Do you Speak Sustainable Construction?

Join us on 20 May 2010 in Brussels for a joint Architects Council of Europe and European Concrete Platform entitled “Do you Speak Sustainable Construction?” | Background_ A great deal of activity is focussed on sustainable development issues across the EU. In relation to this the Commission is developing initiatives on sustainable construction as a sub-set of its campaign for sustainable production and sustainable consumption. For example, Sustainable Construction is an EU Lead Market Initiative (LMI) – with a plan to promote the benefits and develop skills and capacities for the future; and the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive revision is under way; also TC 350 continues to make progress on new European standards. In this regard, the ACE and ECP established a joint project with the aim of producing a toolkit referred to as a Common Language for Sustainable Construction. The purpose of this tool is to ensure a common understanding of the terminology used within the framework of sustainable construction. It is intended that the finalised version, to be launched on 24 March, be used by the construction sector, by policy-makers at national and European levels and for communications, educational and training purposes within the sectors directly concerned. At the heart of the toolkit is a glossary of terms currently in use in sustainable construction, and it is important that this glossary is as up-to-date, relevant and helpful as possible | Objective_ This event will allow politicians & city planners; clients and property developers; architects & engineers; product manufacturers & materials suppliers; contractors and specialist sub-contractors; facilities managers & users to meet and understand the current thinking on: low/zero energy; low/zero carbon buildings; homes and offices; low carbon infrastructure; recycling of buildings and materials; design of buildings and space between buildings; the design of passive house buildings and the use of recycled materials; embedded energy in materials; the use of marks to recognise responsibly sourced materials. Info: