Sustainable Smart Cities

Consists of a repository of presentations on cities as sustainable models, smart design and multi-functional planning approaches, as well as energy efficient policies and their impact on the urban built-in sector.

1. "Sustainable Materials - a Complementary Concept in the Transition Towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings" - Anca Duta, Transilvania University of Braşov, Romania.
October 2015.


This lecture starts with an introduction in sustainable buildings, focusing on energy efficiency, energy saving, and renewable energy systems. Second part of the lecture is about sustainable communities, were not only sustainable energy production and consumption is addressed, but also sustainable water use, waste management and sustainable transportation. This part is followed by a case-study of the R&D Institute of the Transilvania University of Brasov. Download pdf

2.“Green Buildings and Sustainable Urban Development" - Gintaras Stauskis, Urbanism and Sustainable Development, Department of Urban Design, Vilnius University, LT.
July 2014

This lecture draws on patterns of communication in urban planning and landscaping, and provides an overview of designing and implementing a green building project, from taking into consideration sustainable natural resource management to complying to the underpinning policy and regulatory framework, and employing the PPP method. Green buildings case studies from countries such as UK, USA, Ireland are also introduced. Download pdf

3. “Building Integration of Solar Technologies” – Nicolae Olariu, Environment and Energy Research Department, University of Valahia, Romania

This presentation sets the scene for the underlying policy requirements, design and technology specifications for energy efficiency and performance in the buildings sector. A special area of focus is the Building Integration of PV Systems (BIPV) and the smart grid technologies. Download pdf

4. “Challenges for the Building Sector in relation to EC 2050 Requirement: A Sector Perspective”- Javier Bonilla

This lecture points out to the policy background and the underpinning challenges posed by the EC Requirements for Buildings 2050 on the construction sector. Download pdf

5. “Daylight needs, solar access, urban ventilation, and urban climate in high density city” - Edward NG, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

This lecture sheds a light on current urban planning challenges and unveils solutions from the highly-dense city of Hong Kong. Download pdf

6. “EC Requirements for Buildings 2050: Impacts on the Structure of the Building Sector and the Opportunity for New Markets” – Wolfgang Streicher, University of Innsbruck, Unit for Energy Efficient Buildings, Austria

Illustrates and expands on the effects of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) on the design process of buildings. Download pdf

7. “Energy efficiency” – Teresa Ponce de Leão, LNEG, Portugal

This lecture provides a global outlook on what a low-carbon future entails, and looks the transition to the clean energy technology systems, its inherent challenges and opportunities. Download pdf

8. “Energy Efficient Buildings” - Peter Maydl, TU Graz, Austria; Technology and Testing of Building Materials

While defining various indicators of environmental sustainability, the presentation concentrates on a particular European EE Certification System, namely the DGNB Certificate for Sustainable Buildings. Download pdf

9. “Public Participation as a tool in urban planning” – Gintaras Stauskis, Urbanism and Sustainable Development, Department of Urban Design, Vilnius University, LT

An introduction to the stages and techniques for engaging public participation, as well as an overview of current practices in the EU, in Romania, UK and Lithuania; this lecture offers also an incursion into Virtual Urban Simulation (VUS) in Vilnius city. Download pdf

10. “Science City: A Collection of Buildings or an Innovative Campus?” - David Müller, ETH Zurich – Projekt Science City, Switzerland

Drawing a case for sustainable sites that are much more than a mere collection of buildings. Download pdf

11. “Sustainable industrial production and waste minimisation” - Maria Gavrilescu, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania

A comprehensive lecture on the role of industrial ecology for sustainable cities, offering a historical perspective on industrial development. This presentation addresses also waste minimization and European sustainable consumption and production policies, while reviewing key sustainable industrial development measures. Download pdf

12. “Sustainable communities and societal challenges” – Ion Visa, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

This lecture sets forth a framework for integrating energy efficiency and renewables in the urban built environment, as well as a 4-steps design approach for planning the energy mix. Three case studies are introduced as examples of good practice from the campus and the R&D Institute of the Transilvania University of Brasov, and the RTD Centre Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling. Download pdf

13. “The civilisation biorefinery” - Ina Körner, TU Hamburg Harburg, Germany; Bioconversion and Emission Reduction

Presents the set-up of biorefineries for the sustainable and efficient utilization of urban bioresources, and introduces a practical case study on wastewater treatment facilities in the city of Hamburg. Download pdf

14. “Smart density and the case of aspern Urban Lakeside, Vienna” - Johannes Fiedler, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

Drawing on several examples of urban planning, this lecture explores smart density and other sustainability concepts in cities. Download pdf

15. “Think Globally, Plan Locally - Strategies for the Urban Design of Tomorrow” - Werner Sobek, University of Stuttgart, Light Weight Structures and Conceptual Design Department, Germany

Design ideas for the cities of the future. Download pdf

16. “Brașov Metropolitan area: Initiatives for a Sustainable Development” - Sorin Ganea, AMB Unit of Transilvania University of Brașov, Romania

Economic and territorial cohesion in Brașov Metropolitan area, and examples of local cooperation for sustainable development. Download pdf