latest news & announcements

2020 SBSE Retreat postponed to Summer 2021

As many of you may have already anticipated, due to international travel restrictions and the risk involved around spreading COVID-19 infections, the SBSE board decided in its last board meeting to reschedule this year's retreat for the summer of 2021.

The Portland Declaration

October 19, 2019

To: The National Architectural Accrediting Board

From: The Undersigned Attendees of the 2019 John Reynolds Symposium

Subject: Proposed Revisions to NAAB Accreditation Criteria Context

SBSE Endorses Buildings & Cities + Call for Articles

Out of the ashes of BRI, a new phoenix arises. The former editors and editorial board members of BRI have created a new journal, entitled Buildings & Cities (B&C). The editorial team is Richard Lorch, Faye Wade, Ray Cole, Niklaus Kohler, Sofie Pelsmakers and Fionn Stevenson. They bring a strong track record of experience, integrity, and achievement.

Various Calls for Conference Abstracts

The 35th PLEA conference, Planning Post Carbon Cities, will take place in A Coruña, Spain, 1–3 Sep, 2020. Its official website is

The PLEA 2020 Conference will look into the interplay between research, technology, and design in defining and planning future cities. We invite submission of extended abstracts that address the conference theme and focus on one of the following topics:

Book Review

Effective Daylighting with High-Performance Façades

Comfort at the Extremes - Conference Review

Comfort at the Extremes, Dubai, UAE, Apr 10–11, 2019

Sue Roaf and Fergus Nichols have been part of the organizing team for the Windsor Conference on Thermal Comfort in the UK for many years. Last year, the group, gathering on the grounds of Windsor Castle, decided to launch a new conference addressing comfort at the extremes.

Review: 2018 PLEA Conference in Hong Kong

The Passive Low Energy Architecture Conference, PLEA 2018, was held Dec 10–12 in Hong Kong, China. The conference was hosted by the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and chaired by Edward Ng.