PLEA is an organisation engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through annual international conferences, workshops and publications.
It has a membership of several thousand professionals, academics and students from over 40 countries.
Participation in PLEA activities is open to all whose work deals with architecture and the built environment, who share our objectives and who attend PLEA events.
PLEA stands for “Passive and Low Energy Architecture”, a commitment to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design.
PLEA serves as an open, international, interdisciplinary forum to promote high quality research, practice and education in environmentally sustainable design.
Smart society for innovative and sustainable cities
Conocimiento y soluciones para ciudades inteligentes
La densidad de población en las ciudades requiere acciones para un crecimiento sostenible económica y medioambientalmente, que mejore la calidad de vida de sus habitantes. Este es el principal reto y la razón por la cual la sociedad reclama ciudades más inteligentes o Smart Cities.
SmartCity World Congress
Empresas, administración pública, emprendedores y centros de investigación podran compartir y aprender sobre cómo desarrollar las ciudades del futuro.
Research reveals sustainable projects are on the rise; cost is potential prohibitive factor.
BALTIMORE, PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The majority of architects and interior designers, 87% and 86% respectively, acknowledge that they are concerned with how products are manufactured with regard to sustainability, according to new research released today by IMRE. The research showed that the number of sustainable projects performed by architects and interior designers is projected to rise in the next year, and that sustainable products are often associated with higher cost.
These are some of the results released from the survey in which 812 architects and designers responded to an online survey fielded between September 19 and 23, 2011. The survey was spearheaded by IMRE, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the Home & Building industry, in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Doubts are cast on manufacturer claims about sustainable products.
The way architects and interior designers view manufacturers’ claims that their products are sustainable reveals that brands need to re-focus their marketing efforts to make their claims more convincing.
While most architects and interior designers pay careful attention to manufacturers’ sustainability claims, both are similarly skeptical when asked if they are confident that products referred to as “sustainable” actually are.
40% of architects and 34% of interior designers are “uncertain” if products claiming to be sustainable are actually sustainable.
Almost 22% of architects and 11% of interior designers are “somewhat” or “not at all confident” that products are actually sustainable.
Only 2% of architects and 3% of interior designers are “completely confident” in manufacturers’ claims that products are actually sustainable.
According to the “2009 DesignIntelligence Sustainable Design Survey” (Report #223, Vol. 15, No. 4), recently published by the journal DesignIntelligence, practitioners believe the architecture and design profession still has a lot of work to do to more closely align practice with principles of sustainability.
The survey, which records data submitted by the leaders of the most successful architecture and design firms around the United States, asked participants how well they believe their own firms are progressing in achieving higher levels of sustainable design, if they think their firms lead or trail their peers in that regard, and how design leaders are altering their habits to reduce their personal carbon footprint. Only 13 percent of architecture and design firms from among those surveyed reported they are “very satisfied” with their firms’ progress in achieving sustainability in their projects, while 45 percent said they are “satisfied,” 18 percent said they are “dissatisfied,” and 1 percent said they are “very dissatisfied.” (The remaining 23 percent reported they were “neutral” on their firms’ progress.)