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1. SB04Africa Outline


Dates: 2004/9/13-18 (6days)
Venue: Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Winery)
Hosted by: Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Winery)
Co-host: CIB, iiSBE, UNEP, IUA
Attendance: 120people
(Nations): 24(Africa, India, Ireland, Japan)
Presentations: Keynote:5, Breakout session:
29 (papers:68)
no poster session (Exhibition of Best Practice and CSIR)
Programs: Keynote lecture, Breakout session, Workshop, Best Practice Award, Technical visit
Official language: English(simultaneous translation for Keynote into French)
Sponsor: DBSA, SB05Tokyo, CIDB
Main Organizer: Chrisna du Pressis
2. Program

September 16
TrainingWorkshop WelcomeKeynote1 Building Assessment Tools Environment, building, city Workshop
Keynote2-5 Institutional enablers Sustainable settlement approaches
Lunch Lunch Lunch
Technical Tour to Lynedoch Sustainable building in practice Sustainable schools Building materials
The next Technology wave Under an African Tree
Best paper selection Best Practice Awards
Opening function Traditional dinner Conference dinner-SB05Tokyo Presentation-Best paper Announcement Wine tasting
September 17: Workshop(continued)
September 18: Technical Tour

Technical Tour

3. Major outcome of SB04 Africa

The most important outcome of the conference was formulated during the Open Space Technology? dialogue session which aimed to:

  • identify and prioritize specific actions required from different stakeholders (educational institutions, industry, the professional associations, research organizations, etc.);
  • explore how these actions can be achieved through cooperation and sharing of resources across Africa and with other developing countries.

    The discussions were noted in a Rough Workshop Report that is available on the conference website.

A key question that came out of the discussions was how to provide a more sustainable built environment for poor people. Two priority areas were identified:

  1. improving quality of life in such a way that environmental and social impacts are minimized;
  2. using self-help housing as a means towards this end

At a more strategic level, the following issues were identified as critical to the shift towards a sustainable built environment:

  1. the need for a structured, coordinated process to mainstream sustainable building and construction, supported by a coordinating body in each sub-region;
  2. the development of a linked knowledge management framework that includes research, education & training, awareness raising and advocacy

A number of actions have been identified around these themes and will be developed further in a draft Plan for Action Report which will be circulated to the conference delegates, as well as to other interested parties for comment. Upon completion, copies of the report will be widely distributed regionally and internationally.

4. Suggestions to SB05Tokyo

Feedback from the conference participants was that the informal "Under and African Tree" discussion sessions were really appreciated, as they gave delegates the opportunity to discuss an issue in depth, interacting with the experts and sharing learning amongst themselves in a way that is not possible in a formal question and answer session.

The opportunity to play a meaningful role in the strategic direction of Sustainable Building Construction on the continent through the Open Space discussion session was also appreciated.

5. Best Papers Award Winners
  Implementing a participatory approach in a building sustainability assessment model
Ewelina Kaatz, David Root, Paul Bowen
South Africa
  An end-user based assessment of a low energy building in a predominately hot and dry climate
G W Douglass, Megon J Few
  Contractor development models for promoting sustainable building - A case for developing management capabilities of contractors
Sihle Dlungwana, Rantaleo D Rwelamila
South Africa
  Building sustainable South African communities
: Learning from the Lynedoch Case

Mark Swilling, Eve Anneche
South Africa
  Socio-economic sustainability in South African construction sector
: Implications for the evolution of preferential procurement policy

Opperman, Bowen, Hardcastle
South Africa
  Lessons in building sustainability in a developing country
: The Habitat Research and Development Center

Nina Maritz, Korrubel Jacques
  Enabling community empowerment for sustainable assets
: examining the contractor's role in the process and structures

Mwansa Saidi, Geci Karuri
South Africa
  Lynedoch Community and Education Center <Community>
Alastair Rendall

South Africa
  Staff Housing for Twin Streams Environmental Education Center
- Mtunzini <Residentioal>

Steve Kinsler
South Africa
  New Facilities for the African Center for Health & Popuration Studies
Andy Horn
South Africa
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