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Wagdy Anis Symposium on Building Science 2021

Symposium Date: September 23, 2021

Call for Abstracts

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

23 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].

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Please use this Google Form to submit your abstract. Submissions due by April 23, 2021.

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About Wagdy Anis FAIA (1941-2018)

Wagdy Anis served the architectural profession as a skilled problem solver, teacher, and advocate for the integrity and performance of the building enclosure in a career that spanned more than five decades.

During his 40-year tenure at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, Wagdy became a leader in the application of building science principles to the practice of building enclosure design. In 2008 he joined Wiss, Janney, Eltsner as a building enclosure consultant. Seven years later he established his own practice, Anis Building Enclosure Consulting. To view his full bio, please click HERE.

About the Building Enclosure Council

The Boston Building Enclosure Council (B-BEC) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote technical excellence in the design and construction of the building enclosure. B-BEC is led by architects and building enclosure experts, to provide a forum where members of the design and construction industry can discuss common issues and share information on materials and methods, with the goal of promoting the well-informed application of building science to construction of commercial and residential buildings. We support this mission through monthly meetings and periodic special events, featuring panels, presentations, discussions and related activities.

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