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CESBA MED, Partner meeting in Barcelona
The CESBA MED PP meeting took place in Barcelona, Palau Macaya from 13th-14th of June 2018.
CESBA MED, CESBA NEIGHBORHOOD AWARD 2018 presented in Barcelona12/06/2018
The CESBA Neighborhood Award 2018 was presented on June 12th in Barcelona during the conference Policies, methods and tools for sustainable urban areas and was hosted by the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, CESBA MED partner in charge of the capitalization of the project.
The Cesba Neighbourhood Award 2018 is part of the CESBA MED project for Sustainable Cities Capitalisation WP. The main aim of this project is to produce the first transnational multi-criteria assessment system for rating the sustainability of neighbourhoods. The project is co-financed by ERDF Funds through the Interreg Med Programme.
Around 80 people attended the event, approximately 20% of which were representatives of Catalan local administrations. Among the attendees there were also technicians, politicians, academics, consultants and representatives of the business sector and of professional associations.
The Award is open to different urban areas all over Europe. The application period will soon be opened and the Award ceremony will take place in May 2019 in Scilla, Italy.
CESBA MED, CESBA NEIGHBORHOOD AWARD
Announcement June 12th, 2018 in Barcelona, Submission by October 31th, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Award will deliver an overview on exemplary neighborhoods in Europe, improve the quality of life for inhabitants, minimise negative impacts on climate and resources as well as capitalize key performance indicators on the CESBA SN-Tool (Sustainable Neighborhood Tool).
CESBA-MED intends to develop an innovative decision making model and a transnational common set of assessment tools to support the definition and implementation of actions targeted to optimise sustainability planning measures combining the building and urban scale.
The aim of this award is to disseminate and capitalise the tools and methodologies developed by CESBA-MED partners for rating the sustainability of MED urban areas.
With the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, the European Energy Award, FEDARENE, iiSBE and SBE 20 CESBA gained its first partners for the Award, more partners are very welcome.
The official launch will be in Barcelona, June 12th, opened by UNEP and Covenant of Mayors.
This event is organised in the framework of the CESBA-MED project. Financed by the ERDF Interterritorial cooperation funds of the European Union through the Interreg Mediterranean Programme.
The interest of this event focuses on tools for a better planning of sustainability in your municipality.
In case you are interested to attend the official launch event in Barcelona, you can register here.
5th CESBA Sprint-Workshop in Gozo/Malta
3days of exchange in the Mediterranean
Staying away from the office for 3 days in a creative atmosphere offers the possibility to focus on certain topics and establishing a strong relationship with other experts.
3 days of exchange in the Mediterranean for people who:
- want to broaden their horizons and be at the pulse of time.
- like to interact and network, be creative and want to share ideas and develop common projects with colleagues from ohter nations.
- want to design the future in the built environment sector locally, regionally or transnationally.
More info`s on the 5th CESBA Sprint Workshop in Gozo/Malta you can find on our CESBA MED webpage!
CESBA ALPS at EU EUSEW18, BRUSSELS05-07/06/2018
CESBA Alps participated at the EUSEW in Brussels, June 5th - 7th, 2018 – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Project results were shared in the panel discussion “Breaking down the barriers between local action and European policies” on the 6th of June and in the network village "CESBA Alps innovative approach and assessment of the sustainability of territories" during all three days of the event. More infos on: www.eusew.eu
Piedmont Region jointly with the regional authorities Lombardy Region and Region of Veneto hosted the Event "CESBA Alps, sustainable territorial development and low carbon policies in alpine territories: local experiences to be shared". The meeting aimed to share project's experience and results already reached. In this event partners from the CESBA Association, iiSBEE Italia, EnvirobatBDM, AURA-EE and the Regional Governments of Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto discussed with participants the CESBA harmonized assessment systems for sustainable territories (CESBA STT), bringing examples on its use for supporting local administrations.
