Sustainable Built Environment 16 Manila Conference
June 25, 2016

The University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP), in collaboration with the UP College of Architecture (UPCA) and the UP College of Engineering (UPCOE) will be hosting the Sustainable Built Environment 16 Manila Conference (SBE16 Manila Conference) which will be held from July 13 to 15, 2016 at the Acacia Hotel, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

The conference is part of a worldwide series of conferences on Sustainable Buildings. With the theme Sustainable Built Design,” SBE16 Manila Conference aims to inspire, mobilize and build capacities of professionals and stakeholders towards a more sustainable built environment. Key topics to be discussed are as follows:

  1. Sustainable Buildings Infrastructures, and Communities
  2. Energy Efficiency and New Sources of Energy
  3. Water Efficiency and Management
  4. Materials and Resources
  5. Disaster Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning
  6. Governance and Regulation

The conference is supported by four international founding co-sponsors, namely: the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), United Nations Environment Programme – Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative (UNEP -SBCI), and FIDIC, the global association of consulting engineering firms. In the Philippines, the local steering committee is composed of the top academic heads from the University of the Philippines’ – College of Architecture, College of Engineering and School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Registration details may be found in the conference website, Interested participants may likewise email to or contact the conference organizers through the telephone numbers 81-8500 local 3008 or 929-1710 for more details.

The SURP’s twin Vision in the next decade shall be:

SURP will be a globally competitive learning, research and training institution in the fields of urban, rural, and regional planning within an archipelagic and tropical environment comprised of landscapes and seascapes in a developing economy; and

SURP will be a center of excellence for learning and research in the development of innovative theories, tools, and sustainable practices in urban, rural, and regional planning adapted to developing countries.
The SURP’s Mission for the next three years (2012-2015) shall be to continue and further enhance its contribution to socioeconomic development and nation building:

Improving the quality of education in the school and producing highly competent planners.

Extending technical assistance to government, non-government organizations (NGOs), peoples' organizations (POs), the private sector, and other academic and research institutions on policy formulation and plan preparation for the development of localities, regions, and the nation.

Disseminating new knowledge on urban and regional planning theories, tools, and practices through the School’s publications and training programs.

Protecting and advocating for the welfare of society -particularly the poor- and promoting social justice and equity in the formulation of development plans and programs.