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2019 Buildings XIV International Conference

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2019 Buildings XIV International Conference

Clearwater Beach, FL | December 9-12




The 2019 Buildings XIV International Conference will be held December 9-12, 2019 at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater, FL

Inaugurated in 1979, the "Buildings Conference" takes place every three years allowing time to develop new research and technology applications and to document the findings. Attendance is international and draws heavily on the advanced technical knowledge of all our global experts.The "Buildings Conference" presents a great opportunity for product manufacturers, research groups, technical advisors, builders, designers and other consultants to discuss their work achievements, interest and awareness of buildings issues, and provides solutions to some of our major building problems.

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  • Conference Schedule
  • Pre-Conference Workshops

    On Sunday, December 8 the workshops listed below will be presented from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration for the workshops is separate from the conference. The cost to participate is $100. You can register online here.

    Workshop 1: No Way, That’s Impossible

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 8:30 a.m.
    End time: 12:00 p.m.

    1. Believe it or Not: Field Realities

    Presenter: Peter Spafford
    This session will use actual projects to demonstrate how easy it is for issues in the air and vapor barrier to arise in the field and why they occur.  Examples of proper installations and key points for how to ensure proper installation of air and vapor barrier materials in the field will also be presented.

    Peter Spafford is the Director of Quality Assurance for ABAA.  He has been involved in building enclosures for over 25 years as an educator, and field auditor performing 3rd party inspections and quality control on behalf of government, quality assurance providers and warranty programs.

    2. Research: What Needs to Be Done

    Presenter: Laverne Dalgleish
    This session will discuss research projects that are needed  to increase our understanding the building enclosure for durability, sustainability, and performance.  In order to continue to reduce energy consumption, and provide owners with healthy buildings, continued efforts in research is a must.

    Laverne Dalgleish is the Executive Director of the Air Barrier Association.  Mr. Dalgleish has dedicated his career to understanding the building enclosure and moving our industry forward through research, writing of standards and presenting around the country.

    3. Whole Building Air Leakage Testing

    Presenter: Lee Durston
    This presentation reviews the process of testing a building and provides insights to lessons learned from having run hundreds of tests.  As whole building air tightness testing is becoming mandated in some parts of the country and seen in our standards and codes, insight on how to properly run the tests will help everyone better understand this process.

    Lee Durston is a Senior Building Science Consultant and Principal for Morrison Hershfield.  Mr. Durston has been involved in Whole Building Testing for projects all over the country including for owners like USACE and has a wide expertise in Building Envelope Commissioning.

    4. Don’t Let the Roof Destroy your Walls

    Presenter: Roy Schauffele
    This workshop examines roof wall intersections and the various types of products used with this interface.  Project examples of both good and bad intersections including some solutions for the audience to use after attending will be provided.

    Roy Schauffele is the owner of Division 7 Solutions, Inc. a consulting firm focused on the building enclosure.  Mr. Schauffele was the first Technical Director for SPRI (Single Ply Roofing Institute), Past Chair of the Air Barrier Association of America and the only person in the world to be both a Fellow for CSI and the ABAA.  He has extensive knowledge on both air barriers and roofing materials as his extensive career which has allowed him to work and research in both genres for decades.

    Workshop 2:  Fun in the Lab: Air and Moisture Leakage Calculator

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 1:00 p.m.
    End time: 4:30 p.m.

    1. Air Calculator and Moisture Leakage

    Presenters: Andre Desjarlais and Som Shrestha
    The Air & Moisture Calculator allows any user to input simple numbers and details about their project like location, size, architype, and then compare the energy use and potential moisture in the walls of a typically poorly built, air leaky building to a code required building and leakage rates below code-compliant building or buildings with leakage rates below code..

    Andre Desjarlais works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Building as the Program Manager for the Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research Program.  Mr. Desjarlais has been involved in building envelope material research for over 40 years, is a leader in ABAA’s Research Committee, past Chairman of ASTM C16 and an ASTM Fellow, serves on ASHRAE’s Technical Committee Operations and was a founding Director of the RCI Foundation.

    Som Shrestha is an R&D staff member within the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  His current research is focused on the experimental and analytical study of the energy performance of building envelope, equipment, and systems. He is ANSI-accredited, ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional.

    2. ASTM E331 on Steroids: Ultimate Wall Assembly Test

    Presenter: Andrew Dunlap
    Many have felt ASTM E331 has needed to be upgraded to deal with today's assemblies.  This presentation will go over the ABAA Standard which is being prosed to ASTM to improve upon wall assembly testing.

