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Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit

The urban and built environment represents both challenges and opportunities amid climate change. As the world approaches the 2-degree limit, living smart and healthy has become a priority in urban development.

Smart cities are driven by science and technology but are meaningless without consideration for the people and community. Design and practice are essential in implementation, while education and training stimulate innovation and empower professionals and laymen alike.

The four tracks below strive to address the different facets of smart and healthy living. It is the aim of the conference to bring together researchers and professionals in the building industry in the pursuit of a better and more sustainable urban environment.

Science and Technology
Science and Technology has a central role in innovation for better urban living. This track explores the latest scientific and technological research that improves our understanding of the environment and brings changes to future urban development, for example:

  • low energy building performance and simulation technology
  • renewable energies and energy technology
  • material technology and zero waste construction
  • the sciences of urban heat island, urban design and adaptation to climate change

People and Community
Cities are primarily about people. Smart and healthy cities are nothing but buzzwords without considering the need and wish of the communities within. This track connects science, technology and research with people and their everyday lives, for example:
·         human behaviour, design for behaviour change
·         user-building interaction and post occupancy evaluation
·         passive energy neighbourhood, community and city development
·         low energy thermal comfort, public health and wellbeing

Design and Practice
Implementation of scientific and academic findings comes down to design and practice. This track looks into practical design options—both in theory and actual case studies—in smart, sustainable, and healthy urban development, for example:
·         passive low energy design, eco-design and vernacular architecture
·         low energy design tools for practice
·         policies and government regulations on a low energy future
·         professional practice and design of passive low energy architecture

Education and Training
Inspiration, knowledge, and innovation come with education and training. They empower professionals, practitioners and even laymen to play a part in future city development. Opportunities and issues related to the dissemination of knowledge are discussed in this track, for example:
·         architectural education for low energy and sustainable design
·         professional development, training and certification for a low energy future
·         innovative methods, experiences and teaching techniques on passive low energy design
·         lifelong learning and continue education for sustainable architecture and low energy design


Meaning of the Chinese Seal:

"Know contentment    And you will suffer no harm
Know the limits    And you will meet with no danger
 Sustainability then follows"
Lao Tzu, 604-531 B. C., Founder of Taoism, Tao Te Ching