SBE16 Torino declared a success

The SBE16 Torino conference took place during the period February 17-19, as part of the international SBE series of events. The Torino conference was the second in a series of 20 events taking place this year, and can be declared to be very successful in all respects.

Although the theme (Towards post--carbon cities) was fairly specialized, about 140 delegates attended the 1 1/2 day event. The topic is consistent with the increased recent interest by researchers and EU funding programs in urban issues, especially at the small urban scale, with some extending to regional or territorial scale.

SBE partners launch international survey on effective climate change measures

CIB, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC have decided to develop and implement a large-scale international survey on effective climate change mitigation measures in 2016. The content will benefit from the experience of the small pilot survey carried out by iiSBE in late 2015.

The survey will be web-based and may be multi-lingual. In any case, we are aiming for a large number of respondents that will allow considerably more sophisticated analysis than in the pilot survey, such as relating the measures seen as being effective to the location of the respondent and his/her profession. Our goal is to have the results of V2 of the survey made available at the World SBE17 in Hong Kong in June 2017.

The project will be led by Nils Larsson of iiSBE and Dr. Ruben Paul Borg at the University of Malta will be leading the process of analyzing the data. An international panel of advisors will help to guide the content of the survey and the four partner organizations will form a management group.

Excellent primer on climate change

We have recently come across a high-quality and primer on climate change, published by the SBC Energy Institute in Gravenhage, the Netherlands. The FactBook is dated October 2015, so it is quite up to date, and it covers all major issues related to climate change within its 75 pages. Go to or download the file here.

Happy New Year from iiSBE staff.

Report from the Symposium on Net Zero Built Environment

The final report for the Smart Net Zero Resilient Buildings and Communities Symposium, held in August 2015 in Montreal, is now available. The event was organized by the Concordia Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies (CZEBS) and was co-sponsored by APEC and iiSBE.

The Symposium consisted of two workshops on August 20 and 21, with nearly 70 speakers and delegates from 16 countries all affiliated with the Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network (SNEBRN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization (APEC) and iiSBE. The Symposium was co-chaired by Dr. Andreas Athienitis and Dr. Bruno Lee.

You can see all the details in the downloadable file.

Staff

The iiSBE Newsletter for October is available

Our newsletter for October 2015 is now available for downloading.

Staff