Please note that there are only two weeks left to submit abstracts for the World SBE17 conference, to be held in Hong Kong on June 5-7, 2017. This will be a major international event, organized by Hong Kong Green Building Council, with strong support by local industry and the Government of Hong Kong. The conference is the culmination of the current cycle of SBE conferences operated by the partnership of CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC. See the attached PDF instructions on how to submit your abstract.
The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction or Global ABC held an organizational meeting in Paris on 18 and 19 April. The organization was launched at the COP21 event in Paris and will attempt to provide a platform for national governments, NGOs and private companies to coordinate their efforts to maintain global temperature increases to less than 2 deg.C.
This first meeting was intended only to establish the structure and process required to carry out this objective. About 90 people attended (around one big table in a very large room) and discussion took place in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation.
The Global ABC Secretariat has now issued the notes from the meeting, which appear to cover everything that took place. iiSBE will be involved in at least two working groups and we will keep you posted. We attach both the short informal iiSBE report and the official one, in two languages. The full report is worth reading.
Since our news item about the Torino conference, we have participated in three more: Hamburg during 8 to 11 March, Valetta Malta during 16 to 18 March, and Utrecht, Netherlands during 6 to 8 April.
Detailed reports for all these are being prepared and will be posted as soon as they are ready. But in general terms, these were very well organized and had excellent keynote presentations and technical papers. Mercifully, I don't have to go anywhere during May...
We can now provide our notes on the Hamburg SBE16 event - see attached.
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.
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.