Heat & Habitat in Cities Symposium

H2CS - Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium


Heat & Habitat in Cities Symposium

National Wine Centre
Exhibition Hall
Cnr Hackney Road and Botanic Road, Adelaide SA 5000
The University of Adelaide
Held 9 - 10 December, 2019

H2CS - Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium, hosted by the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, brought together international and national experts, policy makers, planners, designers and researchers to exchange knowledge, experience and expertise and to discuss and debate concrete ideas for planning, designing, developing and improving our cities.

The Symposium was opened by The Honourable David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water.

Heat & Habitat in Cities Symposium Report

After a long delay due to circumstances around COVID-19, we are pleased to publish the summary of the presentations at the Symposium, covering topics on (1) Advanced in urban microclimate, (2) Urban green and public spaces, (3) Buildings, behaviour and energy use, (4) Innovative technologies and systems, and (5) Progressive policies. A number of case studies reflecting some of the latest works in the areas are also presented.

See report

About the symposium

Brisbane city heat map


Adelaide - and cities around the world - are facing similar challenges: increasing population density, reduced open spaces, increasing urban heat, increasing need for cooling to combat with the heat, and urban pollution, to name a few.

With warming climates and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, dealing with these challenges correctly has become even more critical. Cities need to be better managed and new developments need to be better planned and designed to be more resilient to future changes.


H2CS - Heat & Habitat in Cities Symposium, hosted by the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, will bring together international and national experts, policy makers, planners, designers and researchers to exchange knowledge, experience and expertise, and to discuss and debate concrete ideas for planning, designing, developing and improving our cities.

The outputs of the H2CS will be captured in a publication to be provided to the governments and be made available to other relevant organisations, as well as a Special Issue in Energy and Buildings journal (Elsevier Publication).

Any registered architects who attend the Symposium for 2 days will receive 5 CPD points.

The programme below is tentative and will be confirmed closer to the Symposium.

  • Day 1: Monday 9 December 2019



    Professor Alan Peters, Head of School of Architecture and Built Environment.

    Opening by The Honourable David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water.


    Advances in Urban Microclimate

    8:50am - 9:20am
    Professor David Sailor, Director, Urban Climate Research Center, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University USA: From microscale to mesoscale modelling of urban climates and the effects of mitigation efforts.

    9:20am - 9:50am
    Professor Evyatar Erell, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: Integrated modelling of storm water runoff and urban heat island interventions.

    10:00am - 10:20am
    Professor Matthiaos (Mat) Santamouris, Anita Lawrence Professor of High Performance Architecture, University of NSW, Sydney: Facing the regional and global overheating through mitigation and adaptation technologies.

    10:20am Discussion
    10:50am Tea / coffee break

    Urban Green and Public Spaces

    11:20am - 11:50am
    Professor Hashem Akbari, Leader Heat Island Group, Concordia University, Canada: Implementation topics for green cities and successful tree-planting programs.

    11:50am - 12:20pm
    Professor Wong Nyuk Hien, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, National University Singapore: The role of Urban Greenery in moderating the Urban Microclimate.

    12:20am - 12:50pm
    Dr Ehsan Sharifi, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide: Cooling capacity of urban green infrastructures: case study of Adelaide, Australia.

    12:50pm Discussion
    1:15pm Lunch

    Building, Behaviour and Energy Use

    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Professor Jørn Toftum, Technical University Denmark: Potential of artificial intelligence in improving comfort.

    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Professor Paul Cooper, Director, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), University of Wollongong: Buildings Don’t Use Energy – People Do! So Are Occupants Empowered To Improve Building Performance? 

    3:00pm - 3:30pm
    Associate Professor Priyadarsini Rajagopalan, Director, Sustainable Building Innovation Lab, RMIT University: Investigating energy impact through microclimate monitoring - a community participation approach.

    3:30pm - 4:00pm
    Professor Veronica Soebarto, Leader Building and Environment Research Unit, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide: Considerations for climate resilient housing.

