CIOB and its Green Mandate

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The Ceylon Institute of Builders is the premier professional body of building and construction professionals in Sri Lanka. Its membership is comprised of Architects, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Valuers and Builders etc. The Institute is affiliated to the Chartered Institute of Builders of UK and the Council of Research and Innovation in Building and Construction in the Netherlands. It also has partnerships with Construction Federation of India (CFI) and Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.

The advancement of green building practices was identified by the Council of CIOB as one of the possible ways of making Sri Lanka a more sustainable place to live. With the objective of creating a necessary impetus, the CIOB Council decided to hold the first World Construction Symposium 2012 jointly with the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and the University of Moratuwa in Colombo, Sri Lanka during 28-30 June 2012, in order to create greater awareness on Green Building among all industry stakeholders in Sri Lanka. The CIOB also had the purpose of becoming informed about green buildings and making a decision about future work to encourage the construction of green buildings in Sri Lanka. Prior to hosting the WCS 2012 in Sri Lanka, members of the CIOB Council visited Vietnam in 2011 and participated in the WCS 2011. The World Construction Symposium is today an annual international industry event taking place in Sri Lanka focusing on sustainable construction. The details of the previous three versions of the Symposium are as follows;

1st World Construction Symposium on the theme “Global Challenges In Construction Industry” held during 28 – 30 June 2012 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.
2nd World Construction Symposium on the theme “Socio-Economic Sustainability in Construction: Practice, Policy & Research” held during 14 – 16 June, 2013 at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo.
3rd World Construction Symposium on the theme ” Sustainability & Development in Built Environment: The Way Forward” held during 20 – 22 June, 2014 at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo.

The International Symposium series is in line with CIOB’s embedded mission, embracing a green agenda of fortifying, forging and propagating. First, CIOB endeavor to continuously fortify benchmarks and standards for certifying green buildings in Sri Lanka, taking into consideration our native’s social, cultural and climate context.

Secondly, it is by forging relationships with the government, the industry and the public that the society can recgonises and appreciates the benefit of green environment and its inherent economic values. Forging alliances with green fraternities, industry practioners, green organizations and green ambassadors, is another important aspect for synergy and knowledge sharing.

Thirdly, CIOB is also equally eager to propagate seeds of green ideologies, expertise and know how to all stakeholders for the betterment of the nation and wellbeing of its people. This is planned to be done through its membership and training programme, Continuing Professional Development programme, earnest participation in green conferences, exhibitions and trade shows. CIOB’s other impending outreach programmes include; collective researches on green technologies and collaboration with educational institutions etc.

The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has also recognized the role of CIOB in the promotion of green construction concepts, technologies, methodologies and materials.