Sustainable Places 2020 (SP 2020)

Europe’s #1 destination for dissemination of research, collaboration, networking and the creation of market opportunities. 

Join us for the 8th edition of Sustainable Places!
28 - 30 October 2020 / Aix-les-Bains, France (or virtual)
Dear colleagues,
We are closely monitoring COVID-19 and working with the collaborators on whether to hold a physical or virtual event. We'll likely announce that decision in the next newsletter. In either case, you can count on #SustainablePlaces2020 to deliver value to your fall calendar as it always has!
The SP2020 Organisation Committee
What's in store for SP2020?

Workshop update:

“Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies in district Heating and Cooling solutions for sustainable living”
Five EU funded projects TEMPO, HOTMAPS, THERMOS, MATCHUP, DRIMPAC are now participating in the "Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies in district Heating and Cooling solutions for sustainable living" workshop. These sister projects, together with REWARDHeat, RELaTED, INDIGO and workshop leader WEDISTRICT intend to exchange new ideas, lessons learnt from implementation, proposals about the integration of substantial shares of renewable energy sources in district heating and/or cooling (DHC) systems, reducing dependency of DHC on fossil fuels and ultimately leading to a more efficient and sustainable energy system. Details and contact info can be found on the SP2020 "Workshops and Events" webpage.

Workshop update:

"Integrated Home Renovation Services"
New collaborators OPENGELAPadovaFIT Expanded, and RenoBooster have been added to the "Integrated Home Renovation Services" workshop. These two projects, along with RenoHUb and workshop leader TURNKEY RETROFIT each aim at dramatically improving the quality of the renovation service by covering the whole “customer journey” from technical and social diagnosis, technical offer, contracting of works, structuring and provision of finance, to the monitoring of works and quality assurance. Details and contact info also on SP2020 "Workshops and Events" webpage.

Contributing project spotlight:
Homes4Life, the new European certification for ageing in place
Abbaye d'Hautecombe on the Lac du Bourget at Fall
Homes4Life is a European certification scheme based on an inspirational and realistic long-term vision of people’s needs and requirements in a holistic life-course approach. It helps developing better living environments integrating construction and digital solutions where this is beneficial. 
Homes4Life is currently recruiting at least 10 pilot buildings throughout Europe that will be pioneering the newly developed Homes4Life Certification Scheme for Ageing in Place. Register to the project Community of Interest to keep updated with our progress and to contribute!

In related news:
"Green Deal" upcoming H2020 calls
The Commission announced in its "Communication on the European Green Deal Investment Plan" the launching of a new call in support of the "European Green Deal" thus demonstrating the contribution of research and innovation to this central priority of the new Commission. The call will be part of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2020, with an estimated budget of the order of EUR 1 billion.
This dedicated Call will address directly the main priorities of the "Green Deal" which includes topics closely connected to SP2020 such as:
  • Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy
  • Mobilising industry for a clean and circular economy
  • Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way
  • Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility

It will establish a pathway for additional, related research and innovation initiatives in the context of Horizon Europe. SP2020 will offer plenty of networking opportunities to discuss and prepare proposals for these upcoming calls.
SP2020 is organized by:
French alternative energy and atomic energy Commission

National Institute of Solar Energy
R2M Solution

University Savoie Mont Blanc
Graduate School Solar Academy

Polytech Annecy Chambery
SP2020 is sponsored by:
SDIA (Green Sponsor)
The SDIA - Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance e.V. - is an inter-industry association enabling collaboration in sustainable, zero impact digital infrastructure that is accessible to the next-generation of innovators. The SDIA strives to bring together companies, individuals and governments to advocate and realize key initiatives such as heat-reuse, smarter power consumption and efficient use of resources.
ENGIE Lab (Silver Sponsor)
ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, part of the ENGIE Labs network, is ENGIE Group’s corporate center for R&D and high-level expertise devoted to new energy resources (hydrogen, biogas and gas liquefaction), new energy uses in towns and cities, the buildings and industries of tomorrow and emerging technologies (computer sciences and Al, drones and robots, nanotechnologies and sensors).
BuildUp (Media Partner)
The BUILD UP initiative was established by the European Commission in 2009 to support EU Member States in implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The BUILD UP web portal is intended to reap the benefits of Europe's collective intelligence on energy reduction in buildings for all relevant audiences. It will bring together new practitioners and professional associations while motivating them to exchange best working practices and knowledge and to transfer tools and resources.
Sponsorship opportunities
Sponsors may elect a general (green or silver) sponsorship, to sponsor various parts of the event (e.g. lunch or coffee break) or registration packages that make possible local or student registrations. We welcome industrials to get involved in the support of this event and platform. All sponsors will be featured in SP2020 promotional literature and are welcome to display materials in the foyer areas.
“Please contact us to learn about sponsorship opportunities. You download the sponsorship brochure and email the organisers at
Publication opportunities
Buildings (peer-reviewed)
Should contributors wish to be considered for a full-length (7-9 pages) journal submission, they should check the appropriate CfP application option.
SP2019 Buildings issue
Proceedings (not peer-reviewed)
All contribution types (e.g. posters, workshops, presentations, etc.) can write a 4-6 page summary to be included in the SP2020 Proceedings edition.
SP2019 Proceedings edition