Goal and Themes of PLEA 2014

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.

Call for Abstracts- PLEA 2014 Conference

Contributions are invited in the following combination of Themes, Stages and Areas of work that relate to Passive Low Energy Architecture and fall under the general goal and local theme of this conference. It is envisaged that the papers together will address a combination of these categories at various scales of the built environment; ranging from the scale of a building and component, a neighborhood and urban block, to the scale of cities and regions.
In order to cater to a wide range of topics, this conference is open for academicians, researchers and practicing architects.PLEA2014 will offer an opportunity to practicing architects and designers to showcase their work having substantial evidence of passive and low energy architecture.

Criteria for submission of Scientific / Research work

Contribution on scientific or research work will include a full paper submission (usually 8-10 pages) and a poster/paper presentation at the conference. The full paper will have to be structured under the following headings:
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Body (e.g. Methods, Observation and Results)
  • Discussion and Conclusion
  • Acknowledgment
  • References

Criteria for submission of Applied Research / Practice work

Contribution on applied research or/and practice work will include a full paper submission (usually 3-5 pages) and a poster or paper presentation at the conference. The following criteria applies to this type of contribution:
  • The paper should present a quantifiable/measurable studies-case studies that goes beyond the design intent and discusses performance in use.
  • Alternatively, a comprehensive design process or construction practice with measurable outcome that has been extensively used in a series of completed projects can be presented.
The full paper will have to be structured under the following headings:
  • Abstract
  • Introduction to case study, background, and design intent.
  • Body (e.g. Design Methods, Explorations, Observations and Results)
  • Discussion, learnings and Conclusion
  • Acknowledgment

Review process for both types of contributions

The review process is being divided into two categories. Papers from practice will be reviewed differently than those from researchers. The final submission and presentation formats will also be different, however, at the abstract stage there is only one format. The selected papers will be presented in sessions pertaining to a relevant themes /topics. There will be parallel sessions, poster sessions and expert panel discussions.