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Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry

Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry

               «Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry on Coastal, Insular and River Destinations» Ancient Olympia,...

MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS

MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS

SDMED participates in the MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS.    Please download the Agenda of the MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS here ! AIM Continuing the successful initiative of the...

CISD : Natural Resources and Small Islands

CISD : Natural Resources and Small Islands

   Το Παρατηρητήριο Πολιτών για την...

Eco-neighborhoods : Where are we in Greece ?

On the occasion of  "World Environment Day 2012", the Greek-French and international SDMed Association ( www.sd-med.org) together with Panteion University-Laboratory of strategic spatial...

Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction

Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction

  Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction - organised by the ERFC with the participation of SDMed 31th March 2015, Athens, Greece VENUE : NATIONAL...

Green and blue infrastructure strategies :Nature-based solutions for cities and territories

Green and blue infrastructure strategies :Nature-based solutions for cities and territories

The "Green Infrastrucure Initiative" presents the International Conference "Green and blue infrastructure matters ! : Nature-based solutions for cities and territories" 10, 11 & 12 July...

Greek ESPON-on-the-Road on press !

Greek ESPON-on-the-Road on press !

   BLOD.GR : http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewevent.aspx?EventID=408  

Presentation of ESPONTrain, Brussels, Committee of the Regions,10 October 2014

Presentation of ESPONTrain, Brussels, Committee of the Regions,10 October 2014

Promoting the Use of European territorial evidence in practise. The ESPON National Contact Points capitalising efforts at transnational level This session  gave the stage to the...

ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ 10 October 2014, Brussels

ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ 10 October 2014, Brussels

10 October 2014, 8h30 – 16h00 Aim and Structure of the ESPON Day The ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ aims at presenting mainachievements on European territorial...

Workshop on Smart Blue Growth, Nafplion, 4 june 2014

Workshop on Smart Blue Growth, Nafplion, 4 june 2014

  European seas and coasts are important drivers of the economy. In 2012 the EU’s blue economy represented 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of just under €500 billion per year2. In...

SDMed participates in the CreativeMED Conference

SDMed participates in the CreativeMED Conference

The CreativeMED project, capitalising five successful projects of the MED programme 2007-2013, aims to deliver a bottom-up smart specialisation framework leveraging the creativity and...

Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality               and fire protection in buildings

Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality and fire protection in buildings

The ECHOPOLIS 2013 e-Proceedings are now available !!  see among the articles published :  Kyvelou S., Floros C., : Building sustainability through integrated design process :...

ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference Are European planners familiar with ESPON findings? Integrating ESPON in higher education and policy making at central, regional and local levels...

"Territorial Development Opportunities in Europe and its Neighbourhood - Fostering Global Competitiveness", 5 - 6 December 2012

How to foster Europe’s competitiveness and integration through cooperation with neighbouring territories? Under this headline the first day of the Internal ESPON Seminar held in Cyprus on the 5...

SDMed hosted a major event:

SDMed hosted a major event: "EchoPolis Athina 2013"

    SDMed launched a major event in 2013 in Athens: "EchoPolis - Days of Sound 2013" Today, when western society is acutely concerned with the questions of individual existence,...

SB05MED&Expo-LIFE SB-MED Event

SB05MED&Expo-LIFE SB-MED Event

SDMed 2005 major event : SB05MED&Expo "Sustainable construction : action for sustainability in the mediterranean region"    For further information, please download : Film...

Demain la ville

Demain la ville

.     24.1.2012 SDMed supported the event "Demain la ville", 24/01/2012, 19h00 from INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE GRECE on Vimeo. At French Intitute of...

Urban regeneration and city branding: is memory an asset or an obstacle?

Urban regeneration and city branding: is memory an asset or an obstacle?"

Athens, Greece, June 19-23, 2010      "URBAN REGENERATION AND CITY BRANDING:IS MEMORY AN ASSET OR AN OBSTACLE?" 40th Annual Conference of the Johns Hopkins International...

Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean

Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean

The SBC Report : Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean was produced based on the outcomes of the SB05MED&Expo Conference and presented by...

SDMed becomes member of SBC Italia

SDMed becomes member of SBC Italia

  SD-Med has been assigned honorary member of the SBC Italia which is member of the SBAlliance. For more information on the Italian initiatives on sustainable building, please visit our ...

2nd French-hellenic Meeting on sustainable development

2nd French-hellenic Meeting on sustainable development

  The 2nd French-hellenic Meeting for sustainable development, held on 16 and 17 march 2009 in the French Institute of Athens has had a great success !   About 300 participants,...

SDMed-IFA Event  2009

SDMed-IFA Event 2009

SDMed-IFA Joint Event  2009 Invitation : Dear friends and colleagues,  We are pleased to invite you to participate in the "2nd French-Hellenic Meeting for Sustainable Development"...

SDMed at the Building Green Show

SDMed at the Building Green Show

December 2008 : SD-Med presents its activities at the "Building Green" Show in "Expo Athens".    

