Posted on 10 August 2017
An impressive record for our "Sustainable Build" training courses!
This spring, our trainers Frédéric, Laurent and Liesbet finished what has been a trajectory of 3 years of designing, managing and teaching of training courses for professionals in the field of Sustainable Building, on behalf of Brussels Environment . From early 2014 until May 2017, they have had the pleasure and honour of working intensively on this assignment, together with our partners MATRIciel, Institut Eco-Conseil, Cenergie ans ICEDD.
The three of them have given technical lectures, organized workshops and designed exercises in their specific fields of expertise. Among the subjects managed by them were Green roofs, External Joinery, Reuse of building materials, Environmental impact of materials and buildings, Indoor pollutants, Management and reuse of rainwater and Building site management.
In total, 855 professionals – women and men, architects, contractors, engineers and owner-builders – have participated in the classes given by our teachers, and their assessment of our aptitude at teaching has provided us with extremely positive and valuable feedback:
- regarding « knowledge of the subject », an average weighted score of over 88% has been given, with specific scores regularly exceeding 90%;
- as for « pedagogy », we truly cherish the average score of 85%, and some special prizes could be awarded for classes granted a score of over 95%.
Combining technical expertise, practical examples, short exercises as well as interactive workshops, and continually updating and remodeling their ressources and knowledge, Frédéric, Laurent and Liesbet have more than proven that they excel at teaching… and as it happens, they love doing the job ! They wish to thank all participants for their participation in and engagement with the different training courses – a significant number of people have enrolled in more than one course, following high satisfaction provided by their first experience with our teachers.
Let there be no doubt about it: we will continue teaching and designing courses. We love it, we enjoy it, and we may say without being pretentious that we’re great at it. For now, we’re thinking about an offer of tailored-to-measure training courses, so stay tuned: we will tell you all about it in due time !
Posted on 23 January 2017
Organisation of a tour alongside sustainable retrofitting projects in Brussels
CERAA organised in October 2016 an afternoon tour for the annual event of Renovate Europe at the request of Brussels Environment. Renovate Europe is a political communications campaign aiming to develop ambitious legislation and programmes on a European level regarding high energy-level renovation of the building stock.
We had the pleasure of taking the group along two impressive renovation projects, illustrative of the Brussels expertise in sustainable retrofitting: Rue Luther, a Brussels townhouse renovated into four passive apartments (architect: Julien Kessler) and Quai du Hainaut, a former brewery building turned into low-energy tertiary spaces (offices, restaurant…) and a passive-level hotel (architecture studio l’Escaut).Take a look at some pictures of the event on our Facebook page, and check out a video of the event (with images of the visits) !
Posted on 06 October 2016
Organisation of a study trip in Brussels and Antwerp focused on contemporary architecture and heritage buildings
In June 2016, CERAA had the opportunity to organize a four-day study tour of Brussels and Antwerp for a group of French architects and architecture lovers, members of the Maison Architecture Auvergne. The trip, focused on contemporary architecture and architectural heritage, included meetings with local stakeholders in the field of architecture and discussions about their respective professional practice. CERAA also planned cultural outings such as visits of recently opened museums: Train World and MIMA in Brussels or Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp, for instance.
Take a look at some pictures of the trip on our Facebook page!
For more information about the study tour, search for “Visits” on the “References” page of our website.
Posted on 12 August 2016
Launch of B3-Retrotool
CERAA is glad to announce the launch of B3 Retrotool. This pre-assessment tool for retrofitting scenarios of residential buildings in the Brussels-Capital Region provides a clear vision of urban metabolism at different scales (city block, district, municipality…) and according to different housing typologies. B3 Retrotool is developed by ULB (research cell “Batir”) and UCL (Architecture et Climat) within the “Brussels Retrofit XL” research platform thanks to an Innoviris research grant.
CERAA contributed to the finalisation stage of the tool by evaluating the tool in two test phases on real renovation projects of high energy efficiency and environmental performances.
B3 Retrotool is available online (after a quick registration process):
Posted on 07 April 2016
CERAA selected as nominee for the visit.brussels awards!
We'd like to thank everyone who supported CERAA by voting for "Visiting Brussels' Sustainable Buildings", the initiative submitted by Brussels Environment and CERAA for the visit.brussels awards! We are pleased to announce the selection of this project amongst the three nominees in the category "Public Initiative 2015".
The results will be announced during the awards ceremony that takes place on April 19th in the BEL auditorium (headquarters of Brussels Environment at Tour&Taxis).
Here are some pictures of recent visits organised for international delegations or local groups of professionals in the context of this partnership with Brussels Environment (text in French):
- A chinese delegation in search of examples of passive building in Brussels :
- A visit organised in partnership with CCBC for local constructors and architects:
- A visit organised for a delegation of professionals and political decision-makers from the United States and Canada:
Posted on 07 March 2016
Vote for CERAA in the visit.brussels awards!
CERAA and Brussels Environment are candidate in the category "Public Initiative" of the visit.brussels awards for our programme of visits of sustainable buildings in the Brussels Region.
These visits, organised for international delegations of professionals from the building sector as well as for Belgian groups, aim to share the experiences realised in our region as well as disseminate good practices in the field of sustainable construction and renovation.
You can find more information on the candidacy at this link:
The public will vote to select three finalists, among which a jury chooses the winner. You have until March 20th to cast your vote and support our project "Visiting Brussels' Sustainable Buildings"!