The PAQS 2017 Call for Technical Presentation/Paper Abstracts is now closed.


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Deadline for submission: Monday, March 13, 2017 Extended to Thursday, April 13, 2017.
Abstracts will be presented on either Monday, July 24, 2017 or Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

PAQS 2017 Abstract Sub-themes

There are 4 sub-themes for the PAQS 2017 Congress:

SUB-THEME 1 — Living within Planetary Boundaries

The last two centuries of human activity have put enormous pressure on our planet and its resources. Development and urbanization coupled with rapid population growth has increased demand for food, energy and materials.

This is particularly evident in the construction industry, where unsustainable practices abound. The capacity of the Earth’s systems to absorb waste while sustainably meeting our ever-increasing demand for resources is reaching a tipping point. The world urgently needs a transition that bends downward the curve of negative global environmental change. This will require transformative change in energy systems, urban development, food systems and material use. For the construction industry, sustainable design and green architecture are the first steps toward reducing the impact of development on current and future resources.

We invite technical presentations and papers addressing how to sustainably live within our planetary boundaries in the face of global environmental crisis.

SUB THEME 2 — Delivering High Performance Buildings Cost-Effectively

The increasing costs of energy, water and waste, and the overall environmental impact of development, are key issues in the property and development industry. Often, developers and end-users are faced with the dilemma of having to choose between building for the lowest cost and building sustainably.

This sub-theme focuses on how high performance, sustainable buildings can be provided at similar—and in many cases, reduced—costs of traditional buildings. The challenge will be to promote a complete understanding of the economics of high performance buildings.

We invite technical presentations and papers that discuss strategies for mitigating the economic implications of sustainable building, both for initial capital costs and long term operational and maintenance costs. This will include life cycle costs and life cycle assessment, which would consider both embodied and operational carbon assessment.

SUB-THEME 3 — Working Smarter with Nature and Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is defined as a network providing the ingredients necessary for solving urban and climatic challenges by building with nature. Unfortunately, construction often comes at great cost to nature in the form of soil degradation, water pollution and damage to foliage.

As the construction industry seeks to find better ways to accomplish the necessities of air quality, temperature regulation, flood protection and waste management, innovations that work with rather than against nature have come to the fore.

Constructed wetlands acting as bio-filtration systems, integrated clean energy production, green roofs and green walls are examples of using natural processes as solutions to building sustainably and cost-effectively. Larger scale projects such as urban forests provide energy savings, storm water management and mitigation of air pollution, while at the same time increasing the value of nearby properties.

We invite technical presentations and papers addressing the integration of development with nature and green infrastructure, with a particular focus on reducing the environmental impact of construction.

SUB-THEME 4 — Fifty Shades of Green (Assessing Building Performance)

We understand sustainable construction and development to be the collective of solutions that limit the environmental impact of the construction and property industry. With so many moving parts, accurately measuring the impact of a development on the environment can be difficult. The question that often arises is: just how green is it?

Environmental assessment methods help guide developers towards achieving their sustainability goals. Standards such as LEED®, Living Building ChallengeSM, BREEAM, CASBEE®, Green Star, SKA®, Code for Sustainable Homes and Passive House® all provide insight into the impact of any given structure.

We invite technical presentations and papers discussing methods of assessing the environmental impact of a building, including that which may fall outside of existing environmental assessment standards.