Key Dates        

  • Abstract competition closed 30 June 2021

  • Abstract submissions closed 11 July 2021        

  • Reviewer comments returned by 16 August 2021

  • Paper submission deadline 15 January 2022

  • Initial paper reviews completed 22 February 2022

  • Revised paper submission deadline 22 March 2022


Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit full papers.


Papers submitted must adhere to guidelines in this template

Page limit: 10 pages.

Key Dates

Paper submission deadline 15 January 2022

Reviewer comments returned by 22 February 2022

Revised paper submission deadline 22 March 2022


CIB World Building Congress 2022: Building Our Future

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

27th – 30th June 2022

Hybrid in-person/online event

Every three years, the CIB holds the World Building Congress (WBC) to connect the international building community, discuss the latest research, share insights and inspiration to improve projects worldwide, and create lasting networks for future collaboration.


WBC2022 will focus the building community’s attention on making our world a better place to live.  The future of the built environment is full of possible ways we might respond to the challenges of the present.  Which future will we build, and how?  The aim of WBC2022 is to inform practice to enhance the lives of current and future generations.  Join us (in Melbourne or online) in Building Our Future.

WBC2022 Themes     

  • Climate change and environmental sustainability, including construction and demolition waste and sustainable supply chains;  

  • Addressing poverty and inequality, especially through access to appropriate social and affordable housing;  

  • Digital Construction/Construction 4.0; 

  • Smart built environment/smart cities/smart communities including transport networks;  

  • Industrialised/offsite construction/pre-assembly; 

  • Responding to COVID-19 – how the built environment supports health and well-being and how construction and the built environment contribute to economic recovery. 


Key Dates                         

  • Abstract competition closed 30 June 2021

  • Abstract submissions closed 11 July 2021        

  • Reviewer comments returned by 16 August 2021

  • Abstract competition winner announced 16 August 2021             

  • Paper submission deadline 15 January 2022             

  • Initial paper reviews completed and decisions returned to authors by 22 February 2022        

  • Revised paper submission deadline 22 March 2022                   


Abstract word limit: 250.

Experienced and new researchers are encouraged to attend the Congress. Only original abstracts that have not been published or presented at other meetings will be considered.  Full research papers, reviews and case studies will be considered through the review process. 


The conference has a strong reputation for working with established publishers.  Papers may be put forward for publication with our publishing partners. Publication of papers will be made through CIB, and selected papers will benefit from our strong association with scientific journals.

Categories for Abstracts

When submitting an abstract or paper, authors must choose one of the following categories:

  • Accelerating innovation in construction (TG96)

  • Advancements in utilizing expertise and automation to increase project performance (W117)

  • Architectural, spatial and infrastructure planning, and the fourth Industrial Revolution (W096, W101 & TG91)

  • Building digital twins

  • Building stronger legal foundations for our construction future (W113)

  • Challenges and opportunities to the use of data in construction (W055 & TG81)

  • Circular Built Environments (TG88, T1-SC, W116 & One Planet SBC)

  • Collaborating for innovation in the built environment: re-energising CIB

  • The common good (W099 & W123)

  • Durability & climate change: Implications for building design & construction practice

  • Enhancing the education and work environment for people in construction (W089 & W123)

  • General (other)

  • Intelligent buildings for the future (W098)

  • Learning from the pandemic for a smart and sustainable future (W102, W112, W116, W118 & W123)

  • Managing risk through knowledge management (W102)

  • Moisture Safety – From Science to Practice (W040)

  • Offsite construction: empowering future resilience and capability (W121)

  • Open building: the key to a regenerative housing stock (W104)

  • Organisation and management of construction: New challenges and opportunities (W055 & W065)

  • Public private partnerships: past, present and future (W122)

  • Reusing, Recycling and Upcycling Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste (W115)

  • Smart and sustainable buildings and cities (W116 & TG96)

  • Sustainable Facility Management and Maintenance (W070)

  • Urban resilience: implications, considerations, and the way forward (W120)


Detailed category descriptions are available here


You’re encouraged to submit abstracts as early as possible in order to receive prompt feedback. Early acceptance will enable you to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate for the Congress.


the Abstract Competition HAS CLOSED.  WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED 9 AUG 2021!


When submitting your abstract, respond to the following challenge question to enter the competition:

In 300 words or fewer, explain how your abstract relates to "Building Our Future" and describe how the future of your research area will look.

The winner will be notified by 16 August 2021.  Only one response per abstract will be considered.  Only one author of the winning abstract will receive free registration.

Further information can be obtained from


WBC2022 Local Organising Committee

Building 8, Level 8, 360 Swanston Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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