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

Research Design for the Study of Passivhaus Modernisation Processes & Technologies: The RENORD Project

Attached a paper by Inge Vestergaard and David Benjamin. It was presented at the 2010 Nordic Passivhouse conference and deals with Passivhaus type Renovations of Existing Buildings.

From Global Climate Change to Low Carbon Cities. The Triple Bottom line Revisit.

Attached a paper from Wynn Chi Nguyen Cam about the integrated approach to low carbon cities by re-interpreting the triple bottom lines in "three dimensions".

Exergy & Planning (conf. SREX), Delft - The Netherlands, hold September 22 - 2011

The SREX (Spatial planning and exergy) research project was initially meant to develop exergy based criteria to be able to plan and choose the most optimal locations for new housing, based on renewable energy potentials. One of the spin-offs of the project was a website “heat mapping’, showing the potential of subsoil heat for heating and cooling buildings with heat-exchangers and heat pumps, for all of the Netherlands.
www.warmteatlas.nl
(heat=warmte in dutch)
However going further down in the matter and explore the role of renewable materials as well, the main question came out to be turned upside down. In fact, any location has a maximum exergy potential, which should be decisive for the total activities to be developed or established in the system. In other words, the renewable to gain potential in any region (with known conversion technologies) is guiding for a sustainable exploration.
This was one of the presentations during the Conference on the issue: Spatial planning and exergy.
Location: Delft, the Netherlands
Date: 22 September 2011

Ronald Rovers, RiBuilT
Research Institute Built environment of Tomorrow www.ribuilt.eu

IWA World Congress on Water, Climate & Energy, Dublin - Ireland, May 13-18, 2012

The IWA World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy, taking place in Dublin, Ireland 13-18 May 2012.

Climate change is forcing us to reassess our energy usage and will have real substantial impacts on the water cycle as well as energy production. Solving the interlinked challenges of water, climate and
energy in a sustainable manner is one of the fundamental goals of this
generation.

The Congress will explore topics of resilient and sustainable cities with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy
including:

* CLIMATE CHANGE
* COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
* ECONOMICS AND POLICY
* ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY
* WATER, WASTEWATER &
ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURES / UTILITIES
* WATER, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
* SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

For a full detailed listing of Topics and Sub-Topics visit:
www.iwa-wcedublin.org

The Congress will attract over 2000 like-minded water, climate and
energy professionals from across the globe to exchange ideas, explore
the state of the art and debate the key issues underlying the science
and practice of these inectricably linked natural, utility and
infrastructural issues of our time.