The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) 2013 conference was held at Penn State, University Park, on April 3-5 2013. This conference was organised by the Penn State University, Department of Architectural Engineering and Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), American Society of Civil Engineering.

The AEI 2013 conference attracted manuscripts and technical papers from disciplines ranging from Innovative Building Material through IT Systems for Design and Construction, Virtual Construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Building Controls, High Performance of Building Systems, and Sustainability of Buildings to Educational Issues in Architectural Engineering. The conference was enriched by two parallel programmes: 2013 ASCE Charles Pankow Student Competition and ASHRAE short courses in Energy Management and Project Management in Buildings.

The conference had a strong emphasis on increasing sustainability in buildings throughout the life cycle process by various means such as IT, virtual reality, team development and targeted educational courses in Architectural Engineering. These core issues were debated by Keynote Speakers, Chairs, Committee members, practitioners, and conference delegates.

The Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), was represented at several levels, including the International Scientific Committee. However, it was particularly encouraging to see Renuka Thakore present her paper “Housing and Society: Need for Progressive Sustainability Indicators for Societal Sustainability”, as this proposed a conceptual model for future thinking.   Other CSD papers included contributions by: Jalal Abrishami Shokooh, Jack Goulding, Abdulkadir Ganah, and Farzard Pour Rahimian.

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