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13th Conference on Advanced Building Skins

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

The aim of the Conference on Advanced Building Skins is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of buildings. The annual international conference attracts 800 participants from over fifty countries. The Conference will be held at the Congress Center Kursaal in Bern, Switzerland, 1-2 October 2018.

The conference will be held in English and German languages.

Welcoming message by Barbara Egger-Jenzer,
Executive Councillor of the Department of Construction and Energy, Cantonal Government, Bern

As Executive Councillor of the Department of Construction and Energy of Bern, I am happy to invite you to the internationally renowned Conference on Advanced Building Skins. It is no coincidence that the Conference has chosen Bern as its location, as the Canton is a leading force in Swiss energy politics. Since 2006, we boast a new energy strategy and are resolute in our investment in renewable energies. 


A crucial feature of our strategy is energy efficiency, for without a drastic improvement in efficiency, we will not achieve energy reform. A definite deciding factor is the area of buildings. The Conference underscores the imperative of building skins for total energy consumption in buildings, with the aim of putting scientific know-how into practice. The dialogue between science and practice should also promote the technology transfer and an inter-disciplinary procedure for building construction, which is vital for the realization of our energy strategy. 


A large part of our buildings are old constructions. Thus, a lack of insulation, out-moded heating systems, as well as non-airproof walls and windows are responsible for a high consumption of energy. Energy-based renovations reduce the energy consumption of buildings. This is not only economically significant for home-owners, but also for the economy as a whole, since renovations generate employment. 


Innovative insulation products represent a key contribution to an energy-efficient building skin. I am gratified that the congress is dedicating particular attention to this area and will be presenting state-of-the-art developments of insulation products.


The Canton of Bern is supporting this congress, as it brings different scientific disciplines and practice to an international platform. In this way, we would like to contribute to making the transfer of knowledge even more dynamic and encourage inter-disciplinary co-operation, while expanding international co-operation. 


I kindly invite you to take part in this inter-disciplinary dialogue. Please use the Conference as a platform for interacting with international participants. I wish the Conference much success and all visitors a pleasant stay in Bern.

Barbara Egger-Jenzer


You can download the program here: Advanced Building Skins – Conference Program 2018

The registration fee is €680 and includes lunches and the conference documentation including full manuscripts of the presentations. 
“Early Birds” who register by 30 June, will receive a 20% discount (€540). The registration fee for full-time students is €480.

For any questions you may have, please visit our page with Frequently Asked Questions.

The Scientific 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
Michael Garrison, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
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, 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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