2011 Sustainable Buildings Conference, Helsinki

After Tokyo and Melbourne in 2005 and 2008, the TBE roadshow moved to Helsinki for the 2011 edition of the world Sustainable Building (SB) Conference. This event is the peak gathering of the world’s leading technical experts and researchers on sustainable built environments. Therefore, TBE looked to bring together international partners and our invitation was accepted by the Australian, Brazilian, North American, South African and Russian brick producers association.

The conference took place between 18 to 21 October. With the 310 presentations, 200 posters, 1020 participants from 51 countries, it was a resounding success. The key themes were resources efficiency, well-being in urban environment, business models, eco-efficiency, regulations and standardisation. Last but not least, two of our sustainable construction experts, Gerhard Koch (AT) and Arie Mooiman (NL) were selected by the scientific committee to present their papers. Both presentations were well attended and the papers were well received.

Barcelona will host the next edition in October 2014 (SB14). It will have as its theme as “Results in Sustainable Building: Are we moving as fast as we should?”. The Spanish proposal was presented by Green Building Council Spain. The program will also include the challenge of achieving more affordable accommodation in differing environments, especially in emerging countries, reducing the environmental footprint (energy and climate) and promoting a new model of sustainable economic activity and employment.