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Newsletter 2011 - 5

Around Commissions
TG66 - Energy and the Built Environment: Implementation of Energy Efficient Buildings Policies in 5 Continents - Progress Report
The news article includes links to URL's with free downloadable pdf copies and recordings of presentations at two actual international and three virtual regional seminars about energy policies on 5 continents. Three more regional webinars will take place in 2011.
TG85 - R&D Investment and Impact: Introducing a New Task Group and its Joint Coordinators
This new Task Group will focus on building better understandings of R&D investment practice globally, including retrospective analysis of past investments and their impact; and building prospective considerations for improved mechanisms for dissemination and uptake of R&D.
W117 - Performance Measurement in Construction: Report on the International W117 and Best Value Conference, Tempe, Arizona, February 2011
Among the assertions discussed was that the best value PIPS model is a vendor centred model, as well as a buyer model to deliver services. An optimal buyer best value model is where the vendors are using the best value model as their operating model.
W117 - Performance Measurement in Construction: Report on the W117 Dutch Platform Meeting and Activities
Issues that were addressed included: latest updates from the U.S. in implementing best value PIPS, the description in the W117 journal of the Dutch implementation of best value PIPS and the possibility of NEVI (Dutch professional procurement organization) getting involved in education of best value PIPS.
Forthcoming Meetings
CIB Co-Sponsored: 28th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Seoul, Korea, 29 June-2 July 2011
Among the conference topics are: Collaborative Design and Construction, Computational Mechanics, Computer-aided Construction and Management, Distributed Computing in Engineering, E-commerce, Energy Efficiency, Field Robotics and Geographical Information Systems.
CIB Co-Sponsored: The Sixth Built Environment Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 July - 2 August 2011
Among the topics presented will be: improving project delivery, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), health and safety culture and performance improvement, energy management, design-build as a procurement system, lean construction and leadership development.
W099 - Safety and Health in Construction: Prevention - The Means to the End of Construction Safety and Health Risks, Washington DC, United States, 24-26 August 2011
Six keynote speakers for the conference are being introduced. Among the topic areas are: prevention of accidents through design, achieving the goal of zero incidents, aging workforce in construction, best practices and benchmarking and communicable diseases on construction sites.
W114 - Earthquake Engineering and Buildings: Session on "Harmonization of Design Codes for Seismically Isolated Buildings", Sochi, Russia, 20-23 September 2011
Papers are invited which address the following topics: introduction of application of seismically isolated buildings, the design code of seismically isolated buildings, design example using a benchmark building, and other topics like the effect of seismic isolation in recent earthquakes.
SB11 Helsinki - World Sustainable Building, Helsinki, Finland, 18-21 October 2011
Updated news is given about the Conference including the announcement that the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, has agreed to act as benefactor to the SB11 Conference. Pekka Haavisto, a Member of the Finnish Parliament, is one of the keynote speakers at SB11 Helsinki.
W107 - Construction in Developing Countries: International Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1-3 November 2011
Themes of the Conference include innovation in construction, innovative project delivery system, sustainable construction practices, cost effectiveness and industry development, construction workforce, safety productivity and quality and project management and quality construction.
W104 - Open Building Implementation: 17th International Conference Open Building - Architecture in the Fourth Dimension, Boston, USA, 15-17 November 2011
Sub-themes will include: base building architecture, infill industry, incremental housing, open building for healthcare and open building in architectural education. W110 will organize its own international conference on Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing in conjunction with this Conference.
W110 - Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing: Conference on Sustainable Human Settlements: The Urban Challenge, Pretoria, South Africa, 17-21 September 2012
A special focus is on Ecological Sanitation in Medium Density Mixed Housing and includes the presentation of a report on the joint South Africa/Indonesia project. It includes design challenges of urban medium-density mixed housing and residential open building in developing countries.
New Publications
Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation - Shaping the Construction/Society Nexus
These are the proceedings from the 6th Nordic Conference held on 13-15 April 2011, in Copenhagen, Denmark. A total of 56 papers divided in 3 Volumes were set out under the following headings per volume: Clients and Users, Transforming Practices and Construction in Society.
Encouraged Journals
CIB Recognised Journal: Building Research & Information - Special Issue: Deconstruction, Demolition and Destruction
The objectives of this BRI special issue are to understand why demolition has become increasingly important, to connect demolition to adjacent concepts, to consider how the different types of definition could be analysed and classified and to suggest what future research is necessary.
Student Chapters
New International Topic-Oriented Student Chapter: W102 Information and Knowledge Management in Building Student Forum
The CIB W102 Student Chapter is a working group of PhD students. The aim of the Chapter is to exchange research themes, concepts, and findings, to develop collaboration on joint research topics and to disseminate the research through conferences, workshops and networking events.
Announcement of New CIB W080 - Prediction of Service Life of Building Materials and Components Commission-based International Student Chapter
The aim is to interchange research ideas and outcomes, to collaborate on research processes and information dissemination, and to organize workshops and social networking events. The Chapter's objective is to provide an active and supportive community for students worldwide.
CIB Sebestyen Future Leaders Award 2011: Announcement of the Winner
The winner is the proposal submitted by the CIB Student Chapter at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Among the proposal objectives are: to measure the degree of construction industrialization and to produce a report on suggestions on implementing construction industrialization.
Members Section New Members
Welcome to New Members
Since the previous news article on new CIB Members last May we have installed 2 new Members: 1 Associate Member and 1 Individual Member. These are from Switzerland and the United States. The new Associate Member is HKS Architects Inc. - Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE).