SP2016 Intro

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Sustainable Places International Conference 2016 leverages the success of three successful editions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 held throughout Europe. This fourth gathers scientists, researchers, and engineers, from research institutes and the industry, around one of the greatest challenges that our societies have ever faced: facilitating innovative solutions for renovation and new construction to ensure the long-term environmental sustainability of ever-growing, densifying urban areas, in a resource-constrained world.

To tackle this issue, the SP’16 conference advances the state of the art in energy efficiency at building, district and city levels. To this end, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), along with other key research domains (energy, materials, methods and practices, etc.) will be at the core of the conference. Specifically, contributions are NOW being accepted from (but not limited to) the following general topics:

  • Urban planning
  • Materials, recycling, & insulation
  • Renovation & refurbishment
  • Windows & lightweight components
  • Energy embodiment, storage & harvesting
  • District heating & cooling
  • Demand- & supply-side management
  • Nearly zero & zero energy buildings
  • Mobility, traffic, & intermodality
  • IoT/ smart appliances & metering
  • Local & virtual energy communities
  • Market/business models & use cases
  • Pilots, prototypes, and demonstrations
  • Public & stakeholder engagement
  • KPIs, monitoring & evaluation
  • Quality, audits, & benchmarking
  • Urban freight/city logistics
  • Grid reliability, performance, & resilience
  • Cybersecurity & threat detection
  • Interoperability standards, policy, & regulations
  • Flexibility management & self-consumption
  • Indoor environment & public/open spaces
  • Renewable energy technologies & decentralisation


As usual, the Sustainable Places event will encourage networking and clustering among projects funded in the framework of the FP7 and H2020 EeB PPP. On this occasion, participants will have the opportunity to assess innovative initiatives, access up-to-date information, discuss market trends and envision possible synergies.  Key stakeholders from the energy efficiency value chain have already expressed their interest in joining the event.  An attendance ~150 international participants was achieved.



Event structure

From June 29 to 30, thematic sessions and workshops will take place. An exhibition (table-top exhibits made available at no cost to any participating organisation) will be arranged in the same venue. On July 1, a FASCINATING LIVE DEMO AND PILOT SITE VISIT was organised and shall be reported on briefly. We thank you for your patience. (SP’2016 PROGRAMME OVERVIEW)

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 14.59.59Keynote speeches will be delivered (at the open @ 9h on 29th June, and at the close @ 16h on 30th June of the SP’16 event) by Michael Steifman (Utilisave, USA), Andrea Moro (iiSBE Italia, ITALY), Marijn De Koning, USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework, The Netherlands), Etienne Wurtz (CEA), Germain Adell (Nobatek), and more. Any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Zia [dot] lennard [at] r2msolution [dot] com and serious inquiries will receive a reply within 24hrs.


The SP community brings together:

  • Academic & non-academic researchers
  • Architects
  • Building designers
  • Construction companies
  • Construction materials producers
  • Distribution & transmission system operators
  • Energy consultants
  • Energy generation systems manufacturers
  • Facility managers
  • ICT developers
  • Public authorities representatives
  • Service companies
  • Standardisation organisations
  • Urban planners



Thematic Clusters & Confirmed SP’16 Workshops

Sustainable Places International Conference 2016 strengthens the formation of clustered European research networks, and empowers those communities into action. Thematic clusters are a list of European projects of similar interest, which were used to facilitate the organisation of the event. There are 10 workshops which have been confirmed to occur at SP’16




Special Sessions at SP’16

The two projects that have championed and grown Sustainable Places into a well revered dissemination action and successful networking event are:

RESILIENT Final Event (www.resilient-project.eu)

PERFORMER Private Meeting (www.performer-project.eu)


It has been a pleasure to serve a close-knit and yet widespread group of scientists, industrials, and business thought-leaders, whom truly care about the Sustainable Places in which they live, breed, and breathe.


Accepted Contribution types

As SP has become revered for clustering like-minded experts, the organisation committee is aware of tight deadlines and the value-adding benefits of strategic market outreach. As such, on a case-by-case basis, contributions are currently being accepted and synthesised into a SP’16 programme that supersedes its predecessors.  New results and innovative work on energy efficiency at material, building, district and city levels will be presented through four kinds of contributions. (AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS)


A contribution that is intended to become a 10’ to 15’ Power Point presentation to be showcased during a thematic session.

Presentations & Papers

6-8 pages scientific papers to be presented during expert oriented technical sessions. A 20’ presentation in a thematic session will be offered to selected abstracts.


120’ or 180’ sessions designed to engage speakers and attendees in productive discussions and to produce specific outcomes.


Poster contributions will be presented in the exhibition area that will take place during the entire event. Authors will be offered the opportunity to present their poster during coffee breaks.

To submit an abstract for review




Please note:

  • The SP2016 Organising Committee requires one subscription per selected contribution.
  • Selected authors will be provided with contribution guidelines. 
  • All submitted abstracts and papers will be reviewed using double blind refereeing process.
  • All papers presented in Sustainable Places 2016 will be published in the conference proceedings with ISBN and made available to all delegates.
  • Selected papers will be considered for a special edition of the Journal for ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES (ISSN 2345-0282). The ESI journal author template is available here: TEMPLATE OF a PAPER to ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES, and more details on paper requirements are on the author instructions page.




Important Dates


  • CfP deadline: 15-May
  • Author Acceptance: 20-May
  • Early-bird deadline: 30-May
  • Full papers due: 15-Jun
  • Event date: 29-Jun to 1-Jul
  • Camera ready paper: 15-Jul



Technical Program Committee & ESI Journal Editorial Board

  1. Sylvain Robert – French Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), France
  2. Germain Adell – Nobatek, France
  3. David Fuschi – BRIDGING Consulting Ltd., UK
  4. Stijn Verbeke – Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO NV), Belgium
  5. Belén Gómez-Uribarri Serrano Acciona, Spain
  6. Carlos Bárcena – Dragados, Spain
  7. Freek Bomhof – Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Netherlands
  8. Johan Desmedt – Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO NV), Belgium
  9. Maja Skrjanc – Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  10. Andrea Michiorri – MINES ParisTech, France
  11. Lola Alacreu Garcia – GrupoETRA, Spain
  12. Lena Kitzing – Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark
  13. Ali Vasallo Belver – Cartif Technology Centre, Spain
  14. Régis Decorme – Center for Science and Technology in Buildings (CSTB), France
  15. Edoardo Patti – Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
  16. Ilias Lamprinos – Intracom Telecom Solutions, Greece
  17. Nikolaos Kontinakis – EUROCITIES, Brussels
  18. Wolfgang Birk – Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  19. Matija Vajdić – Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar
  20. Rubén García Pajares – Cartif Technology Centre, Spain
  21. Rizal Sebastian – DEMO Consultants, The Netherlands



Registration & Contact

The conference is open to organisations and individuals interested in the event topic. Registration has to be made online.

Please note that pre-registration is compulsory since registration may be closed prior to the event date due to room capacity constraints.

For further information, please contact: Zia [dot] lennard [at] r2msolution [dot] com



The event will take place at the Allée du Parc Montaury in Anglet, France – 64600 ANGLET (Université de Pau et du Pays de l’Adour UFR de Sciences et Techniques de la Côte Basque)

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SP2016 Accomodations list Anglet-Biarritz

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Supporting organisations


Unknown-1 Co-funded by the 7th framework programme of the European Union under GA #314671 & #609154


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