×J2. Holistic modelling and optimisation for sustainable design of buildings and communities

In the past few decades, Earth’s resources have been depleted much faster than they can regenerate themselves. The building and transport sectors account for a large portion of such resources. Sustainable design of buildings and communities now more than ever requires an integrated approach, involving a range of various stakeholders (such as architects, engineers, urban planners, regulators, residents), and simultaneously accounting for, and modelling, different aspects and resources (such as water, energy, materials, waste, health, liveability, transport) linked to the built environment. A holistic, preferably participatory approach to sustainable design is advocated.

For this session we seek presentations about novel applications and important findings around the world resulting from the application of integrated modelling approaches to diverse real-world sustainability-related problems and opportunities. The session will provide the opportunity to showcase applications of the latest design strategies to achieve highly sustainable products and outputs, and to create benefits in several fields including, but not limited to, built environment, architecture, infrastructures, water and energy resources, and development research.

We encourage contributions from a range of sectors. Submissions on methodological advances and improvements are equally encouraged for this session. Papers presented should not only contain modelling techniques, but also examples or case studies from around the world to demonstrate how the presented techniques and/or holistic modelling approaches improve sustainable design. We also welcome position papers in the field of sustainability modelling in the context of built environment.

Key topics: Sustainability, Integration, Built environment