EBC Secretariat (ESSU)
Mr. Malcolm Orme

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IEA Future Buildings Forum

The Aim of the Forum

The IEA Future Buildings Forum (FBF) has been established to identify long-term energy, environmental, economic, and technological issues, assess their potential effect on future buildings, and encourage research projects on these issues that will help to ensure that buildings contribute to a sustainable society by the year 2035 and beyond. Originally a resource only for the Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) on Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC), the role and activities of FBF have expanded to take account of the areas of interest of all buildings-related IEA TCPs.

FBF Meetings

The FBF is conducted under the buildings-related TCPs within the IEA Buildings Co-ordination Group. The most recent meeting of the FBF, a 'Think Tank Workshop', was held in Québec, Canada, with the theme, 'Existing Buildings: Pathways to Net Zero Carbon 2035', in October 2022. It has previously met in 1990, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2013 and 2017, to identify and collectively agree on the relevant long-term issues to be studied. 


  • Think Tank Workshop 2022, "Existing Buildings: Pathways to Net Zero Carbon 2035", 19th - 21st October 2022, Gatineau, Québec, Canada
    Report (PDF 13MB)
  • Think Tank Workshop 2017, "Transforming Cities In Hot And Humid Climates Towards More Efficient And Sustainable Energy Use", 24th – 25th  October 2017, Singapore 
    Report (PDF 2MB)
  • Transforming the Built Environment by 2035: Meeting Energy and Environmental Targets, 11 - 12 April, 2013, Soesterberg, Netherlands
    Results (PDF 1MB)
  • Future Sustainable Buildings and Communities, Workshop held 21-22 March 2007, Espoo, Finland
    Proceedings, vision and roadmap (PDF 0.5MB)
  • Buildings of the 21st Century: Developing Innovative Research Agendas, Workshop held 2001 
    Proceedings (PDF 8MB)
  • Low Temperature Heating Systems, Workshop held 1998
  • Methods for Analysing the Future of Buildings, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, June 25-28, 1994, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Ottawa, Canada
  • Innovative Cooling Systems, part of the Future Building Forum Workshop, Solihull, UK, 12-14 May 1992, UK, Oscar Faber Applied Research Ltd, 1992, ISBN 0 946075 69 7

Think Tank Workshop 24th - 25th October 2017 Presentations