BSA 2012 - 1st International Conference on Building Sustainability Assessment

May 23-25, 2012 * Porto * Portugal

Building sustainability involves various relations between built, natural and social systems and therefore comprises a complex of different priorities that require consideration at each stage of a building’s life-cycle. To cope with this complexity and to support sustainability systematic, holistic and practical approaches to building design need to be developed. These approaches are aimed to support the development of a building design that achieves the most appropriate balance between the different sustainability dimensions and can be used with two different objectives: to support the sustainable building design; and to assess and recognized the efforts of the design teams in developing high-performance buildings. Building sustainability assessment methods and tools can be used since the very beginning of the design stage in order to gather and report information for decision-making during the different life-cycle stage of a building.

Thus, BSA 2012 aims to gather a large number of international academics, researchers and practitioners in building sustainability assessment, providing a innovative discussion in the field. A set of workshops on BSA tools is also being prepared.

· Emerging tools and methods for building sustainability assessment (BSA)
· Development and application of existing sustainability assessment tools, methods and certification systems
· Comparison of BSA tools and methods
· Normalisation of life-cycle analysis and building sustainability assessment
· Life-cycle assessment (LCA) of materials, products and buildings
· Social life-cycle analysis (SCLA) of materials, products and buildings
· Life-cycle costs analysis (LCCA) of materials, products and buildings
· Education on building sustainability assessment
· The relevance of the BSA methods for the environmental policies
· Integration of BSA tools in building design tools

Conference Secretariat

Secretariat BSA 2012
Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377 S12
4750-106 Barcelos, PORTUGAL
Telephone: + 351 253 815 037