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Thomas Spiegelhalter and Shahin Vassigh present paper in India at 30th International PLEA Conference

Associate Professor Thomas Spiegelhalter and Professor Shahin Vassigh’s peer-reviewed publication “Best Practice Net-Zero-Energy Building Design Instructions Methods” was presented by Spiegelhalter at the 30th International PLEA Conference in India. Their paper was presented in the category of “Low carbon cities and neighbourhood development” at the CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) University, in Amedabad, India.

PLEA is an autonomous, non-profit, network of individuals sharing expertise in the arts, sciences, planning and design of the built environment. Founded in 1981, PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) organizes international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; scientific and technical publications; architectural competitions and exhibitions. The goal of the 30th International PLEA Conference (PLEA 2014) was to promote discussion and debate on the learnings, opportunities and challenges in passive low energy architecture and design in a rapidly growing world. Within this conference, participants deliberated on the choices we have and the choices we need to make in order to move towards a more sustainable habitat, especially for developing societies and emerging economies. The local theme of this international conference spoke to the urgent need to reduce energy use in new and existing buildings in cities that are witnessing rapid growth and urbanization. During the course of this conference, deliberations helped participants in deploying various dimensions of architectural and design science to help realize buildings, neighborhoods and cities that have minimal impact on natural resources, while satisfying the comfort requirements and aspirations of a fast developing society. Among the sponsors of the conference are BAYER Material Science, Germany, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Government of India. (Source: PLEA2014)

Spiegelhalter is a long-term member of the Scientific Committee of PLEA, along with Prof. Vivian Loftness (CMU-USA),  Prof. Alessandro Rogora (Milan’s Polytechnic, Italy), Prof. Dr. Asawa Takashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), Prof. Brian Ford (University of Nottingham, UK), and Prof. Dr. Werner X. Lang (TU Munich, Germany), among others.

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