Call for Papers: SBE16 Hamburg

Deadline: 30 May 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 8 - 11 March 2016


Where: Hamburg

Conveners: International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)

The organizers of the Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 in Hamburg are pleased to announce the call for papers for the SBE16 Hamburg: Strategies – Stakeholders – Success factors. The SBE16 Hamburg conference is part of an international series of conferences that focus on sustainable building and construction. The series was launched by the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), in cooperation with the Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative (SBCI) of UNEP and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC).

The Hamburg conference will be held from 8th to 11th March 2016 and marks the start of the SBE conference series on regional level in 2016 in preparation for the next SBE World Conference 2017 in Hong Kong.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions to our conference on new and innovative concepts of sustainability in the building sector and the sustainable development of (new as well as existing) neighbourhoods. Further focal points will be the implementation of principles towards a sustainable development of the real estate sector and the crucial role of the public sector in sustainable building and development. We will accept proposals that are either RESEARCH or PRACTICE oriented.

Please submit an abstract addressing one of the following themes:

1. Strategies and frameworks for sustainable urban development and construction
[e.g. Strategies of different stakeholders in the sustainability of construction and real estate, planning and building regulations such as legal frameworks, quality assurance, use of sustainable construction products, strategies and legislation at the local level such as zero-emission, water management, mobility and environment, organisational efforts (e.g. local advisory bodies or sustainability boards), funding and financial support, climate adaption strategies]

2. Sustainable neighbourhood and urban development – concepts and cases
[e.g. infrastructure and energy concepts, brown field development, improving and retrofitting neighbourhoods, green campus, connecting cities and countryside, implementation of renewable energies, sustainability of national and international mega events]

3. Project development
[e.g. Responsibility of public authorities, sustainable procurement, new construction concepts, high level retrofitting, sustainable real estate development, efficient and low cost strategies in the housing sector, economic dimension of sustainable development, sustainability along the supply chain, sustainability against all odds]

4. Methods and tools for sustainability in the building sector
[e.g. Life cycle assessment, certification and labels, building demand design and modelling, implementation and monitoring, user behaviour]

5. Research on material and product innovation
[e.g. Reality check for existing and new materials, recycling – upcycling, sustainable use of resources, optimized material and product solutions]

6. Professional education: Design for sustainability
[e.g. sustainability in curricular, teaching methods, local practices, education of professionals, sustainability as an aspect of increased competitiveness]

Authors should include in their contribution information on which stakeholders will be involved, the strategy that will be followed, and through which measures a performance review can be carried out.


Please submit your proposal in English using the link on the website (Conference electronic system)

The process of submitting a successful paper includes two steps:

1. First Abstract
Register and submit to your first paper abstract by 30th May, 2015. The abstract must include:

  • the title of your paper
  • a suggestion as to which theme from 1-6 your contribution should be assigned
  • up to five keywords
  • a paper description of no more than 1,500 characters (including spaces)
  • an indication of whether your prefer a poster presentation

2. Full Paper and Extended Abstract
If your abstract is accepted (you will get the notification by 15th July 2015), please submit your full paper and a 3-page extended abstract by 15th October 2015, using the online template, which can be found on the aforementioned website.

All contributions will be put through a double blind peer review process by the Scientific Chair, who will decide whether your presentation will be oral or poster.

As a presenter (whether poster or oral) you will need to register for the conference. The registration deadline for presenters is 31th January 2016.

For more information you will find the guidelines and templates for full papers and extended abstracts on

All extended abstracts, whether based on papers presented orally or as posters, will be published in the conference proceedings with an ISBN and registered in the SCOPUS database. A “Best Paper Award” and a “Best Poster Award” will be also given out at the conference.


Call for papers: 15th January-30th May 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: 30th May 2015
Acceptance notification: 15th July 2015
Deadline for full paper and extended abstracts submission: 15th October 2015
Notification for revision based on reviewers’ comments: 1st December 2015
Deadline for implementation of reviewers’ comments: 15th December 2015
Invitation (Poster/Oral): 18th December 2015

Please understand that in the conference’s scientific program there can be no lectures conducted by industry partners on the development of new products or other industry innovations.

Industry representatives have the opportunity to book sessions in the partner program, which runs parallel to other sessions. If you are interested in this option, please contact us.

Contact Organisation Committee:
Dipl.-Ing. Ann-Christin Rebbin
Grosse Elbstraße 146
22767 Hamburg
[email protected]
fon: +49 40 380384 0
fax: +49 40 380384 29

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