Call for abstracts

The 4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings 

Wednesday, Oct. 6th 2021 & Thursday, Oct 7th 2021
Benediktbeuern, Germany

In order to achieving the ambitious governmental and societal goals in CO2 reduction which are needed to mitigate global climate change requires the contribution of all sectors including buildings and the construction industry. Historic and traditional buildings compose a considerable part of the worldwide building stock. Solutions are needed that respect the historic fabric of these buildings and yet contribute to energy efficiency improvements and CO2 reduction.

The 4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings EEHB2021 aims to present new research and best practices on a wide range of topics relating to energy efficiency in historic buildings. This year, the focus will be on the role digital technologies can play in improving the energy performance of historic buildings, whilst respecting the principles of conservation. In this context, the aim is to take a closer look at the interfaces between digital building models and the building simulation and the question of the necessary accuracy of both 3D digitisation and hygrothermal or building energy performance simulation tools. Both technologies – 3D scans and building simulation – have been available for a long time, but so far there are no automated processes for converting 3D scans into the energetic building simulation. In addition, more research is also needed on the degree of accuracy of the building survey using digital methods in order to represent a historical building accurately.

Abstracts will be selected based on their relevancy to the general theme of the conference, novelty, quality, advancement of the field and state of completion of the research or practice they are presenting. Selected abstracts will be invited for presentation at the workshop on “Recording historic buildings using digital workflows – Designing the intersection from 3D model to building simulation” on Monday, Oct. 4th 2021, & Tuesday, Oct. 5th 2021 before the main conference. Also, a poster session is planned.

The following is meant to illustrate, but not limit, the scope of the conference:

  • State of the art and beyond approaches for the use of digital technologies to improve the energy performance of historic buildings
  • From 3D point clouds to building simulations – workflows and accuracy aspects within model creation Approaches for digitisation of the energy refurbishment process
  • Tools and methods for analysis, planning, refurbishment to facility management
  • Building and district level applications
  • Challenges in preservation of 20th-century’ historic buildings
  • Development of new technical retrofit measures appropriate for different types of historic buildings
  • Good practices presenting state of the art both in terms of achieved results and decision-making processes
  • Investigations based in social sciences and humanities
  • Need for training and education, knowledge sharing and critical analyses of the science-practice gap
  • Laws, regulations and policies at international, national, regional and local level

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words long and must describe the research objectives, scope and method, as well as the main findings and implications of the work.

Please submit your abstracts under the following email-address: submission@eehb2020.org