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Deadline: Wagdy Anis Symposium Call for Abstracts

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Building on the success of our 2019 event, the Boston Building Enclosure Council is planning a second symposium in honor of Wagdy Anis. The theme for 2021 is based on a central tenet of Wagdy’s career: high performance building enclosures will reward building owners with both durability and energy conservation, as long as the risks are managed through well-informed design and construction. We welcome participants representing a wide a range of perspectives, from building ownership and operations, to strategies for effective design, engineering and construction at each phase of a project, to research & development of construction methods, materials and products. Our goal is to host a spirited dialogue on the benefits and challenges of achieving a well-designed building enclosure through collaboration between all participants in the design and construction process. The one-day symposium will be preceded by an all-day introductory program “Building Enclosures 101”.

We encourage members of the design and construction community to submit 200-word abstracts on the theme “High Performance Building Enclosures: Risks and Rewards” for consideration. The structure of the symposium will include 30-minute talks and 90-minute panel presentations. We recommend that each panel include no more than 4 speakers. Abstracts from students regarding their research will be welcomed.

Topics of Interest

  • Physics of heat air and moisture management: Advances in theory and practice, consideration of the impact of future climate change.
  • Current research and development: New materials, as well as new design and construction methods.
  • Energy performance standards: Passive House; Net Zero Energy codes; BERDO, embodied carbon
  • Best practices: Integration of building enclosure assemblies with building mechanical systems
  • Design & construction process: Ideal workflow for achieving a high performance building
  • QA/QC: Building enclosure commissioning, testing and other methods of verification
  • Case studies: Successful application of principles and lessons learned on new buildings and renovation of existing buildings

Important Dates

16 April 2021: Abstract submissions due

28 May 2021: Committee will finalize program and notify presenters

27 August 2021: Presentation slides due

To view this call for abstracts in downloadable PDF form, please click HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Green at [email protected].