Call for Papers: 12th Conference on Advanced Building Skins
2-3 October 2017, Bern, Switzerland

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 and manufacturers to reduce energy consumption of buildings. By fostering lively exchange between these groups, this conference will shed light on the significance of the building skin, with a view to putting scientific know-how into practice.

We are inviting you to present a paper on a topic falling within the scope of the conference, and to submit a proposal by 20 February, 2017. Below are the topics which will be covered in our Conference 2017.

Policies, Finance, Business Models

  • Policies to overcome market barriers / Challenges to policy implementation
  • Incentives: moving beyond niche markets / Market strategies for sustainable buildings
  • Commercialization: How to get sustainable building products into the market
  • Mandatory policies and community empowerment
  • Efficiency improvement programs for existing buildings
  • Financing and new business models of building refurbishment
  • Economic evaluation of building retrofits / Cost optimization of façade renovation
  • Building ownership and energy consumption
  • Urban development strategies for EcoCities / Applying sustainable urban-scale strategies at building level

Innovative Products and Technologies for the Building Skin

  • New materials for the building skin
  • Smart materials for intelligent building envelopes
  • Architectural membranes for high-performance building skins
  • Thermal performance of Phase Change Materials for the building skin
  • Eco materials for the building skin
  • Integrating solar technologies into the building envelope
  • Solar reflective technologies and shading systems for enhanced daylight control
  • Solar Decathlon projects and technologies

Advanced Building Skin Design

  • Design methods for sustainable, high-performance building façades
  • Responsive and adaptive building skins 
  • Biomimicry
  • Intelligent sensing, control and optimization
  • Membranes for high performance building skins
  • High-tech lightweight building envelopes
  • Kinetic architecture
  • Green walls
  • Sustainable design with Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Parametric design and digital fabrication

Performance of the Building Envelope

  • Models, tools and simulations for sustainable buildings
  • Tools and models to optimize daylight performance
  • Building design optimization / Building energy performance simulation
  • Optimal insulation levels of roofs and façades
  • Systems performance and benefits of new construction materials
  • Cost engineering and life cycle cost analysis
  • Building commissioning
  • Building certification: LEED, Passivhaus, Minergie and other certification systems
  • Natural ventilation and thermal behavior of the building envelope

How to apply

Proposals should be sharply focused; please avoid an introduction to the topic or a description of your organization. Each proposal should clearly identify its subject and its particular approach to it. We will accept proposals that are either research or practice oriented. You can submit your proposal in either English or German. Please include the following information in your proposal:

  • Paper title plus 3 bullet points
  • Author’s and co-author’s names
  • Phone number, email address and postal address
  • Synopsis of 300 words (abstract) with 6 key words

See the 2016 program for samples of bullet points; do not use words like Introduction, Results, Conclusions as bullet points. Please submit your paper proposal here.

The Scientific Conference Committee will review your proposal, and submitters will be notified by 30 March regarding the status of their submission.

Registration Fee

Speakers are required to register for the conference by 30 April and qualify for the reduced conference fee of 480 EUR (regular fee is 680 EUR). The registration fee includes lunches and coffee breaks, and the publication of manuscripts and posters in the conference documentation. Full papers received by 1 June 2017 will be included in the conference documentation.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for paper proposals:
  • Registration deadline for speakers:
  • Submission deadline for full manuscripts:
  • First announcement of the conference program:
  • Second announcement of the conference program:
  • Deadline for PowerPoint presentations:
  • 12th Conference on Advanced Building Skins:

20 February 2017
10 April 2017
1 June 2017
20 June 2017
15 September 2017
15 September 2017
2-3 October 2017

You will find information about the conference venue and hotels in Bern here:

Advanced Building Skins: 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, General Manager, Economic Forum, Munich, Germany
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, BIPV Competence Center, University of Applied Sciences, Bern, 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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