Day 1, Session Block C

8:30 Opening + Keynote

10:00 Coffee Break

Eco Materials for the Building Skin

Chair: Bruce Dvorak, Texas A&M University, USA

Conserving energy with biodiverse building skins
  • Research demonstrates that living roofs and walls can conserve energy
  • Not all forms of vegetated building skins are biologically diverse

Bruce Dvorak, Dep. of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, USA

Passivhaus envelope with modular straw panels
  • Benefits of an airtight, vapour permeable wall construction
  • Thermal bridge solutions of a modular loadbearing/insulated wall
  • Fire resistance of wall with straw insulation and clay plaster

Bjørn Kierulf, Createrra, Senec, Slovakia

Environmental implications of cork as thermal insulation in façade retrofits
  • Environmental assessment of façade-building construction
  • Renewable materials in façade retrofits
  • Environmental performance of different insulation materials

Jorge Sierra-Pérez, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

The potential application of agro-based polymers in building façades
  • Developing translucent bio-based Façade materials made of agro-based polymers
  • A framework of multi-performance criteria matrix for selecting optimal materials
  • Micro-mechanics and finite element methods as tools to identify

Mahjoub Elnimeiri, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA

Brief Presentation: Materials for Sustainable Building Skins

Innovative pre-coated steels for aesthetical, durable and sustainable building skins

Jérôme Guth, Business Development Construction, ArcelorMittal - Global R&D, Luxembourg

12:30 Lunch