General Track

Papers on any subject within the scope of the conference may be submitted to one of the following General Track sessions. These papers will be reviewed by knowledgeable referees, and if accepted, allocated to sessions for presentation at the conference.

Authors may also submit to an Invited Session if invited to do so by the session chair, or their paper fits the scope of the session better than the General Track.

The General Track Sessions are as follows:-
Note: The content of the tracks is subject to review and change.

G01: Sustainable and Resilient Buildings

For New and Existing Buildings to be Sustainable and meet the needs of Society in 2024 and beyond they must be Resilient to global challenges such as catastrophic climate change with increased flooding, heatwaves, or extreme cold weather, high winds and raised sea levels. Thus, buildings must be designed, manufactured, constructed, commissioned, and operated, and/or retrofitted with resilience in mind to meet environmental, economic, social and community sustainability drivers. Furthermore, buildings, their materials and systems must seek to reduce primary energy use, and operational carbon and embodied carbon emissions and strive to be net-zero carbon. Circularity of materials and components are key if buildings and the built environment are to be smart, sustainable and resilient and provide good user comfort and quality of life.

The Sustainable & Resilient Buildings track invites papers that consider both Sustainability and Resilience drivers when designing, or manufacturing, or constructing, or commissioning, or operating or enhancing the performance of existing or new buildings, their controls, and the wider built environment. Different scales can be considered from a single building, or community, or neighbourhood, or district, or town/city, or region, or national, or international or global. Papers should target one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals: One (alleviate Fuel Poverty), or Three (good Health and Wellbeing), or Six (Clean Water and sanitation), or Nine (Industry, Innovation or Infrastructure) or 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) or 12 (Responsible Consumption and production) or 13 (Climate Action) or 17 (Partnership for the Goals); or a combination of the goals.

Sustainable & Resilient Buildings could include new nearly-zero carbon, zero carbon, net zero carbon, and energy positive buildings; or existing buildings that are retrofitted with improvements to increase their performance, occupant comfort, reduce energy usage and increase their acoustic and fire performance for their users.

There are numerous processes involved in creating and adapting Sustainable & Resilient Buildings, and the Built Environment including (but not limited to) the application of architectural design, building engineering, science, and technology to assess, monitor, optimise, reflect upon and test Sustainable & Resilient Buildings, their Controls, and the wider Built Environment.

In this track, papers are invited that address one aspect or more of the above or below considerations and topics:

  • Sustainable & Resilient buildings for comfort and health; building construction and envelope systems; HVAC systems; user behaviour, operational vs embodied energy. Analysis through either quantitative or qualitative techniques during the design, or manufacturing, or construction, or commissioning, or handover, or operation or retrofit and refurbishment processes one or more scales.
  • Techniques can include desktop (theoretical) case studies; physical testing of internal comfort and health conditions versus energy use and climate conditions; building users comfort and health; occupant and design team interviews; other field work.
  • Building performance assessment: dynamic thermal modelling, dynamic hygrothermal modelling, thermal bridge analysis; thermography; air tightness testing; heat flux testing; energy profiling; monitoring energy use, thermal comfort, indoor air quality versus climatic conditions; moisture mapping; analysing embodied carbon; whole building smoke tests; co-heating; fire performance assessment and building safety measurements and surveys; acoustic measurements, including audits, surveys, and tests.
  • Design tools and methodologies: Building Information Modelling; education and training; development of assessment, monitoring and optimisation methods; comparison of methodologies and regulations in one country or between countries; modelling, optimisation and validation of building, neighbourhoods, and cities.
  • Post occupancy and in-use evaluation: building system performance; building integrated renewable energy performance; user interaction in buildings, neighbourhoods, and towns/cities; use and evaluation of user guides; evaluation of design team and occupant walk-throughs; occupant health and quality of life.
  • Future thinking, to enable sustainable and resilient buildings and the built environment at any scale, for the survival and revival of society: locally, regionally, nationally, or globally.

Prof. John Littlewood, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK