Mr Henrique Sala Benites
Casual Academic

Mr Henrique Sala Benites

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

PhD candidate in the UNSW School of Built Environment with over 15 years of experience in architectural science, sustainability, and certifications schemes such as LEED and AQUA‐HQE. As an architect and urbanist, he holds a master’s degree in bioclimatic architecture and a postgraduate degree in urban engineering. Besides being an Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy Pioneer (2020), he engages in different initiatives of climate change, nature‐based solutions, urban sustainability, and circular economy, including the development of international standards.

My PhD research underway proposes a 'Regenerative Circularity for the Built Environment' (RC4BE) approach to be used in positive-impact transitions of existing urban areas. 

As an academic, researcher, and practitioner, my interests lie in most topics concerning built environment sustainability, on both building and urban scales, such as circular economy, regenerative design, community/precinct planning, building design and construction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, life cycle analysis, urban metabolism, nature-based solutions, livability, mobility, urban transitions, rating systems, urban heat island, etc.

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Sala Benites H; Osmond P, 2021, 'Bioconnections as Enablers of Regenerative Circularity for the Built Environment', Urban Planning, vol. 6, pp. 25 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/up.v6i4.4373
    Journal articles | 2020
    Sala Benites H; Osmond P; Rossi AMG, 2020, 'Developing Low-Carbon Communities with LEED-ND and Climate Tools and Policies in São Paulo, Brazil', Journal of Urban Planning and Development, vol. 146, pp. 04019025 - 04019025, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000545
  • Conference Papers | 2017
    Stark da Silva PW; Sala Benites H; Duarte DHS; Monteiro LM, 2017, 'Instrumentos urbanísticos para incremento de vegetação em áreas urbanas: análise comparada a partir da Quota Ambiental do município de São Paulo', in SINGEURB 2017 - I Simpósio Nacional de Gestão e Engenharia Urbana, São Carlos, SP, Brazil, presented at SINGEURB 2017 - I Simpósio Nacional de Gestão e Engenharia Urbana, São Carlos, SP, Brazil, 25 October 2017 - 27 October 2017
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Fretin D; Bedendo I; Szabo LP; Amodeo W; Sala Benites H; Spanengerg J, 2006, 'Investigation on a natural ventilation system using the structure design of a building', in PLEA2006 - The 23rd Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Geneva, Switzerland, 6-8 September 2006, presented at PLEA2006 - The 23rd Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Geneva, Switzerland, 6-8 September 2006, 06 September 2006 - 08 September 2006, http://web5.arch.cuhk.edu.hk/server1/staff1/edward/www/plea2018/plea/2006/index.html

Engaged in the following research activities:

  • Regenerative circularity for the built environment
  • Exploration of sustainability and liveability in existing eco urban developments
  • Bioconnectivity and nature-based solutions for the regeneration of social and environmental boundaries in urban areas
  • Decarbonisation of urban areas
  • Circular economy business models for the construction sector
  • Informal urbanism

Sessional academic tutoring for:

  • SUSD0002 Building Ecology and Life Cycle Thinking
  • SUSD003 Energy and the Built Environment
  • SUSD0016 Sustainable Infrastructure
  • ARCH1361 Architectural Science and Building Environment