    4:00pm Discussion
    4:20pm Tea / coffee break

    Creative case studies 1

    4:30pm - 4:50pm
    Industry Professor James Hayter, President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and Director Oxigen Landscape Architects, Adelaide: Design for resilient cities.

    4:50pm - 5:00pm

    5:00pm Drinks and networking
  • Day 2: Tuesday 10 December 2019


    Opening: Day 2

    Veronica Soebarto, Mat Santamouris, Hashem Akbari – Australia and Global Alliance on Cool Cities.


    Progressive Policies

    9:00am - 9:20am
    Dr Tim Muster, Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation: Australia future cities.

    9:20am - 9:40am
    Mr Brenton Grear, Director, Green Adelaide - Green Adelaide: managing our urban environment for ecological vibrancy, climate resilience and community wellbeing.

    9:40am - 10:00am
    Ms Maria Zotti, Manager of Sustainability, Adelaide City Council: City of Adelaide – Taking climate action and transitioning to a climate ready city.

    10:00am Discussion
    10:30am Tea / coffee break

    Innovative Technologies and Systems - 1

    11:00am - 11:30am
    Professor Denia Kolokotsa, Technical University of Crete, Greece and President of Cool Roof Consortium of Europe: On the impact of innovative materials and nature based solutions for cities.

    11:30am - 12:00pm
    Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Deputy Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Marina Aburas, PhD candidate, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide: Smart window design using nanothermochromic glazing.

    12:00pm - 12:30pm
    Associate Professor Yupeng Jack Wu, Research Leader in Low Carbon Building Design and Simulation, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham: Advanced façades for end user energy demand reduction: a comprehensive evaluation from the system development to the occupants’ perceptions.

    12:30pm Discussion
    1:00pm Lunch

    Innovative Technologies and Systems - 2

    1:45pm - 2:15pm
    Professor Gianluca Ranzi, Director of the Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering, University of Sydney: Opportunities for elastocaloric cooling for buildings and the built environment.

    2:15pm - 2:45pm
    Dr Stephen White, Energy Efficiency Domain Leader, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation: Data-driven smart buildings.

    2:45pm Discussion
    3:00pm Tea / coffee break

    Creative Case Studies 2

    3:30pm - 4:00pm
    Dr Mark Siebentritt, Director, Edge Environment, Adelaide: Why are we building hot cities? A perspective from heat mapping to city planning.

    4:00pm - 4:30pm
    Adam Hannon, Director, Cox Architects: Sustainable building in practice.

    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Stewart Monti, M-Nex Sydney: The Moveable Nexus: Design-led Urban Food, Energy and Water Management Innovation in New Boundary Conditions of Change.

    5:00pm Discussion


    End of Symposium

We are delighted to announce our national and international speakers for the H2CS - Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium.

Professor Hashem Akbari

Hashem Akbari is a Professor and leader of the Heat Island Group at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). Prior to this he was the leader of the Heat Island Group, Senior Scientist, and principal investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA. His research focus has been: analyses of energy, air quality, health impact, and environmental aspects of heat islands mitigation measures (cool roofs, cool pavements, urban vegetation); development of cool materials; development of implementation codes and standards; and in collaboration with policy makers and stakeholders, coordination of national and international programs for implementing mitigation measures. He is the founding organizer and member of Board of Directors of Global Cool Cities Alliance, Cool Roof Rating Council. In collaboration with GCCA, he is currently coordinating the “100 Cool Cities” initiative to cool urban heat islands and counter global warming.

Professor Paul Cooper

Paul Cooper is a Senior Professor and the Director of Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), University of Wollongong. Professor Cooper has been involved in research on a wide variety of topics in sustainable buildings, energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past thirty five years. He has led a number of significant research projects focused on energy efficiency in buildings, and the perceptions and impact of occupants: from low-income social housing tenants through to residents living with dementia in aged care facilities.

Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem is a Research Professor at the School of Physical Sciences and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. She is also Deputy Director of the Optofab node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Her research focuses on the development of novel optical glasses, fibres, surface functionalization and sensing approaches, and is currently supervising a PhD candidate from the School of Architecture and Built Environment in developing nano-thermochromic glazing for smart building applications. She has been awarded ~ $31M in research grants including funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), South Australian State Government, National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), defence and industry.

Professor Evyatar Erell

Evyatar Erell is an architect, professor and geographer at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He received his PhD from the University of Adelaide. Prof. Erell’s research addresses flows of energy in the built environment at different scales and how they affect the spaces we inhabit, both indoors and outside. He has studied glazing systems, daylight control and passive cooling techniques for buildings, as well as several aspects of the urban microclimate, in particular computer modelling of air temperature in urban street canyons and pedestrian thermal comfort in hot dry environments. Prof. Erell has co-authored several books, including 'Urban Microclimate: The Design of Spaces Between Buildings'. He is a member of several expert committees at the Israel Institute of Standards, and has contributed to drafting national standards for thermal insulation and energy certification of buildings.

Mr Brenton Grear

Brenton Grear is the recently appointed Director, Green Adelaide, within the Department for Environment and Water. Green Adelaide will transform our city into a world-leading, sustainable, green and climate resilient city for the soon to be established Green Adelaide Board. Formerly the Regional Director, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Brenton has had a long career in public land management, ecological restoration and natural resources management throughout South Australia. In his spare time, Brenton loves spending time with his family and getting into nature – taking long walks in Australia’s high country and making use of his obsession for vintage surfboards.

Mr Adam Hannon

Adam Hannon is a Director of the COX Architecture studio in South Australia. His focus is the design and delivery of progressive, innovative, sustainable built form, which responds to the aspirations of his clients and the context of our changing urban environment. He has extensive experience leading COX on projects that reflect and enrich culture, diversity and civic life, including the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Adelaide Botanic High School, Karen Rolton Oval and Her Majesty’s Theatre. Adam is currently leading the COX team on the refurbishment of the Centre Court at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive, and the New Whyalla School project which aims to achieve a new benchmark in regional school design.

Industry Professor James Hayter

James Hayter is the Director of Oxigen Landscape, Urban Design and Industrial Design, and Industry Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Adelaide. His focus is on improving the health and productivity of our cities. He has led Oxigen to produce numerous notable projects including the redevelopment of Tonsley site (former Mitsubishi Plant), Flinders University Hub and Plaza, Greater Riverban Implementation Plan and Riverwalk Elder Park, Canberra Central Parklands, Kingston Foreshore, Lochiel Park Green Village, Master Plan for Townships of Yankalilla and Normanville, and the Green Infrastructure Paper.  

Professor Wong Nyuk Hien

Wong Nyuk Hien is a Professor and Vice Dean for Research, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD from Carnegie Melon University, USA. Professor Wong was the principal investigator of a number of research projects related to Urban Heat Island and urban climatic mapping and greenery, in collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), National Parks Board (NParks), Housing Development Board (HDB), National Environmental Agency (NEA) and Building Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore. He was also one of the key Principle Investigators for the development of the first Zero Energy Building at BCA Academy, Singapore.

Professor Dionysia (Denia) Kolokotsa

Denia Kolokotsa is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chaniá, Greece, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of European Cool Roofs Council. She is the project coordinator of a number of international projects including the Smart Grids Energy Management Staff, funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie and the development of a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform and think tank to promote innovation with nature-based solutions, funded by ThinkNature. She is also currently leading a Horizon 2020 project on residential retrofit assessment platform and demonstrations for near-zero energy and CO2 emissions with optimum cost, health, comfort and environmental quality. 

