The rapidly developing world, economic intensification and the evolution of urban development
have caused a massive surge in environmental pollution, energy consumption and carbon emission.
Construction plays a significant role in the emergence of ecological problems where specific attention
has to be devoted to develop sustainable and green solutions in the design of buildings and structures.
The main aim of the First International Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Structures (ICSBS
2015) is to cultivate research interaction between academics, researchers and practicing professionals
from different communities in the multidisciplinary context of sustainability in built environment and
infrastructure system.

The main themes of the ICSBS 2015 centre on the state-of-the-art research in
sustainable structural engineering (i.e. concrete, steel and composite structures), structural durability and
hazard mitigation, sustainable building design and innovative technologies as well as building information
modelling and innovative urban development or regeneration. The ICSBS 2015 publication consists of
37 high standard full length peer reviewed papers and I am grateful to the authors and co-authors for their
contributions to this volume. I would to take this opportunity to thank the Local Organising Committee
and Technical Review Committee for helping make ICSBS 2015 a successful event. I would also like to
thank Funding for Advanced Academic Exchange Activities of Suzhou sponsored by Suzhou Association
For Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and Suzhou University of Science
and Technology for their financial supports.


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