Call for papers - Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Start/Stop Date:
18 Oct 2013
Messe Frankfurt and the European Commission DG JRC in conjunction with the Building Performance Congress.
Frankfurt, Germany
Focus Areas:
Energy Efficiency, buildings
Type of Event:

The IEECB’14 conference will take place on 2 and 3 April 2014 in Frankfurt during Light+Building, the world’s leading trade fair for Architecture and Technology, 30 March to 4 April 2014, in Frankfurt, Germany. Light+Building integrates the sectors related to building design – light, electrical engineering as well as home and building automation – at one trade fair. Integrated planning approaches and systems-linking interaction of various technical trades are no longer just a vision but a growing reality. Light+Building does justice to this with its unique international scope by presenting the subject in its entire breadth and depth. From investors to architects and engineers, up to specialist planners, process workers and operators, Light+Building is the number one industry event in 2014 for all experts involved in the conception, planning and management of buildings.

The IEECB conference seeks to bring together all the key players from this sector, including commercial buildings’ investors and property managers, energy efficiency experts and building technologies researchers, equipment manufacturers, service providers (ESCOs, utilities, facilities management companies) and policy makers, with a view to exchange information, to learn from each other and to network.

The wide scope of topics covered during the IEECB’14 conference includes: smart building and low energy buildings, (Nearly) Net Zero Energy Buildings, equipment and systems (lighting, HVAC auxiliary equipment, ICT & office equipment, miscellaneous equipment, BEMS, electricity on-site production, renewable energies, etc.) and the latest advances in energy efficiency programmes, regulation & policies for public and private sector commercial buildings.

In particular the conference aims to attract property investors, architects, and city planners to present and discuss synergies and cooperation in removing existing barriers to energy efficiency and smart buildings, as well as the importance of public buildings as showcase example for energy efficiency solutions and practices.

The IEECB conference aims at attracting high level papers presenting new technologies, techniques, services, policies, programmes and strategies to increase energy efficiency, energy savings and to reduce greenhouse gases emissions in non-residential buildings. The conference covers both new buildings as well as existing buildings.

Potential authors are invited to submit abstracts in the following topics (indicative lists, other topics related to the main theme of the conference could also be suggested):

1. Lighting: technologies (light sources, LEDs, luminaires, control gear, and control systems), daylighting,
control strategies, best practices, Green Lights type programmes, lighting quality and energy efficiency, test methods and simulation and design tools. Integrated systems focus

2. Building envelope, passive techniques and HVAC:
R&D, technologies, ventilation, low energy cooling techniques, passive cooling and natural ventilation, solar cooling, techniques for low energy fluid movement, heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, heat/cool storage, best practices, achieved results, indoor air quality and energy efficiency, test methods and simulation tools, building and ductwork airtightness. Methodologies for design of buildings in the scenario of climate change and fuel shortage, energy consumption in relation to the definition(s) of comfort. In this session passive and façade technologies (e.g. double skin facades, roofing, etc.)
will also be covered.

3. Examples of advanced/demonstration buildings (two tracks for new constructions and existing building refurbishment): results of new building concepts and smart buildings; successful refurbishment, successful integration renewable energy sources. Buildings integrated planning for energy efficiency. Zero-Energy and Positive buildings. Both private and public tertiary sectors buildings will be covered, including office buildings, supermarkets and commercial centres, hospitals and schools, airport & stations.– for this track there is the
possibility to have a oral presentation without a peer review paper (see more information on the following pages), Of Particular interest are buildings that have been carefully monitored.

4. Appliances and Equipment (commercial refrigeration, vending machines, office equipment, UPS, lifts, etc.): R&D, technologies, power management, test methods, labelling and standards.

5. Information and communication technology (ICT) equipment and data centres:
data centres design and optimisation, efficient servers, network and storage equipment, the impact of internet on commercial building consumption, data networks, telecom and broadband networks energy efficiency, Energy Star programme.

6. Renewable energy sources, distributed electricity and heat generation:
R&D, technologies for co-generation and poly-generation, micro turbines, heat pumps, fuel cells, boilers and renewable energy sources (solar, thermal, PV, biomass, etc.). Successful building integration. Building as centre of the smart grid.

7. Control Systems and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS):
R&D & technologies, successful implementation, impact on energy consumption and indoor quality.

