We have received twice as many paper proposals for this year's conference compared to last year. Therefore, the evaluation of the proposals took longer than anticipated.  By the end of April, speakers will receive information on the status of their proposal, information on how to prepare their manuscript and how to register.


The registration page will be available once the conference program has been finished, because when doing the registration, participants will have to chose among five parallel sessions.


The deadline for the registration of speakers has been extended to 30 May.


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

We are very pleased to invite you to the 10th Conference on Advanced Building Skins, to be held at the Congress Center of BernExpo in Bern, Switzerland, on 03-04 November 2015.  The aim of the Conference is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists and manufacturers to reduce energy consumption while improving the comfort and health of a building's occupants. This annual international conference attracts 400 participants from over fifty countries.
We are inviting you to present a paper on a topic falling within the scope of the conference, and to submit a proposal by 20 March, 2015. Below are the topics which will be covered in this year’s conference:


Policies, Finance, Business Models:

  • Policies to overcome market barriers / Challenges to policy implementation
  • Incentives: moving beyond niche markets / Market strategies for sustainable buildings
  • Commercialization: How to get sustainable building products into the market
  • Mandatory policies and community empowerment
  • Efficiency improvement programs for existing buildings
  • Financing and new business models of building refurbishment
  • Economic evaluation of building retrofits / Cost optimization of façade renovation
  • Building ownership and energy consumption
  • Urban development strategies for EcoCities / Applying sustainable urban-scale strategies at building level

Innovative Products and Technologies for the Building Skin:

  • New materials for the building skin
  • Smart materials for intelligent building envelopes
  • Architectural membranes for high-performance building skins
  • Thermal performance of Phase Change Materials for the building skin
  • Eco materials for the building skin
  • Integrating solar technologies into the building envelope
  • Solar reflective technologies and shading systems for enhanced daylight control
  • Solar Decathlon projects and technologies

Advanced Building Skin Design:

  • Design methods for sustainable, high-performance building façades
  • The future of advanced building skin design
  • Sustainable design with building information modeling
  • Intelligent sensing, control and optimization
  • Responsive and adaptive building skins 
  • Building skins for tropical climates
  • High-tech lightweight building envelopes
  • Kinetic architecture
  • Green walls
  • Biomicry
  • Digital fabrication

Performance of the Building Envelope:

  • Models, tools and simulations for sustainable buildings
  • Tools and models to optimize daylight performance
  • Building design optimization / Building energy performance simulation
  • Optimal insulation levels of roofs and façades
  • Systems performance and benefits of new construction materials
  • Cost engineering and life cycle cost analysis
  • Building commissioning
  • Building certification systems: BREEAM, CASBEE, DGNB, HQE, LEED, SCORE, Passivhaus, Minergie
  • Natural ventilation and thermal behavior of the building envelope

How to apply:

Proposals should be sharply focused; please avoid an introduction to the topic or a description of your organization. Each proposal should clearly identify its subject and its particular approach to it; the premise, scope, and ambitions underlying the paper should be clear to the reader. We will accept proposals that are either research or practice orientated. Please send your proposal in English or German language and include the following information:

  • Paper title plus titles of 3 sub-chapters (see the 2014 program for samples of sub-chapter titles)
  • Author’s and co-author’s names, job titles and organization; please underline the name of the speaker
  • Phone number, email address and postal address
  • Synopsis of 300 words (abstract) with 6 key words
  • Brief Curriculum Vitae or résumé on page two of your proposal

Click here to download two sample abstracts that you can use for your proposal.

For your sub-chapter titles do not use words like Introduction, Results, Conclusions, or Case Studies.
Please include your contact information also in your email, and the topic of your paper in the subject line of your email. Proposals can be submitted in either English or German and should be sent in either WORD or PDF format to proposals [ at ] energy-forum.com by 20 March 2015. The Scientific Conference Committee will review your proposal, and submitters will be notified by 10 April regarding the status of their submission.


Registration Fee:

Speakers and poster presenters are required to register for the conference by 30 April and qualify for the reduced conference fee of 380 EUR (regular fee is 580 EUR). The registration fee includes lunches and coffee breaks, and the publication of manuscripts and posters in the conference documentation. Full papers received by 15 June 2015 will be included in the conference documentation. In addition, selected papers will be published in the Journal of Advances in Building Energy Research, a scientific Journal published by Taylor & Francis, Oxford and New York; all papers will be cited in the Scopus index.


Important Dates:

Deadline for paper proposals: 20 March 2015
Registration deadline for speakers: 30 April 2015
Submission deadline for full manuscripts: 15 June 2015
First announcement of the conference program: 15 June 2015
Second announcement of the conference program: 15 September 2015
Deadline for PowerPoint presentations: 10 October 2015
Conference on Advanced Building Skins: 03-04 November 2015

Please disseminate this announcement to any colleagues who may be interested in participating at this conference. Thank you!


The Scientific Conference Committee:

Cinzia Abbate, AeV Architetti, Rome, Italy
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, 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, United Kingdom


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