Building Rehabilitation is one of the bigger challenges to be addressed by all historical urban centres and consolidated urban areas world wide. Due to this, urban rehabilitation has become a relevant economic, social, cultural and environmental issue nowadays. Public impetus is essential for promoting large urban rehabilitation projects, engaging stakeholders for the improvement of life quality and tourism attraction of such urban centres.
On the occasion of WCCE’s General Assembly, ORDEM will hold an international workshop on Heritage Building restoration at the same venue on November 24th , 16:00h
United Nations, World Council Of Civil Engineers and Aqualogy Foundation cooperate in the "Water For Life" Decade
The World Council of Civil Engineers, the United Nations Office in Spain and Aqualogy Foundation have signed an agreement to publish a series of monographs under the topics chosen annually to commemorate the "International Year of Water" declared by the UN in the 2013-2015 triennium. The publications provided will be devoted to "Water and Cooperation", "Water and Energy" and "Water and Sustainable Development".
United Nations under the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" (2005-2015), among other activities, promotes the coordination of work-related initiatives of UN-Water. The World Council of Civil Engineers includes in its objectives to facilitate technology transfer and cooperation between countries in the fields of civil engineering themselves as water. Meanwhile, Aqualogy Foundation, a forum for reflection, is to promote the debete, boost research and transfer knowledge on water.
On September 9, 2013 the representatives of seven associations dealing with different aspects of water issues held a meeting in Chengdu, China to discuss ways to collaborate on ways to enhance water security around the world. The seven associations represented in the meeting were:
- International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)
- International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
- International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)
- International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
- International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
- World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research (WASER)
At the conclusion of the meeting the Presidents of these seven associations signed a Declaration on Water Security, stating the goals of their collaboration. Those at the meeting agreed to continue collaborating as a working group towards the goals of the Water Security Declaration .
12 December 2013, GENEVA – The United Nations General Assembly has set the stage for a new global agreement on reducing the impact of disasters by confirming that the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in Sendai City, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.
On the day of its 8th General Assembly, its member organizations have unanimously agreed to appoint Professor JOSÉ MEDEM SANJUAN as FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CIVIL ENGINEERS for its continuing commitment in the creation of a world organization to represent civil engineering professionals on an equal basis and promote technology transfer contributing to the welfare of humankind.
Such tribute was held during the 8th General Assembly Gala Dinner on October 13th at the Tropicana Santiago de Cuba.
TrainRebuild Final Report Reveals that the Key Driver for Demand of Energy Efficiency in Buildings is Closely Linked to Improved Property Value.
The Final Report of the project TrainRebuild will be an invaluable instrument to communicate the retrofit value and return of investment to property owners, thus creating a scale effect of energy efficient renovations in Europe.
"The TrainRebuild project did not only propose an integrated approach to training and communication, but also an instrument to change public and private property owners' mindset", explained Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy in his foreword' to the TrainRebuild Final Report.
The recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2 calls for more information and training to assist property owners and their advisors. Currently, there is a lack of independent, authoritative and understandable information on what measures property owners should take to retrofit their buildings and how these solutions can be procured. The complexity of the renovation work and the insufficient knowledge on the best available cost-effective technologies, funding schemes and how to access these are main barriers to the energy efficiency improvement of buildings.
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