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Overview of the SBE 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:

  • International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB,
  • International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE,
  • Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-SBCI, Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative,
  • International Federation of Consulting Engineers,

The SBE conference series is now the pre-eminent international conference series on sustainable building and construction. The series is held on a three-year cycle with planning and preparation in year 1, national/regional conferences 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.

At this time, 20 national events are being planned and Hong Kong has been selected for the World SBEconference.

A meeting of SBE16 and World SBE17 organizers took place in early March 2015 to discuss matters of mutual interest and to maximize synergies between events. The owners of the series have appointed a coordinator to manage the process until mid-2017.