For People and a Better World !
The ethical application of scientific principles to relevant
International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
non-profit scientific society, established in 1929, to
promote the international exchange of knowledge in the
field of structural engineering. It has more than 4,400
members in 101 countries, all over the world. Its secretariat
is in Zurich, Switzerland.
IABSE Declaration for Sustainable Development
pledges to further the aims of sustainable development
as defined by the United Nations World Commission on Environment
and Development : "sustainable development meets
the needs of the present without compromising the ability
of future generations to meet their own needs."
IABSE recognizes the interdependence of the planet's
diverse ecosystems and their finite capacity to assimilate
changes due to human activities. IABSE urges its
members to identify and act to minimize potentially damaging
environmental impact stemming from their work. In their
professional activities, IABSE desires that its
members promote :
full understanding of the interdisciplinary actions
required to sustain and optimise the natural, built
and socio-economic environments ;
the increased use of renewable and recycled
non-renewable materials in the construction and operation
of structures ;
the conscientious assessment of the environmental
impact of projects, basing recommendations on environmental
members will urge the incorporation of environmental
objectives into design, planning, construction and operational
criteria. IABSE members will continue to educate
themselves and their students on issues relating to sustainable
development, and to freely transfer this knowledge to
society. Finally, IABSE strongly encourages its
members to decline association with engineering activities,
in developed and in developing countries, that are contrary
to sustainable development.
Working Commission 7 - Sustainable Engineering
Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility
independent non-profit organization concerned about the
impact of science and technology on society. INES was
founded in 1991 at an international meeting in Berlin,
Germany, attended by 1700 people. INES' efforts focus
on disarmament and international peace, ethics, justice
and sustainable development. INES is affiliated with the
United Nations (Department of Public Information) as a
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) .
Appeal to Engineers and Scientists, and Associated Pledge
Introduction to Sustainable Construction
Report 225 : Sustainable Development & The Future
Published May 1998
National Reports from around the world, with an
Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction
and strengthens, but preserves the legal intent
of, the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment
and Development. References extensive legal base
in the European Union. Also
contains a guideline framework on 'social inclusion',
and a glossary of terms and definitions.
Related Sustainability Performance Indicators
to the Framework.
E.U. Sustainability Label
direction to the use of Performance Indicators in
Civil Engineering / Service / Infrastructural Works.
Matrix of Performance Indicators
the information generated by Indicators.
effect caused by a given activity on the environment,
including human health and safety (and welfare),
flora, fauna, soil, air, water, (and especially
representative samples of natural ecosystems),
climate, landscape and historical monuments
or other physical structures or the interactions
among these factors ; it also includes effects
on cultural heritage or socio-economic conditions
resulting from alterations to those factors.
Energy Charter Treaty (EU)
and 1972 Stockholm Declaration on the Human
for Consideration in Sustainable Engineering
value system in engineering ;
Integration of engineering disciplines (for a
the process of structural design ;
damaging / harmful 'environmental impacts' ;
engineering related sustainability performance
(organized demolition & removal) ;
& re-cycling of construction waste ;
maintenance and use / operation ;
for adaptability, i.e. extension of life cycle
emphasis towards 'serviceability limit states'
example here ;
cycle analysis of engineering related materials,
components and systems, etc ;
working methods in engineering design, construction
and use / operation ;
targeted research agenda.
Working Commission 7 : Sustainable Engineering
Field of Activity within IABSE :
Working Commission is, in its field of activity, responsible
for the active support of the objectives of the Association.
It supports, in this respect, all other committees and
working commissions of the Association.
mission of Working Commission 7 is to implement the
Declaration adopted by the
IABSE Permanent Committee in 1996. Towards that end,
WC 7 will develop practical information about sustainability
relevant to structural engineering worldwide. WC 7 will
then disseminate this information by any and all means,
electronic or otherwise, to the IABSE Membership and
the engineering community at large - with the aim of
ensuring that the concept of sustainability becomes
an integral part of every engineer's thinking and actions.
of Working Commission 7 :
- March 2001
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