BSA 2012, May 23-25, Porto, Portugal

BSA 2012 1st International Conference on Building Sustainability Assessment

Organised by: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development and University of Minho

Conference Overview:
Building sustainability involves various relations between built, natural and social systems and therefore comprises a complex of different priorities that require consideration at each stage of a building's life-cycle. To cope with this complexity and to support sustainability systematic, holistic and practical approaches to building design need to be developed. These approaches are aimed to support the development of a building design that achieves the most appropriate balance between the different sustainability dimensions and can be used with two different objectives: to support the sustainable building design; and to assess and recognized the efforts of the design teams in developing high-performance buildings. Building sustainability assessment methods and tools can be used since the very beginning of the design stage in order to gather and report information for decision-making during the different life-cycle stage of a building.
Thus, BSA 2012 aims to gather a large number of international academics, researchers and practitioners in building sustainability assessment, providing a innovative discussion in the field. A set of workshops on BSA tools is also being prepared.

Visit the conference website for full details about the conference scope, topics and submission procedures at:
http://www.bsa2012.org

Two special issues of Building Research and Information

iiSBE partner BRI journal has just published two special issues:


BRI special Issue: Deconstruction, demolition and destruction
Guest editors: André Thomsen, Frank Schultmann, Niklaus Kohler
BRI July-Aug 2011 vol 39-4

BRI special issue:Motivating stakeholders to deliver environmental change
Guest editor: Raymond J. Cole
BRI Sep-Oct 2011, vol 39-5

38th IAHS World Congress on Housing Science 2012, April 16-19, Istanbul, Turkey

Organised by:
International Association for Housing Science, USA, www.housingscience.org

Co-organised by:
Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, www.itu.edu.tr

Main theme:
Visions for the Future of Housing: Mega Cities

Subthemes:

  • Innovative design
  • Innovative construction schemes
  • Innovative financing systems
  • Effective management for housing projects

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: August 15, 2011
  • Acceptance of Papers: October 1, 2011
  • Final Paper Submission: January 1, 2012
  • Congress: April 16-19, 2012

For further detail see attached 2nd Call for Papers or visit congress website at www.iahshousing2012.itu.edu.tr.

Buildings and Construction as Tools for Promoting More Sustainable Patterns of Consumption and Production

The March 2010 issue of SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION BRIEFS, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is based on the work of the Marrakech Task Force on SBC.
This brief report, which was compiled by Kaarin Taipale, is an introduction to the concept of Sustainable Buildings and Construction, and includes references to policy tools to promote it.
The publication can also be downloaded at:

http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/resources/res_pdfs/publications/ib/no9.pdf