    Andrew Dunlap leads the Building Technology Studio for the Smith Group.  He is a Vice Chair for ABAA, Secretary for ASTM E06, involved with the IIBEC Commissioning Certification development, Past Chair of the Greater Detroit Building Enclosure Council, Co-Chair of the ABAA Research Committee and was named the AIA’s Young Architect of the Year.

    3. Technical News from ABAA

    Presenters: Andrea Wagner Watts and John Posenecker
    ABAA’s Technical Committee Chairs will provide insight to what ABAA is doing within industry and review a few of their latest Technical Documents focusing on the Building Enclosure.

    Andrea Wagner Watts is the Commercial Application Leader for DuPont Performance Building Solutions.  Ms. Wagner Watts is also Co-Chair of ABAA’s Technical Committee, active in ASTM and a published author and speaker.

    John Posenecker is a Principal Consultant for Building Exterior Solutions.  Mr. Posenecker has extensive experience in the field from construction of nuclear facilities to commercial construction.  He is also the Past Chair of the Building Enclosure Council of Austin, Secretary for the International Concrete Repair Institute Austin Chapter, and Co-Chair for the ABAA Technical Committee.

    4. Pull Adhesion Test Method

    Presenter: Sarah Flock
    The pull adhesion test method has recently been updated by ABAA and ASTM.  This workshop will review what the current method entails and provide insight as to why it was in need of these changes.

    Sarah Flock is a Principal for Rath Rath and Johnson.  She is also a Vice Chair for ABAA, Past Chair of the Building Enclosure Council of Chicago, involved with IIBEC Commissioning Certification development, active in ASTM E06, ASHE, AIA Chicago, and co-chair of the ABAA Research Committee.

    5. Air Leakage Modeling Inaccuracies

    Presenters: Som Shrestha, Lisa Ng, and Andre Desjarlais
    This session covers some of the concerns and issues with air leakage modeling in today’s software.

    Andre Desjarlais works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the Program Manager for the Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research Program. Mr. Desjarlais has been involved in building envelope material research for over 40 years, is a leader in ABAA’s Research Committee, past Chairman of ASTM C16 and an ASTM Fellow, serves on ASHRAE’s Technical Committee Operations and was a founding Director of the RCI Foundation.

    Som Shrestha is an R&D staff member within the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current research is focused on the experimental and analytical study of the energy performance of building envelope, equipment, and systems. He is ANSI-accredited, ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional.
    Lisa Ng is a mechanical engineer in the IAQ&V Group at NIST and has over nine years of experience in building-related fields, including building mechanical system design and research in airflow and IAQ performance in buildings. She is active in the development of strategies for incorporating more accurate infiltration estimates in building energy models and the application of multizone airflow and IAQ models to a range of building performance issues.

    Workshop 3: Don’t Screw Up: There is a Better Process

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 1:00 p.m.
    End time: 4:30 p.m.

    1. Building Enclosure Commissioning: Where it Came from and Why it is Needed

    Presenter: Fiona Aldous
    Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) is one of the hottest buzz words in the enclosure industry.  This presentation will go through the history and development of the process and provide reasons for why it is needed in our industry.

    Ms. Aldous has commissioned numerous building enclosures and is an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), and Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE). She actively serves on ASHRAE technical committees, teaches on behalf of University of Wisconsin professional development BECx courses, was a prime author of the Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) industry’s founding document, NIBS/ASHRAE Guideline 3 - The BECx Process, and is currently convener for ISO 21105-01, Performance of Buildings — Building enclosure thermal performance verification and commissioning.

    2. BECx Process in Action:  The Process through Case Studies

    Presenter: Melissa Payne
    This presentation provides the audience a chance to witness the BECx process from start to finish using actual projects as examples to demonstrate this key process in our industry.

    Melissa Payne works for Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing.  She is a Building Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure Knowledge (CxA+BE), forensic engineer, Level 2 Thermographer, Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), Chair of BEC-Ozark, and is working with ISO to develop their Enclosure commissioning standards.

    3. Codes and Standards, Today’s Requirements for Tomorrow’s Buildings

    Presenter: Chris Mathis
    With building enclosures becoming more complex and owners wanting durable, energy efficient buildings, our codes and standards must continue to develop and provide guidance for construction teams to be able to meet these demands.  This presentation explores the past and future of various building codes and standards regarding the building enclosure engaging you to think about what is needed for our buildings in the future.

