Sustainable Places 2017 (SP2017), hosted by Teesside University, was an official EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) Energy Day,and brings together researchers and developers from industry and science to debate on the latest socio- technical innovations on the application of energy-efficient buildings (EeB) and smart grids. The event enables a partnership with MDPI AG (Multidisciplinary Publishing Digital Institute) to publish all accepted types of contribution abstracts (e.g. posters, workshop reports, etc.) in the Proceedings Journal (ISSN 2504-3900) open access publication by MDPI, and a Buildings Journal special issue (ISSN 2075-5309).  
The Sustainable Places 2017 (SP2017) Programme  had diverse scientific contributions that will become 2 publications for release in Dec 2017.  SP2017 had 100+ attendees, who together comprised the authors of keynotes, papers, posters, workshops, and briefings. The poster (as pictured above) can be downloaded in PDF format here: Poster-SP2017 SP2017 was sponsored and co-organized by: and a publication timeline as follows:
  • 1st– 31st July –  Presentations uploaded to website and invitations sent to authors, Special issue (SI) extended paper submissions due for SP2017 SI of Buildings journal paper abstract candidates, using the template and formatting instructions on the MPDI author page. Please send all papers directly to Zia[.]Lennard[@]R2Msolution[.]com (as opposed to using the MDPI submission portal).
  • 1st– 31stAug –  SP internal peer-review for Buildings special issue.
  • 1st– 15thSept – 10 chosen papers will be uploaded by Zia Lennard to the MDPI online paper submission portal following the refereeing of a blind peer-review. Guest Editors (GEs) Drs. Crosbie & Messervey make decisions (reject the paper, ask authors for major revisions, ask authors for minor revisions, or accept the paper after minor revisions) based on results of the SP internal peer-review
  • 15th Sept –  Deadline for authors to send ALL TYPES of camera-ready papers, workshop reports, & extended abstracts (UP TO 4 PAGES) to Zia[.]Lennard[@]R2Msolution[.]com. Buildings SI paper authors will potentially have to undergo a 2nd round of revisions (Buildings editorial office will send links to authors for uploading the revised manuscript);
  • 15thSept – 15th Dec: Zia will liaise with the publisher and chosen authors for any necessary edits or formatting.  ;
  • GEs make decisions (reject the paper, ask authors for major revisions, ask authors for minor revisions, or accept the paper after minor revisions) – based on results of 1st MDPI internal peer-review
PLEASE NOTE:  ALL SUBMISSION TYPES ARE QUALIFIED FOR PUBLICATION (poster & briefing abstracts, workshop reports, conference papers, and journal papers that were not chosen for the Buildings SI). The late deadline is because the 5 articles chosen for the Buildings Journal SI must be identified before the Proceedings Journal can be finalized. Additionally –  Journal papers are expanded to the size of a research article (no more than 12 pages); The conference paper should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper; authors are asked to disclose that it s conference paper in their cover letter and include a statement on what has been changed compared to the original conference paper;* there should be expansions in the result and discussion parts and the overlap between the expanded full paper and the abstract should be lower than 50%.

SP2017 technical contributions were accepted from nearly 100 scientists, who led activities that included 6 keynotes speeches, 6 workshops, 43 papers, 6 briefings, 12 posters, networking, and pilot site visits:


Stefan Lodeweyckx, Founder of Enervalis –  is passionate about the mix of technology, larger scale problems and how innovation can bring solutions to make our society a better place. He has a broad international career in diverse companies and roles and is backed with a MSc and MBA and brought his passion to live by means of founding Enervalis in 2013. In that context he devotes much of his time to building the “operating system of the future energy system” and with that Enervalis can truly enable the “Internet Of Energy.” Presentation available for download shortly.

