The 8th Annual Conference of the Indoor Environment and Health Branch of the China Environmental Science Society (IEHB 2017)
The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Building and Environment (SuDBE 2017)
Time: November 4-7, 2017                   Location: Chongqing, China

The International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment (SuDBE2017) was held at Radisson Blu Hotel Chongqing from 4-7 November 2017. The conference was hosted by the National Centre for International Research of Low-carbon and Green Buildings, Joint International Research Laboratory of Green Buildings and Built Environments and 111 Centre of Low-carbon Green Buildings and Built Environments in Chongqing University. It was co-organized by the Indoor Environment and Health Branch of the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, the University of Cambridge and the University of Reading. It was assisted by the China Green Building Council and other units. The conference chair was Professor Baizhan Li from Chongqing University and the academic committee chair was Professor Andrew Baldwin from Chongqing University/Loughborough University. The conference was supported by China Association of Building Energy Efficiency, China Green Building Council, Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, China Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance for Healthy Building, Green Building Base in Southwest China, and Green Building and Ecological City Council of CECS. The conference was also sponsored by Greentown Ideal Life Technology Group Company Ltd., Shanghai Landleaf Architechture Technology Co.,Ltd and GERSTEL.
The conference lasted for 4 days, with registration on 4 November and sub-forums and technical exchanges from 5-7 November. There were more than 160 participants, including 34 foreign delegates from 15 countries and regions, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Ireland, Finland, Sweden and Brazil. The themes of the conference were Sustainable Development of the Building Environment, Low Carbon Green Building and Indoor Environment and Health. The conference featured keynote and invited presentations. There were five sub-forums: "Heating and Air Conditioning in Yangtze River Basin Buildings", "Green Buildings and Low Carbon Eco-Cities", "Indoor Environment", "Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems" and "Cultivation of International Innovative Talents". A total of 53 academic papers were received from home and abroad, and 66 experts and delegates from home and abroad made presentations.

A group of overseas cooperation experts from the international cooperation base were invited to attend the meeting. Through in-depth communication at the meeting, the overseas experts gained better understanding of the international cooperation base. Many experts, including Professor Howard Kipen from Rutgers University, Professor Ken Parsons from Loughborough University, Professor Tony Day, Director of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), Professor Hiroshi Yoshino from Tohoku University, have expressed their willingness to spend some time in the future to come to the university every year to participate in the work of the international cooperation base in scientific research and talent training. At present, there are more than 40 cooperative experts in the base, and their participation has given great impetus to the all-round construction and development of the base. In addition, the signing ceremony at the opening ceremony of the conference signifies that Chongqing University has become a strategic partner with a number of well-known domestic enterprises on the basis of international cooperation in the field of green building, which has improved the production-learning-research-application system, and promoted the operation mechanism of combining international intellectual introduction and enterprise investment, providing strong guarantee for the development of the international cooperation base.

The international forum on "Heating and Air Conditioning in Yangtze River Basin" was held in response to three national projects undertaken by the international cooperation base. These projects were: the Sino-British collaborative research project "Low carbon climate-responsive Heating and Cooling of Cities (LoHCool)", the 13th Five Year Plan Green Building National Key Research and Innovation Project "Integrated Solutions to Heating and Cooling of Buildings in Yangtze River Region " and the International Science & Technology Cooperation Program "Key Technologies for Terminal Distributed Heating Systems in Yangtze River Basin". Through the meeting, domestic and foreign experts fully exchanged opinions, jointly summarized the phased achievements and promoted the research work of the projects.
The international seminar on cultivating innovative and talented talents, the summer school and the series of forums have created good learning opportunities for teachers and students of Chongqing University. These activities have deepened the communication and interaction between teachers and students and internationally renowned experts, broadened the students' horizons and improved their international communication ability. It is believed that the international cooperation base will be of great significance for teachers and students to improve their research ability and cultivate innovative talents with international vision, and also play an important role in promoting and supporting Chongqing University's "Double First-Class" construction.
The International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment (SuDBE) was first held in 2003 by Chongqing University in cooperation with the University of Cambridge, and has been successfully held once every two years for eight times so far. The conference has become a brand academic conference of huge interest to international colleagues. It provides a high-level international academic exchange platform for the participating experts and scholars, deepens the communication and cooperation between domestic and foreign scholars and research institutes in scientific research and talent training, promotes international cooperation and expands the international influence of China in the field of architecture and environment.