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".

Exergy & Planning (conf. SREX), Delft - The Netherlands, hold September 22 - 2011

The SREX (Spatial planning and exergy) research project was initially meant to develop exergy based criteria to be able to plan and choose the most optimal locations for new housing, based on renewable energy potentials. One of the spin-offs of the project was a website “heat mapping’, showing the potential of subsoil heat for heating and cooling buildings with heat-exchangers and heat pumps, for all of the Netherlands.
www.warmteatlas.nl
(heat=warmte in dutch)
However going further down in the matter and explore the role of renewable materials as well, the main question came out to be turned upside down. In fact, any location has a maximum exergy potential, which should be decisive for the total activities to be developed or established in the system. In other words, the renewable to gain potential in any region (with known conversion technologies) is guiding for a sustainable exploration.
This was one of the presentations during the Conference on the issue: Spatial planning and exergy.
Location: Delft, the Netherlands
Date: 22 September 2011

Ronald Rovers, RiBuilT
Research Institute Built environment of Tomorrow www.ribuilt.eu

IWA World Congress on Water, Climate & Energy, Dublin - Ireland, May 13-18, 2012

The IWA World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy, taking place in Dublin, Ireland 13-18 May 2012.

Climate change is forcing us to reassess our energy usage and will have real substantial impacts on the water cycle as well as energy production. Solving the interlinked challenges of water, climate and
energy in a sustainable manner is one of the fundamental goals of this
generation.

The Congress will explore topics of resilient and sustainable cities with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy
including:

* CLIMATE CHANGE
* COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
* ECONOMICS AND POLICY
* ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY
* WATER, WASTEWATER &
ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURES / UTILITIES
* WATER, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
* SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

For a full detailed listing of Topics and Sub-Topics visit:
www.iwa-wcedublin.org

The Congress will attract over 2000 like-minded water, climate and
energy professionals from across the globe to exchange ideas, explore
the state of the art and debate the key issues underlying the science
and practice of these inectricably linked natural, utility and
infrastructural issues of our time.

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