Let’s speak sustainable construction - launch event of the new multilingual Sustainable Construction Glossary
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), encouraged by the big success of its European Cycling Lexicon, has joined forces with the equally successful common language project on terminology for sustainable construction, led by the Architects Council of Europe (ACEi and the European Concrete Platform (ECP). Together, we will be launching a new, multilingual, dictionary-type publication: the Sustainable Construction Glossary. Given the recent call of the EU Commission for more efforts on energy efficiency and the prominent place this issue had at the special Energy Summit in February 2011, the new publication comes at a particularly important moment. In response to the need for more sustainable construction, new concepts, phrases, terms and expressions are being used in the construction field across Europe. These concepts are aimed at improving the environmental, social and economic impact of the industry and its outputs. Together with its two partner organisations, ACE and ECP, the EESC took on the translation of this groundbreaking project with the objective to gather together these terms and establish a ‘working’, concise and easily accessible glossary of the concepts currently in use. The purpose of the new publication is to ensure a common understanding of the terminology used within the framework of sustainable construction and it should become a tool for disseminating information about sustainable construction across the EU. The original English wiki version was launched during the 2010 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) and is already being used by the construction sector, by policy-makers at national and European levels and for communications, educational and training purposes within the sectors directly concerned.
EESC President Staffan Nilsson will launch the multilingual versions of the Sustainable Construction Glossary at an event on Monday 11 April 2011, right at the start of the EUSEW. The paper version of the glossary will be published in English, French, German and Spanish, while the versions covering the other EU languages will be posted online on the EESC website. The programme of the event is targeted at construction and real estate specialists, as well as policy makers, staff of local, regional, national and European public administration, environmental associations, media representatives and the general public.
The launch event was held on 20 March 2010 during the 2010 EU Sustainable Energy Week. More information on this event can be found here:
Do you Speak Sustainable Construction?
On 20 May 2010 the Architects Council of Europe together with the European Concrete Platform and Future Conversations organised a Conference entitled "Do you Speak Sustainable Construction?". More information on the event can be found here