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.

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.