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AIVC 2019 Conference "From energy crisis to sustainable indoor climate - 40 years of AIVC"

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The 40th AIVC conference will be held on 15 and 16 October 2019 in Ghent, Belgium. It will also be the 8th TightVent conference and the 6th venticool conference.


Conference Scope


In the past 40 years, since the first oil crisis in the seventies, energy and climate goals have been shaping many countries´ policy and legislative agendas. 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.


Whereas in the past most of the focus was on reducing the energy consumption, it is now clear that 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.


In 2019 the AIVC completes its 40th year of existence and the conference organisers thought that it would be good to pay a particular interest to the evolution during these 40 years.


This is the context defining the core theme of the joint 40th AIVC, 8th TightVent and 6th venticool Conference as: “From Energy crisis to sustainable indoor climate – 40 years of AIVC".


Conference concept


The conference will consist of 3 parallel sessions largely devoted to:


  1. Smart ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and health relationships
  2. Airtightness
  3. Ventilative cooling – Resilient cooling

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.
  • 90 seconds industry presentations

Conference Topics


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


Historical evolution e.g.:


  • Views on indoor environmental quality in theory and in practice
  • Measurement methods
  • Modelling
  • Standards & regulation
  • Metrics
  • Systems & technology
  • Occupant role
  • Market trends

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


  • Sensing technologies and control strategies for smart ventilation
  • Smart grid integration
  • Ventilation related energy use (Fan energy demand & heat recovery issues)
  • Ventilation in renovated buildings
  • Inspection of ventilation systems
  • 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
  • Life Cycle Assessment



  • Energy and IAQ impact of envelope and ductwork leakage
  • Durability of building and ductwork airtightness
  • Risks related to building airtightness
  • Infiltration measurement techniques and IR thermography
  • Field data and case studies
  • Compliance schemes and barriers to innovation
  • Developments in products and systems
  • Life Cycle Assessment

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
  • Technologies and control strategies towards energy flexible buildings
  • Life Cycle Assessment

Call for Abstracts & Topical Sessions


This year, there are 2 new features:


  • 2 separate calls for abstracts & papers depending on whether the authors are interested in the peer review of their papers.
  • A call for topical sessions

Detailed information & important deadlines for the 2 calls for abstracts can be found here.


Detailed information & important deadlines for the call for topical sessions can be found here


Conference Organizers


The conference is organised by:


  • Ghent University
  • INIVE, the International Network on Ventilation and Energy Performance on behalf of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), TightVent Europe (the Building and Ductwork Airtightness Platform), and venticool (the international platform for ventilative cooling)

For further information and updates visit us at:

Ghent University, INIVE
Contact Name:
Georgia Kateriniou
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