Topic of the Month

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What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of August our topic is 'Building Operation'​​.


Which content is related to the topic?

  • User-building interaction
  • Real vs predicted performance of new and renovated buildings
  • User comfort
  • Building performance: Building monitoring, continuous commissioning and building automation
  • Builiding and plants operation and maintenance, Energy Management Systems

Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:



Overview Articles


overview.jpgBuilding automation as a means for efficient building operation.Thermal comfort, indoor air quality and daylight are key factors in the comfort of building occupants. Despite the interconnection of these aspects and the related requirements, the way to achieve indoor air quality and thermal comfort are not clear enough in some EU countries.




6th International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour & 5th Expert Meeting of IEA-EBC Annex 79 “Occupant behavior-centric building design and operation”. The 6th International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour focus on designing and operating buildings supported by digital technologies with an occupant focus, and the underlying comfort, behavior, and energy considerations.


Croatia 4.0 Conference. Croatia 4.0 is a conference on new technologies, robotization and automatization in industry, buildings, power and energy business. Conference programme will cover two days and will be divided into four thematic sections.





Webinar | Catalysing the EU Renovation Wave in the transition to the next-generation Energy Performance Certificates. Three Horizon 2020 projects, QualDeEPC, U-Cert and X-tendo will come together in this webinar to present the issues related to current EPC schemes in Europe and the potential solutions to shift.





original.jpgWhat special reopening considerations must be made for HVAC systems? See what ASHRAE says. Global sustainable building technology society ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force released guidance in recent weeks on mitigating potential health risks during reopening of buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.



original.jpgThese tools from AIA can help you assess and manage the risk of COVID-19 in offices, retail, schools and more.  The AIA has announced reoccupancy assessment and risk management planning tools as well as strategies and 3D models for specific types of buildings to guide building owners, facilities managers (FMs), design professionals, and public officials as buildings reopen from the COVID-19 lockdowns.





resalta.jpgComparison of the actual and theoretical energy use in nZEB renovations of multi-family buildings using in situ monitoring This paper presents the analysis of data from an on-site monitoring system of two case study multi-family buildings that were deeply refurbished. It points out that the calculated energy use for space heating was largely underestimated, while there was an overestimation of the energy use for domestic hot water.



resalta.jpgMonitoring and continuous commissioning of new and existing buildings. Building automation system collects information for control of the building systems and for the users and stakeholders. The validity of the system depends on the level of instrumentation, data processing and reporting.





resalta.jpgSvart hotel in Norway: how to reach the Plus Energy target The architect firm Snøhetta, in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, has designed “Svart”, the world’s first Plus Energy hotel in a Northern climate.





sykesIFMA - Facility Management. Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting over 23,000 members in more than 100 countries.



Get ready for September's Topic of the Month 'Architecture and Construction 4.0' and prepare your next publications.


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