CESBA ASSOCIATION, 12th GENERAL ASSEMBLY, BRUSSELS05/06/2018
CESBA Association invited to the 12th ordinary general assembly, on June 5th, 2018 at 18.30 in FEDARENE, Rue de Stassart 131 in Brussels within the EUSEW.
GREENCYCLE, 3rd CIRCULAR CHANGE CONFERENCE, MARIBOR11/05/2018
Greencycle participated at the Circular Change conference in Maribor on May 11th, 2018. More than 250 participants listened to 65 experts presenting best practices of circular economy.
Greencycle activities related to CE implementation strategies and marketplace platform got the most attention from participants, who were invited to join the platform and forthcoming manifesto. Discussions about the role of cities for CE and planned actions in Maribor, such as setting up a “Circular Hub” in 2018 as part of the global Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) could contribute to creating better policy frameworks.
CESBA MED, MIDTERM EVENT, ROME
18-19/04/2018Crafting the future Mediterranean
MED projects illustrated how they contribute to the three major challenges: partners, public authorities and experts and engaged in lively debates in order to see how they could have a positive impact on them. Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to discover an exhibition or Lab Area: Tasting and testing MED, where the display of our projects results will take a concrete, visual form.
CESBA MED presented among many others its project at the midterm event in Rome “Crafting the future Mediterranean”. Climate change, blue economy and inclusive growth was on the spotlight of this conference. The focus at the CESBA MED stand was on the 5th CESBA Sprint Workshop as well as on the Neighborhood Award 2018. The Rome event enabled the exchange with other project partners from the MED horizontal projects.
CESBA MED, LEVEL(s)- A common language for sustainable buildingsApril 2018
Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework to improve the sustainability of buildings.
Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment.
Opportunities for Level(s)? Testimonials from our stakeholders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWILNRtglfg&feature=youtu.be
From the beginning CESBA MED SN-Tool was developed with the Level(s) initiative with the DG Environment and DG Growth. In April the guideline for the test of Level(s) has been published by DG Environment. Level(s), Europe’s common framework for sustainable buildings, has now published a registration site for testers of Level(s). This site can be accessed via the Level(s) webpage. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/buildings.htm
CESBA ALPS, Project Meeting and Steering Committee Meeting in Marseille07-08-/03/2018
During the last partner meeting in Marseille in March 2018 partners trained on the CESBA Tool-Software.
The assessing of nine regions has been started. First results are expected by the end of this summer.
CESBA MED, WP3 MEETING, UDINE, ITALY08-02-2018
The WP 3 Meeting in Udine-Casa della Contadinanza was organized by Comune di Udine/ Municipality of Udine
GREENCYCLE MEETING FREIBURG, GERMANY01-02-/02/2018
The 3rd Greencycle Partner Meeting was organised by City of Freiburg who is a prime example for circular economy.
City of Freiburg presented its climate protection strategy and how they became a so called “Environmental Capital”.
Since 1986 City of Freiburg won a lot of awards with its green politics.
Concrete outcomes are a low amount of plastic waste, a high percentage of cyclists and pedestrians and a recycling rate of 70% of the whole waste of the city.
CESBA MED, WORKSHOP AT UN ENVIRONMENT, PARIS
The purpose of the workshop was to present some recent initiatives in assessment of neighborhood performance and to share ideas on future directions.
The workshop took place at UN Environment Economy Division, 1 rue Miollis, Building VII, 75015 Paris.
The workshop was organized by iISBE International and hosted by UN Environment.
Interviews about CESBA
During the 4th CESBA Sprintworkshop in Bezau, 18th - 20th September 2017 some of the participants were interviewed about the following questions:
CESBA MED meeting in SANT CUGAT14-15/11/2017
Better sustainability policies require cooperation across region
90 experts from 13 nations developed joint solutions for a continuous inspection of buildings, neighbourhoods and spatial planning.
The 4th CESBA Sprint Workshop was organized by 9 European projects in collaboration with the Vorarlberg Institute of Architecture under patronage of the government of Vorarlberg.
By means of the so-called Sprint method six working groups dealt with respectively six issues for three days.
