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Intelligent Buildings International


An intelligent building provides a sustainable, responsive, effective and supportive environment within which individuals and organisations can achieve their objectives. Technology is fundamental, but is an enabler rather than an end in itself. Going beyond traditional engineering and architecture solutions, the Intelligent Buildings International (INBI) journal examines new methodologies and tools for intelligent buildings, smart materials and systems, and explores the wider context beyond theoretical foundations, linking practical solutions with philosophical or sociological considerations.

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Editorial board


Professor Derek Clements-Croome, School of Construction Management and Engineering, The University of Reading, UK


Middle East:
Dr Husam Al Waer, University of Dundee, UK

Far East:
Professor Baizhan Li, Chongqing University, China

South America:
Mrs Ivette Arroyo, Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dr Tallal Abdalbasit Saeed, University of Khartoum, Sudan

Eastern Europe:
Dr Ferenc Kalmár, University of Debrecen, Hungary


Dr Abbas Elmualim, School of Construction Management and Engineering, The University of Reading, UK


  • Dr Michelle Addington, Yale University, USA
  • Professor Hojjat Adeli, Ohio State University, USA
  • Professor David Arditi, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  • Professor George Baird, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Professor Peter Barrett, Salford University, UK
  • Mr Mike Beaven, Arups, UK
  • Dr Luc Bourdeau, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, France
  • Professor Jan Brochner, Chalmers University, Sweden
  • Professor Vic Callaghan, University of Essex, UK
  • Professor Chris Y H Chao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Professor Raymond Cole, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Professor Frank Duffy, CBE, DEGW, UK
  • Professor David Fisk, Imperial College London, UK
  • Professor John Gero, George Mason University, USA
  • Mr Ken Gray, Performance Building Partnership, UK
  • Professor Peter Guthrie, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Mohammed Hakim, Al-Baath University, Syria
  • Professor Volker Hartkopf, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Dr John Holden, BRE Ltd, UK
  • Professor Ji Jiang, Tsinghua University, P. R. China
  • Professor Yehuda Kalay, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Mr David Katz, Building Intelligence Quotient Consortium, Canada
  • Dr Georges Klepfisch, Belgian Centre for Domotics and Immotics, Belgium
  • Dr Ong Boon Lay, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Professor Owen Lewis, The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Ireland
  • Professor Kecheng Liu, University of Reading, UK
  • Dr Xiaoshu Lu, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
  • Professor Jerzy Mikulik, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Professor Shuzo Murakami, Keio University, Japan
  • Professor Marco Nieminen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
  • Mr Jim Read, Arup Communications, UK
  • Mr Alan Reading, Arup Communications, UK
  • Professor Olli Seppanen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
  • Professor Lee Siew Eang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Dr Rupert Soar, Freeform Engineering, UK
  • Professor Shin-Ichi Tanabe, Waseda University, Japan
  • Dr Jennifer Veitch, NRC Institute for Research in Construction, Canada
  • Professor Jay Yang, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Dr Runming Yao, Chongqing University, P. R. China
  • Professor Ken Yeang, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, UK

Abstracts and Indexing

  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Construction & Building Abstracts (CBA)
  • IBSEDEX International Building Services Abstracts
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology Inspec Database

Aims and scope

Intelligent buildings are ones in which the building fabric, space, services and information systems can respond in an effective manner to the demands of the owner, the occupier and the environment.

Intelligent buildings are essentially about people, processes and systems. The interdisciplinary nature of the design and management processes are important, together with emerging Methodologies and innovations such as smart materials, embedded systems and robotics. Evaluation tools are applied in an integrated and holistic manner. Intelligent Buildings International examines developments in the design, construction and operating processes for intelligent buildings, and explores the wider context, including practical solutions which take into account sociological and economic considerations. Lessons from nature and vernacular architecture will also feature.

The principal areas covered include:

  • understanding how the built environment affects people’s well-being
  • sustainable design and management
  • automation and innovative systems
  • approaches to design.

Going beyond traditional engineering and architectural solutions, and in an effort to overcome fragmentation at educational and professional levels, peer-reviewed research is complemented by contributions from industry specialists that critically evaluate technological developments. State-of-the-art analysis is also presented alongside system behaviour and rigorous case studies.

Topics covered by Intelligent Buildings International include:

  • Integration of design, management and operation processes
  • Assessment of rating methods
  • Smart materials for intelligent facades
  • Health indoor environments
  • Whole life performance and value
  • Regulations and standards
  • Biomimetic architecture
  • The impact of intelligent buildings on people and organizations
  • Development of IT and communication systems
  • Performance case studies
  • Technological forecasting, social change and innovation
  • Application of control and sensor technologies

Intelligent buildings International publishes peer-reviewed papers including:

  • Original research papers
  • State-of-the-art reviews and analyses
  • Case studies
  • Opinion pieces

The journal also publishes relevant commentary and review pieces including:

  • Visionary perspectives and commentaries
  • Technical notes
  • Book reviews

The editor welcomes manuscripts relating to the scope of journal and will be pleased to comment and advise on proposals. For more information email the editor at

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