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WSB News - February 2014

World building codes leaders will meet in Barcelona on occasion of the World Sustainable Building Conference WSB14

19/02/2014 - Next October, Barcelona will host not only the World Sustainable Building Conference, which will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th October 2014 but, furthermore, the city will become the meeting point of an important number of international associations who, taking advantage of this global gathering, are organising their General Assemblies and working meetings here.


The latest association to confirm their presence is the Inter-Jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee IRCC, which groups the main leaders of technical building codes worldwide. The focus of the IRCC is to advance, at an international level, framework, guidance, and support documents on construction-related regulatory environment issues; pursuing common understanding of the international regulatory environment towards sustainability; promoting the exchange of information between its members.

As well as holding their Autumn meeting in the same venue as World SB14 Barcelona, the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, the IRCC will take part in a Conference session, presenting their latest works and advances achieved in creating a common international framework in building, offering clues on how building regulations must evolve towards higher levels of sustainability in building.


Rockwool, new Gold Sponsor of World SB 14 Barcelona

19/02/2014 - Another company had demonstrated its commitment to sustainable building giving its Support to the World Sustainable Building Conference. On this occasion, we are talking about Rockwool, who has signed a collaboration agreement to become a Gold Sponsor, with the commitment and benefits this entails.


Signing of Collaboration agreement Rockwool-WSB14 Luis Álvarez-Ude, CEO of GBCe, with Pedro Luis Fernández-Cano,
Business Unit Director of Spain, Portugal and Brazil, Rockwool

Rockwool is the first manufacturer of stone wool in the world. The company was founded 70 years ago in Denmark, producing today a great array of materials from volcanic stone wool, destined to the industry and building markets and solving insulation issues: thermal insulation (cooling and/or heating), acoustic and fire protection.
Rockwool has implemented its Quality Management System following the standard ISO 9001:2000, thus formalising their project to improve management and quality processes, which have always formed the base of the company’s activity.
In becoming a Gold Sponsor, Rockwool will immediately begin taking active part in preparations for the Conference. Furthermore, the company will enjoy an exhibition space in the Innovation Fair that will take place simultaneously with the Conference, as well as sponsoring two debate sessions, choosing the 4 speakers that will answer each of the questions posed by the Conference Scientific Committee.
Rockwool has demonstrated its support to GBCe from the Association’s birth and is one of the founding sponsors who have made the development and growth of this association possible.

Ecoconstrucción, first media partner of the Conference

19/02/2014 - The magazine Ecoconstrucción has become the first media partner of the World Sustainable Building Barcelona. Through a collaboration agreement, Ecoconstrucción and World SB14 Barcelona have decided that this publication will disseminate all the information relative to the event and parallel activities that will take place.


Ecoconstrucción is a magazine focused on the sustainable construction and building industry. It is published quarterly, with a bilingual (English and Spanish) edition for international events. Consulted by professionals involved in the sustainable construction/building industry, architects, engineers, consulting firms, installers, constructors, promoters, ESCOs, administration, associations the same as end user companies or individuals looking for sustainable building and restoration solutions. Ecoconstrucción distributes 6.000 printed magazines to professionals by subscription and for free, together with a weekly newsletter that reaches more than 17000 contacts.

WSB14 Barcelona encourages debate on LinkedIn

19/02/2014 - One of the goals of World Sustainable Building 2014 Barcelona Conference is to become a meeting and reflection point between building sector professionals – architects, developers, industry, universities and administrations -, encouraging the debate around relevant topics such as energy efficiency, urban planning or CO2 emissions reduction.


Aiming to generate excitement and promote the exchange of opinions towards the global gathering, World Sb14 Barcelona has opened its scope through the internet platform LinkedIn and opening a debate group where these topics can be discussed. In English, the official language of the Conference, the group brings forth arguments, news and thoughts, seeking interaction with its followers. Thus, the month of January saw work starting towards the need to move to more sustainable concepts in building, fast.

Links to the building sector – in any of its aspects – and obtaining authorization from the group administrator are the only requirements needed to become part of the debate group.
Any topic or question can be launched, as long as it is related to the Conference contents. Promotional or advertising texts will not be admitted. The group administrator will revise each of the proposals before authorising their publication.
English is the official language.
The most interesting questions gathered in this platform will be conveyed to the Conference Sessions as items delivered by the audience.
Together with this new idea exchanging model, we must not forget that the World Sustainable Building 2014 Barcelona Conference already counts on social media profiles such as Facebook (World SB14 Barcelona), Google+ (World SB14 Barcelona) and Youtube (www.youtube.com/worldsb14barcelona). Furthermore, a hashtag (#WSB14) allows tagging and following all information relative to this event published on Twitter.

