It is about time to provide an update on the status of the SBE conference series. As most readers of this website are aware, the series is managed by CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC and operates on a three-year cycle. This year has a focus on planning, while next year will feature at least 19 and probably 20 national events, to be climaxed in 2017 by the World SBE conference in Hong Kong. The attached file provides a current overview of the situation.
The process for establishing the 2016 SBE conferences is well underway. Proposals have been received and approved for national / regional events in Dubai, Malta, Hamburg, Porto, Zurich, Prague, Tallinn and Helsinki, and Cairo. More proposals are being prepared for Malmö, Manila and Torino, and others are also expected.
The global event for 2017, WSBE17 Hong Kong, was selected in October and that major event is tentatively scheduled for 5-7 June of 2017.
The deadline for SBE16 proposals is 20 February, and all conference organizers have been invited to attend a meeting of conference organizers in Paris on 5 and 6 March. Representatives of the series owners, CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC as well as some of the series advisors will also attend.
The purpose of the meeting is for the various organizers to meet each other and to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. We will report soon after this meeting.
Nils Larsson, SBE conference series coordinator
The next cycle of conferences on sustainable building will consist of national or regional events in 2016, followed by a global conference in 2017. For this cycle, the international co-promoters have decided that a more appropriate title for the series is Sustainable Built Environment (SBE), rather than the Sustainable Building title used so far. This shift is a more appropriate reflection of the fact that we wish to cover small urban issues as well as building-scale concerns.