9th International ENERGY FORUM on Advanced Building Skins

Start/Stop Date:
28–29 Oct 2014
Energy Forum
Bressanone, Italy
Focus Areas:
Advanced building skins
Type of Event:

The main objective of the conference is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach to sustainable buildings, and to create a dialogue among architects, engineers, scientists, energy managers and manufacturers with the aim of reducing the energy consumption of buildings.

The topics of this year's conference are as follows:

Multifunctional Building Skins

  • Intelligent and Adaptive Building Skins
  • Evolving Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Technologies and Projects
  • Enhanced Daylighting and Shading
  • New Materials

Holistic Concepts

  • Building Concepts and Strategies for Plus-Energy Houses
  • Refurbishment Strategies for Building Stock
  • Natural Ventilation and Thermal Behavior of the Building Envelope
  • Economic Aspects and Policies for Building Retrofits

Performance Criteria for Building Envelopes

  • Performance Metrics
  • Life-Cycle Cost Assessment
  • Models, Tools and Simulations
  • Building Commissioning

In addition, there will be a number of sessions organized and chaired by the following researchers:

Advanced Building Skins

  • Advanced Ceramic Skins, Rosa Urbano Gutierrez, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Design Methods for Sustainable, High-Performance Building Facades, Ajla Aksamija, Building Technology Researcher, Perkins+Will, Chicago, USA
  • Intelligent Building Skins, Michael Garrison, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Smart Materials and Building Envelopes, David Newton, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Application of Nanotechnology Innovations in Advanced Building Skins, Mario Medina, Architectural Engineering Department, University of Kansas, USA

Integrating Photovoltaics into the Building Skin

  • Overcoming the obstacles to BIPV standardization, Hans Bloem, Renewable Energy Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy
  • Vertical integration of solar photovoltaics into the building envelope, Brigitte Assoa, Building Energy Laboratory, National Institute of Solar Energy, France
  • Solar Photovoltaics in the Urban Landscape, Miguel Brito, Faculdade de Ciências, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Key challenges and chances for BIPV facades, Tilman Kuhn, Head of Group Solar Facades, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany.

Building Simulation
- Building performance simulation for design and refurbishment, Andrea Gasparella, Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Applications of CFD to natural ventilation in buildings, John Kaiser Calautit, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
- Optimization Techniques for the Refurbishment of Building Envelopes, Árpád Csík, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Széchenyi István University, Hungary

Scientific Conference Committee:

  • Cinzia Abbate, AeV Architetti, Rome
  • Marilyne Andersen, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Michael Garrison, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Hans-Martin Henning, Head of Thermal Systems and Buildings, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany
  • Eckhart Hertzsch, Project Manager and Research 'City of the Future', Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Andreas Karweger, General Manager, Economic Forum, Munich - Bolzano
  • Dieter Moor, Excecutive Director, Ertex-Solar, Austria
  • Wolfram Sparber, Director, Department of Renewable Energies, European Academy, Bolzano, Italy
  • Mitsuhiro Udagawa, Department of Architecture, Kogakuin University, Japan
  • Stephen Wittkopf, Technology & Architecture, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
  • Yigsaw Yohanis; School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, United Kingdom

Registration Fee:
The cost of participating at the ENERGY FORUM is €480, which includes all conference documentation, lunches and coffee breaks. Participants who register online by 30 June will receive a 20% discount <> .

How to get there:
The conference centre is located in the heart of Bressanone in northern Italy, close to the border with Austria. Bressanone has a train station on the Innsbruck-Verona route. The nearest airport is Bolzano (distance 40 km) which has several daily flights to and from Rome. The nearest international airports are Innsbruck (80 km), Verona (190 km), Munich (260 km) and Milan (330 km).  We will arrange shuttle buses between Bressanone and the airports of Munich (pickup in the morning of 27 Oct.) and Innsbruck (pickup in the evening of 27 Oct.).  In addition, there is a shuttle bus to/from Munich Airport that runs five times a day.

For more information, including hotel accommodation in Bressanone, please visit our page “How to get there”.