Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest in Architecture and Urbanism
Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest in Architecture and Urbanism

Conference Overview

  • 01, Feb / 03, Feb 2017
  • Barcelona, Spain
Conference Email
[email protected]

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Alternative energy, being mainly considered as Renewable energy, appears to be one of the pivotal ‘wedges’ that can combat global warming and stabilize the climate, through the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, much of alternative energy is evenly distributed on earth and may be harvested in such way that can overcome the geographical inequalities.

The world is in critical need to search for alternative and renewable energy, where the importance of its technologies have been growing significantly. Due to a number of reasons, this is extremely important for the future of our society. Renewable energy still has a long way to go, in order to replace fossil fuels and become a primary source of energy consumption, but current policies, social awareness and academic research are definitely moving in the right direction. This trend is especially relevant in the field of on-site implementation. From territorial to building scale, the energy question has turned to be essential in physical planning and design. The integration of alternative energy technology in Cities, Districts and Buildings will significantly decrease the current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, thus having a positive environmental impact for our entire planet.

Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest in Architecture and Urbanism”, the AREQAU conference organized by IEREK and ETSAV – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH, seeks to promote and disseminate knowledge of the integration of technologies of renewable and alternative energy in physical design.

The AREQAU conference aims to showcase to the international community, the groundbreaking results of the work in the fields of renewable energy research, development, application or design. It will provide a platform for researchers, scientists, manufacturers, institutions, world agencies, and societies to keep up with new developments in theory and physical design applications and to provide alternative energy solutions to current issues such as the greenhouse effect, sustainable and clean energy issues. AREQAU conference is a unique chance that provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration.

Conference Topics
  1. 1. Renewable Energy Harvesting & Biophysical Matrix.

    • Production of Alternative Energy Sources

    • Biomass Utilization and Conversion .
    • Solar Energy and Thermal Application .
    • Wind Energy .
    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Applications .

  2. 2. Renewable Energy Production At Community Scale.

    • The Distributive Design discourse
         • Geothermal Energy and ground-­
    source heat pump .
         • Solar Energy and Thermal Application .

  3. 3. The Building As A Renewable Energy Plant.

         • Geothermal Energy and ground-­source heat pump .
         • Solar Energy and Thermal Application .

  4. 4. City Infrastructure And Renewable Energy Distribution.

    • From centralization to territorial distribution.

  5. 5. District And Block, Distribution On Demand.

    • Grid Interactive Systems.

  6. 6. The Near Zero Energy Building Concept.

    • On the track of energy consumption control
         • Innovative Bio climatic Architecture .
         • Green Building, Green Facades and Passive Designs .

  7. 7. Ict In City Scale Energy Use & Optimization.

    • Energy use enhancement in the Smart City discourse
         • Renewable Energy System in Smart Cities.

  8. 8. Energy Management In District Energy Systems.

    • Modelling Energy flow and District Performance Simulation.

  9. 9. Energy Savings And Performance In Buildings.

    • Analysis and monitoring of renewable energy systems in buildings.

  10. 10. New Trends & Research In Renewable Energy.

    • Applied research as powerhouse for the RE economy
         • Applications.
         • Novel Energy Conversion.
         • Case Studies.

  11. 11. Eco-friendly Modes Of Transportation.

    Reduce emission from vehicles.

  12. 12. Public Awareness & Education On Renewable Energy.

        • The role of institutions in RE social outreach .

  13. 13. Governance & Policy Making For Renewable Energy.

    • State of art in RE policies. Future Challenges
         • Financing in RE and implementation .

  14. 14. Infrastructure Transportation Networks,and Energy Efficiency For Sustainable Development
Benefits Of Attending

Attending conferences is very beneficial on the professional level. Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career.

You not only get to hear presentations but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about. You learn from experts in the field. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.

Not to mention, getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people andculture.

Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technology is related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.

It is an opportunity to engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.

Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hard cover book or in digital format on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstract.

Digital archive all conference papers are archived online in the IEREK  Library (http://www.IEREK.com) where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Journal participants may attend after the conference to submit an enhanced version of their research for possible publication at our journal on IEREK website.

Author Instructions

Download writing template from Here!

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.
A maximum of a 300-word abstract is to be reviewed.

After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template. To meet ELSEVIER’s instructions, make sure that your abstract in your full paper does not exceed 100 words (extra words could be moved to the introduction).


Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper (maximum 12 pages, and any extra page will be charged 50 USD). For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

English will be the official language of the Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest  in Architecture and Urbanism Conference. Writing Templates: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the formatting style described below for submitting an abstract as this format is required for the full paper.