Mr Stewart Monti

Stewart Monti is a Research Associate on M-NEX, a global joint research project “The Moveable Nexus: Design-led Urban Food, Energy and Water Management Innovation in New Boundary Conditions of  Change". Stewart is coordinating the Sydney Living Lab under the oversight of Rob Roggema, Professor of Spatial Transformations at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. Collaborating with partners in Belfast, Amsterdam, Qatar, Tokyo and Detroit, the project is based around urban design and practice, and sees urban agriculture as a key facilitator of the Nexus, needing water and energy to become productive. Trained as an architect, he is also Business Development Manager at Atelier Ten environmental design consultants. This role allows him the opportunity to bridge research work with practical design projects. Some of Atelier Ten's work includes Gardens by the Bay and Jewel Changi Airport, as well as Adelaide's own South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Main Assembly Building at Tonsley Innovation District.

Dr Tim Muster

Dr Tim Muster is a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader for Adaptive Liveable Cities, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Future Cities as well as Science Leader of CSIRO Liveable, Sustainable, Resilient Cities Program. He was also the Stream Leader for the Urban Water Technologies for the Water Country Flagship, and Group Leader for the Functional Interfaces and Coatings within Surfaces and Nanoscience Program, CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering.

Associate Professor Priyadarsini Rajagopalan

Priya is a building scientist with extensive experience in energy and indoor environmental quality of buildings, urban climatology and urban thermal balance. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Sustainable Building Innovation Lab (SBi Lab) at School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Melbourne. Priya is also the Vice President of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA). She has coordinated several projects in the area of energy benchmarking and labelling of buildings, indoor air quality as well as urban heat island in the tropical and temperate climates.

Professor Gianluca Ranzi

Gianluca Ranzi is a Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia. Through his role as Director of the Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering, he has been involved in research and development of building components for the Australian construction industry. He is an active member of Standards Australia Committees BD-002, BD-032 and BD-066. His research interests range from the field of structural engineering to architectural science, building-to-grid integration and heritage conservation.

Professor David Sailor

David Sailor is a Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Director of the Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley where he conducted research in collaboration with the Energy and Environment Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Professor Sailor is a renowned expert in urban climate, with a focus on interactions between built infrastructure and the urban climate system, and applications in indoor and outdoor air quality management, building energy consumption, human health, and climate change. 

Professor Matthiaos (Mat) Santamouris

Matthiaos Santamouris is the Anita Lawrence Professor of High Performance Architecture, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Previously he was a Professor at The University of Athens, Greece. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Cyprus Institute, Metropolitan University of London, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Bolzano University, Brunnel University and National University of Singapore. Professor Santamouris is the Editor in Chief of the Energy and Buildings journal, an editor and author of 15 international books and nearly 300 scientific journal articles on topics related to heat island, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings. He is a Highly-Cited researcher according to Clarivate Analytics, with more than 25,000 citations.

Dr Ehsan Sharifi

Ehsan Sharifi is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is an advocate for the application of architectural sciences in place making practice. He conducts research in the impact of urban heat island on urban microclimates and outdoor public spaces, outdoor-thermal wind comfort, low carbon urban living, urban greening and climate change adaptation. He is currently leading the University of Adelaide team in the Place Agency Consortium, funded by the Myer Foundation.

Dr Mark Siebentritt

Mark is the Director of Edge Environment, Adelaide. He is an experienced leader and adaptation planner and has delivered over 60 climate change projects in the last 4 years. His career spans nearly twenty years with public and private sectors in planning, engagement, climate change, water and natural resource management. His focus is on how to bring rigorous technical information to bear on complex decision making processes in a way that respects and builds on local community and industry knowledge. He has worked with councils in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia to map urban heat islands and develop strategies to reduce their impact on the community and business.

Professor Veronica Soebarto

Veronica Soebarto is a Professor and leader of the Sustainability research stream and of the Environment and Building research unit in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Adelaide, South Australia. With architecture and architectural science background, her research spans from building thermal and energy simulation, environmental monitoring, sustainable building design and assessments, human thermal comfort and age-friendly built environment. She is currently leading an ARC Discovery project to investigate and improve the thermal environment of housing of older South Australians. She is an Associate Editor for Architectural Science Review and member of the Editorial Board of Energy and Buildings and Journal of Building Performance Simulation.

