6c. Sustainable Buildings and Construction Technologies

Track Chairs

  • Itai Danielski, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden.
  • Ambrose Dodoo, Department of Building Technology, Linnaeus University, Sweden.
  • Gireesh Nair, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå university, Sweden.
  • Truong Nguyen, Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology, Linnaeus University, Sweden.

Goals and Objectives of the Track

The goal of this track is to discuss technologies, design, methods, key concepts, applications and legal aspects of sustainable buildings. Papers are invited for the conference on a range of renewable energy and sustainability related topics. The following topics are relevant, however this list is not intended to be exclusive and papers on any topics relevant to the above themes are applicable:

Sustainable building technologies

  • Energy efficient heating and cooling systems.
  • Heat pumps and geothermal systems.
  • Solar thermal systems.
  • Waste water heat recovery.

Novel sustainable building materials and techniques

  • Thermal envelope and building skins.
  • Construction technologies.
  • Thermal energy systems resilience.
  • Thermal storage.

Building in a system perspective

  • Combined heat and power (CHP) and micro-CHP systems.
  • District heating, cooling and piping.
  • Demand response and peak shaving.
  • Power production and distribution.
  • Primary energy or other weighting factors determination.

Energy and environmental assessment of buildings

  • LCA methodologies.
  • Life-cycle services and commissioning.
  • Embodied energy vs. operation energy in buildings.
  • Environmental impact assessment systems.

Low energy architectures

  • Designing interior spaces.
  • Design for human needs.
  • Passive heating and cooling.
  • Deep renovation solutions.
  • Occupant behaviour and energy needs in buildings.

Governance of sustainability in energy and buildings 

  • Green energy and environment, economy and governance.
  • Regional development.
  • Financial and regulatory mechanisms.
  • Energy performance requirements and cost optimality.
  • Evaluation and rating of building performance – Building labelling.

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to an area pointed out above) of between 300 and 500 words (including all aspects),

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g. intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“ACCELERATING PROGRESS TOWARDS SDG’s IN TIMES OF CRISIS”).

Abstracts which do not outline points 3.a.) AND 3.b.) might not be given special consideration in the selection for potential publications and might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

With regard to potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions the following publication opportunities have already been confirmed:

  1. Sustainable Development, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991719, Impact Factor: 4.082.
  2. Routledge/ISDRS Series in Sustainable Development Research (http://isdrs.org/routledge/)
  3. Conference proceedings with own ISBN number (each abstract and – later – full paper)


Please submit your abstract by visiting the abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first) at

Extended deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2021

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