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ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Expert Workshop: Resilience and Urbanisation Workstream Sustainable Building and Living, Focus on Plastics, Shanghai, PR China, May 21st 2019

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) is organising a series of international expert workshops within its workstream Sustainable Building and Living with the focus on Plastics.

The first workshop, that focuses on the Asian region, is devoted to the climate resilience of buildings and urbanisation. It is taking place at AchemAsia in Shanghai on May 21st, 2019. It will bring together diverse stakeholders from the region, including chemical construction producers, ministries, environmental experts, academics and representatives from civil society.

The participants will discuss how to drive the construction products towards sustainability in sense of SDGs looking at the immense urbanisation, and, what are the most relevant innovations in the field of plastics and its alternatives in the construction regarding the building climate resilience.

The ISC3 will present the preliminary study on plastics in construction and modern innovations, which was conducted last year within the workstream. The key questions for the workshop concentrate on:

  • What applications contribute to the problematical climate regions with hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, moisture etc?
  • For which applications plastic materials & additives are superior to other construction materials and why?
  • What are alternative solutions for polymer products?
  • What is the cost/benefit relation for the use of plastics?
  • For which plastics construction materials and additives substitution is required for health and environmental reasons?
  • How can construction plastic products be reused and/or recycled at the end of their lifecycle?
  • Where do plastic materials provide benefits for affordable housing in times of rapid urbanisation without compromising health and the environment? What are the precise solutions regarding affordable housing (compounds, houses made of PET-bottles’ waste?
  • How do plastic solutions influence the four main resilience components: Robustness, Resourcefulness, Recovery and Redundancy?
  • What is the advantage of plastics in building considering the three paradigms: Risk – vs. - Resilience – vs- Sustainability?
  • How plastic solutions contribute to the Community Resilience apart from building resilience?
  • How can be resilience evaluated?
  • What are the main criteria to assess sustainability of construction and buildings?
  • Are Green Building Systems like LEED or PEARL of importance considering Sustainability evaluation?
  • In which scenarios plastic products have advantages: existing structures vs. new buildings?
  • How plastic solutions in building & living contribute to the issues of rapid urbanisation and demography?
  • Which specific regions, climate conditions or situations can have advantages or disadvantages from plastic products in construction sector?
  • What precise examples of plastic contribution can be found (e.g. estimated damage by the hurricane Katrina in the USA 2005 vs. later hurricanes. Buildings oriented on earthquake in Japan).

The results of the workshop with stakeholders will give input to the corresponding topics in the report to be drafted by an experts’ board and presented at the Sustainable Chemistry Week in Spring 2020.

As a new and independent organization, the ISC3 aims to accelerate the global breakthrough of sustainable chemistry by promoting innovation, assessing processes and products and stimulating the international debate on the future of chemistry.

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Expert Workshop: Affordable Housing and Urbanisation Workstream Sustainable Building and Living, Focus on Plastics, Nairobi, Kenya, June 12th 2019

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) is organising a series of international expert workshops within its workstream Sustainable Building and Living with the focus on Plastics.

The second workshop, that focuses on the African continent, is devoted to Affordable Housing and Urbanisation. It is taking place during Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) in Nairobi on June 12th, 2019. It will bring together diverse stakeholders from the region, including green building council, UN-Habitat, chemical construction producers, ministries, environmental experts, academics and representatives from civil society.

The participants will discuss how to drive the construction products towards sustainability in sense of SDGs looking at the immense urbanisation and the question of affordability. The round table will have a look at the most relevant innovations in the field of plastics and its alternatives in building.

The ISC3 will present the preliminary study on plastics in construction, which was conducted last year within the workstream. The key questions for the workshop concentrate on:

  • For which applications plastic materials & additives are superior to other construction materials and why?
  • What are alternative solutions for polymer products?
  • What is the cost/benefit relation for the use of plastics?
  • For which plastics construction materials and additives substitution is required for health and environmental reasons? How can construction plastic products be reused and/or recycled at the end of their lifecycle?
  • How can the environmental performance of the building materials be evaluated over their life cycle?
  • How does waste and waste water from the construction phase impact local environment?
  • Is higher energy efficiency of a building (insulation, ventilation and efficient utilities) affordable? How can it be made affordable?
  • Where do plastic materials provide benefits for affordable housing in times of rapid urbanisation without compromising health and the environment?
  • What are the best practices suitable solutions regarding affordable housing (e.g. compounds, houses made of PET-bottles’ waste, local materials like bamboo?
  • How can be “affordability” evaluated?
  • What are the main criteria to assess sustainability of construction and buildings?
  • Are there any Green Building assessment systems like LEED or BREEAM that consider affordability?
  • Is it sustainable to ship sustainable building materials than to use locally available materials?
  • Is it responsible to build a few very sustainable houses or scale an environmentally acceptable – but not perfect solution?
  • In which scenarios plastic products have advantages: existing structures vs. new buildings?
  • How exactly plastic solutions in building & living contribute to the issues of rapid urbanisation and demography?
  • Which specific regions, climate conditions or situations can have advantages and which ones the disadvantages from plastic materials in construction sector?

The results of the workshop with stakeholders will give input to the corresponding topics in the report to be drafted by an experts’ board and presented at the Sustainable Chemistry Week in Spring 2020.

As a new and independent organization, the ISC3 aims to accelerate the global breakthrough of sustainable chemistry by promoting innovation, assessing processes and products and stimulating the international debate on the future of chemistry.

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Expert Workshop: Damage prevention for humans and the environment Workstream Sustainable Building and Living, Focus on Plastics at SBE2019 (tbc), Graz, Austria, September 12th(tbc), 2019

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Expert Workshop: Energy and resource requirements in construction and building lifecycle Workstream Sustainable Building and Living, Focus on Plastics at Green Build 2019 (tbc), Atlanta, USA, November 21st, 2019

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