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.

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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.

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SBE Buildings Challenge at WSBE17

Parallel sessions at WSBE17 in Hong Kong will include two 90-minute workshops focused on Building Performance Evaluation (BPE). The sessions are sponsored by iiSBE and will take place on 6 June (Session 42) and Session 84 (7 June).

Building Performance Evaluation compares performance in key aspects (e.g. energy, emissions, water, IEQ, cost) that was predicted at the design stage through simulations and other predictive methods and tools, with the actual performance as assessed during the operation of the building, after at least two years of operation.

Research and professional teams from several countries will present, analyze and discuss their own approaches to BPE in the session, supported by case studies where possible.

Such building performance evaluations are extremely useful to all major actors in the industry who want to have a better understanding of the gap in performance between design and operations.

The Canadian iiSBE team has previously undertaken this type of building performance evaluation, and presented the results of the evaluation of nine Canadian case studies at the 2014 WSB Conference in Barcelona. The results were of considerable interest and utility to the Canadian industry, and we anticipate that many other research-oriented teams may find their results to be of equal value in their own regions.

Those teams wishing to participate may make use of the protocol developed by the Canadian iiSBE team, or can use their own, as long as it provides reliable and objective results. The results should be presentable both in poster and oral presentation formats.

Please consult the attached files for more info.

Nils Larsson

Christiana Figueres named as Keynote Speaker at WSBE17

We are happy to announce that Ms Christiana Figueres will be the Keynote Speaker of World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong (WSBE17 Hong Kong), to be held on 5-7 June 2017.

Ms Figueres is a world authority on global climate change, who has dedicated herself to leading the world onto a path of a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Named by international media, Ms Figueres is ’the woman who could stop climate change’ and ‘tasked with saving the world from global warming’, we are proud to have her participation at WSBE17 Hong Kong to share her unprecedented insights.

Ms Figueres currently works with global mayors in the largest city-led coalition on climate actions. She was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010 to 2016 and she directed the 2015 COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris.

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