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BEST5 Technical Committee Extends Call for Abstracts

Monday, June 12, 2017  
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Building Enclosure Submissions Due by August 1

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are extending the deadline to submit abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018 at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Abstracts are due August 1, 2017.

From the submissions received, the BEST5 Technical Committee will select approximately 60 abstracts related to building science research, design or practice for conference papers and presentations, panel presentations and poster presentations.

Topics to be considered include:

  • Quality Management and Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx)
  • Fenestration
  • Building Enclosure Assemblies
  • Solar Applications
  • Sustainability
  • Fire-Related Topics
  • New Materials and Systems
  • Building Retrofits
  • Case Studies
  • Whole Building Simulations and Verification
  • Sealants and Barriers
  • Building Dynamics and Controls
  • Thermal Insulation, Acoustical Materials and Radiant Technology
  • Zero-Energy Buildings
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Infiltration, Air Exchange and Indoor Air Quality
  • Design and Commissioning
  • Designing for Severe Climates
  • Large-Scale Testing

During the three-day Conference, researchers and practitioners will share knowledge and lessons learned concerning the science and art of the building enclosure. BEST5 will consist of concurrent technical sessions, plenary addresses, a BECx workshop and special programs highlighting Philadelphia’s building technology heritage. The Conference also will feature an exhibit hall with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with industry vendors of state-of-the-art building industry products and services.

The BEST5 technical program will feature both technical conference papers and “presentation only” submissions. The “presentation only” sessions do require an abstract to be submitted and professionally reviewed.

Technical papers and abstracts will be published on the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) portal and considered for publication in the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) or the Journal of Building Physics.

Abstracts are due no later than August 1, 2017. Submit an abstract.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Stubbs, Program Director,


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