Jane Lumb MSc, Head of Energy and Sustainability Policy, Nottingham Council. Jane leads the Energy and Sustainability Policy teams at Nottingham City Council.  This incorporates the implementation of the city’s energy, waste and climate change strategies, energy management of the council estates, management of waste disposal, business and citizen engagement. In the past, she has worked on a wide range of energy and sustainability policies in both central and local government ranging from low carbon heat and renewable energy, to green financing and barriers to business engagement in carbon reduction initiatives. Presentation available for download here: Sustainable Places Jane Lumb

Margot Pinault, European Commission, DG Energy, Energy Efficiency unit, Buildings and Finance team; Policy Officer in charge of Horizon 2020 funding for Energy Efficiency (Societal Challenge 3 – Energy Efficiency part)Margot holds a Masters in Economics in Poland (Wroclaw) and Masters in European and International Business Law in France (Orleans). She has 7 years of experience in the private sector in France- Key Accounts Manager in charge of industrial clients in the field of energy management systems for buildings, smart home systems, automation, heating and cooling regulation and control. Margot now has 4 years of experience at the Commission. As Policy Officer in DG Energy – unit C3 – Energy Efficiency, Margot is responsible for defining the funding priorities of the Energy Efficiency part of the Societal Challenge 3 under the Research & Innovation (R&I) programme Horizon 2020. In this capacity she’s in charge of the Work Programmes scoping and drafting process as well as providing feedback from funded projects to policy. Presentation available for download here: Pinault_Day 1 Unlocking Energy Efficiency post 2020 (Margot Pinault) Philippe Moseley, Horizon 2020 Energy unit of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). Philippe is responsible for managing parts of the Horizon 2020 and Intelligent Energy Europe programmes on behalf of the European Commission. He also manages the Concerted Action, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which is the forum of 28 EU Member states and Norway to exchange best practice on implementing the Directive. In the past Philippe worked for some 15 years as a practising architect and urbanist, and he continues to be a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and of the Urban Design Group. Presentation available for download shortly.   Isabelle Maurizi, Build Up – Isabelle is the PR (public relations) coordinator of BUILD UP, who writes a very interesting blog specializing in: European Union Energy, Environment & Transport Policy, Clean Energy, Public policy and European Project, Sustainability issues, Land Management, International markets,  Development of advanced biofuels, research and development, support to clean fuels vehicles and infrastructure Sustainable mobility. BUILD UP is the European reference portal of energy efficiency of buildings, aiming to foster cooperation and exchange of information among peers. By registering to the BUILD UP web-portal, users can benefit from various free marketing services. Presentation available for download here: BU3- SP17- Concluding Remarks   Allan Thompson, Tolent Living Ltd – is currently Development Director of Tolent Living Ltd a specialist residential construction company working for both the public and private sector with a turnover of £35M largely created by the acquisition of Gentoo Construction by the Tolent Group. Prior to this Allan held a number of senior positions at Gentoo Group including Managing Director of Gentoo Construction with a £60M turnover and before that Allan worked as Operations Director of Gentoo’s housing development arm Gentoo Homes which had a £350M new build housing programme to deliver 3,500 homes. A large number of the first homes built by Gentoo were low carbon built to various levels of the then Code for Sustainable Homes. This includes a 28 unit PassivHaus development which  on completion in December 2011 was the largest scale project of this nature in the UK and  low carbon developments  based upon traditional construction principles with homes to Code Levels 4, 5 and 6 (zero carbon). Allan also undertook government sponsored research and development into meeting the higher levels of the Code and has also worked on Gentoo’s low carbon retrofit initiatives for existing housing stock including Retrofit for the Future and PAYS (where Gentoo were one of only five national pilots). Presentation available for download here: Allan-Thompson_Sustainable Places Presentation June 2017 rev B.


