Scientific committee

Patrizia Lombardi, Italy, Chair
Andrea Moro, Italy, Co-Chair

Markus Berchtold-Domig, Austria
Dalibor Borák, Czech Republic
Ruben Paul Borg, Malta
Luis Bragança, Portugal
Peter Brandon, UK
Ian Cooper, UK
Stefano Corgnati, Italy
Stephen Curwell, UK
Mark Deakin, UK
Chrisna Du Plessis, South Africa
Hisham Elkadi, UK
Natalie Essig, Germany

Terrence Fernando, UK
Valeria Ferrando, Italy
Greg Foliente, Australia
Vanessa Gomez, Brazil
Max Grünig, Germany
Matthias Haase, Norway
Petr Hájek, Czech Republic
Ida Kiss, Hungary
Nils Larsson, Canada
Roberto Lollini, Italy
Antonín Lupíšek, Czech Republic
Thomas Lützkendorf, Germany
Sebastian Macmillan, UK
Paul Mittermeier, Germany
Karel Mulder, The Netherlands

Alexander Passer, Austria
Srinath Perera, UK
Roberta Pernetti, Italy
Ander Romero Amorrortu, Spain
Paolo Rosato, Italy
Ronald Rovers, The Netherlands
Serge Salat, France
Bruno Sauer, Spain
Geoffrey Shen, Hong Kong
Stefano Stanghellini, Italy
Minna Sunikka-Blank, UK
Etienne Vienot, France
Annemie Wyckmans, Norway
Jay Yang, Australia

Organizing committee

Giulia Barbano, OC Chair

Elena Bazzan
Federica Borio
Claudio Capitanio

Cristiano Gastaldi
Patrizia Lombardi
Luisa Montobbio
Andrea Moro
Cinzia Pagano


iiSBE Italia is the Italian national chapter of iiSBE and has the same overall aim: to actively facilitate and promote the adoption of policies, methods and tools to accelerate the movement towards a global sustainable built environment. In particular iiSBE Italia supports the Italian Regions in the development and adoption of policies for the sustainable building promotion. Since 2005 iiSBE Italia collaborates with the National Research Council (ITC-CNR) and ITACA (Federal Association of the Italian Regions) for the development of the public assessment system Protocollo ITACA that since January 2015 is an official national standard (UNI PdR 13:2015). iiSBE Italia supports ITACA in the management of the national Protocollo ITACA certification system based of the Techical Regulation 33 issued by the national accreditation body Accredia. The associations carries out traiing activities on degign and assessment systems in collaboration with Engineers and Architects Institutes. iiSBE Italia is also involved in several European research projects (Interreg and FP7 programs).

The Interuniversity Department of REGIONAL AND URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING (DIST) is the point of reference in Politecnico and Università di Torino for the areas of knowledge that study the processes of territorial transformation and government, both on a local and on a global scale. These processes are analyzed from a sustainability perspective in their physical, economic, social, political and cultural aspects, as well as in their interrelationships.
DIST promotes, coordinates and manages basic and applied research, training, technology transfer and services for the local community with regard to urban and regional sciences and policies, as well as to spatial, urban and environmental-landscape planning. Moreover, DIST research areas include: analysis, planning and government of the territorial context; urban planning and policies for sustainable development of the urban and rural areas; diagnostic and management of cultural, architectural and landscape heritage; human, economic and political geography; urban and environmental sociology and media; methods and techniques of survey and representation at urban and territorial scales; history and conservation of the architecture of the city and its territory; transport and logistics planning; technical and economic feasibility of urban plans and projects.
DIST encourages interdisciplinary activities focused on the enhancement of interactions among researchers coming from different cultural areas. DIST supports research activities linked to its scientific subjects and promotes relations with other sectors. DIST strongly promotes the participation to local, national, European and international research programs. Within its cultural areas, DIST organizes, manages and delivers high level teaching (three year Bachelor-level, Master of Science level, Master of I and II level, Specialization Schools, Doctoral Research) providing inter-departmental and inter-university courses. Furthermore, it promotes and sustains both professional education to public authorities and services to private companies, with specific training courses at various levels.
DIST coordinates the following courses at Master of Science level:

  • Territorial, urban, environmental and landscape planning;
  • Planning of green areas and landscape;

DIST promotes training activities based on testing thanks to the support of teaching and research laboratories as the Laboratory of Urban and Territorial Analysis and Representation (LARTU) and the Laboratory of High Quality (LAQ-TIP).
DIST researchers come from previous different departments of the Politecnico and Università di Torino; these Departments were active before the new Statute of the Politecnico came into force. In particular, DIST relies upon the interuniversity and interdisciplinary experiences of researchers of the former Dipartimento Interateneo Territorio and Dipartimento Casa-Città.


Turin is an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley and surrounded by the western Alpine arch. The population of the city proper is 911,823 (December 2012) while the population of the urban area is estimated to be 1.7 million inhabitants. The Turin metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.2 million.
The City is actually strongly committed to improve the sustainablility of the built environment. Policies and initiatives have been implemented in the last years to promote the construction of high performance buildings, as:

  • performance based incentives in the building code;
  • minimum performance requested in the city urban plan;
  • Smart City foundation set up;
  • participation to European projects focused on sustainable cities;
  • adoption of assessment indicators at urban scale.

The term CESBA stands for Common European Sustainable Built Environment Assessment. CESBA is a collective bottom-up movement towards a harmonization of the sustainable assessment of the built environment in Europe. The inducement of CESBA in 2011 was the perception of actors from different EU-project that the variety and high number of assessment tools require for a harmonization. In April 2015, the CESBA Association was founded.

The Vision of CESBA is: A Europe where a high quality living in a sustainable built environment is the common standard practice.

The FASUDIR project was born to develop new business models and financial supporting tools, to support the necessary building-retrofitting market mobilization in Europe to fulfill EU-targets in 2020 and 2050. The key instrument will be the Integrated Decision Support Tool (IDST), developed to help decision makers to select the best energy retrofitting strategy to increase the sustainability of the whole district. With stakeholder feedback loops, training, and validation in three diverse urban areas, the IDST will ensure robustness and applicability in the entire value chain.

Luisa Montobbio: logo design, conference image
Giulia Barbano: photography

Turin city view by Hpnx9420


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