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B-BEC Calls for Abstracts

Washington, D.C. – The Boston Building Enclosure Council (B-BEC) is calling for abstracts for the 2021 Symposium on Building Science. The symposium will take place on Sept. 23, and abstracts are due April 16. The one-day symposium will be preceded by an all-day introductory program, “Building Enclosures 101.”

Members of the design and construction community are encouraged to submit 200-word abstracts on the theme, “High Performance Building Enclosures: Risks and Rewards” for consideration. Abstracts from students are welcome.

This will be the second symposium in honor of the memory of Wagdy Anis, an internationally recognized architect who specialized in building enclosure performance. B-BEC is a chapter under the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council.

B-BEC encourages submissions from participants representing a wide range of perspectives, from building ownership and operations to strategies for effective design, engineering, and construction at each phase of a project, to research and development of construction methods, materials, and products.

Topics of interest include:

  • Physics of heat air and moisture management: advances in theory and practice, consideration of the impact of future climate change
  • Current research and development: new materials, as well as new design and construction methods
  • Energy performance standards: Passive House; net zero energy codes; BERDO, embodied carbon
  • Best practices: integration of building enclosure assemblies with building mechanical systems
  • Design and construction process: ideal workflow for achieving a high-performance building
  • QA/QC: Building enclosure commissioning, testing and other methods of verification
  • Case studies: successful application of principles and lessons learned on new buildings and renovation of existing buildings