  1. Energy-efficient optimised district heating and cooling workshop(T1.07): The expected outcome is to present invited stakeholders with an overview of the E2District project i.e. the objectives of the project, progress of work packages, summary of project results and expected impact of the project. CO-CHAIRED BY. Martin Klepal, CIT – Cork Institute of Technology; Emmanuelle Gaudichet-Maurin,Veolia; Kostas Kouramas; UTRC – United Technologies Research Center; Jose Carlos Esteban, Acciona; Marc Bourdeau, CSTB – Center for Science & Technology in Buildings. Workshop report being prepared and shall be available for download by 1st October 2017.
  2. Performance as Designed– Testing new solutions for self inspection and quality checks in the real world workshop (T1.04): ACCEPT project develops an innovative approach to ensure that buildings are built as designed and hence perform as design. The project uses innovative approaches and technologies to facilitate a step change in the way in which construction projects are managed through construction site activities. CO-CHAIRED BY: Jason Page, Ingleton Wood; Manon Brancart, Jacques Delens; Javier Sanchez, Answer Tech. Workshop report being prepared and shall be available for download by 1st October 2017.
  3. Four steps closer to a full set of interoperable tools for designing energy efficient buildings workshop (room T1.02): The development of sustainable solutions for energy-efficient buildings properly integrated in their neighbourhood and their corresponding construction processes requires major innovations in the design tools, construction methods and management practices. Latest advances in modelling and optimisation techniques should enable improvements in buildings design and control in order to facilitate decision-making before the construction stage. CO-CHAIRED BY:  Eberhard Michaelis, GEM Team Solutions (HOLISTEEC); Hervé Pruvost, Technical University of Dresden, CIB (eeEmbedded), Marc Bourdeau, CSTB – Center for Science & Technology in Buildings; Andre van Delft, DEMO Consultants (STREAMER), Farid Fouchal, Loughborough University (Design4Energy). Workshop report being prepared and shall be available for download by 1st October 2017.
  4. Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use workshop(room T1.01): The aim of this networking workshop will be firstly to introduce shortly each project and secondly to identify potential cooperation and synergies so as to maximize their research impacts. CHAIRED BY: Regis Decorme, CSTB – Center for Science & Technology in Buildings, Andrea Costa, R2M Solution, srl. (DR-BoB); Malcolm Yadack (Sim4Blocks), George Halikias, City University of London (InDeal), Martin Klepal, CIT – Cork Institute of Technology (E2District), Mia Ala-Juusela,  VTT (STORY); Lena Holzner, Smart City Innovation Lab. Workshop report being prepared and shall be available for download by 1st October 2017.
  5. Efficient District heating and cooling networks workshop(room T1.03): The aim of this networking workshop will be firstly to introduce shortly each project and secondly to identify potential cooperation and synergies so as to maximize their research impacts. CO-CHAIRED BY: Andrea Costa, R2M Solution, srl. (INDIGO), Dirk Pietruschka, enisyst GmbH (Flexynets); Martin Buchholz, Technische Universtiät Berlin (H-Disnet); Martin Klepal, CIT – Cork Institute of Technology (E2District); Inés Arias Iglesias, Euroheat & Power (SDHp2m); George Halikias, City University of London (InDeal). Workshop report being prepared and shall be available for download by 1st October 2017.
  6. Business cases and technologies for low-voltage flexibility aggregation with prosumers and local energy communities workshop(room T1.01): MAS²TERING is a three-year European project to develop home area network ICT technologies that connect renewables to the grid using multi-agent system optimization techniques with the objective to lower consumer energy bills and facilitate DSO capacity management. The aim of this workshop is to assess the costs and benefits of the innovations on the grid at large. CO-CHAIRED BY: Thomas Messervey, Juan Espeche, Mario Sisinni, R2M Solution, srl., Marie-France Robbe, CEA – The French  Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Workshop report being prepared and shall be available for download by 1st October 2017.


BUILDINGS Journal paper submissions (being peer-reviewed until 31st August):

  1. Provision of personalized information on energy, IEQ and health leading to energy efficient behaviour and habits in buildings” Ana Tisov, Huygen Installatie Adviseurs (MOBISTYLE). Presentation available for download here: MOBISTYLE_SP_28 June
  2. Multimodel-based exploration of the building design space and its uncertainty” Hervé Pruvost, Peter Katranuschkov, Raimar Scherer, Technical University of Dresden (BuildingSMART). Presentation available for download here: 20170628_PPT_SP2017_Paper-presentation_HEP
  3. EU support for innovation and market uptake in smart buildings under the Horizon 2020 framework programme” Philippe Moseley, European Commission, Executive Agency for SME’s (EASME). Presentation available for download shortly
  4. Mind the gap when implementing technologies intended to reduce or shift energy consumption” Sylvia Breukers, Luc van Summeren – DuneWorks B.V., Tracey Crosbey, Teesside University (DR-BoB). Presentation available for download here: 0.1SP17 – DR-BOB DW_mind the gap
  5. An integrated behavioural model towards evaluating and influencing energy behaviour. The integration of motivational factors” Julia Blanke, Christian Beder, Martin Klepal – Cork Institute of Technology (E2District). Presentation available for download here: Christian Beder – SustainablePlaces2017 Presentation Slides
  6. Social acceptance for energy efficient solutions in renovation processes” Dawid Krysiński, Pawel Nowakowski, Przemysław Dana – ASM Market Research and Analysis Centre (BERTIM, ZenN). Presentation available for download here: SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS IN RENOVATION
  7. A fuzzy-based Building Energy Management System for energy efficiency” José Luis Hernández, Roberto Sanz, Álvaro Corredera – Fundación CARTIF, Ricardo Palomar – Acciona R+D, Isabel Lacave – Acciona Construcción (BRESAER). Presentation available for download here: Jose-LH-Garcia_SP2017_CfP_15062017_BRESAER_BEMS_v2
  8. An IFC interoperable framework for self-inspection process in buildings” José Luis Hernández, Pedro Martín Lerones – Fundación CARTIF, Peter Bonsma – RDF, Andre van Delft, Richard Deighton – Demo Consultants, Jan-Derrick Braun -Hotchief (INSITER). Presentation available for download here: Jose-LH-Garcia_SP2017_CfP_15062017_INSITER_IFC_Interoperable_Framework_v1
  9. Retrofitting of a residential district under near zero energy buildings criteria” Cristina de Torre, Miguel Ángel García-Fuentes – Fundación CARTIF, Ignacio González – Acciona Construcción, Alfonso Gordaliza – Veolia (REMOURBAN). Presentation available for download here: 20170628_SP2017_REMOURBAN_Garcia-Fuentes
  10. Interoperability: A data conversion framework to support energy simulation” Luis Paiva, Pedro Pereira, Pedro Malo – Centre of Technologies and Systems of Institute for the Development of New Technologies, Krzysztof Klobut – VTT Technical Researh Centre of Finland, Ltd. (Design4Energy) Presentation available for download here: Luis-Paiva_SustainablePlaces2017-Interoperability-A data conversion framework to su…
  11. Identification of value proposition and development of innovative business models for demand response products and services enabled by the DR-BOB solution” Mario Sisinni, Federico Noris, Sander Smit – R2M Solution, srl., Tracey Crosbie – Teesside University, Sylvia Breukers, Luc Van Summeren – DuneWorks V. (DR-BoB). Presentation available for download here: 1 SP17 – DR-BOB Business models_R2M_29062017
  12. Thermal Control in Buildings using Model Predictive ControL under Air Quality Constraints” Suzanne Lesecq, CEA – The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (TOPAs). Presentation available for download here: 2017_Sustainable_Places_SLesecq
  13. A novel and rapid nZEB skills mapping and qualification framework methodology Jan Cromwijk (PROF/TRAC). Presentation available for download here: PROF_TRAC_sustainable places
  14. Demand response technology readiness levels for blocks of buildings” Tracey Crosbie, Teesside University (DR-BoB). Presentation available for download here: DRBOB_Sustainable Places 2017_TC_F
  15. Model-based simulation and comparative evaluation of district retrofit scenarios” Hassan Ridoaune, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Ltd. (OptEEmAL). Presentation available for download here: OPTEEMAL_27062017_v2
  16. A platform to support innovative services based on semantic data integration” Leandro Madrazo, ARC Engineering and Architecture La Salle (ENERSI). Presentation available for download here: SP2017_Enersi_Madrazo_20170810
  17. Gaming the Refurbishment of Hospital District using EU Streamer methods. Nicholas Nisbet, AEC3 UK Limited (BuildingSMART). Presentation available for download here: SP2017-NN-Streamer-and-Gaming-Final

