Working Group 18: Environmentally Compatible Structures
The mission of the WG 18 is to cover the basic theoretical design problems associated with Environmentally Compatible Structures (ECS) with considerable emphasis on spatial structures. The guiding definition of ECS is embedded in the following quotation from the publication "Selected Terminology of ECS": "All buildings, structures, infrastructures, reconstructions, their use and connected technologies, which minimize their environmental impact or contribution to outdoor and indoor environmental pollution during the whole life-span of the structure, are designated by the term 'environmentally compatible'." The mission also covers implicitly and indispensably the environmental compatibility of structural materials.
The activities of the WG 18 since its founding in 1999 covered the first phase of the seminar activities from 1999 to 2009:
- Seven international seminars with published Proceedings on problems of ECS, all of which were held in Prague, Czech Republic. To date about 170 papers were published within the seven seminars.
- Edition of the "Jubilee publication" with the first five seminars
- Beginning of the preparation of two textbooks on the concepts and theory of ECS
In the second phase starting in 2011 the WG is planning to broaden the seminar activities into more centres:
- Prague (L. & P.Végh), Budapest (org. by Prof. Zs. Jozsa), Cluj (org. by Dr. Andrea Mircea), Milano or Lake Como (org. by Dr. Carlo Monticelli) and Tokyo (org. by Prof. N. Imagawa)
- One aim of the second-phase seminars is to attract more PhD students and researchers to deal with and publish topics on ECS
- A second aim is to attract as many IASS members as possible to join WG 18 and contribute to its efforts
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[This page last updated 18 September 2011]