Call for Papers: 14th Conference on Advanced Building Skins
28-29 October 2019, 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 the energy consumption of buildings. By fostering a 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 15 February, 2018. Below are the topics which will be covered in our Conference 2018.

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 onto 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 eco-cities / Applying sustainable urban-scale strategies at building level

Innovative Products and Technologies for the Building Skins

  • 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
  • Glass for advanced building envelopes
  • 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
  • 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 for 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

Bullet points are 30-50 characters long, see the 2017 program for samples of appropriate bullet points; please do not use words like Introduction, Results or Conclusions as bullet points. Please submit your proposal via our abstract submission page.

The Scientific Conference Committee will review your proposal, and submitters will be notified by 10 April 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 2018 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:
  • 13th Conference on Advanced Building Skins:

15 February 2018
30 April 2018
1 June 2018
20 June 2018
15 September 2018
15 September 2018
1-2 October 2018

For any questions you may have, please visit our page with Frequently Asked Questions.

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, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
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, Managing Director, Advanced Building Skins GmbH, Switzerland
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, CREnergie, 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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