Last week I was involved in the international Conference “ Transition-0” , (perfectly hosted by Utrecht UAS) , aiming at 0-energy built environments, and part of a global series of events, creating regional input for the World conference Sustainable Built environment in 2017. Both world conference and the international regional series are coordinated under patronage of global building related organistions: http://www.sbe-series.org/
The conference was very well received by the participants, and had many eye opening key notes, like the one by Bill Dunster, who set the standard more then a decade a go with Bedzed, 0-energy development in Londen. Recently he has developed a ambitious retrofit plan for a building in the Dutch municipaliy of Amersfoort, but is still looking for support in the realisation ( interested? http://www.oneplanet.org/ )
For more info on the conference , and proceedings and presentations, please visit the website of the conference at http://www.hu-conferenties.nl/index.php/sbe16
A summary of my presentation, as introduction to the scientific program, will be published soon in my blog page at: www.ronaldrovers.com
Part of the conference was a “ Battle of concepts “ between student teams of several Universities of applied science in The Netherlands. The the aim of the Battle was to develop a plan to transform buildings or neighborhoods to 0-energy, or even 0-impact, with a focus on on social and economic ambitions as well. Students from Zuyd UAS won the batlle.
Both conference and Battle were initiated by 6 UAS Professors in the field of sustainable building, working together under the name of “ Kennissprong” (Knowledge Jump) and supported by the Programme “ energiesprong” . Kennissprong aims to build a bridge between knowledge gained in innovation processes like the large scale retrofit of houses for 0-energy or 0-impact (energiesprong) , and Universities of applied science, to educate students for the massive transformation task ahead of us in the “ Battle to fight Climate Change” . The cooperation will continue, and more initiatives to follow.