Interesting news from France

French President Emanuel Macron is mandating that all new public buildings in France which are financed by the government must contain at least 50% wood or other organic materials starting in 2022.

Even before yesterday's announcement, French cities beyond Paris have embraced timber construction. Hyperion, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors and walls wrapping a concrete core, is one of two wooden towers under construction in Bordeaux.

iiSBE Workshop on Neighbourhood Sustainability in Izmir, Turkey

Andrea Moro (head of iiSBE in Italy), Ilker Kahraman (iiSBE member in Izmir Turkey) and Nils Larsson (ED of iiSBE) led a workshop on neighbourhood performance assessment in Izmir, Turkey during Feb. 5 and 6, using the iiSBE SNTool neighbourhood assessment framework tool as a platform for development and discussion.

SBE series 2021-23 cycle is launched

iiSBE focuses its efforts on issues related to Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) and as part of this mission iiSBE has been a leader in the development and management of an international SBE conference series since the year 2000. This work is carried out in partnership with four international organizations including:

International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB, www.cibworld.nl)
International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE, www.iisbe.org)
International Federation of Consulting Engineers, www.fidic.org
United Nations Environment Programme, www.unenvironment.org

Request for WSBE 2023 Expressions of Interest issued

During the last week of October, the SBE Secretariat released a request for expressions of interest for the next global SBE conference, to be held in 2023. The selected conference proposal will be publicly announced at the WSBE20 conference in Gothenburg during June 2020.

iiSBE AGM to be held in Malta on 20 November

Te iiSBE Annual General Meeting for 2019 will be held in Malta on November 20, the day before the two-day SBE Malta conference is to take place. We are trying to emphasize the role of videoconferencing this year, to reduce our travel emissions. We are expecting 9 iiSBE members to attend in person and about 10-12 more to link in via Skype.