This World Green Building Week, we’re #BuildingLife and exploring how we can create a green, healthy and climate resilient built environment for all.
This year’s campaign aims to raise greater awareness of the carbon emissions from all stages of a building’s lifecycle, and therefore encourage new practices and new ways of thinking to work towards reducing carbon emissions from buildings.
Did you know buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions? 28% of these emissions come from the operational “in-use” phase – to heat, power and cool them, while 11% of these emissions are attributed to embodied carbon emissions, which refers to carbon that is released during the construction process and material manufacturing.
To date, the building and construction industry’s focus has been on operational emissions and how buildings actually perform in-use.
However, in order to fully decarbonise by 2050 to keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the building and construction sector must also tackle embodied emissions from the entire building lifecycle.
Therefore, this World Green Building Week, we’re calling on all of the building and construction industry supply chain to decarbonise.
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The 2019 Sustainable Built Environment Conference in Cardiff will take place on the 24th and 25th September 2019, hosted by Cardiff University and Cynnal Cymru.
The aim of this event is to bring together built environment professionals, policy experts and government officials to focus on the transition of low carbon and energy performance policies into sustainable practice within the built environment. The conference topics will allow delegates to increase their knowledge and skills related to climate change policies and actions, building design, renovation and retrofit issues and the performance of buildings and materials.
The most viable option for sustainability in cement industry is blending of cement clinker with supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). But the availability of common SCMs such as fly ash and slag is limited. Calcined clays are promising as SCMs to meet the future demand of the cement industry.
This conference aims to follow up on the scientific studies and experiences of the application of calcined clays in cement and concrete construction.
The European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) is one of Europe’s most remarkable conferences in its field and has taken place periodically since 1994. ERSCPs favour discussions about the key issues in sustainable consumption and production; the exchange of thoughts, knowledge, experiences and SCP proposals; and the creation of a European (also worldwide) community of research and practice in sustainable consumption and production. The main goal of the ERSCPs is to encourage discussion amongst stakeholders involved in sustainable consumption and production: businesses, public institutions, universities, institutes and research centres, NGOs, SMEs, professional associations, decision-makers, etc.
The purpose of this event is to bring together environment, sustainable built environment, urban planning, infrastructure and climate change experts, professionals, and entrepreneurs, consultants, and providers, and academics, and students, as well as experts in local adaptation planning.
The main aim of the conference is to allow participants to increase their knowledge and skills on sustainable built environment, construction and building problems, and contribute to local development in associated subjects, with special emphasis on reducing climate change effects.
Anchoring Sustainable and Efficient Resource Management. To be confirmed and announced.
SBE19 Thessaloniki, a peer-reviewed conference with focus on different aspects of sustainability in the built environment, is organized by the Laboratory of Building Construction and Building Physics of the Department of Civil Engineering, A.U.Th., within the framework of SBE series.
In overall, SBE19 – Thessaloniki attempts to address a large palette of issues concerning sustainability and consider their interrelation with regard to climate change.
BEYOND 2020 is a world sustainable built environment conference that will take place in Gothenburg 9-11 June 2020, organised by Chalmers University of Technology and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), with the support of Johanneberg Science Park and Gothenburg City. The mission of the conference is to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to define its role towards the achievement of 2030 objectives.
As our global population continues to grow it is crucial that we contribute with tangible solutions and building pathways driven by and integrated in Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG 11).
BEYOND 2020 aims at sharing insights in various sustainability-related fields, while also summing up key-learnings from regional conferences, taking place all over the world in 2018 and 2019 (see below). It’s important to keep a holistic view endorsed by a global perspective, as well as a local approach when planning our cities and communities of the future.
Concrete – a challenge for sustainable and resilient built environment
New situation in natural and socio-economic environment requires new technical solutions for construction of new and reconstruction and modernization of existing structures. Concrete gradually becomes building material with high potential for new technical solutions resulting in needed environmental impact reduction and consequent social and economic improvement. With respect to specifics of concrete presented as a strong and durable material, it is possible to design and construct robust structures with a high level of resilience when faced to the exceptional natural or man-made disasters. To gain from advantages of concrete, it requires a better knowledge about technological processes and their impacts from a wide variety of sustainability aspects within entire life cycle – from acquisition of materials, through production of concrete and concrete components, construction, use, up to demolition of concrete structure and recycling.
The main objective is thus to contribute to sustainable development through dissemination of advanced knowledge which is based on research results and developments in the fields of concrete structures and associated technologies. The aim is to bring together engineers, researchers, academics, producers, investors and developers to exchange and discuss their innovative approaches and ideas focused on sustainable concrete structures and their contribution to sustainable development goals.