Buildings, infrastructure and environment are linked together and consumes enormous amount of energy, materials, water and land during their construction and operation. And the challenge in recent years remains in the reduction of social, economical and environmental impacts of these built structures while exploring the options of sustainability.
â€˜Sustainabilityâ€™ evolves continuously with a highly permeable boundary in pluralistic manner and is strongly rooted in â€˜forward backward linkagesâ€™ retaining the spirit of time. Sustainable construction is a way forward towards achieving sustainable development, taking into account environmental, socio-economic and cultural factors focusing on issues such as design and management of buildings, materials and building performance, energy and resource consumption. The main objectives of sustainable construction are to reduce or avoid depletion of critical resources like energy, water, and raw materials; prevent environmental degradation caused by facilities and infrastructure; and create built environments that are livable, comfortable, safe, and productive. Thus Sustainable construction is the creation and responsible management of a healthy built environment by adopting the principles of ecology and efficient management of natural resources. Also, sustainability does not restrict only to new constructions but can be encouraged in retrofitting of existing buildings. Therefore, International Conference on Sustainable Technologies in Buildings and Environment (ICSTBE 2015) focuses on planning, designing, building and operating sustainable buildings and infrastructure to maximize their lifecycle economic value, their net contribution to environmental functions and services, and their social equity.
The International Conference on Sustainable Technologies in Buildings and Environment (ICSTBE 2015) is a premier forum to disseminate sustainable principles, ideologies and practices in various layers, new advances and research results in the fields of sustainable technologies from the micro to macro level. The forum would enable the stakeholders with the necessary insights to integrate sustainable principles in creating habitable environment. The International conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in the domain of interest from around the world.