We are honoured to invite you to attend the 1st International Symposium on Building Pathology (ISBP-2015) that we will be hosting from 24th to 27th March 2015 in Porto, Portugal.

The ISBP conferences aim at attracting a balanced portion of delegates from academia, industry and research institutions; providing a binding platform for academics and industrialists to learn with the past and current building pathologies and encouraging the systematic application of that knowledge to the design, construction and management of buildings. Building pathology is the scientific study of the nature of building failure and its causes, processes, development and consequences. In order to provide an economic and effective remedy to building defects it is essential to identify properly the cause in order to address the problem.

This first International Conference will be held in cooperation with the CIB W086 Commission - Building Pathology supporting the discussion of the Problems on Building Pathology - The Research and the Practice. The main objectives are to produce information which will assist in the effective management of service loss; to develop and evaluate methodologies for the assessment of defects and failures; to propose methodologies for the prevention and mitigation of building defects; to analyze costs associated with building pathology and to disseminate findings among all those involved in the production and management of buildings.

Established since the 12th Century, Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe. Its climate is mild with both Atlantic and Mediterranean characteristics. The historic city of Porto is located in the North of Portugal and was classified as World Heritage by Unesco in 1996. It has good accessibility with an International Airport just a few kilometres away from the centre.

We will be happy to welcome you to Porto!
Signatures - Vasco Peixoto de Freitas e Helena Corvacho


FEUP - Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto CIB - International Council for Building NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology