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Announcement, 01 December 2016
Launch of the 2019-2020 cycle of international conferences on Sustainable Built Environment


The SB conference series is now considered to be the pre-eminent international conference series on sustainable building and construction. The series is held on held on a three-year cycle and maintains a core emphasis on peer-reviewed papers, presentations of regional policy papers and displays of assessed projects. These events also provide fast-track inclusion of the best technical papers from regional conferences into the global event, as well as registration policies designed to encourage the attendance of students and delegates from developing countries.

The SB-series of conferences has provided delegates with an unparalleled view into regional and international sustainable building issues every three years, while providing host organizations with increased visibility and effectiveness in their own regions.

In all of these conferences one or more local organizations have taken financial and organizational responsibility, while the five international co-promoters have given organizational advice and have used their networks to ensure a large audience for the events. The international co-promoters are:

  • International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB,
  • International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE,
  • UNEP-SBCI, the UNEP Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative,
  • International Federation of Consulting Engineers,
  • The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC).

The last series of national and regional SB Conferences has included twenty SBE16 events.
The World SBE17 Hong Kong Conference will take place on 05-07 June 2017 and promises to achieve an even higher profile.

The new cycle of conferences for 2019 and 2020


The next cycle of conferences will consist of national or regional events in 2019, followed by a global conference in 2020.

CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI, FIDIC and Global ABC now request non-binding Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the holding of a single global conference on sustainable built environment to be held in 2020 (the SBE20 Global Sustainable Built Environment Conference), as part of the on-going series. Please note that Expressions of Interest for National SBE conferences for 2019 will be subject of a separate EOI call in early 2017.

For further information, contact the series coordinator Nils Larsson at <>