Symposium/Seminar/Course

4th International Sustainable Buildings Symposium 18-20 July 2019 Dallas/ Texas /United States of America

The 4th International Sustainable Buildings Symposium (ISBS2019) was held on 18-20 July 2019 in the City of Dallas, Texas, United States of America in cooperation with Texas Tech University, Texas A&M UniversityCommerce, Ankara University, and Gazi University and in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter (AIA Dallas), and the US Green Building Council North Texas Chapter (USGBC North Texas). The North Texas Sustainable Showcase (NTSS 2019), co-organized regularly by AIA Dallas, and USGBC North Texas every year, hosted the ISBS2019 special to this year.

The symposium was funded by the silver sponsors ‘Türkerler Energy, Akça Energy, Maspo Energy, Zorlu Energy and Soyak Energy’, the bronze sponsor ‘Turkish Employers’ Association of Construction Industries (İNTES)’, the product and service sponsors ‘Aras Kargo, Hacıbekir Lokumları, Beko and Blomberg’, and the strategic partner ‘Turkish Society of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers’. ‘İHA, Interpress, Mimarizm, Mimarlık ve Tasarım Yayın Platformu, Yapı Mimarlık Tasarım Kültür Sanat Dergisi, yapi.com.tr, Branding Türkiye, and Journal of Popüler Bilim’ contributed to the event as the media supporters. In addition, Turkish Airlines was the official airline for the symposium.

Participation of over 150 attendees from 20 different countries (Turkey, USA, United Kingdom, France, Japan, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Colombia, Nepal, Egypt, İran, Iraq, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Cameroon, North Cyprus, Bangladesh, and Pakistan) was implemented in ISBS 2019 & NTSS 2019.

The participant spectrum included, but not limited to; academicians, presenters from profit and non-profit organizations, local and state authorities, consultants, and news agencies. Several public entities of Turkey participated in ISBS 2019, including: ‘Turkish Republic Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, Turkish

Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consulate General of Houston, Turkish Republic Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkish Republic Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Meteorology, General Directorate of Construction Works, General Directorate for Protection of Natural Assets, İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Hatay Metropolitan Municipality, Van Metropolitan Municipality, Ankara Mamak Municipality, Ankara Altındağ Municipality, Manisa Alaşehir Municipality, Tokat Erbaa Municipality, Nevşehir Uçhisar Municipality and Turkish Radio Television Corporation (TRT)’.

The symposium brought together researchers, academic institutions, organizations, companies, municipalities, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, and other official and private institutional authorities operating in environmental technology and building sector from USA, Turkey, and the rest of the world. Conforming to the traditional ‘sustainability’ theme of the symposium, an exciting discussion and collaboration platform and forum in the fields of “sustainable building design”, “sustainable building materials”, “sustainable urban design”, “sustainability in engineering sciences”, and “environmental policies and practices”, which are cross-cutting and multi-disciplinary issues that concern all humanity, were created. Within these research fields, a total of 160 paper submissions were received of which 70 were accepted to be published in this symposium proceedings book after a double-blinded peer review process by the scientific committee. The symposium was held in parallel sessions for two full days. During the symposium, 111 presentations including 68 face-to-face presentations, 40 video presentations, and 3 conference calls were made with national and international participants. In one of the parallel sessions, a live broadcast connection was established with Turkey Tele1 TV. In another parallel session, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas Daniel A. Huard, held a workshop on a sustainability rating system "Well Building Standards". In addition, North Texas Sustainability Showcase (NTSS 2019) was held by AIA Dallas and USGBC North Texas Chapter with keynote speakers and a mobile vehicle for the use of sustainable building materials.

First time this year, ‘ISBS 2019 Sustainability Award-Best Sustainable Practices Competition’ was organized as part of the symposium program and is planned to be a tradition for all future ISBS symposiums. The jury was consisted of sustainability subject matter experts from Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, American Institute of Architects-AIA Dallas Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council- USGBC North Texas Chapter, Ankara University, and Gazi University. The jury had evaluated each project based on; sustainability, productivity and efficiency, environmental sensibility, feasibility, design, profit to public, application methods, partnership/stakeholdership structure, urban vision, comparison with similar projects globally, and new approaches in sustainability practices. The first prize in 15 categories and 3 Special Jury Awards were determined. The Award Ceremony was held on July 19, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria-Addison / Dallas-USA at the symposium gala accompanied by Texas local music Mariachi and the awards were presented to the winners.

During the symposium tour, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was firstly visited and the participants were briefed on the city of Dallas, and Dallas architecture. Dallas Arts District was toured with the guidance of city and building experts of the Institute. An architectural city tour was held in downtown Dallas, which included a description of modern and historical buildings. Finally, the old cowboy town Fort Worth Stockyards was toured. Detailed information about the symposium can be found on the official website of the symposium “https://www.isbs2019.gazi.edu.tr”, and “isbs2019” social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

 

ISBS 2017-3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium, March 2017 United Arab Emirates / Dubai  

3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium - ISBS 2017 was held on 15-17 May 2017 in Dubai, with the participation of more than 150 people, hosted by The British University in Dubai. The symposium had contributions and participations from countries across the globe, including Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, India, Iran, Morocco, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Sudan, Philistine, Denmark, Nigeria, South Africa and Portugal. The event was fortunate to have six prominent and renowned keynote speakers who enriched the symposium. In the symposium consisting of 25 sessions, 135 papers were presented as oral presentations. It lasted two days with parallel sessions held in five different halls. IV. It has been decided to hold the International Sustainable Buildings Symposium in the near future. 

Click https://www.isbs2017.gazi.edu.tr/ for our symposium website .