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International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2018)

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The 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2018): “Healthy, Intelligent, and Resilient Buildings and Urban Environments”, aims to advance the collective understanding of the nature and behaviour of the cyber-physical systems in these different scales, how they interact, and what can be done to optimise their design and operation for healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments.


Contributions are invited, but not limited to, the following topics:


Building Materials, Assemblies, and Enclosure Systems


  • Renewable bi-polymer agricultural by-products for buildings
  • Dynamic walls (e.g., double-façade)
  • Hygrothermal performance
  • Air barriers for leakage and moisture control
  • Controllable natural ventilation
  • Natural lighting vs. thermal mass utilisation
  • Green roofs
  • Adaptive windows
  • Solar heat gain and shading
  • Integrated building envelope and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Buildings for solar panels

Green Buildings, Green Roofs and the Urban Environment


  • Green roofs
  • Landscape architecture and urban ecology
  • Urban heat island effect (White and green roof impacts)
  • Extreme wind and the built environment
  • Modelling multiple building and urban energy flows (in and between buildings)
  • Urban form (Temporal and spatial variations of urban microclimate)
  • Outdoor thermal comfort
  • Pollutant transformation and transport (e.g., change of pollutant composition or particle size distributions)
  • District energy systems

Intelligent Monitoring and Management Systems


  • Low-cost sensors
  • “Virtual sensors”
  • Embedded sensing and monitoring
  • Sensor networks
  • Building energy management
  • Intelligent controls
  • Whole building system commissioning and diagnosis
  • Mobile sensing for low-energy design strategies
  • Optimisation of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and energy efficiency
  • Novel building system testbeds

Human Factors: Occupant Perception, Behaviour, and Impact on Building Performance


  • Occupant – building interactions
  • Responsive environments
  • Occupant behaviour
  • Individual and combined effects of indoor environmental (IE) factors
  • Personalised vs. shared IE
  • Comfort (visual, thermal and perceptional)
  • Trade-off between multiple IE factors

Indoor Environmental Quality 


  • Thermal, acoustical, lighting and air quality
  • Desirable and thresholds vs. actual conditions (historical, benchmarking and comprehensive surveys)
  • Pollutant sources, sinks and transport
  • Indoor air and surface chemistry
  • Daylighting
  • Airborne infectious diseases transmission, control and mitigation
  • Hydroponic systems for air purification
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in low-energy buildings
  • Integration of source control, ventilation and air cleaning
  • IEQ in various building types (schools, hospitals, offices, residences, etc.)

Environmental Control Equipment and Systems


  • Local thermal environmental control
  • Personal ventilation
  • Room air distribution
  • Multi-zone building pressure and flow balances
  • Inter-zonal heat, moisture and contaminant flows
  • Demand-based ventilation and economiser control
  • Personal ventilation and coordination with shared HVAC systems
  • Heat and energy recovery ventilator
  • Dehumidification and air conditioning
  • Air cleaning and filtration equipment
  • Equipment fault detection and diagnosis
  • Data centre cooling and pollution control
  • Integration of passive technologies with mechanical systems

Modelling, Simulation and Design Processes


  • Modelling multi-scale built environmental systems
  • Combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFDs)
  • Daylighting analysis
  • Combined and separated IEQ and energy simulations
  • Integrative design
  • Building information models (BIM) and databases
  • Multi-performance objective optimisation algorithms
  • Building design for disassembly
  • Plugins vs. standalone simulation software
  • Benchmarks for model verification and validation

Innovative Energy and Power Generation and Management


  • Combined heating, cooling and power
  • Building-integrated energy and power systems (wind, solar, geothermal)
  • The building as power plant
  • Building energy and ecosystem
  • Exergy
  • Peak demand management

Policy and Economics


  • Energy, environmental, societal and political factors
  • Green building standards and policy impact
  • Green infrastructure standards and policy impact
  • Life-cycle analysis
  • Energy planning and management

Mission Critical Environmental Systems


  • Latest code (ASHRAE 90.4 and 90.1) impacts on data centre designs
  • Gaseous pollutant source and transport into a data centre
  • Particulate pollutant source and transport into a data centre
  • Indoor air and surface chemistry
  • Integration of source control, ventilation and air cleaning
  • Methods to reduce contaminant levels
  • Desirable and thresholds vs. actual conditions (historical, benchmarking and comprehensive surveys)
  • Energy efficient systems that use outside air effectively
  • Controlling temperature and humidity
  • Controlling and measuring air quality
  • Cost effective designs for maintaining environment
  • Data Centre air distribution
  • Demand-based ventilation and economiser control
  • Integration of passive technologies with mechanical systems to maintain the environment

Important dates


  • Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: November 15, 2017
  • Deadline for full paper submission: April 1, 2018

For further information, please visit the conference website at the link provided below

Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, College of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
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