Call for Papers





Advancing Toward Net Zero  |  June 24 – 25, 2013, Pomona, CA

The Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. are pleased to announce a peer-reviewed technical symposium to explore the state of the art in professional and academic approaches and experiences related to the design and implementation of net zero buildings.


The Building Enclosure Sustainability Symposium (BESS) was initiated in 2009 through a partnership of the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.  The symposium was designed to bring together professionals from academia, architecture, engineering and construction, as well as students, to discuss state-of-the-art sustainable building enclosure design.  In 2013, BESS will be partnering with SB13 to become BESS-SB13 CALIFORNIA.  SB13 is part of a major international series of Sustainable Building Conferences that focuses on sustainable building and construction supported by the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE).  The SB conference series, now on a three-year cycle, is recognized as the world’s preeminent meeting in this important field.  The three-year conference cycle begins with a year of planning in 2012, followed by regional conferences in 2013, and culminates in an international event in 2014. In 2013, BESS-SB13 CALIFORNIA will be the only U.S. conference among nine regional conferences to be held in different countries around the world; the international conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain in 2014.


BESS-SB13 CALIFORNIA will provide a forum for sharing state-of-the-art knowledge in the design and advancement toward net zero buildings.  Speakers are invited to propose new solutions that enhance the ways we live, work, and play in built environments at different scales and locations.  To achieve this, BESS-SB13 CALIFORNIA will focus on six major topics:  innovative design, improving existing building stock, validation, affordability, user control, and education.  The presentation and discussion of these topics in two activity-packed days will provide attendees with a fresh perspective on tools and the knowledge needed to achieve buildings with a minimum environmental impact.  Papers will be rigorously reviewed by an international panel of leading experts, and the top papers for this conference will be fast-tracked for inclusion at SB14 in Barcelona.

Architects, engineers, building scientists, sustainability consultants, educators, contractors, product manufacturers, utility professionals, industry members, students, policy makers, and related professionals are invited to submit papers for blind peer review, presentation, and publication in the symposium proceedings.  Submitted papers should address the following topics:

Innovative Design

Innovative passive heating and cooling strategies, integrated building renewable systems low carbon design, daylighting studies, integrated design approaches, high performance case studies, sustainable building design methods and strategies, new materials and systems, highly efficient  mechanical systems, and energy solutions.

Improving Existing Building Stock Performance      

Strategies to reduce energy consumption, building enclosure enhancements, energy-producing facades, use of thermal mass, case studies, and owner return on investment.


Measurement and verification of built projects, evaluation of tools for predicting and measuring building performance, new tools and techniques for modeling energy, and thermal comfort performance.

Affordable Sustainability

Designing and building with limited resources in developed and less developed countries, international collaboration, sustainable architecture and planning as a tool for social change, innovative low energy, and low budget case studies.

Empowering the User

Impact of user control on building operation and user comfort, and post-occupancy evaluation of building performance involving user control.


Sustainable design education and best practices (pre-k-12, college, university, and professional education), innovative methods, integrated environmental curricula, and sustainable buildings as learning laboratories.

Peer Review and Electronic Manuscript Format:
BESS/SB13 is a two stage blind peer review process conducted by the Scientific Committee. In the first stage the Scientific Committee reviews the technical content of the paper and ensures that it is formatted according to the conference guidelines. The second stage will confirm that reviewers’  recommendations were addressed while ensuring publication quality. The BESS/SB13 Paper Template must be used when submitting to the first and second stage peer review process. No exceptions are made.

1.    Use the following Paper Template
2.    For Stage 1 please do not include your name, institution or any identifying makes.
3.    Papers should be submitted as Word files (.doc and .docx) and should not exceed 4,000 words / 8 megabytes and should have no identifying marks (including those automatically generated by word processing programs). Images should be embedded in the Word files.

Instructions for submitting papers:

  1. All materials should be submitted via the “OpenConf” system which can be accessed at
  2. From the main page (OpenConf Home), in the “Authors” section, click “Make a Submission.”
  3. A submission form will appear. Fill in the details requested, including Paper Title, whether you are a student, Author Name(s), Author Organization(s), Designate a Contact Author, and choose one of the six paper topics. You can leave the Keywords and Abstract forms blank at this time. Choose a password and click “Make Submission.”
  4. On the next screen, click “Proceed to upload file.” Papers should be submitted as Word files and should not exceed 4,000 words / 8 megabytes and should have no identifying marks (including those automatically generated by word processing programs). Images should be embedded in the Word files.
  5. You should receive a confirmation email following your submittal.
  6. You can edit your submission until the deadline by clicking on “Edit a submission” in the Authors section.
  7. Please do not submit a pdf. Only Microsoft Word files will be accepted. Both .doc and .docx file types are allowed.
  8. Papers are due by 4 February 2013, 3:00PM (PDT).
  9. Questions should be directed to


07/11/12 Call for Papers Announced
02/04/13 Deadline to Submit Papers
03/15/13 Notification of Acceptance / Rejection of Papers
03/22/13 Author/Presenter Agreement & RSVP
04/22/13 Final Papers Due with Consideration of Peer Review Comments
04/25/13 Early Bird Registration Deadline
06/03/13 PowerPoint Presentations Due
06/24/13 – 06/25/13 Conference