General Track

Full track papers, short track papers and doctoral submissions 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 & Smart Buildings

The Sustainable & Smart Buildings track invites papers that consider the environmental, economic, and social and community and resilience challenges for designing, constructing, commissioning, operating and enhancing the performance of buildings and their controls. In addition, to their comfort, health and wellbeing of occupants and users of these buildings, their immediate micro environment for smart cities and smart rural conurbations.

The drivers being set by the EU Commission in 2019 for 2020 onwards for Smart Buildings are: Building's Ability To Interact with Others - full automation, user interface, control of entire building, control of individual appliances, implicit demand response; Building's Ability To Manage Itself - on-site storage, heating and cooling, lighting, domestic hot water, domestic appliances, self-learning/AI, optimisation; Buildings Ability to Interact with the Energy Environment - interoperability and communication, electromobility and smart charging, data privacy and protection, explicit demand response.

Sustainable & Smart Buildings could include new low carbon, zero carbon, zero carbon plus, and energy positive buildings. Plus, also existing buildings (heritage or otherwise) 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 Sustainable & Smart Buildings, including design, construction or retrofit, commissioning and finally operation. The application of building engineering, science and technology can be used to assess, monitor, optimise, reflect upon and test Sustainable & Smart Buildings, their Controls and the Building's immediate environment. In addition, to considerations for bioclimatic design.

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

  • Sustainable & Smart buildings for comfort and health; building construction and envelope systems; HVAC systems; user behaviour, operational vs embodied energy. Analyses through either quantitative or qualitative techniques during the design, construction, commissioning, handover, operation or retrofit and refurbishment process in existing neighbourhoods in rural or urban (smart towns and cities) conurbations, cities or in new Smart Cities. 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.
  • 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; 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 cities; use and evaluation of user guides; evaluation of design team and occupant walk-throughs; occupant health and wellbeing..

John Littlewood, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK