Illustration: Lauren Nassef | Art Direction: Jelena Schulz

Renewables 2.0
As with the burgeoning resilience industry, the renewable materials industry is trying to define itself relative to older notions of sustainability and newer benchmarks for progress. To that point, organizers of the Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo (Dec. 9–11) in Orlando have divided their energy tracks by size, application, and region to cover large-scale renewables, distributed generation, and renewables in the global marketplace. Learn more at

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
There are practical challenges to designing for thermal efficiency. There are also a number of upstream decisions that can impact performance long after the building is completed—a focus of the 2014 International Conference on Thermal Engineering this year (Oct. 27–28) in Barcelona. Learn more at

Critical Moment
Reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions: two noble goals that may ultimately become historic I-told-you-so’s. What is the AEC industry really doing about them? Join ASHRAE and the American University of Beirut for the International Conference on Efficient Building Design in Beirut to learn more about advanced research in future proofing the way we build and renovate. Learn more at

Market Forces
If you’ve been to architecture school in the last two decades (as a student or an instructor), you’ve grappled with community resilience, design representation, history, structural loads, and other curricular areas—all couched by energy efficiency, quality of life, social equity, and thermal performance. The economic argument for sustainability, however, still needs to be made—the topic of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference and expo next month in Portland, Ore. Learn more at

White Light
Photovoltaic (PV) panels are making small gains more rapidly in Europe than anywhere, the continent boasting 69 percent of the world’s total PV cumulative capacity. What accounts for that success? And why does the U.S.—with more than twice the sunlight duration hours of the European Union countries combined—lag so far behind? Find out at the 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Expo (Sept. 22–26) in Amsterdam. Learn more at