities.

Abstracts for WSBE17

Please note that there are only two weeks left to submit abstracts for the World SBE17 conference, to be held in Hong Kong on June 5-7, 2017. This will be a major international event, organized by Hong Kong Green Building Council, with strong support by local industry and the Government of Hong Kong. The conference is the culmination of the current cycle of SBE conferences operated by the partnership of CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC. See the attached PDF instructions on how to submit your abstract.

Global ABC issues report on April meeting

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction or Global ABC held an organizational meeting in Paris on 18 and 19 April. The organization was launched at the COP21 event in Paris and will attempt to provide a platform for national governments, NGOs and private companies to coordinate their efforts to maintain global temperature increases to less than 2 deg.C.

This first meeting was intended only to establish the structure and process required to carry out this objective. About 90 people attended (around one big table in a very large room) and discussion took place in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation.

The Global ABC Secretariat has now issued the notes from the meeting, which appear to cover everything that took place. iiSBE will be involved in at least two working groups and we will keep you posted. We attach both the short informal iiSBE report and the official one, in two languages. The full report is worth reading.

N.L.

SBE16 conferences in Hamburg, Malta and Utrecht

Since our news item about the Torino conference, we have participated in three more: Hamburg during 8 to 11 March, Valetta Malta during 16 to 18 March, and Utrecht, Netherlands during 6 to 8 April.

Detailed reports for all these are being prepared and will be posted as soon as they are ready. But in general terms, these were very well organized and had excellent keynote presentations and technical papers. Mercifully, I don't have to go anywhere during May...

We can now provide our notes on the Hamburg SBE16 event - see attached.

Nils Larsson