Huge participation success

12/02/2014 - 892 abstracts gathered by the World Sustainable Building Conference Great participative success in abstracts submission for the World Sustainable Building Conference which will take place in Barcelona on the 28th, 29th, and 30th October 2014.


The Scientific Committee’s expectations have been hugely exceeded and now the Committee faces the task of filtering all communications received before notifying acceptance and requesting full papers.
Proof of the international character of this event is the variety of abstracts received, from 58 countries over the five continents. Europe takes the lead, followed closely by Asia. The important presence from MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) and American countries – both North America and Latin America - is also noticeable.
It is also important to point out that less than 20% of the abstracts gathered come from Spain. This global number of abstracts does not include those within sessions, with submissions still open until the 1st March.
Below is a detailed list of participating countries (58):
Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swedeen, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.

Communications received relate to all the thematic areas proposed by the Conference, with those related to Materials and Processes being especially relevant.
Last, but not least, we must highlight that most of the abstracts presented come from Universities. Nevertheless, Investigation Bodies, businesses and Public Administrations are also key participants.
Notification of accepted abstracts will be communicated next 16th April and papers submission will close on 16th June.
The great number of abstracts received guarantees the high quality of those that will be finally chosen and presented, either orally or in a poster, at World SB14 Barcelona.
Thank you all for your participation!

Session submissions still open

12/02/2014 - Even though abstracts submission is now closed, there is another way in which to take part in this important global gathering: the Call for Sessions, aimed at all sector stakeholders.


This call emerges to seek contributions from building sector stakeholders - professionals, institutions, the industry and public administrations -, becoming key participants of the Roadmap that World SB14 Barcelona proposes and promotes. Taking on innovative dynamics, each of the sessions will focus on a proposal-question that a moderator and four speakers will debate, which will then be discussed and voted by the audience.
This novel formula allows all participants to present a complete session before an active audience, which can take part in the debate, obtaining an answer that will feed the conclusions of the Conference. Preliminary proposals submission deadline will close on 1st March 2014.


Hong Kong, second Platinum Sponsor of the World Sustainable Building 2014 Barcelona Conference

12/02/2014 - The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) has become the second Platinum sponsor of the World SB14 Barcelona Conference following the signature of a collaboration agreement between Director of HKGBC, Prof. John Ng, and the president of GBC España, Mr. Felipe Pich-Aguilera, on 22nd November November 2013.


GBC Hong Kong, sponsor

As well as becoming full members of the Organising Committee of the Conference and taking an active part in the event’s preparations, Hong Kong’s presence at World SB14 Barcelona will incorporate Asian views and sensitivities to the Conference discussions. It is relevant to stress that this Conference is open to all stakeholders within the construction sector, aiming to find and give answers to the global challenges that sustainable building faces all around the world.
With this sponsorship, HKGBC joins other committed companies worldwide that will help make this ambitious event a global success, summoning the main stakeholders within the building sector to meet in Barcelona. In becoming a Platinum sponsor, Hong Kong will immediately become directly involved in the Conference’s preparation. Furthermore, HKGBC will enjoy an exhibition space in the Innovation Fair that will take place simultaneously with the Conference, as well as sponsoring three debate sessions, choosing the 4 speakers that will answer each of the questions posed by the Conference Scientific Committee.
The Sustainable Building Conference Series, of which WSB14 Barcelona is part, is the largest global meeting aimed at debating different aspects of sustainable building. It is promoted by CIB (Conseil International de Batîment), iiSBE (Intertational Initiative for a Sustainable Built Enviroment), UNEP-SBCI (Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative) and FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers), and counts on the collaboration of WGBC (World Green Building Council).

The MARIE Project, Mediterranean Area sponsor

12/02/2014 - The Marie Project (Mediterranean Building Rethinking for Energy Efficiency Improvement) has become the first Area sponsor of the World Sustainable Building Conference and will be a special leading actor in all that happens in the Area.


Marie Project

MARIE is a strategic Project of the European Union financed by the MED program (European Territorial Cooperation), focused on improving the energy efficiency of buildings in the Mediterranean area.
This Project unites 22 members from 9 countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus and Montenegro), building a common vision and strategy (MEDBEES: Mediterranean Building Energy Efficiency Strategy) to promote energy renovation of Mediterranean buildings.

In becoming an Area sponsor, the MARIE project will immediately become directly involved in the Conference’s preparation. Furthermore, MARIE will enjoy an exhibition space in the Innovation Fair that will take place simultaneously with the Conference, as well as sponsoring two debate sessions, choosing the 4 speakers that will answer each of the questions posed by the Conference Scientific Committee.

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