Several iiSBE-related meetings that took place in Paris, during the period 22 to 26 November. Events included Eye on Community Sustainability and Resilience Special Initiative Coordination Meeting, a meeting with international co-promoters (CIB, UNEP-SBCI, FIDIC and iiSBE) of the SB conference series, and a two-day technical symposium sponsored by Green Building Performance Network (GBPN) and UNEP-SBCI.
A letter from the U.S. General Services Administration on 25 October 2013 has leveled the playing field for rating systems in the U.S. The letter, addressed to the Secretary of Energy makes six new recommendations for the Federal government's use of green building certification systems. The recommendations were developed after an evaluation of existing systems carried out by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and were followed by input from advisory groups.
In brief, the recommendations include the following:
1. Agencies should continue to use third-party certification systems;
This is the first announcement and call for papers and presentations for the organizational meeting and symposium for the Net Zero Built Environment (nZ-BE) Working Group of iiSBE (the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment). This meeting and symposium are open to practitioners, academics, researchers, manufacturers, and policymakers. The event will take place on 6-7 March 2014 in Rinker Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida USA.
The iiSBE Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in conjunction with the SB13 event in Graz (Austria) starting at 13:30 on 25 September. In addition to the election of new Directors, there will be discussion of progress in the SB conference series, detailed presentation on plans for the SB Challenge project for 2014, and a discussion of strategic issues, led by Greg Foliente. The AGM will be chaired by Luis Braganza, President of iiSBE.
Please note that iiSBE members are eligible for a 40 Euro discount on the SB13 Graz registration fees.
The IEA Annex 57 research group on “Evaluation of Embodied Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions for Building Construction” was held on 22nd and 23rd April in Munich, Germany. This was the second meeting of the working phase of this group, which held a previous meeting in Cambridge in October 2012, as well as two preparatory meetings in Helsinki in 2011 and in Porto in May 2012. The group includes 29 participants from 17 countries.