This conference is jointly organized by the Engineering Faculty at Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) and Institute of Architectural Science at Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN). It comes as part of the academic partnerships project, entitled "Promotion of Energy-Efficient Buildings Towards Developing Sustainable Built Environment in the Gaza Strip-Palestine", which is implemented by the two institutions. The partnership project and this conference is funded by the Austrian Partnership programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR).

The conference will be held in Gaza, Palestine on 25-26 October 2016 at the main conference hall at IUG. It aims to bring together all key players including architects, engineers, planners, professionals, decision makers and involved researchers and academics worldwide to exchange knowledge and experiences and to discuss  the latest findings related to the topic of energy efficient buildings. It also aims to highlight this design and construction approach of buildings, and to contribute to the international trends towards more sustainable and environmentally-friendly built environment. In addition, the conference will be an opportunity to explore new potential international cooperative works, strengthen existing relations, and promote new initiatives and partnerships.

The conference seeks to attract high level papers presenting researches related to design and construction approaches, energy performance, monitoring, modeling and analysis, renewable energy technologies and applications, and policies, standards and management procedures to increase energy efficiency of buildings in order to save energy. It covers both new buildings as well as existing ones, with special focus on good practices towards conserving energy.

All interested researchers are invited to submit their papers in one of the conference main topics, or in any other relevant subjects. The best papers presented in the conference will be selected for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Engineering Research and Technology (JERT) issued by IUG. The language of the conference is English and Arabic, taking into consideration that (JERT) publishes papers written in English only.