Accepted to Buildings Journal SI opportunity but not submitted for peer-review (can still have extended abstract published in Proceedings Journal):

  1. BIM-Client Maturity Levels: Review of different EIRs in the AEC sectorMichael Crilly, Studio UrbanArea LLP. Presentation available for download here: BIM Client Maturity
  2. “Energy-related data integration using Semantic data models for energy efficient retrofitting projects” Álvaro Sicilia, Ramon Llull University (OptEEmAL). Presentation available for download here: SP2017_OptEEmAL_1
  3. Electricity demand profile of heating and cooling appliances in Australian low energy residential buildings Seung Ho Lee, University of South Australia. Presentation available for download here: 20170628_ELECTRICITY DEMAND PROFILE OF HEATING AND COOLING APPLIANCES IN AUSTRALIAN LOW ENERGY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS_1
  4. Residential building life cycle cost: A stochastic approach Sleiman Farah, University of South Australia. Presentation available for download here: Farah_Presentation-Teesside University
  5. Do zero energy homes make economic sense in temperate climates?” Stephen Berry, University of South Australia. Presentation available for download here: Do zero homes
  6. The transformation towards low-carbon housing for low-income households in Mexico Sandra Moye-Holz, RMIT University. Presentation available for download here: Sandra Moye – Sustainable Places 2017
  7. Applicability of PCMs (Phase Change Materials) for Peak Load Shifting of Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) Systems of Office Buildings in Tropical Climates” Anusha Wijewardane, University of Moratuwa. Presentation available for download shortly
  8. Translating transition: A case study on using transition theory to guide policy action on energy efficient buildings” Chris Reidy, University of Technology Sydney. Presentation available for download here: Translating transition
  9. Control strategies of domestic electrical storage for reducing electricity peak demand and life cycle cost” Sleiman Farah, University of South Australia. Presentation available for download here: 4 Presentation-Teesside University
  10. Lifecycle value assessment of prefabricated building integrated photovoltaics: A case study Rebecca Yang, RMIT University. Presentation available for download here: 2 Rebecca Yang
  11. Evaluating the role of effective stakeholder engagement in achieving socio-economic and environmental benefits of low-energy refurbishment of Higher Education Buildings” Abdullahi Ahmed, Monica Mateo-Garcia, Danny McGough, Andrew Arewa – Coventry University (RESSEEPE). Presentation available for download here: Effective stakeholder engagement for Low-energy retrofit of public buildings-2
  12. Design of Experiment for energy performance in residential buildings: A case study of Saudi Arabia” Ahmed Alkanani, Teesside University. Presentation available for download shortly
  13. TOPAs, an open BMS IoT driven framework for energy efficiency of buildings Maxime Louvel, CEA- The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Presentation available for download shortly

Conference papers:

