Most people live their lives in buildings. So we want our buildings to provide us with comfortable and healthy indoor environments, where we can be protected from outdoor climatic variations. We also want our buildings to be efficient, durable and of course economical with regard to investment and operation/maintenance costs. The increasing focus which is being put on sustainability results in requirements regarding materials and energy use in buildings.
Well-performing buildings is an important part of society’s infrastructure. The society continues to put stricter requirements to the building industry to ensure that both societal and individual aspects are being served.
A modern building is a complicated, composite product. A variety of different ingredients must co-operate in order to fulfil several, sometimes conflicting, performance and durability requirements. We have long time ago passed the stage when the “trial and error” method was sufficient as a basis for development of design, choice of materials and construction. Fundamental and theoretical knowledge of the relevant physical processes, based on scientific research, is now the point of departure for design and construction of the buildings of today. Building Physics (or “Building Science” in North America) is the body of knowledge that underpins most of the building engineering applications and provides design tools for achieving adequate building performance. The International Association of Building Physics (IABP) was established in 2000 to further advance this body of knowledge.
One of the venues to promote dialogue and disseminate knowledge in Building Physics/Science is its international conferences, which are held every three years. The IABP conferences follow a rigorous review process by recognized researchers in the field of Building Physics. The first six conferences were held in:
The 7th conference will take place in Syracuse, NY, USA, 23-26 September, 2018, hosted by Syracuse University and Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. See the homepage of the event: ibpc2018.org.
The conference will provide a forum for scientists, researchers and practitioners from all over the world to disseminate technical information, new ideas and the latest developments and discuss future direction in the fields of building physics. Moreover, the conference is expected to form a platform through which the developed and the developing countries exchange their knowledge and experiences.