IEECB 2012 - 7th international conference on improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Start/Stop Date:
18–19 Apr 2012
jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt and the European Commission DG JRC in conjunction with the Building Performance Congress.
Frankfurt, Germany
Focus Areas:
Buildings, energy efficiency
Type of Event:

The commercial buildings sector is one of the fastest growing energy consuming sectors. This is mainly due to the growth of commercial and public activities and their associated demand for heating, cooling ventilation (HVAC) and lighting. Moreover in the new economy, with a wide dissemination of information and communication technologies, information technology equipment and data centres are also an important and growing source of electricity consumption.

Greenhouse gas reduction is a common denominator of many countries' environmental policies and programmes. Commercial buildings are a key area where the CO2 reduction can, and must be realised, since it makes economic sense for the building owners and occupiers. As a consequence all actors need to take all necessary steps to disseminate good practice, foster investment in energy efficiency and provide technical solutions for the commercial building sector. This includes behaviour changes on how companies, architects, and building occupiers invest, design and operate nonresidential

The recast of the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings requires a major effort to improve building energy performance, including existing building and will bring the energy performance of their buildings to the forefront of building market operators. This simultaneously presents an opportunity and challenge for energy efficiency and will create additional jobs and investment. Monitor and continuous improvement of energy performance of commercial building is another important issue in achieving real energy and carbon reductions.

The integration of distributed generation, district heating and cooling and renewable energy sources (RES), demand response and smart grids would enable further CO2 and energy saving. Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and facility management companies offer advanced solutions to monitor, manage and reduce the energy consumption in commercial buildings. Also number of local, regional and national policies and programmes have recently been implemented to achieve a long lasting market transformation, including white certificates, emission trading, and new financial incentives, including the Covenant of Mayors and the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Following the success of the previous IEECB conferences we are pleased to announce the sixth International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB’12) jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt and the European Commission DG JRC in conjunction with the Building Performance Congress.

The IEECB’12 conference will take place on 18 and 19 April 2012 in Frankfurt during
Light+Building, the world’s leading trade fair for Architecture and Technology, 15 – 20 April 2012, 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 2012 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.

At the conference key representatives of leading organisations and companies, institutions and equipment industry will present the overall picture and give details of policies, recent advancements and examples of best practice.

The wide scope of topics covered during the IEECB’12 conference includes: smart building and low energy buildings, state-of-the-art 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 R&D, tools, regulation & policy for all branches of activity (public and private sector, the commerce and retail sectors, hotels and restaurants, banks and insurance companies, local authorities, civil services & public bodies, education, universities & laboratories, hospitals, airport and stations, etc.).

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. The energy efficiency contribution to shareholder value and corporate social responsibility in publically traded companies, 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. Of particular interest are the existing barriers to energy efficiency investments, and analysis of behaviour of building investors, and occupiers.

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. 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, which minimise energy consumption, provide successful integration renewable energy sources and maintain or improve occupants comfort and productivity. New buildings green, or energy efficient "design guidelines". System integration for energy efficiency. Very Low and Zero-Energy 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 and for which comprehensive results will be presented.
  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 implementations.
  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.
  10. Measurement & Verification (M&V): the importance of M&V, international M&V protocols, case studies and examples, energy simulation tools, risk analysis tools.
  11. 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.
  12. Implementation of the Directive on Energy Performance in Buildings: best practices in national implementation, needs for standardisation, results in standardisation, building certification programmes, building and equipment inspection, regular inspections of boilers and HVAC and/or alternative awareness and info measures, enforcement issues. Adoption of CEN norms into national norms and legislation. Early results. National roadmaps for nearly zeroenergy 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 green buildings. Financial analyst and shareholder focus on the value of energy efficiency. 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).

Conference Information
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