The building sector represents a major platform for social and economic
activities to create and improve our living environment. Meanwhile, it
has a considerable impact on our natural and built environment, as well
as on human beings, consuming a significant proportion of limited resources
on the earth including energy, raw material, water and land. Sustainability
of a built environment and related activities is therefore a key issue
to be coped with by all of us to create a sustainable future.
Given this, in 1994, the first international green building conference
was held by CIB in the UK. This was followed by an even larger event in
Paris in 1997. A somewhat different formulation was later developed for
conferences related to the Green Building Challenge (GBC) process.
These have been called the Sustainable Building Conferences, and were
co-sponsored by countries participating in the GBC process and CIB. The
first event in this new series was held in Vancouver in 1998, and followed
by conferences in Maastricht in 2000 and in Oslo in 2002.
This series of international conferences is now seen as the premier international
event in the field of Sustainable Buildings. This can be evidenced by
an attendance of 600 people in Vancouver, some 800 in Maastricht, and
over 1,000 in Oslo, comprising a variety of stakeholders such as researchers,
designers, engineers, governmental officials, contractors, manufacturers
and even students.
At the last conference in Oslo in 2002, Tokyo was selected as the next
venue of this event in 2005, carrying the new title of "the 2005
World Sustainable Building Conference".
Prior to this, "the Regional Sustainable Building Conferences"
(cf. www.sb04.org) will be held in five
places around the world in 2004; in South Africa, Brazil, Poland, Malaysia,
International Convention Center PAMIR, New Takanawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo,
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT)
International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE: www.iisbe.org)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP: www.unep.org)
The official language is English.