Central Europe Towards Sustainable Buildings 2016 – Summary

Jennifer Faddy, September 2016 The focus of the conference was on building reuse and retrofit because this is one of the major challenges to achieve carbon reduction targets in Europe. One of the keynote speakers, Raymond Cole from Canada, called for recognition that buildings in their context needed to “do more good” and called for more…

Why Old is the New Green

When it comes to sustainable architecture, the focus has historically been on designing buildings to reduce emissions. In recent years though, this focus has expanded to take into account the full life-cycle impact of a building and its components. But is this enough? In this article from ArchitectureBoston’s Fall 2015 Issue, originally titled “Old is the…

UPDATE – NSCES Meeting + Tour of Old Parliament House at the Fabric Conference

Meeting – Energy and Sustainability NSC Adelaide, Thursday 5 November 2015.  We will start with a short NSCES meeting discussing our activities over the past year, including a report from Peter Cox, President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee of Energy and Sustainability (ISCES) on events arising from his recent visit to the USA and ADCOM in Japan. We will then have a…

First Prize for “Common Efficacy” Project Proposal: Energy Efficiency in Historic Centres

This interesting project proposal in Portugal by Nelson Brito, Sergio Brito and Rute Oliveira Castela, won first prize of the “Urban Services and Connected City” in the VINCI “2020 Global Climate Challenge”. It provides a good model to follow elsewhere. The project addresses energy efficiency in historic centres by involving urban stakeholders – local community and local policy players – working…