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Around Commissions
  - Macroeconomics
  - Industrialisation
  - Clients and Innovation - New Joint Coordinator
  - Clients and Innovation - Mandate Extension
  - Performance Data
From the CIB General Secretariat
  - Chinese CIB Brochure
Forthcoming Meetings
  - Building Stock Activation
  - SB07 Hong Kong
  - Fire Safety
  - Information and Architecture
  - Design Management
New Publications
  - Architectural Management
  - Law and Dispute Resolution
  - Sustainable Construction
  - Climate Change
  - Revaluing Construction
Encouraged Journals
  - Automation
  - Facilities
Members Section New Members
  - New Members

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Newsletter 2007 - 7

Around Commissions
TG56 - Macroeconomics for Construction: Three-Year Mandate Extension
The Task Group’s work for the next three years will firstly concentrate upon the completion of the book on Macroeconomics of the Modern Built Environment and then upon the area of Measurement of the Economic Value of Construction. It will continue to play an important role in working with the CIB Revaluing Construction agenda. The work will result in the production of information on the state and quality of macroeconomic data.
TG57 - Industrialisation in Construction: Two-Year Mandate Extension
The Task Group's work will focus upon completing a book with a detailed description of the worldwide State-of-the-Art of industrialisation in construction. The core of this book is expected to consist of invited expert-papers on among others: driving forces for industrialisation; strategies and business models; devices and tools; and products: new individualised industrialised building concepts.
TG58 - Clients and Construction Innovation: Introducing the New Joint Coordinator
At its meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2007, the CIB Board appointed Prof.Dr Aminah Robinson Fayek the new Joint Coordinator of TG58 on Clients and Construction Innovation. She holds a NSERC Chair in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Alberta. Her research has found numerous practical applications with leading members of the construction industry.
TG58 - Clients and Construction Innovation: Two-Year Mandate Extension
At its meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2007, the CIB Board has decided to grand a two-year mandate extension of TG58 on Clients and Construction Innovation. The TG will produce a third book on Clients Driving Construction Innovation: Benefiting from Innovation and will document international examples of the benefits of innovation in public and private sectors.
TG61 - Benchmarking Construction Performance Data: One-Year Mandate Extension
In addition to a final comprehensive report, the Task Group anticipates completion of deliverables, among which: a worldwide publication and internet posting of performance information measurements, indicators, processes, and data on design, construction, and facility management; and the creation of a new journal that will publish papers on performance information.
From the CIB General Secretariat
Updated Version of the Chinese Version of the CIB Brochure
An updated version of the Chinese version of the CIB Brochure is now downloadale from CIB's website.
Forthcoming Meetings
CIB Co-Sponsored: International Conference: Building Stock Activation 2007, Tokyo, Japan, 5-8 November 2007
At the 4-Met Center, researchers, engineers, architects and other specialists work together on activation projects for existing buildings and conduct research to create “individualized solutions with universal applicability.” In November the first international Building Stock Activation 2007 conference in Tokyo will be held. The objective is to bring together internationally significant and current research and building projects concerning building stock activation, including work from the 4-Met Center.
CIB Co-Sponsored: SB07 HK, Sustainable Building Conference, Hong Kong, China, 4-5 December 2007
The conference intends to bring stakeholders from different societies and industries to work towards a sustainable economic region of the 21st century. It seeks to establish a closer working and research links among officials, practitioners, investors, builders, users and educators from the PRD cities. These relate to a vision for our future city, that the city shall be a place where everyone enjoys staying happily forever. This is the true spirit of a sustainable city.
CIB Co-Sponsored: 7th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods, Auckland, New Zealand, 16-18 April 2008
The conference will present the state-of-the-art in performance-based code approaches and engineering design methods. Papers will be presented on newly emerging technologies, as well as perspectives on approaches that have worked well and approaches that have not worked as well as originally desired.
Joint CIB Conference W102 - Information and Knowledge Management in Building / W096 - Architectural Management "Improving Performance", Helsinki, Finland, 3-4 June 2008
The aim of the conference is to explore information and knowledge management processes and technologies to improve performance in the construction supply chain during design and construction stages. Research projects, documented cases from industry demonstrating best practice, and recently completed PhDs are welcome. All papers will be subject to a double blind refereeing process. Accepted papers will be published in a book of proceedings.
W096 - Architectural Management/TG49 - Architectural Engineering: Design Management in the Architectural Engineering and Construction Sector, São Paulo, Brazil, 4-8 November 2008
This conference looks at how design management is performed in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors around the world - the main approaches and techniques, the challenges and opportunities – in an attempt to map and analyse “best in class” approaches.
New Publications
W096 - Architectural Management: Architectural Engineering and Design Management, Special Issue, Aspects of Building Design Management Journal
Written by International experts in the field, the core themes include: the modelling, coordination and management of design information; the definition and realization of architectural value; digital outsourcing of architectural services; knowledge capital in architectural education; and the importance of cultural issues.
W113 - Law and Dispute Resolution: Law in the Built Environment, Special Issue, Structural Survey Journal
This Publication is a special double issue of the CIB Encouraged Journal Structural Survey. he articles address a wide range of traditional legal subject areas including construction law, property law, housing law, regulatory frameworks, IT law, historic buildings legislation and legal education. Their uniqueness however lies in the legal contribution that each of them make in addressing the problems and challenges of the built environment, in addition, of course, to the development of legal knowledge within their particular legal specialism.
Portugal SB07: Sustainable Construction, Materials and Practices - Challenge of the Industry for the New Millennium
These are the proceedings from the International Conference "Portugal SB07: Sustainable Construction, Materials and Practices - Challenge of the Industry for the New Millennium", which was organised with the co-sponsorship of iiSBE and CIB.
W108 - Climate Change and the Built Environment: Proceedings of the 6th Meeting, October 2007
The aim of this meeting was to create an adequate forum for establishing the exchange of weather data, climate change scenarios and other research findings. The meeting also provided an opportunity to facilitate the transfer of data and research findings to practitioners in order to influence building design and adaptation, as well as the revision of relevant standards, codes and specifications, so that they reflected potential impacts of climate change.
Revaluing Construction
This is a publication on Revaluing Construction by Professor Peter Barrett, published in association with CIB, which takes a global perspective on the ways forward for the construction industry.
Encouraged Journals
Automation in Construction: Special Issue on "Interoperability in Construction (AEC-FM)"
Special Issue focal topics include: Reference architectures, methodologies and tools to support BIM-based Collaborative Workspaces; Innovative design and approaches Virtual Building Environments based on BIM and Interoperability; Case studies of relevant applications of BIM and Interoperability to support VBE.
Facilities - Introduction New Encouraged Journal
The journal offers thorough, independent and expert papers to inform relevant audiences of thinking and practice in the field, including topics such as: Intelligent buildings; Post-occupancy evaluation (building evaluation); Relocation and change management; Sick building syndrome; Ergonomics and workplace design;and Environmental and workplace psychology.
Members Section New Members
New Members
Since the previous article on new CIB Members last July we have installed 13 new Members: 7 Associate Members (from which 5 are Universities) and 6 Individual Members. These are from Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.