8. Energy and facility management: continuous commissioning and retro commissioning, energy audits, optimisation of building operation for energy efficiency, energy management techniques, the role of the energy manager, operation and maintenance, outsourcing of building energy management, successful examples of retro-commissioning, education and training of building managers. Of particular interest are results on costs and long term effectiveness of Cx/Re-Cx.

9. Energy services: energy service companies (ESCOs), Third Party Financing and Energy Performance Contracting, the role of financial institutions, successful examples, public-private partnerships, new financial options, carbon financing, M&V.

10. Policies and Programmes (local, national or International): exemplary building codes (new building and existing buildings), building certification, code compliance, test methods, best practice programmes, energy audits, white certificates, national and local energy efficiency funds, Green Buildings programmes, Energy Star programmes, building rating and benchmarking, building quality labels, voluntary building certification systems, Life Cycle Costing (LCC), sustainable cities, programme evaluation, green and public procurement, role of public authorities, emission trading, GIS, CDM&JI as new opportunities for the building sector. Role of the non-residential buildings in national carbon targets. International climate policies as drivers for efficiency in the commercial building sector. Building code compliance and infringement. National roadmaps for nearly zero-energy buildings and cost-optimality.

13. Energy consumption monitoring and benchmarking: recent surveys, technologies and techniques, data analysis and assessment of total consumption of specific equipment at national and/or international level, overall building standby consumption assessment, energy efficiency indicators for high electric-load buildings, benchmarking.

14. Metering and Demand response: Demand Response programmes and dynamic tariffs, results and evaluation, practical implementation in non residential buildings. Impact of real time energy consumption information. Demand response/peak load conservation opportunities.

15. Investors’ motivation towards high efficiency buildings and financing.
Marketing and selling energy efficient buildings. Costs and benefits evaluations. Indoor comfort. Non energy benefits resulting from investments in energy efficiency. Market impact of the energy performance certificates. CO2 emission reductions and corporate social responsibility. strategic value of green buildings and energy efficiency; financial benefits; aesthetics & image; green buildings & branding; teams’ motivation; demand; organizational culture; competitive advantage.

16. Behaviour and barriers to energy efficiency: Facilitation of planning process for low energy buildings, interaction between the investor, planner, architect, engineer, and user. Non-technical barriers to progress efficiency in commercial buildings. Analysis of behavioural aspects that are exclusive to the commercial buildings sector, and ways to overcome them.

17. Efficient non-residential buildings as an integrated element in sustainable community design: challenges and opportunities with integrating energy efficient buildings into wider community energy planning; commercial buildings and district energy systems; community demand balancing; innovative economic and business models to share risk and benefits across community energy structures; integration of smart building and smart grids.

18. Energy Modelling of Building performances: dynamic simulation methods, software and tools for design of low-energy/zero and positive buildings and building systems (including the lighting design/modelling).

Instructions for Authors
Authors interested in submitting papers for the concurrent sessions are requested to send a maximum
two-page abstract of at least 200 words in length and a maximum of 400 words. Presentations at the conference must be associated to peer reviewed papers (MS word doc) to be published in the book of the conference proceedings. All papers and presentations must be innovative, relevant for the conference and not be of commercial nature (promotion of specific products or services).

For possible presentation in the topic "Examples of advanced/demonstration buildings", potential presentations may be exceptionally accepted without writing a peer reviewed papers, provided they submit an extended abstract of at least 1000 words.

The abstract must be in English, typed, and shall contain the following information:

  1. Main author name and affiliation, authors for correspondence with full postal address, tel. and fax numbers, and e-mail, and co-authors names and affiliation.
  2. The relevant topic
  3. Up to five keywords

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by an International Programme Committee. All accepted papers will be peer-reviewed before being published in the proceedings.

Abstracts are due by 18 October 2013

Abstracts shall be e-mailed to:

Conference Information
For further information please call +39 0332 78 9299
Or visit the conference website

Conference Deadlines:

  • 2013 October 18: abstracts are due to the conference secretariat.
  • 2013 November 22: notification of abstract acceptance to selected authors
  • 2013 December 13: written confirmation by accepted authors to participate at the conference
  • 2014 January 24: draft papers are due at the conference secretariat
  • 2014 February 28: reviewers' comments on draft paper by will be sent to authors
  • 2014 March 28: final papers are due at the conference secretariat for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Call for papers (pdf)