Join us for the 7th edition of Sustainable Places!
Europe’s #1 destination for dissemination of research, collaboration, networking and the creation of market opportunities

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Conference Scope

Sustainability targets and climate change objectives cannot be met without addressing buildings and the built environment at the building, district and urban scale to include our transport and energy infrastructures. Renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the scope of Sustainable Places is captured directly in the name. It involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way.

Conference Concept

Sustainable Places prides itself on being an ideal platform for the dissemination of research, the conduct of workshops, EU project clustering and networking between stakeholders of all types. SP2019 will be held over three days allowing morning travel on the first day and afternoon travel on the third day. Between opening and closing keynote sessions, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops are held on conference topic areas. The venue is available all week (free of charge) for project meetings and side events.

Sustainable Places consist of

Keynote speakers
Technical paper sessions
Thematic workshops & EU project clustering
Exhibition area (posters, brochures, and prototypes)
Local area visits
Excellent people, collaboration and discussion

Conference Agenda

June 5th
June 6th
June 7th



Technical Sessions


Closing Keynotes


Welcome Lunch
Farewell lunch


Opening Keynotes



Technical Sessions

Offsite visits


Gala dinner
Happy hour & performance

Learn more about the H2020 Info Day and Brokerage Event on Energy Efficiency here

Conference Topics

Each year, Sustainable Places features topics that are shaping how we think about buildings and the built environment. In this 7th edition of Sustainable Places will have thematic sessions on topics currently resonating in Sardegna this year. 

Island Sustainability
Investing in EE Retrofit
Demand Response
Smart Cities
Sustainability Protocols

Beyond the thematic sessions listed above, SP2019 will continue to be open to all topics related to building sustainability and most often reflect priorities reflected in the European Commission Societal Challenges and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In past editions of Sustainable Places, several examples of technical contributions and/or workshops have included:

Energy efficiency in buildings
Smart grids and demand response
Renewable energy technologies
Energy storage 
District heating and cooling
Nature based solutions
Digitalization and technologies to reduce the energy performance gap 


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Karim Selouane

Head of Resilience / Climate Change at Vinci Construction
Founder and CEO of Resallience
"How to make Infrastructures and Cities Reslient towards Climate Change"

Dr. Don McLean

Founder and Managing Director of Integrated Environmental Solution (IES)
"Sustainable Communities: A Manifesto for Saving the Planet"

Andrea Raimondi

Business Developer Energy Efficiency for Legrand Group
"Legrand Group: the strong engagement in Energy Efficiency"

Ing. Raffaele Cosenza

Energy Manager Banco di Sardegna
“Switch- Off project : energy efficiency for Banco di Sardegna buildings”

Margot Pinault

Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy, Unit C.3- Energy Efficiency, Buildings and Finance Team
“Accelerating the transition to clean energy and sustainable buidings- the EU policy and funding”

Audrey Nugent

Head of Advocacy World Green Building Council
“Green Building Councils – Putting a sustainable built environment at the heart of Europe's future”

Annalisa Bonfiglio

President CRS4
“From the Smart City to the Smart Island: life-improving projects based on digital technologies ”

Niccolò Elia Sovico & Sergio Pedolazzi

Founders and Management Team of Ener2Crowd
“Crowdsourcing Sustainable Places”

The Venue

Local event organizer
Omar Caboni - R2M Solution

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the “Green Island” of Sardegna and to my home town of Cagliari. We are making a big effort to involve local stakeholders and I think you will really enjoy the event, people and spirit of Cagliari!

Lazzaretto Cultural Center. Via dei Navigatori, 1, 09126 Cagliari CA.
And if needed, the municipal city hall and University of Cagliari can provide spaces for project meetings, parallel sessions or locations for special requests / events. We invite everyone to make the most of Sustainable Places 2019.
Special requests, project meetings or events all week long free of charge

Publication Opportunities

Non peer-reviewed technical papers (4-6 pages in length) will be published in Open Access MDPI Proceedings.
Select papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed related journal.
Interest in the submission of extended papers is to be indicated (box check) on the call for proposals to provide a first indicator on if there is enough interest to support a special issue (6-8 extended papers).

Registration Rates

Registration will take place through the online platform Xing. We warmly welcome local registration (Sardegna Residents) and students with discount rates. We also warmly welcome EU projects to organize and benefit from clustering workshops through a 5+ Registration Multipack. This registration option is not intended for all workshop audience members but instead for workshop participants of the underlying project(s) organizing the workshop. It also applies to any organization sending 5 persons or more to the event. For organizations or workshop organizers requesting a multipack discount code, please inquire at
All registrations include all events (lunches, dinners, sessions, visits, use of shuttle).

All prices include 22% VAT. The prices below are the final prices to be paid in the online registration system. In accordance with Italian VAT regulations for international conferences, VAT is charged on all registrations and is non-recoverable.

Early (up through 31 March)






Local (Sardegna residents)


5+ Registration multipack


Gala Dinner (Accompanying persons)


Images from SP2018

A look back at SP2018 hosted by CEA INES in Aix les Bins, France 27-29 June 2018

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Media Partnership & Publishing Opportunities

We are to announce a media partnership with Insight Publishers for SP2019 and beyond. Insight will publish a Projects Magazine to be distributed at SP19 and until 20 May, there is still publication opportunities for projects and workshops participating at SP2020. For information, please contact Sam Davis at
All technical contributions submitted to SP2019 will be published by MDPI in Open Access format. Apart from this, extended papers can be considered for publication in dedicated issue of the Journal Buildings. To take advantage of this possibility, check the appropriate box on the CfP or write to to express interest.


Sponsors may elect a general sponsorship, to sponsor various parts of the event (e.g. lunch or coffee break) or registration packages that make possible local or student registrations. We welcome industrials to get involved in the support of this event and platform. All sponsors will be featured in SP2019 promotional literature and are welcome to display materials in the foyer areas.

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