Overview

We welcome contributions within the following key topics:

1) Environmental issues relevant to the Mediterranean region and adopted policies, programs regulations and standards within the regional context

1.1. Where are we about Paris Agreement goals?

-   Mitigation for global in construction

-   Resilience for local in construction

-   Mitigation and resilience in cities (green and white surfaces)

1.2. Regional and national Research and Development Funding for a Sustainable Built Environment

1.3. Regional and national policies and standardization for a Sustainable Built Environment

1.4. A new Agenda 21 for Sustainable Built Environment about Mediterranean Region


2) Resource efficiency at the building, district and urban level

2.1. Energy management at urban and district level

2.2. Buildings’ atmospheric emissions and air quality management

2.3. Sustainable water management

2.4. Sustainable solid waste management

2.5. Sustainable Land Management and Governance

2.6. Instruments to address land degradation and soil sealing

2.7. Urban and district metabolism: resource efficiency at urban level

2.8. Sustainability of university campuses

2.9. Sustainable mobility


3) Innovation in materials, products and systems

3.1. High performance materials (superinsulating, photocatalitic, photovoltaics, others)

3.2. Advanced solution for comfort and energy efficiency

3.3. Smart and adaptive product and system

3.4. Advanced manufacturing and assembly


4) Environmentally efficient materials and products and sustainable use of materials

4.1. Recycled materials

4.2. Upcycled Materials

4.3. Eco-materials and products

4.4. Bio based materials

4.5. Materials for indoor environmental quality


5) Methods, tools and certification

5.1. Methods and tools for design and assessment at urban/district level

5.2. Methods and tools for design and assessment at building level (e.g. Life Cycle Design, Life Cycle Assessment, Multi-criteria analysis)

5.3. Methods and tools for Energy Performance of Buildings (design and simulation) and Indoor Environmental Quality (thermal and visual comfort and IAQ)

5.4. Certification scheme at urban/district/building level (e.g. LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, Protocollo ITACA, CasaClima Nature, Minergie)

5.5. Methods and tools for design and assessment at product level (e.g. Life Cycle Design, Life Cycle Assessment, Indoor Environmental Quality, Multi-criteria analysis)

5.6. Certification scheme at product level (e.g. EPD, PEF, Ecolabel, Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint, Cradle to Cradle)

5.7. Methods and tools for construction management, for facility management and Service life planning

5.8. Methods and tools for Life cycle management and integrated assessment (e.g. LCSA)


6) Renovation and performance upgrading of the built environment

6.1. Innovative technologies for appropriate performance upgrading of buildings, infrastructures and districts: constraints, barriers and solutions

6.2. Advanced IT solutions for maintenance and renovation: IoT, big data, BMS and sensing technologies

6.3. Methods and tools for adaptability and resilience assessment in built resources reuse

6.4. Risk management in maintenance and renovation processes

6.5. Sustainable retrofitting of large building complexes and urban districts and renovation of ecosystem services

6.6. Preservation, maintenance and enhancement of the built heritage

6.7. Applications of Circular economy in built resources management

6.8. Renovation of building and districts in a warming climate


7) Integration of renewable energy at building and small urban area scales

7.1. PV challenges for smart buildings and smart cities

7.2. Innovative cooling systems

7.3. Solar heating systems

7.4. Natural ventilation and its cooling potential

7.5. Daylighting

7.6. Energy from wind

7.7. Passive and active geothermal systems

7.8. Integrated Sustainable Systems Design

7.9. Evaporative cooling


8) Issues related to zero and nearly-zero operating and lifecycle emission performance

8.1. New and refurbished nearly-zero energy buildings (nZEB)

8.2. Legal aspects of nZEBs (local implementation, regulations, barriers and issues, etc.)

8.3. nZEBs and users (includes behavioural aspects, comfort, sensors, IoT, performance gap issues, etc.)

8.4. Beyond nearly-zero energy buildings (future evolution of energy-efficiency standards)

8.5. Smart energy systems for the historical built environment

8.6. Monitoring for performance control (includes commissioning in its various forms)

8.7. Design for optimization: life cycle energy analysis, cost optimality, etc.


9) Cost, financing and taxation for high performance + Economic and social externalities

9.1. Life Cycle Costing and economic Sustainability

9.2. Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability Incentives

9.3. Social Sustainability and the role of social housing

9.4. Financial Management and Building rating value

9.5. Urban land rent taxation and value recapture

9.6. Quality and optimisation of the housing stock and related externalities

9.7. Integrated evaluation models and tools

9.8. Economic thinking to enhance the built environment resilience


10) Training and education to promote adoption of sustainable approaches

10.1. Training for students (architects and building engineer)

10.2. Training for trainers

10.3. Training for user and stakeholders

10.4. Research and training

 

11) ICT for a Sustainable process management

11.1. BIM for sustainability evaluation

11.2. Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data for sustainable buildings and districts

11.3. Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Performance simulation

11.4. A life cycle approach to information management in construction

11.5. Project and risk management for a sustainable built environment