iiSBE Plan B is launched

iiSBE has completed an updated version of its position paper on "Climate Change and Plan B", which outlines some of the major climate change issues that affect the built environment, and what steps may be taken to address them.

Three of the files are available here.

We are now launching regional versions of this paper. So far we have colleagues in Brazil, Philippines and Greece committed to participate. We welcome other expressions of interest to help develop versions that are suited to other regions. Please contact Nils Larsson at larsson@iisbe.org.


UN Habitat publishes a book on performance assessment

UN Habitat has just published Building Sustainability Assessment and Benchmarking: An Introduction, which provides a timely introduction and update to sustainable performance assessments for buildings. In addition to covering important general issues such as weighting of indicators and predicted v. actual performance, the book also provides thumbnail introductions to a variety of performance assessment systems.


Systems covered range from the large commercial systems (e.g. LEED, BREEAM and DGNB), but also include less well-known platforms, such as HQE (France), NABERS, LOTUS, SBAT and SBTool.

The document is free of charge. For further information, please contact Gregor Herda at Gregor.Herda@unhabitat.org.


The SBE Urban Challenge at WSBE17

Parallel sessions at WSBE17 in Hong Kong will include two 90-minute workshops focused on the performance assessment of small urban areas. The sessions are sponsored by iiSBE and will take place on 6 June (Session 56) and Session 98 (7 June).

The performance assessment of small urban areas is complex, since it raises questions of scale (how large is a small urban area?), suitable key performance indicators, appropriate reference performance benchmarks (similar areas or historical values or...?).

Research and professional teams from several countries will present, analyze and discuss their own approaches to small-area urban performance assessment in the session, supported by case studies where possible.

The sessions will compare the various methods and tools that have been used to describe and assess key performance aspects of small urban areas (e.g. neighborhoods or urban districts). This is an area of research that is under active development in a number of countries around the world and the session should therefore be of considerable interest to many delegates.

Those teams wishing to participate should make use of performance assessment methods that produce objective results. The results should be presentable both in poster and presentation formats.

For further information and a copy of the submission requirements, contact Andrea Moro at andrea.moro@iisbeitalia.org.

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

At the 2015 COP21 climate change conference in Paris, an announcement was made about the launch of a new international organization, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC), which will be a platform for participating organizations to report on their progress in meeting their commitments for greenhouse gas reductions (called Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs) within the building sector. 23 countries and many large NGOs have joined to date.

iiSBE joined this organization and we have been very active in supporting Global ABC activities. Specifically, we take an active part in Working Group 1 (WG1), which focuses on information, education and communications. A website has been launched and as soon as it reaches an interesting point we will let you know. We participated in a large organizational meeting last April, in a smaller strategic meeting last October and in a small meeting of WG1 in January.

This is a very important initiative since it is the only international forum to focus on GHG reductions in the built environment. The first product of the Global ABC was the 2016 Global Status report (attached) which was prepared primarily by the IEA and GBPN (Global Buildings Performance Network).

Stay tuned for more developments. The next major event is a large organizational meeting to be held in Berlin on 20-21 March. For more information or to register to attend, see https://www.energiewende2017.com.


iiSBE launches its international survey on GHG reductions

iiSBE has launched an international survey on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the built environment sector. The survey is intended to provide a perspective on the effectiveness of actions that may reduce the emission of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). We hope to make it available to many individuals around the world who are engaged in the production of building materials or equipment, the design of buildings and infrastructure or the operation of completed structures or buildings.

The survey is designed to provide a bottom-up view of GHG reduction actions, to complement top-down policies and action plans developed by governments and large non-government organizations. The survey is currently available in a choice of English or French, and we hope to add Spanish and German versions quite soon. Analysis of date will be led by the University of Malta, but other relevant organizations will also have access to the raw data produced through this project.

The survey is being launched by iiSBE in partnership with the Global ABC, CIB, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC.

You can find the survey at https://ghgsurvey.study.