The most important results are:
- A general framework for the assessment of spatial planning
- Quality criteria for the building culture – from buildings via neighbourhoods to the regions
- Developing principles for a European competition for good neighbourhood development
- Preparation of an alpine-wide manifesto for circular economy
- Suggestions for the further development of CESBA
The focus within all working groups was set on the users and inhabitants of the built environment as well as on a common understanding within Europe.
The enthusiastic exchange showed that there is a high interest in common values within the European culture.
Within the coming months, the individual organisations will continue to work on the knowledge gathered. The results will be summarised. This report also serves as a basis for the further dissemination of these outcomes in international conferences. Within the 5th CESBA Sprint Workshop in Malta Nov. 7th - 9th 2018 results will be evaluated and readjusted.
Main organizing project: CESBA Alps. Contributing projects: CESBA MED, GREENCYCLE, PEACE_Alps, THE4BEES, GRETA, IMEAS, CaSCo, New TREND.
6 teams, each focusing on the special topics, but linked to each other guide themselves through the CESBA Sprint Workshop 2017.
All teams have a moderator and a comoderator who are experts in their fields. A team of overall moderators ensure a fruitful working atmosphere and useful results.
See more detailed news about the upcoming Sprint Workshop from 18th-20th September 2017 here: Invitation and programme Sprint Workshop Bezau
This sprint workshop is a common effort of the following Interreg projects: CESBA Alps, CESBA MED, GREENCYCLE, THE 4 BEES, Greta, PEACE Alps, CaSCo and Horizont 2020 Project: The New TREND;
co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund
Under the patronage of Deputy State Governor of Vorarlberg Mag. Karlheinz Rüdisser; State Councillor for energy & climate protection Ing. Erich Schwärzler, Member of provincial parliament Martina Rüscher MBA Msc
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY in Bezau / Vorarlberg / AUSTRIA19/09/2017
CESBA invites to the 11th extraordinary general assembly taking place on 19th of September 2017 in Bezau, Hotel Post, Brugg 35, 6870 Bezau/AT within the CESBA Sprint Workshop.
You are invited to join the assembly.
For details please contact Ines Feurstein (email@example.com)
2nd CESBA MED Partner meeting in Zagreb, Croatia11-12/06/2017
The meeting was organized by the Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar.
Main discussions were held on: CESBA Sustainable Neighbourhood Award 2019; Transnational Indicators and Assessment Methods for Buildings and Urban Areas; CESBA MED Local Committees; preparation of testing tool; training material and courses; establishment of CESBA MED Cities Network.
1st GREENCYCLE Project Meeting Trento27/06/2017
The meeting took place on June 27th – 28th 2017 in Trento and was organized by City of Trento and Informatica Trentina Spa.
The main topics of the meeting were new EU guidelines on circular economy, projects “Bio-Energy for Mobility in Trentinot” and “Recycling market and circular economy”, preparations for Sprint Workshop, toolbox, marketplace as well as action plan and progress of project in general.
CESBA Alps 3rd Project Meeting in Venice
On 27th - 30th of March the 3rd CESBA Alps Project Meeting and Steering Committee took place in Venice.
Its aim was a creative exchange among the project partners as well as the assessment of a guideline on how to go on with the project CESBA Alps and the CESBA approach. The CESBA Alps project observers were invited to participate at the meeting to strengthen their integration and to promote the dissemination of the project results. Further the key performance indicators for sustainable territories were defined.
GREENCYCLE has started
Introducing circular economy system to Alpine Space to achieve low-carbon targets
The Interreg Alpine Space project GREENCYCLE has started with a kick-off meeting in Maribor on 23rd-24th of January. 15 representatives from 9 project partners refined the project objectives and started the work on the project.
The project GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2 to 4 % greenhouse emission reduction to the five partner cities of Freiburg (Germany), Goetzis (Austria), Maribor (Slovenia), Pays Viennois (France) and Trento (Italy).
Circular economy deployment will save energy, reduce water consumption, recover critical raw materials, reduce transport, boost the eco-innovation, create green jobs and bring benefits to low income citizens.
