14.07.17 - The 33rd edition of the International Conference on Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 3rd to 5th July 2017. On this occasion, the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) was involved into the presentation of 9 conference papers concerning its research on the integration of sustainability criteria into the urban and architectural design process.

PLEA is an organization engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through international conferences, workshops and publications. It has a membership of several thousand professionals, academics and students from over 40 countries.

Since 1982, PLEA organizes an annual international conference across the globe. A consortium of Scottish Universities, the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh and Historic Environment Scotland hosted PLEA 2017. The theme of this edition was "Design to Thrive – Foundations for a Better Future", recognizing the enormity of the local and global challenges we face in building and refurbishing our buildings, cities and societies to minimize climate emissions and to adapt effectively to climate change impacts in each of our own rapidly evolving economies, societies and physical infrastructures.

Given that we at PLEA value research and practice, each track will strive to combine exemplary case studies and research papers. The LAST presented several articles based on ongoing research and dealing with the integration of sustainability criteria at the building and neighborhood scale :

Emmanuel Rey, "Microcity, an Innovative Building Integrating Sustainability Issues from Urban Design to Constructive Detail"

Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, "Neighbourhood-scale Evaluation to Benchmark the Integration of Urban Sustainability (NEBIUS). An innovative education and research methodology"

Angela Clua Longas, Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, "Towards Advanced Active Façades: Analysis of façade requirements and development of an innovative construction system"

Judith Drouilles, Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, "Peri-urban communities in transition: transformation scenarios of neighbourhoods towards sustainability"

Martine Laprise, Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, "SIPRIUS+ : A sustainability monitoring tool specifically designed for urban brownfields regeneration projects"

Aleksis Dind, Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, "WORKING SPACE – An innovative modular timber construction system for the sustainable vertical extension of office buildings"

Sergi Aguacil Moreno, Sophie Lufkin, Emmanuel Rey, "Integrated design strategies for renovation projects with Building-Integrated Photovoltaics towards Low-Carbon Buildings: Two comparative case studies in Neuchâtel (Switzerland)"

Émilie Nault, Sergi Aguacil Moreno, Emmanuel Rey, Marilyne Andersen, "Energy performance analysis in interdisciplinary education – Lessons learned from a simulation-based teaching approach"

Giuseppe Peronato, Jérome Kämpf, Emmanuel Rey, Marilyne Andersen, "Integrating urban energy simulation in a parametric environment: a Grasshopper interface for CitySim"

Author:Loïc FumeauxSource:Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies