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AIVC 2018 Conference "Smart Ventilation for Buildings"

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The 39th AIVC conference: "Smart ventilation for buildings" will be held on 18 and 19 September 2018 in Juan-les-Pins, France. It will also be the 7th TightVent conference and the 5th venticool conference.


Conference Scope


Energy and climate goals have been shaping many countries’ policy and legislative agendas in the EU and beyond in the past decade. The building sector plays a crucial role in achieving these goals, considering the energy use attributed to buildings and its huge potential for improved energy performance.


Better performing buildings must ensure an acceptable Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), by providing higher Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and comfort levels for their occupants. Building ventilation entails both challenges and opportunities to achieve this goal.


A specific challenge lies in providing smart ventilation—i.e., the desired IAQ benefits while minimising energy use, utility bills and other non-IAQ costs (such as thermal discomfort and noise). Building ventilation should also help prevent overheating with little energy use. Nevertheless, the correct functioning of ventilation systems, whether natural, mechanical or hybrid should not be compromised by excessive infiltration and uncontrolled airflows. While experience shows that these hurdles are difficult to pass, they also represent fantastic opportunities for design, method, and product development.


This is the context defining the core theme of the joint 39th AIVC, 7th TightVent and 5th venticool Conference as “Smart ventilation for buildings”.


The event will place its focus on:


  • Smart ventilation, IAQ and health relationships
  • Ventilation and airtightness
  • Ventilative cooling – Resilient cooling

Conference concept


The conference will consist of a mixture of:


  • well‐prepared and structured sessions focused on the conference topics;
  • presentations on invitation;
  • presentations arising from the call for papers.

Conference topics


Preference will be given to abstracts focusing on one of the following topics:


Smart ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and health relationships


  • Sensing technologies and control strategies for smart ventilation
  • Smart grid integration
  • Controls and user interaction
  • IAQ impacts from outdoor sources
  • IAQ metrics or performance indicators
  • Humidity control and moisture damage
  • Strategies to reduce exposure (filtration, air cleaning, source control)
  • Performance of residential cooker hoods
  • BIM (Building Information Modelling) and ventilation systems

Ventilation and (building) airtightness


  • Energy rating of ventilation product and systems
  • Innovative ventilation concepts and combined systems
  • Fan energy demand
  • Heat recovery issues (freezing, natural ventilation)
  • Risks related to building airtightness
  • Durability of building and ductwork airtightness
  • Energy and IAQ impact of envelope and ductwork leakage
  • Field data and case studies
  • Infiltration measurement techniques and IR thermography
  • Compliance schemes and barriers to innovation 
  • Ventilation in renovated buildings

Ventilative cooling - Resilient cooling:


  • Thermal comfort and ventilation;
  • Coupling of ventilation with cooling systems;
  • Ventilative cooling (design, technologies, components, controls, case studies);
  • Bioclimatic architectural design towards better summer performance
  • Technologies of passive cooling and overheating prevention
  • Personal comfort control during the hot season
  • Efficient part-time or zonal cooling, including options of precooling
  • Technologies and control strategies towards energy flexible buildings

Important dates


  • Deadline for abstract submission: March 20, 2018
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: April 20, 2018
  • Deadline for full paper submission: June 10, 2018

Selected papers will be invited for submission to special issues of the ‘International Journal of Ventilation’ and REHVA journals.


For further information please visit the conference website at:

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