latest news & announcements

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

Current Slate of Candidates

Currently one person for each position up for election has declared her/his candidacy—for President-Elect, Troy Peters (Wentworth); for Treasurer, Tom Collins (Ball State); and for Secretary, Emily McGlohn (Auburn). It’s not too late to join the field or nominate someone, just send a statement and mug shot to Ulrike Passe <> and to me <> by 1 Oct .

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. 

SBSE Open Conference Student Travel Scholarships

The Society of Building Science Educators is pleased to announce that it can provide ONE scholarship to a qualified student to help defray the cost of attending any building science related conference—to be held between September 2018 and June 2019. The scholarship will provide $700 from SBSE to assist in meeting the costs of participating in the conference.  
Application and Scholarship Details

Review: Climate Adaptive Design - Where Climate Science Meets Building Science

During the past three years Climate Adaptive Design: Where Climate Science Meets Building Science, hosted by The Collider and AIA Asheville, has grown from 40 attendees in 2015 to 80 in 2017. Each year the event brings together world-renowned climate scientists and architects to provide insight on how their professions are addressing the changing climate. In addition to the full day of presentations, the event also offers a public lecture with content for all from homeowners to industry professionals.