Following the SBE16-Thessaloniki conference, SBE16 SBE19-Thessaloniki “Sustainability in the built environment for climate change mitigation” attempts to address a large palette of issues concerning sustainability and consider their interrelation with regard to climate change.
The previous experience of the organizers, as well as the favorable weather conditions, the city’s and the country’s hospitality and Thessaloniki’s historical background create the environment for a successful event. The conference is organized by the Laboratory of Building Construction and Building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is part of the SBE18-20 Conference series.
The SBE18-20 Conference series
The Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) series of conferences began in 2000, operates on a three year cycle and now includes five international organizations as co-owners:
• International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB, www.cibworld.nl)
• International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE, www.iisbe.org)
• United Nations Environment Programme, www.unenvironment.org
• International Federation of Consulting Engineers, www.fidic.org
• The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC)
The SBE series is held on held on a three-year cycle with planning and preparation in year 1, national/regional conferences held in year 2 and a single global event held in year 3.
The series places a core emphasis on peer-reviewed papers, presentations of regional policy papers, displays of pre-evaluated projects and a small number of high-quality commercial exhibits. These events also provide fast-track inclusion of the best technical papers from national/regional conferences into the global event, as well as registration policies designed to encourage the attendance of students and delegates from developing countries.
Twenty national/regional conferences took place in 2016 and a World SBE17 conference took place in Hong Kong during 5-7 June 2017. Fifteen organizations have proposed to hold regional conferences during 2018 and 2019, and a global event is planned for Gothenburg in 2020. In all of these events, one or more local research-based organizations have taken financial and organizational responsibility while the international series owners, iiSBE, CIB, UN Environment and FIDIC, have given organizational advice and have used their networks to help ensure a large multidisciplinary audience for the events.