Covid-19 Impacts

Let's keep working hard to halt climate change and to promote sustainability in the built environment. In the meantime, please:

Wash your hands and maintain a healthy distance

FLASH: World SBE20 in Gothenburg put on hold by COVID-19

On the evening of 11 March, the Swedish Government took a decision to impose a stop to all sorts of events in Sweden with 500+ attendees, until further notification. Unfortunately, this affects also BEYOND 2020, which is now on hold until an alternative plan is developed.

We will keep you posted.

SBE series - current status

During December 2019, the SBE partners issued requests for expressions of interest (EOI) for a single world event, to be held in 2023, and for a series of regional events to be held during the period April 2021 to the end of 2022.
The EOIs for the World SBE 23 event were subject to a competitive evaluation.

Izmir Sustainable Cities and Buildings Workshop

Ilker Kahraman (iiSBE member in Izmir Turkey), Andrea Moro (head of iiSBE in Italy), and Nils Larsson (XD of iiSBE) led a workshop on building sustainability and neighbourhood performance assessment in Izmir, Turkey during Feb. 5 and 6, 2020, using the iiSBE SBTool building performance assessment tool and the SNTool neighbourhood assessment framework tool as platforms for development and discussion.

Interesting news from France

French President Emanuel Macron is mandating that all new public buildings in France which are financed by the government must contain at least 50% wood or other organic materials starting in 2022.

Even before yesterday's announcement, French cities beyond Paris have embraced timber construction. Hyperion, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors and walls wrapping a concrete core, is one of two wooden towers under construction in Bordeaux.