The 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Building and Environment (SuDBE 2015) 

Time: July 27-31, 2015     Location: the University of Cambridge&Reading, UK


The 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment (SuDBE2015) & UK-China Forum was held at the University of Reading and the University of Cambridge, UK, from 28 to 31 July 2015. The conference was co-organized by Chongqing University, the University of Reading and the University of Cambridge, with the support of the National Centre for International Research of Low-carbon and Green Buildings and 111 Centre of Low-carbon Green Buildings and Built Environments. The British Building Research Establishment (BRE), the China Green Building Council, the China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd., the Green Building Base in Southwest China and the Chongqing Green Building Council are also jointly involved. About 180 participants from 20 countries and regions including the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, India, Korea, Hong Kong and the Mainland of China attended the conference. A delegation consisting of leaders from the Office of Science and Technology, Graduate School, Department of Laboratory and Equipment Management and Financial Affairs Office of Chongqing University attended the meeting.

The SuDBE2015 conference was officially held at the University of Reading at 9:00am on 28 July. The opening ceremony was chaired by Professor Stuart Green, Co-Chair of the conference and Dean of the School of Built Environment at the University of Reading. Professor Gavin Brooks, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, delivered a speech on behalf of the University of Reading welcoming experts from all over the world. The conference chair, Professor Koen Steemers from the University of Cambridge, delivered a speech on behalf of the conference founder and co-chair, Professor Baizhan Li of Chongqing University, and reviewed the history of the international conference series on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment (SuDBE). The conference was successfully hosted by Chongqing University in Chongqing for six sessions from 2003 to 2013, in association with the University of Cambridge and the University of Reading. This was the first time that it has been co-hosted outside of China.


After the opening ceremony, Thousand Talents Program scholars, Professor Runming Yao from the University of Reading and Professor Andrew Baldwin from Loughborough University presided over the keynote presentations. Professor Peter Head, a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, gave a keynote speech on "Desiging the Built Environment in Cities to Meet the Post 2015 SDGs". Professor Youwei Wang, Chairman of the China Green Building Council, gave a presentation entitled "Research and Development of Green Buildings in China". Professor Howard Kipen from Rutgers University, a renowned expert on environment and occupational health, gave a presentation on "Air Pollution: Outdoors Begets Indoors and Health Effects Accompany". 
SuDBE2015 included four themes: "Sustainable Built Environment", "Low Carbon and Green Buildings", "Water and Ecosystem Security" and "Best Practices and Business Opportunities". There were 12 technical sessions on 10 topics including sustainability, indoor air quality, thermal comfort, energy systems, ventilation and sustainability, building envelope, energy efficiency, green building, energy and assessment, and water and waste. The conference has received more than 150 high-level academic papers, and 10 experts delivered speeches on the theme and topics of this conference. Over 100 authors attended the conference to present their papers.

The closing ceremony of the SuDBE2015 conference was held on 29 July at 4:30 pm. At the closing ceremony, Professor Andrew Baldwin, Chair of the Conference Scientific Committee, announced the names of the 12 best student speakers. Professor Koen Steemers, Conference Chair, and Professor Baizhan Li, Co-Chair, presented the awards to the winners. Professor Runming Yao, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, and Professor Hong Liu, Secretary General of the Conference, presented the volunteer certificates to more than ten volunteer students who participated in the conference. Finally, it was announced that the 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment will be held in Chongqing in 2017.
On 31 July, UK-China Forum was held at the University of Cambridge. Nearly 50 experts and scholars from the sustainable building environment industry from China and Britain, as well as some student representatives, attended the forum. The forum was co-chaired by Professor Koen Steemers from the University of Cambridge and Professor Runming Yao from the University of Reading. It was divided into two sessions: invited presentations by Chinese and British experts and interactive discussions. Professor Koen Steemers introduced the University of Cambridge and its research results in the field of sustainable building. Dr Jaya Skandamoorthy and Dr Chunli Cao from BRE introduced the application of the UK Green Building Assessment Standard in China. Prof. Baizhan Li from Chongqing University introduced the important role of the National Centre for International Research of Low-carbon and Green Buildings in the UK-China and worldwide cooperation and the ongoing UK-China key cooperation projects. Prof. Alan Short from the University of Cambridge introduced the newly approved UK-China collaborative research project "Low carbon climate-responsive Heating and Cooling of Cities (LoHCool)". This project involved the University of Cambridge, University of Reading and Loughborough University on the UK side, and Chongqing University and Zhejiang University on the Chinese side respectively. Professor Borong Lin from Tsinghua University presented their demonstration project on low carbon building technology demonstration application and evaluation system. Finally, China and the UK have launched active discussions on key technology research and policy standards development in the field of urban sustainable development in the future, and shared confidence in the future cooperation.