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Introduction to the International SBE Conference series

The Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) series of conferences began in 2000, operates on a three-year cycle and now includes four international organizations as co-owners:

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 conferences will take place during 2018 and 2019, with WSBE20 Beyond 2020 a global event to be held in Gothenburg in June 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 multi-disciplinary audience for the events.

Fifteen organizations have proposed to hold regional conferences during 2018 and 2019, and a global event is planned for Gothenburg in June 2020. The conference organizers discussed mutual issues at a meeting in Paris in January 2018.

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