A year-end retrospective


iiSBE underwent a two-year hibernation during the pandemic and is now being re-booted. We have successfully used Zoom to stay in touch with key members in various countries, and we also carried out various tasks that are suited to the use of Zoom.

Tom Woolley chairs a UK climate committee

Tom Woolley, a long-time iiSBE member, tells us that he is now chair of the UK Clean Air Steering Committee which involves him in a lot of work with various Universities, Government departments and research councils. You can see the news content at: https://www.ukcleanair.org/category/news/

Amidst all this activity, he has published a new book. Tom's address is: tom.woolley@btconnect.com

Open access journal Buildings and Cities launched

Richard Lorch, a long-term supporter and advisor to iiSBE and former Editor of Building Research & Information (BRI) journal, has now launched his own on-line open-access and peer-reviewed journal, titled Buildings and Cities, which is exceeding the quality of his former publication. Recent special issues include: mass retrofit, urban densification, carbon metrics and climate justice. You can see it at: https://www.buildingsandcities.org/.

iiSBE 2.0 Reboot

Except for a very small number of exceptions, we have not asked for nor collected membership fees for the 18-month pandemic and therefore we are re-starting with a more-or-less clean sheet as of 01 November. We are now distributing these documents to many previous and potential members.

News update: World SBE23 conference

Plans for the World SBE23 conference in Montreal are on track. The WSBE23 event is the next global event in the sustainable built environment (SBE) international conference series and is jointly sponsored by McGill University, University of Montréal and the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. The SBE series operates on a 3-year cycle, and is managed on behalf of SBE partners iiSBE, CIB, UNEP and FIDIC by Dr. Wim Bakens. The last World event was held (virtually) in Gothenburg in November 2020.

Professor Michael Jemtrud (McGill) has provided the following update on plans for the 2023 event.
...The organizing team is meeting bi-weekly to move things forward and things are progressing. We are in consultation with Sweden and other stakeholders to assist in the organization.