SB08MED&Expo: The mediterranean city facing climate change

SB08MED&Expo: The mediterranean city facing climate change

2008 : SB08MED&Expo : "The mediterranean city facing climate change : innovation, investment, governance for a low-carbon city" for further information, please download : Video-spot of the...

What the others say for us !

What the others say for us !

  Contributing to the international movement for progress There are two ways of going about integrating the environment into an activity. One is to evaluate the quality of a product; the...

  • Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry

    Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry

    Sunday, 31 May 2015 14:05
  • MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS

    MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS

    Monday, 25 May 2015 20:06
  • CISD : Natural Resources and Small Islands

    CISD : Natural Resources and Small Islands

    Sunday, 19 April 2015 07:13
  • Eco-neighborhoods : Where are we in Greece ?

    Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:24
  • Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction

    Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction

    Friday, 06 March 2015 18:01
  • Green and blue infrastructure strategies :Nature-based solutions for cities and territories

    Green and blue infrastructure strategies :Nature-based solutions for cities and territories

    Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:33
  • Greek ESPON-on-the-Road on press !

    Greek ESPON-on-the-Road on press !

    Thursday, 11 December 2014 21:23
  • "Integrated development through land-sea interaction: dimensions and perspectives of blue growth...

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:49
  • Presentation of ESPONTrain, Brussels, Committee of the Regions,10 October 2014

    Presentation of ESPONTrain, Brussels, Committee of the Regions,10 October 2014

    Sunday, 12 October 2014 12:01
  • ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ 10 October 2014, Brussels

    ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ 10 October 2014, Brussels

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:46
  • Workshop on Smart Blue Growth, Nafplion, 4 june 2014

    Workshop on Smart Blue Growth, Nafplion, 4 june 2014

    Saturday, 21 June 2014 04:19
  • SDMed participates in the CreativeMED Conference

    SDMed participates in the CreativeMED Conference

    Monday, 31 March 2014 10:59
  • Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality               and fire protection in buildings

    Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality and fire protection...

    Monday, 23 December 2013 09:11
  • ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

    ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

    Monday, 08 April 2013 10:35
  • "Territorial Development Opportunities in Europe and its Neighbourhood - Fostering Global...

    Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:23
  • SDMed hosted a major event:

    SDMed hosted a major event: "EchoPolis Athina 2013"

    Thursday, 17 January 2013 22:02
  • SB05MED&Expo-LIFE SB-MED Event

    SB05MED&Expo-LIFE SB-MED Event

    Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:30
  • Demain la ville

    Demain la ville

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 22:10
  • Urban regeneration and city branding: is memory an asset or an obstacle?

    Urban regeneration and city branding: is memory an asset or an obstacle?"

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 22:08
  • Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean

    Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 22:08
  • SDMed becomes member of SBC Italia

    SDMed becomes member of SBC Italia

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 22:06
  • 2nd French-hellenic Meeting on sustainable development

    2nd French-hellenic Meeting on sustainable development

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 22:05
  • SDMed-IFA Event  2009

    SDMed-IFA Event 2009

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 22:03
  • SDMed at the Building Green Show

    SDMed at the Building Green Show

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 22:01
  • SB08MED&Expo: The mediterranean city facing climate change

    SB08MED&Expo: The mediterranean city facing climate change

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 21:59
  • What the others say for us !

    What the others say for us !

    Friday, 06 July 2012 07:18

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Contributing to the international movement for progress

There are two ways of going about integrating the environment into an activity. One is to evaluate the quality of a product; the other is to conceive a product and bring it into being. The HQE procedure clearly implies the second of these ways, though it must of course be supplemented by verifying that the procedure conformed with the reference method and that the environmental goals are plainly stipulated. A sense of responsibility is thus built in to HQE: it places the works controller, at the front, and it enables the various elements of the operation, the implant site, the project's precise character, and the stakeholders' environmental policy, to be properly integrated.

International approaches, and in particular those which ISO works involve, are of a universal nature, and can be applied in many different contexts. This is the thinking behind the HQE procedure, though the building sector is essentially a very local one. HQE is the fruit of mature reflection and French experiments. While it derived great benefit from studies and international action in the early 1990s, it is also anchored in building culture and the building profession, as these have developed in France . It was therefore very important to bring this approach face to face with various different practices - for which its potential extension to the Mediterranean basin offered rich opportunities. Ten years after it was first put into practice in France , the HQE procedure is well worth thinking about, in view of the improvements made to it and the adaptations of it to new contexts. Thus the Mediterranean viewpoint is a valuable aspect of HQE.

Worldwide, there are a whole host of approaches to building these days, and the progress made is regularly highlighted at conferences. This is an issue which affects normalization, both in Europe and globally, since it deals with environmentally 'heavy' domains as well as with economic and social factors. An important stage in this movement of international progress is to compare and contrast national methods and to progressively and collectively work out regional approaches, keeping the universal and the local elements carefully separate. The SDMed procedure study on applying sustainable development to the building sector is a valuable contribution by the SDMed initiative, and a notable 'first'.

Dominique BIDOU

Honorary President of the HQE Association (1996-2006)

President of CIDB


 For further reading : SDMed Process for buildings