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We are happy to be able to bring you an offer for a major and very interesting new book on aspects of urban sustainability: Cities and forms - On sustainable urbanism. The principal author for this ve...
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On February 8th and 9th, iiSBE held three meetings in Barcelona. 20 members of iiSBE attended, including many European members and also Vanessa and Maristela Gomes from Brazil. The meeting on the 8th ...
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Attached below you'll find the July newsletter that was distributed to iiSBE members, including several updates on the Working Groups' activities. These updates have also been incorporated in the Work...
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Attached below you'll find the March newsletter that was distributed to iiSBE members, plus an useful outlook at several events of interest that will take place in the upcoming months. Additionall...
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international initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment
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iiSBE is an international non-profit organization whose overall aim is to actively facilitate and promote the adoption of policies, methods and tools to accelerate the movement towards a global sustainable built environment. iiSBE has an international Board of Directors from almost every continent and has a small Secretariat located in Ottawa, Canada. Our specific objectives include the following:

  • Map current activities and establish a forum for information exchange on SBE initiatives, so that gaps and overlaps may be reduced and common standards established; and

  • Increase awareness of existing SBE initiatives and issues amongst the international buildings and construction community;

  • Take action on fields not covered by existing organisations and networks.

Our most important activity is networking; helping specialists and generalists to get to know each others’ abilities and needs. This occurs formally through our databases and newsletter, and informally through every-day e-mails. Other more specific activities include the following:

  • We are probably best known for the continuing development of our building performance assessment system, formerly known as GBTool, and now called SBTool. This is a flexible framework operating on Excel that can be configured to suit almost any local condition or building type. The current version is SBTool 2010 and the 2011 version is now under development;

  • In 2007, we developed a version of SBTool to suit the needs of an international competition sponsored by the Principality of Monaco, to extend the downtown area into the sea. The flexible framework proved its worth and its application was an unqualified success;

  • In 2008, iiSBE was retained to develop the first phase of a common set of indicators for the SB Alliance, a grouping of primarily European assessment and certification-oriented organizations;

  • The Sustainable Building Information System (SBIS) is a multi-language, web-based data¬base of international R&D information relat¬ing to sustainable building. Note that the system is under reconstruction during the summer of 2011;

  • We have active technical working groups, focusing on SBTool, Urban Indicators and Synergy Grids;

  • We have an agreement to develop an international training program in sustainable building and construction in partnership with FIDIC;

  • Four European universities that are active in iiSBE have prepared and submitted a proposal to the EC for the establishment of a Masters Programme on Sustainable Building and Construction;

  • IiSBE, CIB and UNEP are international co-sponsors of the SB global conference series that began at Maastricht in 2000, then went on to Oslo in 2002, Tokyo in 2005, and Melbourne, Australia in 2008. The next global event will be held in Helsinki in October, 2011;

  • In partnership with CIB and UNEP, iiSBE sponsored a series of regional SB conferences in 2004, and a similar series took place in 2007, in 10 locations. Ten events were undertaken in 2010, in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. The best peer-reviewed papers from these events will have a fast-track to the SB11 event;

  • We are managing and providing technical sup¬port for the international Sustainable Building Challenge (SBC) process, which invited design and development teams to display projects at our global SB conferences. The projects need to be assessed by any of the established rating systems and also need to submit data on key performance indicators;

  • We are a partner organization of the UNEP Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative (SBCI), a group of global construction-sector firms that develop initiatives related to sustainable building;
  • We have active Chapter organizations in Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Israel, Portugal, Taiwan and Korea, and iiSBE Canada is in the process of formation.
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