CESBA Sprint Conference

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A CESBA Sprint Conference makes best use of the abilities of all participants with different cultural backgrounds and the conference atmosphere. Besides, the Sprint method supports mutual understanding and working together.

CESBA Sprint conferences - the METHOD

Basic principles of a CESBA Sprint conference

  • It is the goal of the conference to find one or several creative solutions for a concrete type of problem.
  • Each participant contributes to the solution of the problem.
  • Pareto-efficiency: About 80% of the most important solutions are elaborated during the conference. The finalization is done by experienced project members.
  • The responsibility to elaborate a solution strategy for the given problem is distributed among several persons. Partial solutions are developed during the conference in different working groups. By presenting those partial solutions are mutually enriched and make it possible to achieve a coherent final solution at the end of the conference.
  • The conference is structured by concrete tasks and short interim presentations. In between, the process of the conference is flexible.
  • No presentations! Inputs should be no longer than one sheet of paper; oral presenations no longer than 3 minutes.
  • The final agreement is the final document of the conference.
  • A conference report is produced.

Duration of conference

1-3 days. Short introduction, immediately active participation Start after a meal together.

Place of the conference

Varified seminar hotel with planty quiet rooms and attractive outdoor area for group work. Overnight stay should be possible. Possibilities for hiking and walking promote discussions.

Number of participants

50-120 people.

Graphic display of CESBA Sprint Conference method

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CESBA SPRINT Conferences and Workshops

1st CESBA SPRINT Workshop

Creative discussions on sustainable building in a inspiring Alpine scenery

CESBA Sprint Workshop Participants

Over 100 people from 11 European nations played an important part in the CESBA Sprint Workshop at the remote Almhotel Hochhäderich, Vorarlberg AUSTRIA from the 21st to the 23rd October 2013. Within 6 thematic sessions on different topics regarding sustainable building, the workshop participants conduced to the success of the workshop.

The CESBA Sprint workshop was organized within the frame of the CABEE project with a high contribution of the CEC5 project under the leadership of Regionalentwicklung Vorarlberg and the NENA-Network. During the workshop, also the CEC5 expert training on the Vorarlberger KGA building certificate took place.

The remote Almhotel Hochhäderich proved to be the perfect location for the CESBA workshop: The six intense sessions (S1: Training and Education, S2: Building and neighbourhood Assessment, S3: Certification Process, S4: Political Implementation, legal framework, S5: Usage and Monitoring, S6: CESBA process and activities) were not only held in the different rooms of the hotel, but also in the sauna. The sunny weather allowed for using the hotel terrace for the session discussions and even for an inspiring walk. The lovely scenery contributed to the constructiveness of the discussions. All participants added to the workshop results on the CESBA initiative.

The 6 plenary presentations were moderated professionally by Markus Berchtold from the NENA network and Karin Klapproth who stimulated the atmosphere with allegories about oranges and Rhaeto-Romanic poems. The outcomes of the workshop are an important step towards new and harmonized building and neighbourhood standards in Europe. At the last plenary session, a great majority voted for the final agreement on CESBA as a collective initiative for a new culture of the built environment.

The valuable outcomes of these three days working in the mountains have been integrated in the CESBA guide, which is a joint output of the projects CABEE and CEC5.

2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop (CESBA Day)

European spirit towards a sustainable built environment

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On the 1st of July 2014, nearly 80 people from 10 different European countries came together in the Environment Park in Turin, Italy, in order to further develop CESBA as a common European approach towards a harmonized assessment of buildings and neighbourhoods. This 2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop was a successful follow-up to the 1st CESBA SPRINT Workshop which was held in Austria in October 2013.

The participants could join one of three thematic groups. The first group focused on how to strengthen local SMEs in the building sector on a transnational level, whereas the second group looked at public administrations and how they could benefit from a European harmonization of building assessment systems. The third group followed quite a different approach: Moderated by the Italian Giulia Barbano and the Austrian Robert Moosbrugger, actors from many different EU projects talked on EU project results as well as future challenges and opportunities. The fourth thematic group developed a roadmap for assessment harmonization. Additionally, the participants could join the CESBA Wiki sessions and learn how to create an article for the CESBA Wiki.

From now on, CESBA will capitalize on European projects and will support coordinated actions in the field of the built environment. The CESBA Wiki as the central knowledge hub will be further developed and updated by CESBA Wiki editors and experts. The 2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop greatly contributed to the strengthening of the initiative. The ongoing CESBA process will be continued and enhanced in the common months and years.

3rd CESBA SPRINT Workshop (CESBA Day)

Future perspectives for CESBA - results of 3rd CESBA Day in Salzburg

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21/05/2015, Salzburg, AUSTRIA
On the 21st of April, 2015, the 3rd CESBA Day took place in Salzburg, Austria. It was part of the joint final meeting of the projects AlpBC and CABEE. The project partners presented their success stories, and together with stakeholders from the Alpine Space Programme, they had an open discussion about the future of CESBA. All participants agreed that there are positive future persprectives for the young movement that is now an official association. The actors also had the chance to visit pilot projects on sustainable building in Salzburg, such as the BauAkademie and Ro Sa Zukunft (see picture).

AlpBC and CABEE posters 3rd CESBA Day