Four European universities submit their proposal for an international Masters in Sustainable Building

On 29 April, a proposal to establish an International Masters programme on Sustainable Building (IMoSB) was submitted by Prof. Luis Bragança to the European Commission Erasmus Mundus programme.
If the submission is approved, the Erasmus Mundus programme will provide partial funding to support the IMoSB, whose partner universities will then be able to issue a joint university degree of high quality to students from Europe and elsewhere.

The submission was prepared by four partner universities; University of Minho (Portugal), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), Zuyd University (Netherlands), and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).
Professor Bragança has led the process of developing the submission, and the representatives of the other partners include professors Petr Hajek, Ronald Rovers and Manuel Macias. iiSBE has been the main supporting organization.

An interesting aspect of the Erasmus Mundus programme is that it permits foreign universities and non-commercial organizations to join the proposal as Associate Partners. To date, these include iiSBE, Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Ryerson University (Canada), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Universidad Don Bosco (El Salvador), National Yunlin University (Taiwan), FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, CSTB, the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (France) and Lehrstuhl Ökonomie und Ökologie des Wohnungsbaus (Germany).

The broad objective of the IMoSB programme is to improve the knowledge and skills of the next generation about issues, techniques, methods, tools and policies that actively support the sustainability of the built environment.

The relationship of the IMoSB partners with iiSBE will allow them to benefit from the contact and collaboration of experts from over the world, especially benefiting from their experience and knowledge of regional sustainable building problems and practices. The partnership includes the leaders of several national delegations of iiSBE and some of the organizers of the series of SB conferences on Sustainable Building (1998-on-going).

The IMoSB proposal currently envisages a two-year programme of 12 courses with a Joint Master Degree and, potentially, a double degree with other interested universities that are members of the iiSBE Academic and Research Forum. The admission requirements will be a good quality degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or equivalent qualifications. Typically, students will be expected to have a higher education degree with four or five years, at the time the Master starts. Exceptionally, a higher education degree with three years will be accepted.

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

AGM 2011 announced

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on the afternoon of Friday, 21 October, immediately after the closure of the SB11 World SB Conference in Helsinki. The next day, Saturday 22 October, will be devoted to several iiSBE technical meetings. Note also that iiSBE will sponsor its Sustainable Building Challenge during the first two days of the conference. This event features displays and oral presentations of noteworthy projects for which performance data has been provided in comparable formats.

iiSBE News for April 2011

The April issue of iiSBE update is out!
Download the attached file to read it.

International trends in the development of rating systems

As part of a larger conference for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization, a two-day seminar on green buildings was held on 3-4 March 2011, in Washington DC. The seminar, Green Buildings and Green Growth: the Enabling Role of Standards and Trade, brought together some 100 people from 10 countries from the fields of trade, business, standards and building technology. Delegates known to most iiSBE members included Niclas Svenningsen of UNEP and Kazuo Iwamura from Japan.

Beyond welcomes and introductions, some 40 substantive presentations were made. Issues covered included the role of standards, EPDs (environmental product declarations) and rating systems in promoting or hindering global trade. Nils Larsson represented iiSBE and delivered a presentation titled International trends in the development of rating systems., which is attached.

IEA Task 23 documents

IEA Task 23 explored the role of the integrated design process (IDP) in enabling buildings to reach very high levels of performance. The three files attached provide an overview of the project, which ended in 2003.