In September 2015 it was reported that there had been several recent developments concerning the FIDIC-EFCA Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook (PPSL). These developments were summarised using the text given below.

In March 2016, Bricad Associates in association with PeterBoswell.com took over the development and hosting of the PPSL users' platform and the website that coordinates the activities of the PPSL system, see PPSL.online

An upgraded PPSL users' site at PPSL.site for hosting logbooks will be announced shortly. This will be based upon the Project/Programmme Sustainability Platform (PPSP), a generic users' platform that integrates the management of PPSL sustainability logbooks with ratings. It is available at PPSP.site


1. PSL: platform, visualisation and webguides

The platform to create and manage one or more logbooks for a specific project was launched in August 2014, see prod.cbdd.emencia.net.

Peter Boswell is currently setting up a commercialisation strategy for the PSL platform based on providing a test platform for potential users.

One fairly urgent aspect is to provide graphic tools so that, in the first instance, a user can import a data file into graphic tools that displays the status of a project.

Peter Boswell is helping to develop several tools. They are all based on in-browser JavaScript data visualisation libraries such as d3.js. At the present time, the most interesting appear to be visualisations based on sunbursts and partition tables. Some radar plots have also been explored. Demos were released in early-2015, see psl.peterboswell.net. A new development is the use of cabinet trees to visualise the many components of a PSL.

Aside from visualisation tools, web guides are being developed, see psl.peterboswell.net. They also use JavaScript libraries as the basis for highly interactive in-browser applications.

2. Conferences

Jean Félix, the PSL coordinator and chair of the FIDIC-EFCA Sustainable Development Commitee presented the PSL at the FIDIC 2015 Conference in Dubai.

SYNTEC-Ingénierie, the FIDIC Member Association for France, had climate change as the focus for its annual conference (2014 meet.ING; 23 October 2014). Morocco's Minister of the Environment participated. He described how PSL is being used in Morocco to coordinate the sustainable design and operation of a group of water treatment facilities.

A meeting in Morocco in December 2014 reviewed progress in implementing PSL. The FIDIC 2016 Annual Conference will be held in Morocco in September 2016. This will be an occasion to review the PSL that is being used in Morocco for a collection of water treatment faciities.

 3. Training programme

UNEP and FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, launched a training programme to promote tools for sustainable development. The first event was a train-the-trainers workshop on 19-20 June 2014 at the UNEP-DTIE Paris headquarters.

The tools and the workshop built upon several joint initiatives, notably:

  • UNEP Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative (SBCI) that acts as a common voice for building sector stakeholders to promote the worldwide adoption of sustainable buildings and construction practices.
  • UNEP Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities (GI-REC: PDF brochure) that works with work with local and national governments, the private sector and civil society groups to promote energy efficient buildings, efficient water use, sustainable waste management.
  • FIDIC-EFCA Rethink Cities white paper (PDF brochure) that targets policy makers, the media and civil society in advocating a systemic approach to cities.

The workshop focused on examples and case studies of applications of the major international tools for sustainable development in the built environment:

  • UNEP Quick Scan (website), a policy development tool that guides the design of policy instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.  
  • UNEP-SBCI Common Carbon Metric (CCM website), a globally harmonised reporting and monitoring protocol for measuring energy use and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from building operations.
  • FIDIC Project Sustainability Management guidelines for strategy development and its accompanying applications manual (information).
  • FIDIC-EFCA Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook (PPSL new website ) toolbox that combines monitoring tables, explanatory notes and a repertoire of reporting frameworks to provide traceability at all levels (project, neighbourhoods, cities and regions) .

In preparing for the workshop a team headed by France's SYNTEC-Ingéniere finalised the PSL toolbox web platform. Peter Boswell was charged with continuing to help update the repertoire of reference frameworks against which sustainability issues and objectives are measured and to develop a short application manual based upon case studies.

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