PLEA 2017

Passive Low Energy Architecture 2017 Edinburgh conference 3rd to 5th July 2017

PLEA stands for Passive Low Energy Architecture. PLEA is a global network that has led a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through its conferences since 1982, last held in Los Angeles and Bologna, and next in Hong Kong.

Edinburgh, the city alone worth a trip, is the Capital of Scotland, a city spreading out from Edinburgh castle with every building all cast in iconic stone – seamlessly placing new buildings next to historic landmarks.

The conference was held in the newly renovated rooms of the historic Assembly Rooms, as well as in the Rooms of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The split was necessary to fit over 700 delegates and 250 speakers from across the globe into the 11 concurrent tracks in the just 3 days.

Our paper of first results on the project Spin.OFF, as well as MBS+ was presented by Marcus Meisel in Forum 3 on Renewables, Solar & Hydrogen Buildings and was chaired by Tariq Muneer from Napier University.

Topics covered in this track reached from energy producing solar thermal venetian blinds, crossing legislation strategies and incentives to solar energy adoption in Rio de Janeiro, up to utilizing low temperature district heating networks.

Discussion and questions were fruitful and vivid, just as you would expect between scientific peers.


Conference program:

More in forum programs:

Paper published in Procedings (three volumes)



Note on the side: The Dinner at the National Museum of Scotland was fabulous, as well as visiting the Edinburgh Castle… as sole group in the whole castle – just wow, what a historic place.


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About Alexander Wendt

Dr. Alexander Wendt is a project assistant at TU Vienna, Institute of Computer Technique (ICT). After his study of technical physics at the TU Vienna in 2007, he worked as a Safety Engineer at Frequentis AG. From 2010 to 2016, he worked on his Ph.D. the area of cognitive architectures. His research focuses on the areas of artificial intelligence as well as smart grids. Since 2011, he works in different projects in the field of Smart Grids. The focus is in the development of software architectures, which are implemented as a server, agents or control programs in Smart Grids projects. Since 2014, he works on the adaptation and implementation of cognitive architectures into control systems of buildings and other applications. He has published 20+ papers. At the IECON 2013, he was session chair for the sessions “Cognitive Architectures and Multi-agent Systems” and “Smart and Universal Grids”. He was invited to the ERF 2016 (European Robotics Forum) on the “SPARC Workshop on cognitive robotics”, where he was responsible for the group handling cognitive architectures.
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