Goal and Themes of PLEA 2014

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) organises 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) is 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, we will deliberate 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 speaks to the urgent need to reduce energy use in new and existing buildings in cities that are witnessing rapid growth and urbanization. Energy consumption in the building sector is more than one-third of the national energy use in India, and with further growth in this sector, India faces a formidable challenge in reducing its dependence on fossil fuels, natural resources and energy supply infrastructure. Buildings and cities in other emerging economies are also being challenged by such context.

During the course of this conference, deliberations will help us in deploying various dimensions of architectural and design science to help realise buildings, neighbourhoods and cities that have minimal impact on natural resources whilst satisfying the comfort requirements and aspirations of a fast developing society. Under this central theme, the conference will propose a diverse range of topics to understand the role of architectural practice, research and education towards addressing the issues of energy conservation, efficiency and management through design, construction and operational stages of buildings, neighbourhoods and cities.