Important Dates
Title Date Notes
Abstract Submissions Deadline 31st August 2016
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 14th September 2016 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
Full Paper Submission Deadline 14th November 2016
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 14th December 2016
Early Payment Deadline 29th September 2016
Regular Payment Deadline 30th November 2016 [ A requirement after a paper has received preliminary acceptance!]
Late Payment Deadline 22nd January 2017 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Final Issuing of Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 17th December 2016 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance 17th December 2016 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full Paper.
Conference Program 3rd January 2017
Conference Launch 31st January 2017 The conference will last for 3 days from Feb.1 to Feb.3
Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers committee to go through the revision process:

Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented as well as a sound literature and methodology of work.

First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.


In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

The full papers that paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?
(2) Is the writing and structure clear?
(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?
(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?
(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?
(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?
(7) Has the author used appropriate methodology and explained them clearly?
(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?
(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

The conference proceedings will be published by ELSEVIER at the Procedia journal. Also, ELSEVIER shall include the journal as a part of (Sciencedirect.com) services as open access. The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates from IEREK that they have attended the conference and presented their papers. Moreover, their papers being published by ELSIEVIER can be added to their certificates of experience and can be presented to the official authorities concerned. The online publication at sincedirect.com maybe appears in a different version of what was announced and according to what is convenient for the goal of the conference and what IEREK sees which is suitable in time and meets conference aim and focus.    
Plagiarism Policy
IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.
Conference Fees
Note: The fees are not subject to waving and IEREK does not offer financial support to the applicants. Payment during the conference days is strictly prohibited.


  • Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a Ph.D. candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference.
  • These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row 1, for the early payment or row 2 or normal payment)
  • A research paper fees allow only one author, whether he is the corresponding author or any co- author to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference book in both hard and soft copy (a Printed book + a CD)
  • In case of there are co- authors (1-5 maximum) Each Co-Author has to pay the specified fees (As shown in the table, row 4) without attending. In case of one or more of these authors need to attend the conference, they should complete the fees to attend as audience (Shown in the table, row 5)
  • The fees of Conference book (hard copy + CD) for audiences and co- authors, is shown in the table row 3
  • In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they must pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 5).


  • A discount for the author fees is granted to those who pay the fees before September 23, 2016, allowing them to pay only (€350) instead of (€400).
    Additionally, the online open access fees at sciencedirect.com are fixed and will not get the discount offer, even if the fees were paid early.

Cancellations / Refunds

  • Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a €100 administration charge. If the acceptance letter was sent, then this means that proceedings book is already in the publishing process, which means the fees cannot be refunded.
    Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.
Regular Attendance Fees
Fees for Audiences (Learners,Interests ) EUR 300
Co-Authors Fees
Fees for (1st-5th) Co-Authors (per person) EUR 50
Authors & Publication Fees
Fees for Authors for Early Payment (Before September 23, 2016) EUR 350
Fees for Authors (Regular - Paper Fees) EUR 400
Late Payment EUR 500
Other Services Fees
Publishing and proceeding Fees (including USB Flash) EUR 100
Refund / Withdrawal Policy
  • Once an acceptance letter has been issued, this means that the proceedings book is already in the publishing process and a refund will not be possible.
  • In case your visa got rejected or if you were not able to get a security clearance for travel:
    • You are required to provide us with the rejection letter from the embassy/consulate or the office responsible for security clearances and in that case, you may choose to let your co-author present your research on your behalf free of charge, without having to pay an attendance fee. If you do not have a co-author, we will assign a member of the scientific committee to present on your behalf.
    • If you, as an author, and your co-author are both attending the conference, your co-author will be required to pay an attendance fee.
  • Kindly note that once you have uploaded your Abstract or Full Paper, this means you are accepting its publishing on IEREK, accordingly, your submission will only be removed from our website according to the following policy:
    • If the Abstract or Full Paper was rejected by the reviewing committee, no penalties or payments are needed to be paid.
    • In case the Abstract was accepted or you received the Preliminary Acceptance of your full paper, this means that an effort was done by the reviewing committee in the revision process and by IEREK staff members so removal of your Abstract / Paper from the website, will not be possible unless the revision fees are paid as follows:
      • For an Abstract: €50
      • For a Full Paper: €150

    • This policy is used to ensure the commitment and the seriousness of an author when his/ her paper is accepted to complete his/her registration and not be limited to only getting the acceptance.
    • As a research institute that encourages the propagation of peer-reviewed, research-based manuscripts, all authors must understand the gravity and seriousness of the publication process and be fully committed to it.

