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The 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment(SuDBE2019)& the International Forum of Green and Healthy Buildings will be held in the University of Reading and the University of Cambridge, UK from 22nd to 28th July 2019.

The aim of this event is to encourage academics, designers and engineers, policy-makers to share the most up-to-date research outcomes and practical experience in green buildings and low-carbon eco-cities.  The SuDBE international conference was first launched in 2003 jointly organized by Chongqing University and the University of Cambridge. The consecutive biennial conferences mainly focus on sustainable building environmental design, building energy conservation and carbon reduction, low-carbon technologies, urban ecological environment and green buildings, renewable energy utilization and indoor environments. 

Professor Tony Day BEng, PhD CEng, FCIBSE, FEI, CMVP

Tony is the Executive Directive of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), based at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. The €20M funded IERC is a partnership between government and industry to undertake innovative research in integrated energy solutions, focussing on demand side issues and energy efficiency. Prior to this he was Energy Services Director at TEAM (EAA Ltd), having  worked for 20 years at London South Bank University (LSBU) in teaching and research. At LSBU he set up the £3M Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), a research, demonstration and teaching facility for low carbon building energy systems. He has conducted research and published widely in the areas of building energy analysis and the application of low and zero carbon technologies in the urban environment. Tony is a Fellow of both CIBSE and the Energy Institute.

Professorship is in the area of HVAC technology with focus on indoor climate, high performing building services and as well as energy efficiency in buildings. Current research projects are focused on energy efficiency of building and near zone area, utilization of digitalization & IoT and indoor climate. Earlier 20 years experience in industry of business development, research and development of HVAC- systems and services.  Leadership experience in several research projects with industry during 25 years including cooperation with international universities. Author of over 320 international publications. Nine European patents (EPO) of indoor climate and energy systems. He has been reviewer of H2020 European projects, evaluator of EU Structural Fund on Industry Driven Research in Latvia and Poland and also Estonian science Centers of Excellences. Prof.  Kosonen has been a keynote speaker in international conferences e.g. in China and Romania and he is President of ROOMVENTILATION Conference 2018.

Prof. Kosonen is President of Federation of Finnish HVAC associations and Chair of Indoor Climate Association in Finland. Board and committee membership of e.g. IBPSA Nordic, AIVC and REHVA organizations. He is member of several committees: REHVA Technical Committee; REHVA-ISHRAE (India); REHVA-CCHVAC (China).  Awards, prizes and honours:  REHVA Professional Award of Technology, Rydberg Gold Medal that is Scanvac’s highest distinction on research of indoor air quality, air distribution and ventilation and REHVA Fellow. He has got of awards of papers: Best Paper Award 2016 in Building and Environment Journal and Best paper Award in ventilation 2015 conference in Shanghai 2015 

Professor Steve Rowlinson

Chair Professor of Construction Project Management

Department of Real Estate & Construction,

Hong Kong University

Brief cv

Chair Professor Steve Rowlinson obtained his degree in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham and his Master degree from Imperial College, London and after working for the GLC for a number of years as a road and bridge engineer completed by his PhD at Brunel University. Steve is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Steve joined Hong Kong University in 1987 in the department of civil engineering but then moved to the department of real estate and construction in 1991. On arrival in Hong Kong Steve was shocked to find that the accident rate in the construction industry was over 350 accidents per 1000 workers annually. This provoked his interest in construction safety and he has been involved in research and consultancy in the area ever since. He actively takes roles in the Lighthouse club, the British Chamber of Commerce Construction Industry Group and the Clients Safety Benchmarking Group. He has written half a dozen books on construction site safety both in Hong Kong and worldwide and has graduated 35 PhD students, many of whom studied construction site safety in one way or another. He was the recipient of the CIC/Lighthouse Club Golden Helmet award in 2015. Steve’s research expertise encompasses construction IT, procurement systems and OHS. He developed the MSc in Integrated Project Delivery at HKU commencing in September 2016 and is currently the course director. He has published almost 100 international journal papers and has written 15 books and monographs. He is leader of the construction project management team in the Faculty of Architecture and is a regular speaker at conferences and events in Hong Kong and worldwide.

Larry is the Ada Rutherford Professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is the Research Director of the industry-led Building Innovation Partnership and Director of the Master of Architectural Engineering programme. This is the first programme of its kind in New Zealand to focus on improving collaboration and technical skills of building design professionals. Previously Professor Bellamy was the Manager of Engineering, Design and Science within the New Zealand Government’s building regulator, where he helped to lead the Government’s response to the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes, and has also worked as a building energy and sustainability consultant. His current research focusses on the development of novel building materials and envelopes, using digital twins and digital building technologies, and embedding wellbeing into investment-decision making.

MS + MS MECHNICAL Engineering (University of Pretoria, S/Africa 1964/67)

Honorary Professor Chongqing Jangste University (Chongqing, PPRC 1992)

Vice Chairman Council Tall Buildings and Urban habitat 1988 to 1996

Naturalize citizen USA (enter Sept/1988 via EB2B entitlement

Take/pass California Professional Engineer’s exam Oct/2001

JD (law) Abraham Lincoln University (Los Angeles 2007)



Invented POLAR-EQUILIBRIUM (GLOBAL WARMING) synthesis 2009 (SuDBE2009)




Invented ZERO LMTD (Log Mean Temperature Difference) (HVAC CHILLER) March 2017.

OCCUPATION: Property development (Los Angeles); Hypersonic Cryogenics (Virginia Tech)

Short Bio:

James O'Donnell joined University College Dublin (UCD) in June 2013. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a senior Scientific Engineering Associate in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His current work focuses on the development and deployment of interoperable data models to support optimum building operation underpinned by Building Information Models (BIM) and whole building energy simulation tools. In addition to technical research and consulting, he taught courses at Stanford University, National University of Ireland Galway, and University College Cork on building performance analysis, building physics and HVAC analysis respectively. Before his research at LBNL, he worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). James has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in holistic building performance analysis from University College Cork (UCC).

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