Working Groups

SB Method and SBTool working group

SBTool is a a generic framework for building performance assessment that may be used by third parties to develop rating systems that are relevant for a variety of local conditions and building types. This system has been under development in various forms for a decade, and has been used to assess some of the buildings displayed at the Sustainable Building Challenge at each global SB conference, and has been used in some large consulting projects. SBTool and its predecessor GBTool have also been influential in the development of several national rating systems, including Protocollo ITACA (Italy), Verde (Spain), SBToolCZ (Czech Republic) and SBToolPT (Portugal).

The current version of the system is SBTool 2012, available for download on this site.

The SBTool working group is led by Nils Larsson and key participants include Andrea Moro, Giulia Barbano, Emilio Mitre, Luis Bragança, Petr Hajek and Gordon Shymko.

Synergy Zones working group

Synergy Zones is a systems model under development by iiSBE and partners. The Synergy Zone concept proposes an improvement in operational efficiencies by optimising supply, demand and storage functions of thermal energy, renewable and grid power, potable water and greywater associated with multiple buildings and community services. The concept has been under development by iiSBE for over a year, and has been presented at several conferences. You can
download a brief description of the model

The working group is led by Frank Hovorka (Paris) and key participants include Nils Larsson, Serge Salat and Loeiz Bourdic.

Urban assessment working group

This working group is intending to develop an assessment system suited to small urban areas. The work is driven by the need to develop an assessment and urban development support tool for some districts in Torino, Italy. The system is currently under active development. The international tool is tentatively named Sustainable Community Tool, or SCTool.

This working group is led by Andrea Moro, and key participants include Giulia Barbano, Segre Salat, Loeiz Bourdic, Nils Larsson, Luis Bragança, Ricardo Mateus, Silvia Giordano, Petr Hajek, Alexander Passer and Markus Berchtold.

International Masters and Doctoral programs in sustainable building

A consortium of four European universities, supported by iiSBE, is continuing the work begun in 2011 on the development of an international Masters degree program on sustainable building, referred to EMMiSBE for short. The consortium consist of Universidade do Minho (Portugal), the Czech Technical University, Zuyd Polytechnic University (Netherlands) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid. An application has been made to the EU Erasmus Mundus program which, if approved, will result in a modest amount of funding support. However, no matter what the outcome of this application, the consortium is determined to go ahead as of the Fall of 2013. The Consortium has also prepared a program for a Doctoral program, which will also be launched in 2013.

The project is led by Luis Bragança (Portugal) and key participants include Petr Hajek (Czech Republic), Ronald Rovers (Netherlands) and Manuel Macias (Spain).

SB Challenge working group

This process results in a collection of high-performance building case studies being displayed at every global SB conference event, which occur on a triennial basis. The event is non-competitive, with an emphasis is on an objective comparison of key performance data and performance rating results. The SB conference series is sponsored by four international organisations, CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC; but the SB Challenge process is sponsored solely by iiSBE. Current work is geared towards the SB14 conference to be held in Barcelona in October 2014.

The project is co-led by Giulia Barbano and Nils Larsson, and key participants include several members of the Canadian iiSBE team, Petr Hajek, Antonin Lupisek, Luis Bragança and Emilio Mitre.