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PLEA 2018 Conference in Hong Kong

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PLEA stands for “Passive and Low Energy Architecture”, a commitment to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design.

PLEA is a renowned, highly regarded international annual conference to discuss and promote the development of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovation techniques for sustainable architecture and design. PLEA pursues its objectives through international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; scientific and technical publications; and architectural competitions and exhibitions.

Since 1982, PLEA has organised conferences and events across the globe. The annual conference of PLEA is highly regarded, attracting academics and practicing architects in equal numbers. It is the first time that the PLEA conference comes to Hong Kong. The juxtaposition of Hong Kong’s compact and high-density living and scenic countryside makes it an intriguing case of urban sustainability and climate resilience. The city’s latest Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Transcending 2030 further promotes the idea of smart, green and resilient cities, with a special focus on green buildings and blue-green infrastructure.

With the theme “Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit”,  the four tracks below strive to address the different facets of smart and healthy living. It is the aim of the conference to bring together researchers and professionals in the building industry in the pursuit of a better and more sustainable urban environment:


Science and Technology

Science and Technology has a central role in innovation for better urban living. This track explores the latest scientific and technological research that improves our understanding of the environment and brings changes to future urban development, for example:

  • low energy building performance and simulation technology
  • renewable energies and energy technology
  • material technology and zero waste construction
  • the sciences of urban heat island, urban design and adaptation to climate change

People and Community

Cities are primarily about people. Smart and healthy cities are nothing but buzzwords without considering the need and wish of the communities within. This track connects science, technology and research with people and their everyday lives, for example:

  • human behaviour, design for behaviour change
  • user-building interaction and post occupancy evaluation
  • passive energy neighbourhood, community and city development
  • low energy thermal comfort, public health and wellbeing

Design and Practice

Implementation of scientific and academic findings comes down to design and practice. This track looks into practical design options—both in theory and actual case studies—in smart, sustainable, and healthy urban development, for example:

  • passive low energy design, eco-design and vernacular architecture
  • low energy design tools for practice
  • policies and government regulations on a low energy future
  • professional practice and design of passive low energy architecture

Education and Training

Inspiration, knowledge, and innovation come with education and training. They empower professionals, practitioners and even laymen to play a part in future city development. Opportunities and issues related to the dissemination of knowledge are discussed in this track, for example:

  • architectural education for low energy and sustainable design
  • professional development, training and certification for a low energy future
  • innovative methods, experiences and teaching techniques on passive low energy design
  • lifelong learning and continue education for sustainable architecture and low energy design
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