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Call for Papers for Airtightness Workshop

Tuesday, January 29, 2013  
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Abstracts Due Feb. 8

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC); the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC); and the TightVent Building and Ductwork Airtightness Platform have issued a call for papers for the AIVC Airtightness Workshop/Third TightVent Workshop on Building and Ductwork Airtightness. With the theme Design, Implementation, Control and Durability: Feedback from Practice and Perspectives, the workshop will be held April 18-19, 2013, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

The objectives of the workshop are to highlight the latest developments in sealing techniques; durability; test methods and analyses; and challenges and solutions for high-rise buildings, as well as programs and networking activities that address airtightness issues.

The workshop will include presentations from several countries on a variety of issues, approaches and solutions in their different contexts. Presentations will emphasize recent developments in test methods; building airtightness performance data; approaches to design, construction and commissioning that contribute to good airtightness performance; and the development of airtightness requirements in codes, standards and regulations. While much of the discussion will focus on commercial and other high-rise buildings, the workshop will also address residential buildings.

Potential presenters should address the following questions:

  • How should airtightness be specified and controlled?
  • How does airtightness change with time; how can one assess and minimize this; and how does that affect the building’s overall performance over its lifetime?
  • What are the limits of today’s solutions in high-rise buildings?

The International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance (INIVE) is organizing this workshop on behalf of AIVC; BETEC and TightVent. Technical and/or financial support comes from the following organizations: the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); INIVE; the International Energy Agency Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme; the National Institute of Building Sciences; Berkeley Lab; TightVent Europe; and ASHRAE.

Interested parties are invited to submit an abstract by February, 8 2013. Submitters will be notified after February 15 if their abstracts are accepted. The deadline for paper submissions is March 15, 2013. Get more information. Download the abstract template. Submit an abstract.

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