Sustainable Places (SP) fosters pathways for dissemination of innovative scientific & technical results arising from Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) and smart grid focal areas: e.g. renewable production, energy storage and management, construction materials, retrofitting, urban planning, etc.

The overall aim to generate a successful, sustainable and world-class series of annual conferences aims to bring together scientists, researchers, and engineers, from research institutes and the industry, around one of the greatest challenge that our societies have ever faced: ensuring long-term environmental sustainability of ever-growing, densifying urban areas, in a resource-constrained world.

The need to enhance the sustainability of places – buildings, districts, cities – where we live, work and have leisure, is now widely acknowledged as one of the top contemporary societal concerns. Enabling sustainable places requires a major breakthrough that encompasses many dimensions: evolving regulatory and policy frameworks, increasing business actors, fostering technology innovation and assessing societal impact. The recognition of the multiple dimensions of the interconnected smart grid and clean energy of buildings issue is at the very heart of the Sustainable Places initiative.

Over the years of SP, increasing participation has been registered passing from 100 attendees in 2013 to about 150 attendees in average for the last three editions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Sustainable Places 2017 (SP2017) is 28th - 30th June at Teesside University in UK. 

Event Inception

The SP event series at inception was conceived during the course of the RESILIENT & PERFORMER projects, for stakeholders to access up-to-date information, assess outcomes from the most advanced research and innovation projects & initiatives, discuss possible synergies, and empower standards evolution. SP was facilitated specifically to support the 7 technology-clusters defined by the EU according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP (Public Private Partnerships) Roadmap.

"Portable, Exhaustive, Reliable, Flexible and Optimized appRoach to Monitoring and Evaluation of building eneRgy performance"

The aim of the PERFORMER project is to devise a holistic (total lifecycle, multi-aspects, context-based) building energy monitoring methodology that factors in appropriate energy performance indicators, information models, and simulation tools, to achieve building energy performance targets. PERFORMER official website provide details, while an interactive flip-book about PERFORMER can be viewed HERE.

"coupling REnewable, Storage and ICTs, for Low carbon Intelligent Energy maNagemenT at district level"

Successfully concluded in 2016, RESILIENT grew investments in distributed energy resources (DER) – renewable distributed energy generation combined with demand response, energy storage, plug-in electric vehicles and active management of distribution networks – that require new business and technology platforms to manage the increased level of diversity and complexity of global energy management. An interactive flip-book about RESILIENT can be viewed HERE.