Advanced Building Skins Conference, Bern, Switzerland : ABS

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

Architects, engineers and representatives of the worldwide building industry are meeting at the annual International Conference on Advanced Building Skins in Bern to discuss the latest trends and new developments in sustainable building design. The conference is Europe’s leading event on building envelopes and combines top-class presentations with active networking in the construction industry. Every year, over 150 speakers present new projects and developments in the design of building skins.

The conference is conducted in English.

Videos of the presentations from Advanced Building Skins 2019 are now online

There were 24 sessions where 150 speakers presented their research and their projects. Presentations are in English, with the exception of session D1, which is in German. You can download the detailed conference program here.

With our videos you will learn:

  • How responsive building envelopes will adopt to future climate change (session A3).
  • How to raise the efficiency of kinetic façades with biomimetics (session B2).
  • What are the advantages of electrochromic, thermochromic and liquid crystal glass technologies (session B3).
  • Why shading must be dynamic (session B4).
  • How to optimize construction costs with parametric performance analysis (session C5).
  • How to develop complex façades with Envelope Information Modeling (session C6).
  • How adjustable thermal insulation will reduce heating and cooling loads (session D2).
  • How new coatings will reduce façade maintenance cycles (session D4).

No more scheduling conflicts

Presentations will be available on-demand for one year.


The registration fee is €89 for a single user, €180 for three users, and €880 for a company license. The price includes online access to every presentation for one year. Please click here to register.

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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