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The SBE16 Hamburg national event will be held as a 3-day conference, framed by a young researchers’ forum and excursions.

The program offers a diverse range of options that will allow conference participants to gather a great deal of information and make myriad contacts in a short amount of time. The goal of the event is to bring together scientists, planners, and representatives from the business and political realms in order to transfer knowledge between the normally separated worlds of science, politics, and practice.

The lecture program consists of the plenary with opening keynotes and a keynote session on the consequences of COP21 Paris, scientific sessions including talks and poster presentations as well as specialized forums for German speaking participants.

Over the three days of the main event (Tuesday to Thursday), scientists will deliver 10 minute research-related presentations based on papers selected via peer review by the conference’s Scientific Committee. Posters, which will supplement the scientific portion of the event, will be on display throughout the conference and presented in 3-minutes presentations the end of the sessions.


Opening Keynotes and Keynote Session COP21 Paris and the consequences

The Opening Keynotes represent the official start of the SBE16 Hamburg.
After a brief welcoming by the president of the HafenCity University Dr. Walter Pelka, by the Federal Environment Minister Dr. Barbara Hendricks and the Deputy Mayor and Senator of the Department of Science, Research and Equalisation Katharina Fegebank, the executive director of iiSBE Nils Larsson, the Sub-committee Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong Ar. LEUNG Man-kit as well as Prof. Dr. Lützkendorf (Professor at KIT and member of the scientific chair of SBE16 Hamburg) will introduce the participants into the conference series.
Subsequently, the usually asked expert in matters of climate change Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif (GEOMAR Kiel) and Hans-Dieter Hegner, the Head of the Department for construction engineering, building science and sustainable building of the Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety will give keynote speeches.

More keynote speeches are scheduled for the Keynote Session on the consequences on COP21 Paris taking place on Wednesday.
There, Nils Larsson (iiSBE) will report and present findings from the COP21 Paris followed by a keynote of Stefan Schurig (World Future Council) about the outcome mean for future cities and by Wim Bakens (CIB) who will talk about recent CIB Initiatives as related to Sustainable Construction. In the end Dr. Harry Lehmann (Federal Environment Agency) will give a keynote about COP21 Paris and the consequences for sustainable building.


Scientific sessions

The scientific sessions will comprise of more than 120 oral presentations plus poster presentations scheduled in more than 20 different sessions. The sessions cover a wide range of topics:

-    Construction products and construction processes
-    Design stages - importance and contribution
-    Energy supply for urban areas
-    Portfolio management & improvement of building stock
-    Sustainability assessment systems
-    Urban planning and energy
-    Urban design and mobility
-    Urban development under specific conditions
-    Development of neighbourhoods and urban districts
-    Education
-    Net zero and plus energy buildings
-    Cost and value - the economic point of view
-    Examples from outside of Europe
-    Public sector - activities and experiences
-    Collaboration and user involvement
-    Infrastructures and constructed assets
-    Timber structures and bio-based products
-    Resource efficiency and recycling
-    Stakeholder perspective and action
-    Cooling, ventilation, air conditioning


Special Sessions

  • "An open International Data Network? – Harmonization of LCA data bases for sustainable building." Tuesday 8th March 14pm - 17.30pm. Supported and organized by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB; Division BI5, MR Hegner).

  • Sport Facilities – a Promoter for Sustainable Environment?” Organized by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Natalie Eßig from the Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). Language: German.

  • Development of an energy efficient façade: Current technologies and measurement installation.” Wednesday 9th March 14pm - 17.30pm. Organized by the the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
    The GPEE project (German Polish Energy Efficiency Project) fosters energy efficiency in buildings as a means to contribute to climate protection in German and Polish Cities. The focus of the project is to develop a facade technology for "zero-emission buildings". After 3 years of project implementation, innovative solutions with regard to measurement of energy efficiency in buildings as well as the design of energy efficient façade technology will be presented and discussed in frame of this session.

  • PLANNING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT CITIES – How to achieve the Sustainable Energy Smart City  ( - The PLEEC Final Conference – )” Tuesday 8th March 14pm - 17.30pm. Organized by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
    More than 50% of all people globally are living in cities today. Enhancing sustainability and efficiency of urban energy systems is thus of high priority for global sustainable development.
    Within the PLEEC project (‘Planning for Energy Efficient Cities’) 18 partners from 13 European countries are collaborating to make European cities more energy efficient. Therefore PLEEC uses an integrative approach to achieve the Sustainable Energy Efficient Smart City. The project focuses on technological, structural and behavioral capacities of European medium-sized cities in their transition towards Energy Smart Cities - by analyzing their strengths and weaknesses as well as practices and tools for enhancing the energy efficient performance of cities.
    In this session the PLEEC project results will be officially presented. Participants have the opportunity to meet experts and city partners and find out about the latest research findings on energy efficiency and sustainable city planning.


Additional theme days for certain target groups (program in german)

On each of the three days of the main event, additional target groups will be invited for a series of subject-specific sessions. These include:

Participants will have the option to visit the relevant workshops, the parallel scientific talks. This combination of options provides the target groups with both individual and targeted knowledge in their specific subject areas: for example, for local authorities on issues of sustainable community planning and climate change adaptation (e.g. rainwater infiltration following heavy rains); for the housing industry on issues of sustainable affordable housing, and lessons learned from the use phase, cost trends, regulatory law, etc.