An author having more than one paper will enjoy 40% discount on the second paper, this applies only on conference fees excluding publications

  • You will receive a full refund if you send your request 45 days before the event, in that case, only a 20 percent transaction fee will be deducted.
  • If you request a refund after the 45 days period, you will only get approval in the case that your visa has been rejected and you have submitted the rejection letter itself. According to the reason of rejection from the embassy or consulate, the amount of money refunded back to you will be determined based on the following:
    • If the rejection reason stated that the rejection was the applicant’s fault for not submitting the required documents to receive a visa, an administrative fee will be deducted from the amount refunded back to the applicant ONLY if he/she sends the request before the event as no refunds are allowed after the given date.
    • If the rejection reason was decided for reasons that the applicant cannot be accounted for, a refund will be allowed with the 20 percent transaction fees deducted.
  • Please note that IEREK is only responsible for providing applicants with visa invitation letters that will help ease the process of receiving the visa but is not responsible for the approval or rejection of applicants who apply for visas.
Venue & Location

ETSAV – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH

ETSAV – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH, commonly referred to as UPC_BarcelonaTECH and also named just as UPC, is the first-ranked technological university in Spain and offers a wide range of studies in architecture, sciences and engineering.

UPC‘s objectives are based on internationalization, as it is Spain’s technical university with the highest number of international PhD students and Spain’s university with the highest number of international master’s degree students. UPC offers the highest degree of engineering/technical excellence and has bilateral agreements with several top-ranked universities across the world.

Architecture at UPC is internationally acknowledged for its excellence, being ranked among the top 25 universities worldwide. ETSAV is the Metropolitan School of Architecture at UPC and a groundbreaking institution in sustainability research and technological transfer.


Carrer de Pere Serra, 1-15, 08173 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain


City Information


Catalonia and Barcelona has become one of the first tourist destination of Spain, it knows how to please the big majority : with a history among the oldest in Europe, a capital, Barcelona, which never sleeps and an inland full of charm not to forget beautiful beaches in La Costa Brava. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture , Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso …

Barcelona sited between the sea and the mountains, has found a formidable balance: a foot in the traditional things and the other in the avant-garde. Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain and it has renewed for the 1992 Olympic Games.

Travel to Barcelona:

Barcelona is served by Barcelona-El Prat Airport, about 17 km (11 mi) from the center of Barcelona. The airport is connected to the city by highway, commuter train (Barcelona Airport railway station) and scheduled bus service.

The city’s main Inter-city rail station is Barcelona-Sants station, whilst Estació de França terminus serves a secondary role handling suburban, regional and medium distance services.


These are the suggested hotels that you can use for accommodation during the period of the conference. You can reserve your place by contacting the hotel or through their website or any booking website.
The rates are the average for the room per person based on websites information during the time period of the conference.
The hotel rates displayed below are per night and may change according to the hotel offers.

Please note:

  • Check the hotel website, as they may have special offers durig this period, and also to check the availability.
  • These are just suggestions that we found most suitable for accommodation, they are not mandatory.
  • Click the hotel name in the table to access the website
Hotel Address Contact Average Rate
Catalonia Castellnou Castellnou, 61, 08017 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 932 03 05 50
Denit Barcelona Carrer d’Estruc, 24, 08002 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 93 545 4000
+34 93 492 22 44
Catalonia Mikado Passeig de la Bonanova, 58, 08017 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 932 11 41 66
Astoria 3* Carrer de París, 203, 08008 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 932 09 83 11
Acta Splendid Calle Muntaner, 2, 08011 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 934 51 21 42
Hotel Jazz Carrer de Pelai, 3, 08001 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 935 52 96 96
BCN Urban hotels gran Ducat Ronda de Sant Pere, 15, 08010 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 933 42 63 70
NH Barcelona Centro Carrer del Duc, 15, 08002 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 93 27 03 410
+34 91 600 81 46
Catalonia Park Güell Pg. Mare de Déu del Coll, 10 . 08023 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 93 219 12 04
Catalonia Sagrada Familia Aragó, 569 bis . 08026 Barcelona [email protected]
+34 93 245 89 05
Conference Program

The Conference’s detailed program is now available on IEREK‘s website, with a detailed schedule and the conference sessions.

Please click on the following link to download the AREQ exclusive program:

Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.