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Advanced Building Skins 2017

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The aim of the 12th Advanced Building Skins Conference is to contribute to a multidisciplinary integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists and manufacturers to reduce energy consumption of buildings.


Topics covered include:


Policies, Finance, Business Models


  • Policies to overcome market barriers / Challenges to policy implementation
  • Incentives: moving beyond niche markets / Market strategies for sustainable buildings
  • Commercialisation: How to get sustainable building products into the market
  • Mandatory policies and community empowerment
  • Efficiency improvement programmes for existing buildings
  • Financing and new business models of building refurbishment
  • Economic evaluation of building retrofits / Cost optimisation of façade renovation
  • Building ownership and energy consumption
  • Urban development strategies for EcoCities / Applying sustainable urban-scale strategies at building level

Innovative Products and Technologies for the Building Skin


  • New materials for the building skin
  • Smart materials for intelligent building envelopes
  • Architectural membranes for high-performance building skins
  • Thermal performance of Phase Change Materials for the building skin
  • Eco materials for the building skin
  • Integrating solar technologies into the building envelope
  • Solar reflective technologies and shading systems for enhanced daylight control
  • Solar Decathlon projects and technologies

Advanced Building Skin Design


  • Design methods for sustainable, high-performance building façades
  • Responsive and adaptive building skins 
  • Biomimicry
  • Intelligent sensing, control and optimisation
  • Membranes for high performance building skins
  • High-tech lightweight building envelopes
  • Kinetic architecture
  • Green walls
  • Sustainable design with Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Parametric design and digital fabrication

Performance of the Building Envelope


  • Models, tools and simulations for sustainable buildings
  • Tools and models to optimise daylight performance
  • Building design optimisation / Building energy performance simulation
  • Optimal insulation levels of roofs and façades
  • Systems performance and benefits of new construction materials
  • Cost engineering and life cycle cost analysis
  • Building commissioning
  • Building certification: LEED, Passivhaus, Minergie and other certification systems
  • Natural ventilation and thermal behaviour of the building envelope

Important Dates


  • Deadline for paper proposals: 10 February 2017
  • Registration deadline for speakers: 10 April 2017
  • Submission deadline for full manuscripts: 1 June 2017
  • First announcement of the conference programme: 20 June 2017
  • Second announcement of the conference programme: 15 September 2017
  • Deadline for PowerPoint presentations: 15 September 2017

For further information, please visit the event’s website at:

Advanced Building Skins GmbH
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