In the era of rapidly urbanizing world, the role of built environment is crucial to ascertain global sustainability. Better urban design must strive for resource-efficient built environment. Sustainable building is a key requirement for urban system that can reduce resource pressures upstream. Well-designed buildings with state-of art technologies open up grand opportunities for ensuring sustainability. Energy implications, in particular, is key while considering sustainable buildings. Sustainable buildings can ‘avoid’ energy consumption through better design considerations. Additionally, numerous technologies and measures play an important role in the operational phase of the buildings to enhance energy efficiency. Building energy efficiency is often considered as low-hanging fruit but potentials are not yet harnessed because of systemic, institutional, policy, societal and other challenges.
The Sustainable Building sessions at the G-STIC 2017 focus on sustainable building design and operation with energy efficiency in consideration. Better design experiences, application of technologies to bridge the ‘energy efficiency gaps’, the barriers and lessons from innovative policies to promote sustainable building are the key topics covered in these sessions. These sessions will be deliberated by experts, policy makers, private sector and the practitioner showcasing the experiences from the global north and south addressing the questions such as:
- What are our real-life experiences on sustainable building design?
- Do we have recipe of design solutions at different settings?
- What is the role of specific technologies for low energy buildings? Which ones are crucial?
- How can emerging new technologies assist us towards better energy efficiency in buildings?
- What are the challenges to upscale the successful practices and technological solutions? What it takes for the good experiences to be transferred?
- Have policies worked for promoting sustainable buildings? What are the key lessons from policies and regulations, especially the Building Codes (and others) for promoting sustainable buildings?
- What are the key outstanding barriers for technologies, policies, institutional, societal and other issues?
- What should be the blue-print for technological pathways for sustainable buildings in immediate future, and how to enable it?