Masterclass ZIBE 1-3 september

SBScentre organizes a masterclass ‘Zero impact built environment’, from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2017, in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Main targeted audience are alumni from the MSc Urban Environmental Management by Wageningen University, but the masterclass is open for other professionals as well, if places available. If you are interested, please send an email to us. In case many are interested , we will organise a second masterclass.

The masterclass will be about lectures, discussions, groupwork, with regard to:
- analyses of resource flows in a (zero impact) built environment: energy, water, materials, food .
- Implications of the Paris climate agreement: staying with CO2 budgets.
- consequences of zero energy building/retrofit. lectures, updates,new knowledge, pilot experiences
- analyses and discussion on popular strategies ( circular economy, clean tech, ecometabolism, smart cities, climate related CO2 approaches etc)
- sustainable and or smart cities: what is smart, and what is a city?
- short presentations of participants work, followed by joint discussion and answering of participants professional questions .

In a few days formal documents and programme will be uploaded to this website.

COP22 panel

COP22 : CO2 budgets and buildings

The past week I could participate in COP22 during Buildings Day, with a presentation on the consequences of the Paris agreement for the buildings and the building sector. We have a maximum budget of 800 GT CO2 that can be emitted before the 2 degree threshold is passed, and what should the building sector do as fair share ( Around 40 % of CO2 emissions is built environment related) .

A few months ago I started to explore this issue and asked two colleagues from Germany and Switzerland to join, this study: Guillaume Habert from ETH Zurich and Thomas Luetzkendorf from KIT Karlsruhe. We intend to publish the final results of this study next months , under the umbrella of iiSBE, and invite other academic colleagues to make a same exploration form different angles. The seminar in which I presented was organized by Iresen, the Moroccan renewable energy research centre. They have a brand new huge research facility just outside Marrakesh. They intend to complement this with a large green building research center the next years ( and organize the first African Solar decathlon). Morocco is really serious about renewable energy and climate change, and has shown major steps forward past years.

The report will be announced here later this year as well.


project advies: energieneutraal – klimaatneutraal – systeemneutraal – (=circulair)

In een recent project is bovenstaande driedeling in ambities  ontwikkeld en uitgewerkt. Vanwege de  nodige vragen hierover,  is er een korte toelichting geschreven.

toelichting e-k-s neutraal – circulair bouwen okt 2016 rorovers

Geïnteresseerd? : Een lezing of workshop met uw medewerkers met vele voorbeelden en keuzedilemmas , om dit verder toe te lichten of uit te werken voor uw organisatie of onderneming. Meer info:


Housing corporation award jury

At the National Dutch congress “Sustainable built” , a award will be given to housing corporation with the most creative approach regarding climate change.  As member of the jury I was asked to give a a impression of the implications of  climatechange ambitions.  It has been published as a column on the conference website (in Dutch) :

The congress and award ceremony is 16 November.



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