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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 five 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,
  • Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, Global ABC.

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 Hong Kong will be the site of the World SBE17 conference during 5-7 June 2017.

In all of these conferences, one or more local research-based organizations have taken financial and organizational responsibility while the international series owners, iiSBE, CIB, UNEP-SBCI, FIDIC and Global ABC, have given organizational advice and have used their networks to help ensure a large multi-disciplinary audience for the events.

The increasingly high reputation of the series has resulted in other research groups and organizations holding events concurrently with SBE conferences thereby maximizing the benefit for delegates. In short, the SBE-series of conferences provides delegates with an unparalleled view into national, regional and international sustainable building issues every three years, while providing host organizations with increased visibility and effectiveness in their own regions.

The series continues to evolve. Up to and including 2013 the series was titled the “SB” or Sustainable Building conference series, but the series partners changed the series name to “SBE”, standing for Sustainable Built Environment series, to more clearly indicate the inclusion of issues related to local urban areas and supporting infrastructure. There is also an increasing emphasis on continuity, reflected by the stablishment of a Panel of Advisors, consisting of global conference organizers going back to 2000, and an increased emphasis on involving the World SBE conference organizers in the preceding ational/regional SBE events.

Currently (February 2017) 6 organizations have submitted expressions of interest in hosting the global SBE2020 conference, and their proposals are expected by 24 March 2017.

For further information see the website at <> or contact Nils Larsson (

14 February 2017