The European Council of Civil Engineers has declared the 2020 as the Year of the 3S Buildings – Sound – Sustainable. The official opening event was held on 14th December 2019, at Nicosia, Cyprus during the 27th General Assembly of the Cyprus Association of Civil Engineers. As you are aware, the idea of the announcement of the year 2020 as the year of the ECCE 3S Approach "Safe, Sound and Sustainable" derived from the relevant Position Paper titled "The need for integrating Structural / Seismic Upgrade of Existing Buildings, with Energy Efficiency Improvements” which is being elaborated by ECCE.
The Manifesto that you will find attached highlights the need for integrating Structural / Seismic Upgrade of Existing Buildings, with Energy Efficiency Improvements. The new trend nowadays is…smart financing for smart buildings. But a building can only be called smart... once it fulfills the 3S approach “safe, sound and sustainable”.
We request WCCE Members to promote this idea and give our initiative publicity through your communication channels (webpage, newsletters, e-journals, etc.) so that we make our voice heard to the public. Some of our members have already started campaigning on the 3S approach which seems to be finding acceptance. Moreover, FIEC has adopted our approach supporting that energy efficiency retrofitting needs to be done in parallel with other necessary repairs and maintenance, such as those aimed at structural reinforcement and safety improvements.