Cities as biggest emissions producers and biggest energy and materials consumers will play the pioneering role by developing circular economy implementation strategies.
GREENCYCLE at a glance
- Development of a circular economy system for partner cities building on available practices and existing low-carbon strategies. The project will provide implementation strategies and establish cross-sectoral cooperation and governance.
- Preparation of a toolbox for the implementation of circular economy strategies in the Alpine Space area. The toolbox will be tested by the pilot cities.
- Establishment of a transnational cooperation platform providing a marketplace for specific circular economy outputs, best practices examples, and solutions for local and regional governments of the Alpine Space to implement circular economy system.
CESBA MED has started
The CESBA MED project has started with a kick-off meeting in Marseille on 16th-17th of January. 26 representatives from 12 project partners refined the project objectives and started the work on the project.
CESBA MED objectives
Energy efficiency improvement is a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of public buildings. Energy efficient meas-ures and their implementation at neighbourhood scale (i.e. district heating, PV installations, etc) have clearly demonstrated that a building scale approach is not an optimal approach for reaching significant and cost-effective improvements. Groups of buildings offer remarkable opportunities for effective synergies. However, decision making processes and design interventions are more complex at neighbourhood scale. CESBA MED intends to find the most affordable and operational solutions for the develop-ment of energy efficiency plans at a large scale.
CESBA MED at a glance
Capitalize existing knowledge
- Exploit results from 10 previous EU projects that support the development of energy efficiency plans for public buildings in the context of their surrounding neighbourhoods.
- Identify the most affordable, operational and suitable assess-ment criteria and method for the MED region at building and neighbourhood scale.
CESBA MED Passport, network and city award
- Develop a CESBA MED Passport for public buildings to support the comparison in absolute terms of the sustainability per-formance of neighbourhoods in the MED area.
- Establish a CESBA MED city award.
- Edit a brochure on best practices.
Transfer new knowledge
- Engage CESBA Local Project Committees (CPCs) to facilitate knowledge transfer and dissemination of results to target groups.
- A CESBA SN Toolkit for Sustainable Neighbourhoods to sup-port local dissemination activities.
- Develop a CESBA SN Training System and specific training programs for different users, including an e-learning platform and tailored training materials.
CESBA Alps has started
The CESBA Alps project will be part of the transnational CESBA initiative, ensuring the durability and transferability of results across Alpine space regions. Currently available sustainability assessment tools cover buildings and small urban areas, with no support for the territorial scale, typical in the rural, low density Alpine regions.
The project aims to facilitate the development, exchange, and implementation of innovative policies and plans at territorial level based on common assessment tools. By developing a transnational assessment framework and a strategy for sustainable and low carbon territories, the project will improve the sustainability of the Alpine built environment. Through objective criteria and indicators, the tools will support in the sustainability assessment of a territory, the definition of objective performance targets, the decision making in planning processes at territorial level and the implementation and monitoring of effective low carbon policies, therefore fostering innovative practices at the territorial level among all stakeholders.
Main outputs include: a generic transnational assessment framework for assessment at territorial scale, a set of harmonized, regionally contextualized assessment tools for territories, a guideline for the implementation of assessment tools in policies and territorial plans, a toolbox for the adoption of strategies for sustainable and low carbon territories, the creation of Local CESBA Committees.
Financial Support for CESBA: € 127.551,00, ERDF Co-Financing rate: 85%
CESBA shows strong presence at EUSEW in Brussels
Andrea Moro and Etienne Vienot from the CESBA Association board and CESBA Managing Director Markus Berchtold-Domig participated in the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels last week. There were three key events that provided a chance to draw international attention on CESBA and to network with relevant stakeholders.
Moro and Vienot attended a working group that was organized by DG Environment and DG Growth through the Joint Research Centre (JRC). CESBA has the task to support the work on the Efficient Buildings' study that will be a first step towards a common EU framework of indicators to assess the environmental performance of buildings. Further, the CESBA actors organized a quiz on sustainable building in the networking village of the Committee of Regions. The highlight was the CESBA workshop on the 18th of June with intense discussions about the CESBA vision and the need for harmonization.
