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14th Conference on Advanced Building Skins 2019, Bern, Switzerland

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International platform for architects, engineers, scientists and the building industry


Architects, engineers and representatives of the worldwide building industry will meet at the International Conference on Advanced Building Skins in Bern to discuss the latest trends and new developments in sustainable building design. The conference is Europe’s leading event on building envelopes and combines top-class presentations with active networking in the construction industry. This year, over 150 speakers from 30 nations will present new projects and developments in the design of building skins.


The conference will be conducted in the English language.

All presentations will be online: live and on demand


The presentations will be broadcast live from the Conference center in Bern on 28 and 29 October. To avoid a potential conflict with your schedule, the presentations will continue to be available on-demand after the conference for a period of one year. This will enable you to be part of the conference even if you live in North America or Asia.


Why you should attend


In our webinar you will learn:

  • How responsive building envelopes will adopt to future climate change (session A3).
  • How to raise the efficiency of kinetic façades with biomimetics (session B2).
  • What are the advantages of electrochromic, thermochromic and liquid crystal glass technologies (session B3).
  • Why shading must be dynamic (session B4).
  • How to optimize construction costs with parametric performance analysis (session C5).
  • How to develop complex façades with Envelope Information Modeling (session C6).
  • How adjustable thermal insulation will reduce heating and cooling loads (session D2).
  • How new coatings will reduce façade maintenance cycles (session D4).


Conference program

In a total of 24 sessions over 150 speakers are giving presentations. You can download the detailed conference program here.



You have a scheduling conflict?

Presentations will be available on-demand for one year. In addition, you will get a copy of the conference documentation, i.e. an 830-page document with the full papers from the speakers and their contact details.




The cost for attending the conference at the Kursaal in Bern is €680. The webinar will cost €280 for a single user, €480 for two users, and €980 for a company license. The price includes the live stream and online access to each presentation for a year, and the conference documentation including the full papers from the speakers. Please click here to register.



The Conference Committee

Cinzia Abbate, AeV Architetti, Rome, Italy
Rachel Becker, Director, National Building Research Institute, Haifa, Israel
Ben Bridgens, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, UK
Steve Burroughs, University of Canberra, Australia
David Frey, HOK Los Angeles, and HOK Engineering, San Francisco
Michael Garrison, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Andreas Hempel, International Academy of Architects; former President Association of German Architects BDA
Hans-Martin Henning, Head of Thermal Systems and Buildings, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
Eckhart Hertzsch, President, Joanes Foundation, Germany
Andreas Karweger, Managing Director, Advanced Building Skins GmbH, Switzerland
Leo Lau, Director, Green Energy and Green Manufacturing Technology R&D Center, Chengdu, China
Zhenjun Ma, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong, Australia
Carl Maywald, Head of Research & Development, Vector Foiltec, Bremen, Germany
Dieter Moor, Ertex-Solar, Austria
Fabian Ochs, Unit for Energy Efficient Buildings, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Valentina Puglisi, Architecture Building and Construction Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Christian Renken, CREnergie, Switzerland
Michiel Ritzen, Faculty of Science & Technology, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Ramkishore Singh, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Wolfram Sparber, Director, Department of Renewable Energies, European Academy, Bolzano, Italy
Mitsuhiro Udagawa, Prof. Emeritus, Department of Architecture, Kogakuin University, Japan
Stephen Wittkopf, Technology & Architecture, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

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