RFP released for 2025-26 cycle of SBE events

The RFP for the next round of Regional and World Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) conferences 2025-26 has just been released by the SBE Partners and Permanent Co-hosts, consisting of CIB, the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, UNEP, the UN Environment Programme, FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers and iiSBE, the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment.

Buildings and Climate Global Forum, 7-8 March in Paris

The Buildings and Climate Global Forum, co-organised by France and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), will take place on 7-8 March 2024 in Paris. The Forum aims to gather for the first time ministers and high-level representatives of key organisations, to initiate a new impetus in international collaboration for building decarbonisation and resilience after the Conference of the Parties (COP) 28.

Teaching position in Toronto

Toronto Metropolitan University is accepting applications for a tenure track position in Architectural Science. We invite applicants with demonstrated expertise in climate-responsive design and holistic approaches to integrating sustainable systems and building science in an architectural context. Applications are due by January 9, 2024.

Important new climate paper and related webinar discussion

A team of climate scientists, led by James Hansen (USA) have prepared a paper which is also the subject of a seminar on YouTube. The paper is long and complicated and I can’t pretend to understand the complicated sections, but you can link to it here.

However, the YouTube webinar ”Intimate Conversation…” webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXDWpBlPCY8
clearly presents some very interesting facts that throw a new light on global temperature increases.

Report on SBE23 Asia-Pacific Shenzhen Conference

Dr. Greg Foliente represented iiSBE and the other SBE partners at the SBE23 Asia-Pacific Shenzhen Conference in the last week of November. The event focused on the aspirations, interest and efforts of key stakeholders in Shenzhen and its broader region to address the sustainability challenge in the built environment. There were more than 2,000 participants and many would-be on-site attendees had to be turned away because the sessions (and rooms) were over-subscribed.