The CESBA actors took home great experiences of their three days in Brussels and learnt that for a further advancement of CESBA, it is important to directly talk to possible partners and to share concrete ideas.
From the left to the right: Etienne Vienot (CESBA Advisory Board), Markus Berchtold-Domig (CESBA Managing Director), Andrea Moro (CESBA vice president)
European Commission invites CESBA for consultation on macro-objectives for buildings
In its "Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector" (July 2014), the European Commission announced the goal to achieve an EU-wide framework of common indicators and calculation methodologies on the performance of buildings. Nearly one year later, the European Commission has now released its first consultation on Macro-Objectives for Buildings in the EU. CESBA has been requested to join this consultation. All members of CEESBA are invited to form a common position for this consultation and to help the messengers Andrea Moro and Etienne Vienot to prepare the draft working paper.
Interested? Than contact the CESBA office: firstname.lastname@example.org!
CESBA Conference at European Sustainable Energy Week - be a part!
29/05/2015, Brussels, BELGIUM
Each year in June, the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) showcases activities of innovative organizations that are dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. This initative of the European Commission has now invited CESBA to conduct a creative workshop at the 18th of June,2015, from 2:30 PM to 6:15 PM. Inspired by inputs of experts of CESBA as well as the Covenant of Mayors and CIPRA, the participants will work on solutions for a sustainable built environment assessment in Europe. Furthermore, CESBA will have a stand in the main hall. Preparations are underway for both the stand and the workshop.
Everybody interested is welcome to participate in the EUSEW CESBA conference!
Future perspectives for CESBA - results of 3rd CESBA Day in Salzburg
21/04/2015, 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
3rd CESBA Day in Salzburg
21/04/2015, Salzburg, AUSTRIA
The CESBA association invites all people who want to help establishing a sustainable built environment in Europe to the 3rd CESBA Day in Salzburg, Austria, on the 21st of April, 2014. Participants can expect the summary an reflection on the two Alpine projects about building in the Alps CABEE and AlpBC. Together, the participants will create a perspective for action in the CESBA network.The 3rd CESBA day will be a special chance to be part of a common process towards a sustainable built environment in Europe.
Download the invitation to the 3rd CESBA Day in Salzburg
CESBA expanding in Italy
The CESBA principles have been overtaken by the Italian standardization body (UNI). The new official standard for building assessment in Italy UNI/PdR 13:2005 Environmental sustainability of construction works - Operational tools for sustainability assessment. General framework and methodological principles was issued on Januray 30, including the CESBA principles as indicated in the CESBA guide. The UNI standard is based on Protocollo ITACA, the building assessment system developed by iiSBE Italia in collaboration with ITACA (Federal Association of the Italian Regions). With the help of iiSBE, CESBA has already been carried out to National Research Council (CNR), City of Torino, Politecnico of Torino, ITACA (Federal Association of Italian Regions), Regione Lombardia, Italian National Institute of Architects and many other organizations. The fact, that Italy is now integrating the principles of a sustainable, mass-oriented, contextualized and comparable, bottom-up generated and harmonized European building assessment is an important step towards the establishment of CESBA in Europe.
European actors celebrated the closure of ViSiBLE and CEC5
17-18/11/2014, Vorarlberg, AUSTRIA
The projects ViSiBLE and CEC5 greatly contributed to the advancement of CESBA. Both projects are closing 2014 and lead partner Regional Development Vorarlberg took the opportunity to celebrate the final event of these projects in the LifeCycle Tower ONE in Dornbirn. Project partners from ten European countries as well as key actors from the Austrian state of Vorarlberg participated in the two-days-meeting. They discussed project results and, in the mean time, strengthened the CESBA network and explored possibilities for future cooperation. The meeting also included an excursion to the Illwerke Zentrum Montafon, one of the largest timber-built office buildings in Europe. The final event once again demonstrated that the CESBA actors pursue the CESBA philosophy with great passion. They are eager to win new parners and to make the idea of a harmonized building assessment in Europe reality one day.
CESBA at World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona
The World Sustainable Building Conference is the largest global gathering of experts in sustainable building with over 2000 participants. This year, the conference took place in Barcelona from the 28th to 30th of October 2014. It was the perfect opportunity for ViSiBLE to disseminate the project results to a targeted global audience.
Project ViSiBLE organised a session dedicated to the question: How to harmonize building assessment at European level? The session provided the opportunity to present the ViSiBLE project results like the CESBA Wiki and the CESBA policy paper and to exchange knowledge and experiences gathered in the Alpine Space with participants from all over the world. The content of the session organised by ViSiBLE will also be printed in the SB14 conference book which is a global reference document for the coming years. Read the CESBA conference paper for WSB 14 Barcelona
ViSiBLE lead partner gives presentation at the Alpine Space 2020 Conference
The conference took place on the 21-22nd of October in Salzburg. Here, the results achieved over the 2007-2013 programme as well as the cornerstones for the 2014-2020 programme were presented. About 500 people from the seven Alpine countries participated in the event.
Together with Anja Lehmann from AlpEnMat and Susanne Nilsson from Poly5, Robert Moosbrugger from Regional Development Vorarlberg as lead partner of ViSiBLE presented the achievements of ASP2007-2013 projects in the field of low-carbon Alpine Space. They entertained and informed the audience by a interactive presentation and a hiqh-quality moderation and in the end, they attracted much applause.
You can watch the presentation on low carbon Alpine space here.
CESBA policy paper presentation in Brussels was a full success
24/10/2014, Brussels, Belgium
On the 7th of October 2014, during the Open Days, CESBA actors presented the new CESBA initiative policy paper to a highly interested audience of about 50 people. The title of the conference was Common approaches of sustainable buildings in Europe in 2030. Mrs. Bresso and her colleague Mr. Viotti expressed their strong support of the policy paper by a reading message. Andrea Moro from iiSBE Italia presented the policy paper. The recommendations made by the ViSiBLE partners fit very well with the commission communication on Resource efficiency opportunities in the building sector that was presented by Josefina Lindblom, DG Environment. The CESBA initiative is perfectly in line with what it is expected from the EU commission about European indicators of environmental performance: easy to use, affordable, accessible for all members states. The CESBA conference included a lively podium discussion on methods that should be used to calculate indicators.
Joint Final Event of the Projects ViSiBLE and CEC5
17-18/11/2014, Vorarlberg, AUSTRIA
The projects ViSiBLE and CEC5 invite for a joint final event. The final event will be the opportunity for presenting the CEC5 and ViSiBLE project results, to discuss topics of the future and to network and celebrate in a friendly atmosphere. An excursion programme is offered to visit the green office building and the power plant of the illwerke vkw, the main energy company of Vorarlberg.
INVITATION AND PROGRAMME
CESBA Conference in Brussels
Common approaches of Sustainable buildings in Europe in 2030 - this is the title of a high-level conference dedicated to CESBA that will take place during the OPEN DAYS at the 7th of October, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
High ranking personalities such as Dr. Christian Salletmaier, General Programme Manager of the Alpine Space programme, attended the meeting. The central part of the conference was a round table discussion. Participants of the discussion were Andrea Moro (CESBA actor), Harald Sonderegger (member of the provincial government of Vorarlberg), Josefina Lindblom (DG Environment) and Luc Minne (CONSTRUCTION21). Read more in the Press release on the CESBA conference in Brussels
You are welcomed to register now. Places are limited!
PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE
CESBA at World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona
30/10/2014, Barcelona, Spain
How to harmonize building assessment systems? - this is the central question of the CESBA conference at the World Sustainable Building Conference that will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from the 28th till the 30th of October, 2014. In this conference, one moderator and four speakers from four different European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, and France) will discuss on the challenge of many building and neighbourhood assessment systems in Europe, the relevant success factors for a successful harmonization process, CESBA as the optimal tool for building assessment harmonization and the distinctive role harmonized assessment systems should play in steering European building and neighbourhood qualities. The World Sustainable Building Conference is the optimal chance for the CESBA actors to promote the initiative on an international expert level.
Mercedes Bresso presents CESBA Policy Paper in Brussels
At the 7th of October, CESBA actors get the unique chance to promote the young initiative on EU level. Mercedes Bresso, vice president of the Committee of Regions, will present the CESBA Policy Paper developed in the ViSiBLE project.
The CESBA seminar will take place in the week of the [The CESBA seminar will take place in the week of the Open days, the 12th European week of cities and regions]. During this event, regional and local stakeholders of the EU cohesion policy will demonstrate their best results. This is the perfect opportunity for the CESBA actors to hold a special session running parallel to the Open Days sessions in order to present CESBA as a bottom-up generated initiative towards a harmonisation of the sustainable building and neighbourhood assessment in Europe. Mercedes Bresso, former vice president of the Committee of Regions, has the gratifying task to present the CESBA policy paper. Further key speakers of the session are, among others, Harald Sonderegger, member of the provincial government of Vorarlberg, Austria, Arch. Andrea Moro, president of iiSBE Italia, and Véronique Pappe from CONSTRUCTION21. This high-level seminar will raise the awareness on CESBA among political stakeholders on EU level. Experts on sustainable building will be reached by the CESBA session How to harmonize building assessment at European level? during the World Sustainable Building Conference at the end of October, 2014.
European Commission released long-awaited communication on sustainable building
On the day of the 2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop, the European Commission published the COM(2014) 445 final on the Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the building sector. The needs for action stated in the communication paper completely coincide with the CESBA goals and philosphy.
The communication starts out with the lack of comparability between building assessment systems and the resulting problems for actors within the sustainable building sector. The Commission emphasizes the demand for establishing a common flexible framework of core indicators that consider the whole building life cycle. European stakeholders are invited to support the development towards a common framework for the sustainability assessment of buildings.
Download of new sustainable buildings communication
2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop – European spirit towards a sustainable built environment
On the 1st of July 2014, 90 people from 11 different European countries came together in the Environment Park in Turin, Italy, in order to further develop CESBA. 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 brought together, actors from different EU projects who talked on EU project results and future challenges. The fourth thematic group developed a roadmap for assessment harmonization. Additionally, the participants could join the CESBA Wiki sessions.
The main outcomes of the 2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop are summarized in the Final agreement.
CESBA at the ManagEnergy event in Brussels
On the 24th of June, the French ViSiBLE partner RAEE will promote the CESBA initiative at the ManagEnergy event in Brussels. The event is dedicated to Regional and Local Energy Agencies. It focuses on the activities that can be carried out to ensure the implementation of municipalities' Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). With its mass-oriented bottom-up-approach, CESBA reasonably complements to this event. Rhǒne-Alpes Regional Energy and Environment Agency will present the young CESBA initiative.
CESBA Wiki-Workshop: Developing a strategy for the CESBA Wiki 2015+
The CESBA Wiki Workshop at the 20th of March in Dornbirn, Austria, stimulated a broad discussion on the further development of the CESBA Wiki. Wiki expert Dr. Richard Heigl from the hallo Welt! Medienwerkstatt GmbH together with nine CESBA actors from Germany, Switzerland and Austria discussed on a success strategy for the CESBA Wiki of the future.
The key issues discussed were:
- What is the added value of the CESBA Wiki?
- How can we address the challenges that go along with the CESBA Wiki?
- Connection points - the ecosystem of the CESBA Wiki
- The establishment of a vivid CESBA Wiki community
The CESBA Wiki Masterplan is currently elaborated and will be available on the CESBA Wiki by the beginning of April, 2014.
