ACE General Assembly, 17-18 April, Tallinn - Photo: Reio Avast ©
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ACE General Assembly - Special Session "Internationalisation & Responsibility", 17 April, Tallinn
A Special Session was devoted to the Responsibility of Architects as a Profession. It was an opportunity to illustrate best case examples, but specifically to focus on exploring international synergies to tackle diverse urban & social issues, such as Climate Change, Heritage conservation, Regeneration and Inclusion, bearing in mind the Architect’s unique role. Presentations are available on the ACE Website. Watch the video from Tallinna TV.
Tallinn Final Declaration
At the end of the Special Session on Friday 17 April, the ACE President Luciano Lazzari, the President of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Esa Mohamed and the President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Elisabeth Chu Richter co-signed a Final Declaration which underlines the key responsibility of the architectural profession in tackling the critical local and global challenges of our time, in particular with respect to climate change, urban regeneration, social inclusion and heritage conservation. Read the declaration.
5th EUROSTAV Conference and 2nd SKBBC Conference on Sustainability in Architecture and Construction
ACE President Luciano Lazzari opened the first session at the EUROSTAV & SKGBC Conference: Sustainability in Architecture and Construction, which involved European Architects, Universities and Research Centres. The event ended with the VISIO 2020 Prize Awarding Ceremony.
ACE Energy Day during the EUSEW
On Tuesday 16 June the ACE will organise an "Energy Day” on the ACE EU-funded projects. This public event, organised by the ACE Project Officer (Veronika Schröpfer), will take place in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). It will aim at presenting the outcomes of the EU-funded projects in which ACE is participating, as well the technologies developed by these projects (A2PBEER, LEEMA, Inspire, PROF-TRAC).
The "Barbara Cappochin" International Architecture Prize 2015 edition
ACE will co-sponsor and be represented in the jury of the International Architecture Prize organised by the Barbara Cappochin Foundation. The purpose of the Prize is to bring out the centrality and responsibility of architecture in the process of landscape modification. It focuses its attention on urban outskirts and on the use of bio-architecture, energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning. The prize rewards works dealing with urban regeneration and environmental development, with the highest quality in different fields, including environmental quality. Deadline: 30 June 2015. Read the announcement.
9th round of EU-US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
The 9th round of TTIP negotiations, which took place in New York on 20-24 April 2015, made it possible to advance on the three pillars of the negotiations: market access, regulatory cooperation and rules. In the margins of the TTIP negotiations, the ACE is negotiating a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), under the auspices of the EU Commission and the US Trade Representative (USTR). According to a recent report released by the EU Commission, the TTIP has significant potential for SMEs: SMEs already account for 28% of the EU’s exports to the US - a share that could expand further if transatlantic trade were easier. The report concludes that reducing the costs of complying with technical regulations would be the most effective way to boost SME exports. Learn more on TTIP on the EU Commission website.
A Framework strategy for a Resilient Energy Union
On 25 February, the EU Commission published its Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union, addressing energy in five dimensions: energy security, internal energy market, energy efficiency, climate, and research and innovation. The Commission has included the principle "Energy efficiency first" in its strategy. It recognises the necessity to "fundamentally rethink energy efficiency and treat it as an energy source in its own right, so that it can compete on equal terms with generation capacity" and calls on Member States "to give energy efficiency primary consideration in their policies". Furthermore, the Commission notes that "buildings have huge potential for energy efficiency gains" and announces it will develop a ‘Smart Financing for Smart Buildings’-initiative to simplify access to existing financing to make building stocks more energy-efficient. It will also propose a strategy to facilitate investment in heating and cooling.
As part of its Energy Union package, the EU Commission published on 25 February a Communication outlining the EU's vision ahead of the UN climate conference (COP21), to be held in Paris in December 2015. The EU Commission states that the Paris Protocol must secure ambitious reductions of emissions by specifying that "the long term goal should be to reduce global emissions by at least 60% below 2010 levels by 2050" and in that context by "setting out clear, specific, ambitious and fair legally binding mitigation commitments that put the world on track towards achieving the below 2°C objective". On 6 March, the Environment Council approved the EU's objective to achieve a at least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2030. Learn more on the Commission website.
Launch of URBACT III + Call for Experts
On 16 March 2015, the URBACT III programme was officially launched in Brussels. Following URBACT I and II programmes, URBACT III (2014-2020) has been developed to continue to promote sustainable integrated urban development and contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy in cities. Learn more on the URBACT website. A call for applicants for the constitution of the URBACT III pool of experts has been opened. The call for applicants will remain open throughout the entire duration of the URBACT III Programme (2020).
Energy Efficiency: 27 Member States hit with EU legal action
On 26 March, the EU Commission referred Hungary to the EU Court of Justice for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). Under this directive EU Member States must meet certain energy savings targets from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. They have to do this by using energy efficiency obligations schemes or other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements, notably in buildings. Overall, infringement procedures for not notifying the Commission as regards national measures taken to transpose the directive into national law were launched against 27 Member States (all except Malta).
EEFIG report: Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy
On 26 February 2015, the Energy Efficiency Financial Institution Group (EEFIG) published a new report on boosting finance in energy efficiency investments in buildings, industry and SMEs. Regarding buildings, the report recommends measures such as the creation of energy and cost database for buildings and the development of a project rating system to provide a transparent assessment of the technical and financial risks of energy renovation projects for buildings. Download the report on the Commission website.
Eurostat: Production in construction down by 1.2% in EU28
In February 2015 compared with January 2015, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 1.8% in the euro area (EU19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In February 2015 compared with February 2014, production in construction fell by 3.7% in the euro area and by 2.4% in the EU28.
LEEMA (January 2012 - December 2015)
iNSPiRe (October 2012 - September 2016)
A2PBEER (October 2013 - September 2017)
Erasmus+: The ‘wicked’ project (September 2014 - August 2017)
PROF-TRAC (March 2015 - February 2019)
NEWS FROM MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
New President at the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial planning of Slovenia (ZAPS)
Mr. Andrej Goljar has been appointed President of ZAPS with a mandate of 2 years.
Spain: Government pulls back on the Draft Bill
Frei Otto Receives the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize
Frei Otto was an architect, visionary, utopian, ecologist, pioneer of lightweight materials, protector of natural resources and a generous collaborator with architects, engineers, and biologists, among others. Mr. Otto becomes the 40th laureate of the Pritzker Prize and the second laureate from Germany. He died in his native Germany on March 9, 2015.
Interactive Webinar Session for European Professional Service Providers in the Construction Industry