Advanced Building Skins Conference, Bern, Switzerland : ABS

15th Conference on Advanced Building Skins
26-27 October 2020, Bern, Switzerland

International platform for architects, engineers, scientists and the building industry

The aim of the Conference on Advanced Building Skins is to achieve a multi-disciplinary, integrated planning approach with architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of buildings. The annual international conference attracts 800 participants from over fifty countries. The Conference will be held at the Congress Center Kursaal in Bern, Switzerland, 26-27 October 2020.

The conference will be held in English.


The cost for attending the conference is €680. The price includes lunch and the conference documentation with the full papers from the speakers.

The presentations from Advanced Building Skins 2020 will also be available online. We are offering access to each of the ten sessions via Webinar for €280. Presentations will be available on-demand for one year. In addition to the online access, you will also receive a copy of the conference documentation, i.e. a document with full papers from our speakers and their contact details.
Please click here to register.

Corona – Covid-19

On 19 June 2020 the Swiss Federal Council eased restrictions on events to allow conferences to take place. However, in the unlikely event that the conference will not take place, or the participant may not be able to travel, paid registration will be credited to our conference next year:

  • if the conference cannot take place in Switzerland due to new precautionary measures for health and safety reasons.
  • if travel restrictions are re-imposed in September/October and our conference needs to be postponed to 2021.
  • if national travel restrictions prevent a participant attending the Conference on Advanced Building Skins 2020.

The 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
David Frey, HOK Los Angeles, and HOK Engineering, San Francisco
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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CH-6003 Lucerne
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