8th International Conference on Energy & Environment of Residential Buildings

In 2018 the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings comes to Wellington, New Zealand, with an overarching theme of housing sustainability in urban areas.

Date: 19th – 21st November 2018
VenueWellington School of Medicine Conference Centre, University of Otago, 23 Mein St, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings
Urban Environments: Energy, Housing and Health

Energy efficient housing is an essential component of urban initiatives to mitigate carbon emissions. With urbanisation increasing rapidly (almost 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2030), and climate change posing a serious challenge, it is imperative that the sustainability of new and existing urban housing is optimised, not only to cut emissions but also to improve the health of residents, increase liveability and well-being, optimise urban spaces, and ensure that residential buildings and the natural ecosystems that support urban environments are able to coexist. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals include Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. What role does residential building play in meeting these goals by 2030?

Conference topics include:
– Urban design
– Housing and health
– Housing and Energy
– Upgrading existing housing
– Housing and climate change mitigation
– The Sustainable Development Goals and housing

The conference is an exciting opportunity to exchange research ideas, to engage with industry and government, and to envision what a sustainable urban future will be for housing.


We are excited to welcome keynote speakers including Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz from the Central European University; Professor Harrison Fraker, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at University of California Berkeley; Professor Li Zhu of the School of Architecture at Tianjin University, China and Dr Kay Saville-Smith, Director of CRESA and an expert in community and social policy research.

Professor Ürge-Vorsatz is Director at the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Vice Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, member of Academia Europa and Professor and Director of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University. Her work focuses on integration of climate change mitigation and sustainable development objectives, energy efficient and sustainable buildings, and climate change mitigation in cities.

Professor Harrison Fraker specialises in architecture, passive solar, sustainable design and urban design and is the author of The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighbourhoods. Professor Fraker is Chair of the Energy Resources Group based at Berkeley University and is visiting Professor of Sustainable Urban Design at Lund University, Sweden.

Professor Li Zhu is a Professor of Architecture in the Department of Building Technology at Tianjin University in China. She is the President of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Sustainable Energy Centre and is the deputy executive director of Tianjin Municipal Energy Research Centre. Her work focuses on low-carbon building design and sustainable energy systems for low-carbon towns.

Dr Kay Saville-Smith has a background in sociology and has undertaken extensive research into housing markets, housing demand, retirement villages, accessible housing, sustainable housing, the residential building industry and neighbourhood built environments. She leads the Life When Renting research programme funded by the Ageing Well National Science Challenge and two research programmes in another of New Zealand’s national science challenges – Building Better Homes Towns and Cities.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts will be considered from a wide range of themes that address the broad focus of this conference. The abstract deadline has been extended to Tuesday 31 July 2018.

For more information, please contact libby.grant@otago.ac.nz