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> 2007-05-07
World Steel Construction Council, Cape Town 2007

The second meeting of the World Steel Construction
Council (WSCC) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 10 to 12 May 2007.

Following the interesting discussion on the first WSCC meeting, sustainability is again in the agenda. A discussion on sustainability around the following four parts, with contributions from both WSCC members, organizations and external speakers:

Sustainable building assessment tools - Major assessment tools such as LEED will be presented, thus demonstrating the relatively small impact that materials have on the holistic sustainable assessment of a building.

Steel production - The session aims at summarising the challenges facing the production industry with respect to sustainability. The session will also introduce the use of LCA, to evaluate the whole life impacts of steel.

Sustainability value propositions for steel construction - Steel will always struggle when judged (relative to other construction materials) using parameters such as embodied energy or carbon. In this regard other issues could be explored to prove the real sustainability for steel, such as Lightness (resource efficiency), Recyclability / Reusability, Adaptability, Flexibility, etc...

The participants will be kindly invited to select the two subjects they like most, among the following four for discussion on the 10th of May:

Warm Structures: case studies, state of the art, cutting edge technologies WSCC leads innovation in steel construction: suggestions for new products development, solution and innovative ideas to develop steel housing Acoustic & Vibrations: preparing for an international benchmarking Emergency Housing: a global strategy to develop the market for steel in Emergency housing

Invited organizations
AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction (USA), APTA - Asociación para la Promocion Tecnica del Acero (Spain), Asociación para la Construcción de Estructuras Metálicas (Spain), ASI - Australian Steel Institute (Australia), Associação Portuguesa de Construção Metálica e Mista (Portugal), Bauen Mit Stahl (Germany), Bouwen met Staal (Netherlands), Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (Canada), CBCA - Centro Brasileiro da Construção em Aço (Brasil), The China Steel Construction Society (China), CIA - Centre Information Acier (Belgium), CTICM - Centre Technique Industriel de la Construction Métallique (France), ECCA - European Coil Coating Association, ECCS - The European Convention for Constructional Steelwork, Finnish Constructional Steelwork Association (Finland), Fondazione PROMOZIONE ACCIAIO (Italy), HERA (New Zealand), Hong Kong Institute of Steel Construction, Korean Society of Steel Construction, KOSA - Korea Iron & Steel Association, INSDAG - Institute for Steel Development and Growth (India), International Zinc Association, ILAFA - Instituto Latinoamericano del Fierro y el Acero (Chile), Japan Iron and Steel Federation (Japan), Nippon Steel Corporation (Japan), OTUA - Office Technique pour l'Utilisation de l'Acier (France), Romanian Convention for Constructional Steelwork (Romania), SCI - Steel Construction Institute (UK), South African Institute of Steel Construction, SSSS - Singapore Structural Steel Society (Singapore), Stahl-Informations-Zentrum (Germany), Steel Framing Alliance (USA), Swedish Institue of Steel Construction, TUCSA - Turkish Constructional Steelwork Association (Turkey).

Living Steel, is a five year programme managed by the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), an industry representative body that has committed more than ?14.25 million to support the global search for more efficient and effective housing solutions. Living Steel is a worldwide programme created to stimulate innovation in the design and construction of housing. The programme was developed to help address societal pressures stemming from increasing urban population densities. Central to the Living Steel initiative are a select number of international architecture competitions, each presenting architects with the opportunity to bring their vision for effective and affordable housing to life.

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