From Global Climate Change to Low Carbon Cities. The Triple Bottom line Revisit.

Attached a paper from Wynn Chi Nguyen Cam about the integrated approach to low carbon cities by re-interpreting the triple bottom lines in "three dimensions".

Update on the International Masters degree project

As many colleagues inside and outside of iiSBE are aware, we have supported the work of four European universities in developing an international degree program for a Masters in Sustainable Building and Construction. The so-called IMoSB (International Masters on Sustainable Building) working group consists of four partner universities – University of Minho of Portugal, Zuyd University in the Netherlands, Technical University of Prague, and the Politecnico of Madrid, led by Prof. Luis Bragança from University of Minho.
A proposal was submitted to the EU Erasmus Mundus program at the end of April to obtain funding support from that programme.
We have just received the results of the evaluation of the 177 proposals that were submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. Unfortunately, our proposal was not selected.

This decision does not mark the end of our attempt to develop and launch this very important initiative. Part of the reason is that we can re-submit a modified proposal in April 2012, and the IMoSB members will work on this over the winter. We are deeply committed to obtaining an eventually positive decision and, based on the final paragraph of the EC evaluation (see below), this is not an unrealistic hope.

The proposal addresses a topic of global significance (sustainable building) in a convincing, detailed and comprehensive way. The added value and the Masters' contribution to competitiveness and innovation within a European context is clearly described and convincingly established. All the various components of the project (ranging from academic content, through to delivery and management structures, and to sustainability perspectives) are presented clearly and at a level of detail that is convincing regarding the 'maturity' of the undertaking. In all, this is a high-quality project, characterised by a very coherent approach, with all implementation and strategy issues adequately covered and consistently streamlined along the main rationale, and a strong international outlook in terms of added-value, professional perspectives of graduates and sustainability. Areas for improvement concern a more solidly scheduled approach towards recognition and establishment of a joint degree and additional clarifications for the implementation of external quality evaluation.

For further information, please contact Prof. Luís Bragança at braganca@civil.uminho.pt

Detailed proposals received for SB13 & SB14 Conferences

Rotterdam and Penne du Tarn, 4 July

The period for receiving detailed proposals to hold SB13 and SB14 conferences has now ended, and representatives of CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC, led by Dr. Bill Porteous, will now begin to review the proposals.

The SB Conference series was established a decade ago, and is now recognized as the pre-eminent conference series related to sustainable building and construction. The founding international sponsor organizations were CIB and iiSBE. UNEP-SBCI joined in 2005 and FIDIC earlier this year.

The conference series has evolved into a three-year cycle, with Year 1 focused on preparation and planning, Year 2 consisting of a series of several national events, and Year 3 culminating in a world conference. The total number of delegates for the last two cycles
was approximately 6000 delegates. It should be noted that the uniqueness of the series lies partly in the peer review of papers and its non-commercial aspect, and partly in that delegates tend to be researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are all specialized in sustainable building.

The last event of the current conference cycle will be the World SB Conference in Helsinki, during 18-21 October of this year.
See for details.

Requests for expressions of interest for the 2013-2014 cycle were issued in January and 8 detailed proposals have been received for
2013 national events, and 3 bids for the single global conference in 2014. The global partners reserve the right to include a small number of additional SB13 national events in order to provide geographic and thematic balance.

It is expected that an announcement will be made at SB11 Helsinki of the names and locations of the selected 2013 national events and of the winning global 2014 event.

Nils Larsson
Executive Director, iiSBE

iiSBE working group on SB Method and SBTool meets in Madrid

Several iiSBE members met in Madrid on May 2 and 3, to hold an in-depth discussion on the current status and future direction of iiSBE's performance assessment system, SB Method, and its derivative national systems in Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The meeting began with a presentation by Nils Larsson about current work on the core system, SBTool Generic, including its structure, weighting system and scoring. The status of the national versions was then discussed by their developers Andrea Moro, Petr Hajek, Luis Braganca and Manuel Macias.

Giulia Barbano presented a document prepared by her and Antonin Lupisek on a protocol for ensuring a gradual convergence of national systems with the core system. Attendees will be commenting on this in the near future so that it can be finalized.

Andrea Moro provided an interesting update on the introduction of a new commercial building rating system in Italy that has been developed in a partnership between iiSBE Italia, regional governments and the national research agency IRC-CNR.

Serge Salat initiated a discussion on the need for the SBTool Generic to provide more benchmarks for locational issues and urban development than is currently the case. A revised list of SBTool Generic parameters will be issued for discussion shortly.