  1. Techno-economic feasibility of a stand-alone hybrid power generation system for developing economies” Sanjay Mukherjee, Sheffield Hallam University. Presentation available for download here: 3 Hybrid Power Generation_Dr Sanjay Mukherjee
  2. Experimental Validation of the Structural Integrity of Modular Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blades” Sanjay Mukherjee, Sheffield Hallam University. Presentation available for download here: Modular Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blades_Dr Sanjay Mukherjee_Sheffield Hallam University.pdf
  3. Innovative business model for the energy renewal of Torrelago district” Alfonso Gordaliza Pastor, VEOLIA (CITyFiED). Presentation available for download here: Alfonzo-G-P_SP2017_Innovative business model for the energy renewal of Torrelago district_Alfonso Gordaliza
  4. Can Energy positive neighbourhoods enable the integration of distributed electricity generation into current electricity networks?Tracey Crosbie, Teesside University (IDEAS). Presentation available for download here: SP17 – Presentation – v01
  5. Consumer based market intelligence: behavioral foundations of an energy control platform – end user profile for behavioral change” Lena Holzner, Smart City Innovation Lab. Presentation available for download here: Sustainable Places
  6. Residential electricity tariffs in Europe: current situation, evolution and impact on residential flexibility markets” Juan Espeche, R2M Solution, srl. (MAS²TERING). Presentation available for download here: Presentation_SP17-Youssef & Juan
  7. Long term energy transition scenario analysis for the city of Donostia– Eneko Arrizabalaga, Fundación TECNALIA. Presentation available for download here: Eneko-Sustainable Places 2017_EA
  8. KPI-driven methodology for urban renovation at district level. Sustainable Strategic Urban Planning”– Miguel Ángel García-Fuentes, Fundación CARTIF (CITyFiED). Presentation available for download here: 20170628_SP2017_CITyFiED_Methodology_Garcia-Fuentes
  9. Methodology of a socio-technical approach to sharing knowledge and promoting dialogue on energy efficiency via use of a Knowledge and Communication Platform across six communities” Michael Oates, IESVE Ltd. (ENTRUST). Presentation available for download here: 2017-06-28 M.Oates – SP2017
  10. Analysis of market design barriers for the implementation of innovative business models in the energy sector”– Lena Holzner, Smart City Innovation Lab. Presentation available for download here: 2 SP2017_SCIL_Presentation_1
  11. Interoperability: A data conversion framework to support energy simulation” Luis Paiva – Centre of Technologies and Systems of Institute for the Development of New Technologies. Presentation available for download shortly
  12. Application of a KPI-driven protocol for sustainability assessment” José L. Hernández García, Fundación CARTIF (CITyFiED). Presentation available for download here: Jose-LH-Garcia_SP2017_CfP_15062017_CITyFiED_Evaluation_procedure_v2


  1. Presenting the application of A2PBEER results to three virtual public buildings/ districts A2PBEER: Affordable and Adaptable Public Buildings through Energy Efficient Retrofitting” Belen Gomez Uribarri, Acciona (A2PBEER). Presentation available for download here: A2PBEER_SP2017_v2
  2. The STORY continues: The added value storage can bring to flexible and secure energy networks, second year of work”Mia Ala-Juusela, VTT (STORY). Presentation available for download here: Mia-briefing_Presentation_about_story in SP17
  3. “The Open Data initiative on the built environment energy consumptions” Filip Gluszak, Gridpocket (FLEXGRID). Presentation available for download here: GridPocket Open Data FlexGrid 280617 Sustainable Places-compressed 1
  4. Find the gap: Project MOEEBIUS, a Holistic Energy Performance Optimization Framework” Rui Martins, ISO (MOEEBIUS). Presentation available for download here: Rui Martins – MOEEBIUS – Sustainable places presentation_v1
  5. Highly innovative building control tools tackling the energy performance gap” Andrea Costa, R2M Solution, srl. (Hit2Gap). Presentation available for download here: Andrea-Costa-briefing_SP2017_HIT2GAP
  6. “Exploring Low Cost Smartphone Infrared Cameras to Reduce the Energy Performance Gap in Buildings” Colin Pearson, BSRIA Ltd. Presentation available for download here: Colin-Pearson_briefing_SP2017_Smartphone IR cameras_14.06.17


  1. Performer: posterA0PERFORMER_final
  2. Streamer: 20170502_EHDC_Poster_dJGA_600dpi_w_bleed
  3. MOEEBIUS – Modelling Optimization of Energy Efficiency for Urban Sustainability: moeebius_plakatA1_20_06_2017
  4. E2District – People Behaviour Flexibility: E2District Poster Sustainable Places 2017
  5. LowUP: LowUP SP2017
  6. H-Disnet: Martin-Bucholz_H_Disnet_Poster_SustaianablePlaces
  7. DR-BoB – Demand Response in Blocks of Buildings: DRBOB pull-up poster89
  8. TOPAs – Tools for cOntinuous Building Performance Auditing: Poster_v4
  9. IDEAS – IDEAS poster
  10. R4inEU – 4_rineu_rollup
  11. Nature4Cities – N4C_poster_v2_01062017
  12. INNOQUA – Poster INNOQUA_Sp17
  14. PVSITES – 170303 – PVsites Poster A0 – 1189 x 841 mm
  15. Energy in TIME: Building operation & maintenance tech solutions for performance improvement
  16. STORY
  17. Built2Spec