Professor Jørn Toftum

Jørn Toftum is professor of ventilation and indoor climate in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, where he during almost 30 years has been involved in research in building energy performance, indoor environment control, and in particular in the interaction between the indoor environment and human comfort, health and productivity.  

Dr Stephen White

Dr Stephen White is the Leader of the Energy Efficiency Domain, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). He is an international expert in solar air-conditioning and refrigeration where he has served on various international and national committees including for the International Journal of Refrigeration, the UK “Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy” (i-STUTE) and for the International Energy Agency Task 48 “Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling”. He has been a leading proponent of the world first AS5389 solar cooling energy savings calculation standard, and various industry road-mapping exercises.

Associate Professor Yupeng Jack Wu

Yupeng Jack Wu is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Energy Technologies at The University of Nottingham, UK. He received his PhD from The University of Warwick and has been working on building energy simulation and integration of renewable energy systems into buildings and built environment for over fourteen years, focusing on the design, fabrication and experimental characterisation of the optical and thermal performance of solar systems. Dr Wu is the Research Leader in 'Low Carbon Building Design and Simulation' in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment and in charge of the Building Physics Laboratory. He has worked on and led funded research projects with a total value in excess of £3m, exploring energy efficient technologies, solar energy, and advanced solar building facades. 

Ms Maria Zotti

Maria Zotti is a specialist in environment, sustainability and public health policy and law and in connecting urban communities to nature. She is currently the Manager of Sustainability Policy at the City of Adelaide where she is committed to positioning Adelaide as a green, liveable city and an international leader in responding to environmental change. Maria has also held roles as Principal Policy Officer and Ministerial Advisor in the Environment and Conservation Portfolio, CEO of Nature Play SA and a Lecturer in Environmental Law and Policy, Public Health Law and Policy and Food Law and Policy at Flinders University and University of Newcastle.

Ms Marina Aburas

Marina Aburas is a PhD candidate investigating functional glazed design solutions for building envelopes via integration of smart window technologies. Marina is based in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, working on a joint interdisciplinary research project between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham (UK).

Wine Centre

About Adelaide

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia and the fifth-most populous city of Australia.

Surrounded by nature and remarkable green spaces, the city is home of a vibrant cultural scene, important historical landmarks and innovative education institutions.

Where to stay

There are numerous selections of accommodation within walking distance to the National Wine Centre on North Terrace Campus. Some of them are shown below. Please contact the hotels directly.

How would you benefit from supporting the event?

Exposure to a wide audience
H2CS will attract, policy makers, built environment practitioners, architects, urban designers, planners, developers, researchers and the general public. By aligning your brand to the event you can demonstrate your commitment to sustainable development not just to the South Australian audience but also at the national and international levels. 

Building relationships with world-class researchers
The School of Architecture and Built Environment and the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, are renowned for their research into sustainable environment, design, engineering and technology. We are keen to build or strengthen our collaboration with you to ensure that our research is relevant and can further support your organisation as a key player in achieving sustainable built environment.

More information

If you're interested in finding out more about our gold, silver and bronze sponsorship packages, please contact:

Dr Ehsan Sharifi
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Phone: +61 8 8313 0317
Email: ehsan.sharifi@adelaide.edu.au


About SABE

The School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide is where human-centred, sustainable futures are designed.

Across the Faculty, we conduct world-class research that is consistently ranked in the top 1% of Universities internationally. Our research activities cover different areas from culture and history to housing and healthy cities. We are committed to research excellence within two streams: humanism and sustainability.

About the Environment and Building Research Group

Grounded in architectural science and interdisciplinary research, the Environment and Building research unit focuses on advancing knowledge to plan, design, operate and manage our built environment.

This is to ensure that buildings will not only contribute positively to the environment, they will also improve the quality of life for children to grow well, for adults to work well, and for older people to age well.


Gold sponsor

Place Agency


Bronze sponsors

Australian Institute of Architects