CESBA Wiki Workshop at the 20th of March - developing a strategy for the CESBA Wiki
At the 20th of March 2014 there will be a CESBA Wiki workshop with Wiki expert Dr. Richard Heigl from the hallo Welt! Medienwerkstatt GmbH. This workshop will be held in the LifeCycle Tower ONE in Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, from 10:00 to 18:30. The aim of the workshop is to collaboratively develop a long-term, sustainable strategy for the CESBA Wiki.
CESBA Wiki who are interested in participation can contact the Regional Development Vorarlberg. The outcomes of the Workshop will be available on CESBA Wiki.
Agenda of the CESBA-Wiki-Workshop (German)
ViSiBLE Newsletter No. 1 - news on the ViSiBLE project
The first ViSiBLE newsletter has been launched in February 2014. You can download it here: Download of ViSiBLE Newsletter No. 1
In Isle d'Abeau in Lyon, France, actors of the projects of ViSiBLE and CABEE met in order to exchange their ideas and to further develop the CESBA Wiki. The meeting took place from the 27th to the 29th of January. On Monday, ViSiBLE partners met in order to discuss the progress, the next steps and activities of the ViSiBLE project. A ViSiBLE report on the common objectives and challenges of EU-funded projects on the topic of sustainable building is in progress, as well as an analysis on the institutional framework of sustainable public building assessment in Europe. ViSiBLE will further contribute in developing the CESBA-Wiki by feeding the Wiki with inputs. All outputs of the ViSiBLE project will be made available on CESBA Wiki. Among others, an individual, customized toolkit for public stakeholders who want to conduct a sustainable building project will be available on the CESBA Wiki. ViSiBLE will also be part of transnational events in the year 2014, such as the World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona (October 2014) and the Open days of the 12th European Week of Regions and Cities, also in October 2014.
The most important upcoming event is the 2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop which will take place in July 2014 (date not confirmed yet). The CESBA initiative will be presented to transnational partners of other EU-funded and topic-related projects and all actors will contribute to develop the initiative further.
On the 28th and the 29th of January, the CABEE PSG meeting took place. CABEE members also discussed their progress. Using the moderation form world café, the participants from six Alpine countries were introduced to become CESBA Wiki editors, elaborated the 2nd CESBA SPRINT Workshop, learned about the ViSiBLE project, and worked on the results of the CESBA SPRINT Workshop. The final CESBA guide will be available on the Wiki soon. The CABEE member also discussed their work packages and main activities. By external guests, the ASTUS Construction project and the BIM event ASTUS were presented. The participants showed great interest. At the 28th of January, the CABEE meeting was held at Grands Ateliers were art, architecture, engineering, builders, students etc. meet to generate innovative forms of sustainable building. The meeting ended with a French Lunch at Les Grands Ateliers.
Project Partner Meetings in January: Next steps towards CESBA Wiki
The year 2014 starts with three meetings of projects that are closely linked to CESBA. From the 22nd to the 24th of January, a CEC5 meeting will take placein in Portoroz, Slovenia. One week later, the 2nd ViSiBLE project partner meetingn takes place in äVillefontaine near Lyon, France, and the next to days (28th and 29th of January) are reserved for the second project partner meeting of CABEE at the same place. At all three meetings, the CESBA idea and the CESBA wiki will be presented. The aim is to find CESBA wiki editors that help to develop the Wiki further to a transnational open-source online knowledge hub on the evaluation of sustainable public buildings. The results of the three meetings will be presented here.
CESBA booklet draft version sent out to CESBA SPRINT-Workshop participants
The draft version of the CESBA booklet has been sent out to the CESBA SPRINT-Workshop participants for consultation now. A large number of editors has worked on this booklet and integrated the inputs from the different actors of the 1st CESBA Sprint workshop. The booklet includes the final agreement, the CESBA aims and principles, the indicators on building and neighbourhood scale and the CESBA tools and services. The booklet is a joint output of the projects CABEE and CEC5. The end version of the CESBA booklet will be adopted at the steering group meeting of the EU projects CEC5, CABEE and ViSiBLE in January 2014.
1st CESBA Sprint-Workshop - Over 100 people were part
Creative discussions on sustainable building in a inspiring Alpine scenery
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.