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Building environmental quality evaluation for sustainability through time network

Objective



The EU White Paper "Towards Sustainable Development" (Com92/23) clearly identified improvement of the urban environment as a priority field of action, particularly in terms of reconciling the conflicting political, social and economic demands of modern commerce and transport with the desire to provide a good quality environment. This concerted action will establish a common EU understanding of sustainable urban development through a multi-disciplinary network of researchers and professionals involving 14 partners from Austria, Finland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and the UK. Previous work by these partners has identified differnces in terminology, approach and understanding between differing cultures and importantly, between those working at the city and those working at the scale of individual buildings. A key objective is the development of a set of decision support tools which will integrate the wide range of built environment quality assessment methods.

The objectives of this concerted action are to:

- Develop a decision support tool-kit that bridges theortical thinking and practical action and encourages the integration of environmental evaluation at the city and building scales.

- Extends trans-disciplinary, trans-European and cross cultural understanding in this area

The action will make extensive use of IT, communications through existing networks and the Internet, as networking, concertation and dissemination are key to the project's success. Regular dialogue with a wide range of actors, professionals SMEs who can use the research outcomes, will be undertaken using a variety of means, including multi-disciplinary, interactive workshops and electonic questionnaires with rapid follow up via the Internet.
To ensure industrial relevance, the concerted action will be steered by a committee which includes representatives of local and regional authorites, as well as the demand and supply sides of the development and infrastrucutre industries.

The primary outputs will be a catalogue of environmental assessment techniques currently in use and emerging accross the EU, together with a set of decision support tools which will:

- provide guidance on the use and usefulness of assessment techniques - Assist in selection of appropriate methods and techniques
- Assit in reconciling quantifiable, objective techniques with softer, more subjective value analysis techniques
- Provide a means for wider multi-criteria analysis bridging political, social and technical factors
- Reduce the environmental uncertainty facing decision makers in the development and infrastructure industries.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
Address
The Bridgewater Building
M5 4WT Salford,manchester
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Bucknalls Lane
WD2 7JR Watford - Garston
Centro Europeu de Qualidade do Ambiente
Portugal
Address
125,Calcada Da Tapada
1300 Lisboa
Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia
Italy
Address
Santa Croce 1957
30135 Venezia
LT - CONSULTANTS LTD.
Finland
Address
9,Melkonkatu 9
00210 Helsinki
Napier University
United Kingdom
Address
10,Colinton Road
EH10 5DT Edinburgh
Politecnico di Torino
Italy
Address
Viale Mattioli 39
10125 Torino
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Kemistintie 3
02044 Espoo
The Victoria University of Manchester
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Gower Street, Torrington Place Site 19
WC1E 6BT London
UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Italy
Address
Via S. Niccolo 89/A
50125 Firenze
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
Address
.,Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
30/231,Gusshausstrasse 30/231
1040 Wien
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS
Netherlands
Address
1105,De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam