SB Conference series wins CIB award

At the CIB World Building Congress, held during 5-6 May in Brisbane Australia, the Triennial CIB Construction & Society Award was awarded for the first time, and the SB Conference series was the recipient. The four international promoters of the series are CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC.
The award citation states that … the SB Conference series embodies everything that the CIB aims to achieve in promoting research and innovation that is to the benefit of society...

Accepting the award

The award was accepted on behalf the international partners by Chrisna du Plessis (South Africa) and Vanessa Gomes (Brazil).

SB13 conference series is underway

The ambitious program of 2013 SB national conferences – 16 in all – is now well underway. The series is sponsored by CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC. So far, the events in Munich, Oulu, Vancouver, Colombo, California, Prague, Coventry and Seoul have all taken place according to schedule, and your Editor has attended two events so far, Munich and Prague. Both were very well organized and both featured a preliminary special day for Young Researchers. Emilio Mitre, coordinator of the SB13 events, has attended all except for Vancouver so far, and he will provide his impressions when he returns from holidays.

The District of Tomorrow opens a second building

The District of Tomorrow, the real life lab environment for the Dutch region Limburg, has opened its second building. It is design developed as a learning environment by students of Zuyd university, and constructed by pupils from local construction schools together with professional partners.

District of Tomorrow

MIT holds symposium on urban tool

In early May, we attended an all-day technical event in Boston, the MIT Sustainable Urban Design Symposium. The symposium was primarily organized by Christoph Reinhart, Associate Professor at MIT.
The focus of the symposium was Umi, a new design environment for architects and urban planners who want to model the environmental performance of urban zones and cities, specifically operational energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Umi is based on the Rhino CAD program and is being developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at MIT. The introduction to the program included a number of case studies.

Expert support nominations for SB13 & SB14

In order to provide support to SB13 and SB14 organizers, we have developed a form that will provide a registry of people with self-declared skills (supported by references) to volunteer as scientific committee members, plenary speakers or session moderators. We ask you to distribute the forms to people you consider to be likely candidates, in addition to filling out on your own behalf.

The form is on one page and is easy to complete. Please return the filled PDF form to

A note of clarification: these are volunteer roles, and therefore they are likely to be of relevance to you if you are located close to the event location or planning to attend the event in any case - unless you have some outstanding credentials as a speaker that will lead the event organizers to extend an invitation.