Updated iiSBE Plan B position paper

We have issued a new version of the Plan B position paper on dealing with climate change impacts in the built environment, specifically adaptation and rapid actions to reduce GHG emissions. The PPT file contains additional information on expected climate change impacts.

Please see attached and send comments to larsson@iisbe.org.

Nils Larsson

News from January SBE Meeting in Paris

The coordinators of the planned SBE18-20 conferences that are part of the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) series, held a meeting in Paris during 18-19 January, with the SBE partners who own and manage the series. Representatives of the series co-owners (Nils Larsson, Wim Bakens, Luis Bragança and Jean Félix) provided background on the series, which has been going since 2000, its objectives and future plans. Each event coordinator who attended then described the plans for their events.

iiSBE workshop on urban performance assessment

iiSBE organized a small international workshop on the performance assessment of small urban areas, that took place on 17-18 January at UN offices in Paris.

The workshop included 22 invited researchers who are active in the field. Presentations covered the development of an urban assessment tool for CESBA, the Common European Sustainable Building Assessment network that is composed of 9 European urban regions, the development of URBENERE, a similar system being developed for Latin American countries and a theoretical overview by Serge Salat who has extensive experience in this field. There was also discussion of urban assessment issues. We attach the notes from the event.

N. Larsson

Fall newsletter and membership reminder

We have issued a new iiSBE newsletter, covering activities that iiSBE has been involved in since March of this year. We also remind you that membership dues are payable by 31 October, so we urge you to keep iiSBE financially sustainable by joining or rejoining soon. The newsletter and membership forms are attached.

staff

Update on SBE Conference series

The SBE partners and representatives of the WSBE17 Hong Kong and Gothenburg WSBE20 conferences, plus Ivan Cerda (Chile) and Thomas Lûtzkendorf (Germany) met in Paris during 11-12 October to review the 10 SBE19 proposals that have been received and also to discuss detailed plans for WSBE2020. One point of immediate interest is that the partners decided to extend the eligibility period for the conferences backward, to 1 September 2018. This was done in view of two applications for events in the Fall of 2018, and a decision that such a move would not create a problem for other events.