10th Conference on Advanced Building Skins
03-04 November 2015, Bern, Switzerland


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

The aim of the Conference is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of a buildings. The annual international conference attracts 400 participants from over fifty countries. The 10th Conference on Advanced Building Skinswill be held at the Congress Center of Bern Expo in Bern, Switzerland, on 03-04 November 2015.

The conference will be held in English and German languages. 



Welcoming message by Barbara Egger-Jenzer, President of the Cantonal Government of Bern, for the 10th Conference on Advanced Building Skins:

As President of the Cantonal Government of Bern, I am extremely happy that the internationally renowned Conference on Advanced Building Skins is relocating to Bern this year. It is no coincidence that the Conference has chosen the Canton of Bern as its new location, as the Canton is a leading force in Swiss energy politics. Since 2006, we boast a new energy strategy and are resolute in our investment in renewable energies.

A crucial feature of our strategy is energy efficiency, for without a drastic improvement in efficiency, we will not achieve energy reform. A definite deciding factor is the area of buildings. The Conference underscores the imperative of building skins for total energy consumption in buildings, with the aim of putting scientific know-how into practice. The dialogue between science and practice should also promote the technology transfer and an inter-disciplinary procedure for building construction, which is vital for the realization of our energy strategy.

A large part of our buildings are old constructions. Thus, a lack of insulation, out-moded heating systems, as well as non-airproof walls and windows are responsible for a high consumption of energy. Energy-based renovations reduce the energy consumption of buildings. This is not only economically significant for home-owners, but also for the economy as a whole, since renovations generate employment.

Innovative insulation products represent a key contribution to an energy-efficient building skin. I am gratified that the congress is dedicating particular attention to this area and will be presenting state-of-the-art developments of insulation products. I am particularly happy that the International Energy Agency (IEA, Paris) will be presenting new political perspectives, business models and financial concepts at the congress, in an individual session.

The Canton of Bern is supporting this congress, as it brings different scientific disciplines and practice to an international platform. In this way, we would like to contribute to making the transfer of knowledge even more dynamic and encourage inter-disciplinary co-operation, while expanding international co-operation.

I kindly invite you to take part in this inter-disciplinary dialogue. Please use the Conference as a platform for interacting with international participants. I wish the Anniversary Conference much success and all visitors a pleasant stay in Bern.

                                                                                       Barbara Egger-Jenzer



The Scientific Conference Committee:

- Cinzia Abbate, AeV Architetti, Rome, Italy
- Marilyne Andersen, EPFL, Switzerland
- Rachel Becker, Director, National Building Research Institute, Haifa, Israel
- Michael Garrison, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA
- Hans-Martin Henning, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
- Eckhart Hertzsch, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, Germany
- Andreas Karweger, General Manager, Economic Forum, Munich, Germany
- Leo Lau, Director, Green Energy Technology R&D Center, Chengdu, China
- Dieter Moor, General Manager, Ertex-Solar, Austria
- Christian Renken, BIPV Center, University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland
- Wolfram Sparber, European Academy, Bolzano, Italy
- Mitsuhiro Udagawa, Prof. Emeritus, Dep. of Architecture, Kogakuin University, Japan
- Stephen Wittkopf, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
- Yigsaw Yohanis, School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, UK


Registration Fee:
The registration fee of EUR 580 includes the conference proceedings (full manuscripts of all papers), two lunches and all coffee breaks. Participants who register by May 30 will receive a 20% discount (EUR 460).  The fee for full-time students is EUR 280; students must show proof of full-time student status such as a student ID card at the registration desk at the conference.


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