    Chris Mathis is President of Mathis Consulting Company.  Mr. Mathis was the First Director for the National Fenestration Rating Council, Past Chair of BETEC, is active in Code and Standards development in ASHRAE, NFRC, ASTM and ICC, a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE, and conducts seminars on building science, energy efficiency, and sustainability world wide.

    Workshop 4: I Can See Glazing

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 8:30 a.m.
    End time: 12:00 p.m.

    1. What is going on with Glazing?: The Future of Glazing

    Presenter: Stanley Yee
    This workshop sheds light on today’s glazing systems and provides insight into what the glazing industry is doing to increase energy efficiency and improvements moving forward. 

    Stanley Yee is a Building Design Specialist for Dow.  Mr. Yee is also the Past President of the Glass Association of North America and is internationally recognized for experience and knowledge in the glazing community. 

    2. Issues from the Field and How to Avoid Them

    Presenter: Anthony Santocono
    This presentation focuses on curtain wall and storefront window systems and discuss proper installation of these systems while using examples of what not to do in the field.  The presentation will also provide guidance and suggestions for what to watch for as these systems are being installed to ensure they perform as expected.

    Anthony Santocono has been in the glazing industry for over 33 years with 12 of them dedicated to a field investigator for Kawneer. He performs forensic and investigation services around North America and assists teams in determining the path forward for issues due to poor installation.

    3. Sealants: A Sticky Situation

    Presenter: Marcy Tyler
    With so many chemistries, applications, and choices, sealants continue to confuse many people about where to use what?  This workshop identifies the main types and chemistries of various sealants and provides recommendations on where and how they should be installed.

    Marcy Tyler works for Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing.  Ms. Tyler has a degree in Chemical Engineering and started out her career in research and development for Tremco.  She also has extensive field experience from her time in Technical Services and is now the Director of Building Science for Tremco.

    Workshop 5: We Know about Insulation – Sponsored by PIMA

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 8:30 a.m.
    End time: 12:00 p.m.

    1. Facing the Enemy of Insulation:  Thermal Bridges

    Presenter: Jay H. Crandell, P.E., ARES Consulting /Applied Building Technology Group, LLC
    Thermal bridges are typically associated with framing elements within a building envelope assembly. These are well-known and are commonly addressed by use of recognized methods to determine a U-factor for an assembly. However, thermal bridges created at various interfaces between building envelop assemblies are less known and more often ignored. These types of thermal bridges include junctures between floor edges and walls, roof edges and walls, and fenestration and walls. While largely ignored in current codes and practice, poor detailing practices that fail to minimize thermal bridging and maximize insulation continuity (while maintaining structural continuity) at these building assembly interfaces can account for as much as 20 to 70 percent increase in heat flow through a building envelope. Thus, poor detailing has several building design implications including increased energy loss, potential error in estimating heating and cooling loads used to size equipment, localized moisture and durability risks, and reduced occupant comfort. These implications work against the fundamental purpose of insulation. Based in part on on-going work within the ASHRAE 90.1 standard committee, this presentation confronts a variety of thermal bridges and their impacts with methods of mitigation through improved detailing.

    2. Optimizing the Thermal Layer within Low-Slope Roof Systems

    Presenter: James R. Kirby, AIA, Building & Roofing Science Architec, GAF
    Low-slope roofing assemblies include a wide range of insulation and membrane attachment methods. Often ignored is the effect of fasteners on the overall R-value of the system. This presentation will discuss R-value differences based on fastener location within the system. There are different initial costs associated with fastening the first layer of insulation and adhering the upper layers versus mechanical attachment of an entire system. Different installation methods also have different thermal performance which affect energy costs over the life of the roof. Multiple roof system attachment methods are analyzed for initial cost, R-value and cost of long-term energy use.

    3. Providing Design Professionals Insight into Improved Prediction and Optimization of Building Envelope Thermal Performance

    Presenter: Jerry Phelan, Covestro, LLC
    Public awareness and interest in the benefits of increasing efficiency of buildings, along with the associated drive for increased stringency in energy codes, has ignited a trend in a comprehensive approach to performance-based design. This trend has contributed to a growth of engineering professionals dedicated to using state-of-the-art modeling tools to design buildings that deliver optimal and reliable energy performance. Their added challenge includes doing so while providing occupant thermal comfort and right sizing of HVAC equipment in a very broad North American climate, all in a cost-effective manner. The information presented in this session brings forth the author’s thorough examination, compiled results and findings/conclusions of the research conducted with the objective of providing guidance to design professionals for improving accuracy – and enabling optimization - of building energy performance.

    4. Advanced Insulations that Evolved from the Knudsen Effect

    Presenter: David W. Yarbrough, Ph.D., P.E., R&D Services, Inc., Cookeville, TN
    The pressure dependence of gas-phase thermal conductivity that occurs as pressure decreases or regions for molecular collisions are limited is described by the “Knudsen Effect (1911)”. The high thermal resistance of advanced products such as vacuum panel insulation and nano-scale insulations is due in part to reduction in gas-phase molecular collisions due to vacuum conditions or limited space for these collisions to occur in, for example, fine powders. The Knudsen effect and resulting advanced insulation products is discussed.

    5. Polyiso Continuous Insulation Wall Systems: The Perfect Wall

    Presenters:  Diana Fisler and Johns Manville
    The exterior wall surface delivers many functions to the building structure. These including water and air resistance, thermal insulation and structural strength. This workshop discusses how each of these functions are traditionally delivered and explores how and why these functions can be combined into a high functioning “perfect” insulating wall.

    Workshop 6: Energy Efficient Buildings: Economy vs. Ecology (Sponsored by the Research Institute for Thermal Insulation, FIW Munchen)

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 1:00 p.m.
    End time: 4:30 p.m.

    1. Return of Investment (ROI) Calculations

    Presenter: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Holm
    Assessments of the economic viability of various measurements, given by industry, housing sector, owners but also by science, show significant differences. Besides climatic, building physics, geometrical and economic parameters, the results are also being influenced by the particular calculation method. Depending on the calculation approach, different statements concerning the amortization of energy-saving methods will be reached. This leads to a partly fierce public discussion.

    2. Aspects of Embodied Energy

    Presenter: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Holm
    Energy used to produce the building materials, the construction of the building and finally any disposal required are not yet included in the energy calculations. But at the same time the use of sustainable building and insulation materials is promoted by the governments.  This part of the workshop sets out to compare the parameters of various external wall constructions and then also considers the extra consumption of primary energy which arises due to more stringent requirements for the energy efficiency of the building envelope.

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Holm works for FIW Munchen, one of the leading research and testing institutes for thermal insulation in Germany with an international sphere of activity. 

    Workshop 7: Evaluating the Moisture Durability of Building Envelope Components

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 8:30 a.m.
    End time: 12:00 p.m.

    Presenters: Andre Desjarlais and Achilles Karagiozis
    This workshop introduces attendees to hygrothermal simulations and briefly covers the parameters that impact hygrothermal simulation using software accounts for these loads.

    Andre Desjarlais works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Building as the Program Manager for the Building Envelope System & Urban Systems Research Program.  Mr. Desjarlais has been involved in building envelope material research for over 40 years, is a leader in ABAA’s Research Committee, past Chairman of ASTM C16 and an ASTM Fellow, serves on ASHRAE’s Technical Committee Operations and was a founding Director of the RCI Foundation.

    Achilles Karagiozis works for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Dr. Karagiozis manages a multidisciplinary team of approximately 150 researchers within the laboratory’s Buildings, Concentrating Solar Power, and Geothermal Technologies groups.  He chairs ASHRAE Standard Project Committee 160 and is also an Energy and Environmental Building Alliance board member and serves on the Passive House Institute US Technical Committee.

    Workshop 8: DOE Building Envelope Research Projects on Fenestration and Grid Interaction

    Sunday, December 8
    Start time: 1:00 p.m.
    End time: 4:30 p.m.

    Presenters: Marina Sofos, US Department of Energy; Chioke Harris, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    1. The ARPA-E SHIELD program – A Window into the Future of Novel Materials for Thermal Management

    Host: Marina Sofos, U.S. Department of Energy
    The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) launched the SHIELD (Single-pane, Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs) program in 2016 with the goal of dramatically improving the thermal properties of single-pane windows that account for roughly 2 quads of cold weather energy losses in the U.S. The vision for SHIELD is to go beyond conventional multi-pane insulated glass unit (IGU) approaches for energy efficient windows by developing solutions that are directly installed in retrofit projects to existing frames and sashes while minimizing impact on the appearance of the window and not adding substantial weight to the pane itself.

    As such, the program has focused on addressing the challenge of developing novel materials and material combinations that go beyond current state-of-the-art super-insulating solid materials to meet thermal targets comparable to double-pane solutions, while also yielding optical metrics necessary to meet transparency requirements for window applications in both commercial and residential buildings. A variety of thermal barriers have been developed and explored, including both porous (e.g., aerogel) and non-porous materials. Product solutions have consisted of both films that can adhere directly to existing window panes along with manufactured panes with similar weight and thickness to current panes and that can be mounted into existing window sashes. Partial solutions that can enable either approach have also been investigated. 

    This session will include an overview of the program, including key findings and takeaways at a portfolio-level. Members of the SHIELD cohort will then highlight the teams’ technologies and discuss next steps towards commercialization. Finally, industry stakeholders will discuss opportunities for next steps to transition meaningful advances towards commercially viable products into the single pane window retrofit and new/replacement window markets.

    2. Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings R&D Opportunities

    Presenter: Chioke Harris, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Additionally, the DOE Building Technologies Office Windows and Opaque Envelope subprogram has been exploring technology challenges and gaps as part of the development of its Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) and R&D Opportunity (RDO) reports. BTO will present a broader view of the R&D frontiers that can target these challenges and gaps in the windows and opaque envelope technology space, based on the GEB and RDO reports.


  • Keynote Speakers

    Monday, December 9 | 8:30 a.m.
    Keynote Speakers, Lew Harriman and Hartwig Künzel

    Lew Harriman
    Lew Harriman
    Metrics That Matter: A Modest Proposal for Improving Building Research Structure and Funding

    If building industry decision makers don’t have key research results—in a form that is actionable—at their moments of decision, how can we justify the societal and financial costs of gaining that knowledge? The current political discourse provides evidence of contempt for scientific facts and methods on the part of a large percentage of university-educated decision makers. This must serve as a wakeup call for all who give a large portion of their lives to research and field investigations intended to make buildings better. If what we do does not really matter—and if it is not also understood to matter by the public and by decision makers—we won’t be doing it much longer. We need to refocus our attention. History shows that effective information presentation and distribution is just as important as the research results. Based on examples of effective versus ineffective information transfer, this talk proposes radical suggestions for better project structure and funding allocation for building research.

    Speaker Bio:
    Lew Harriman is Director Emeritus of Building Science at Mason-Grant Consulting. He is a Fellow and Life Member of ASHRAE. He served as the principal author and Project Manager for ASHRAE’s Humidity Control Design Guide and the ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates. He has also served as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and as committee chair for Technical Committee 1.12 (Moisture Management in Buildings). Lew was a member of the consulting team that helped the US EPA revise its landmark 2018 publication: Guidance for Air Cleaners in the Home and was inducted into the Indoor Air Quality Association’s Hall of Fame in January 2018.

    Hartwig Kűnzel
    Hartwig Künzel
    Durable, Energy Efficient and Comfortable Buildings are No Science Fiction!

    The construction sector could do more to reduce our carbon footprint and to save our natural resources. This means saving energy for building operation and addressing the CO2-emissions released during manufacturing, construction, remodeling and demolition. Enhancing durability and focusing on renewable resources have become further key issues. Preserving and maintaining building constructions is a continuous fight against moisture. Water impairs the thermal performance of building materials and may cause mold growth, damage and degradation. High indoor air humidity is uncomfortable and poses health risks. Therefore, water penetration, condensation and unfavourable humidity conditions in the building and its envelope have to be limited or prevented altogether. Appropriate heat, air and moisture control should not only govern the envelope design and installation process, it should also be guidance for maintenance, repair and retrofit measures.

    Climate change poses new challenges for our buildings. They should be resilient to natural disaster such as flooding, power outage, strong winds and heavy rain or snowfall. They should also be grid interactive and accommodate renewable power fluctuations as well as intermittent operation. The necessary preference for renewable or recycled building materials poses additional challenges due to their general moisture sensitivity. Assessing the dynamic hygrothermal behaviour of buildings and construction assemblies as function of different impact parameters may be a way to demonstrate the risks involved and to find adequate solutions for optimum building design and operation.

    Speaker Bio:
    Hartwig Künzel is responsible for hygrothermal investigations sponsored by industry and government. During his PhD work, Hartwig developed the hygrothermal model WUFI® which has become an internationally recognized and widely applied simulation tool for moisture control in buildings. His research has helped to provide better understanding of the hygrothermal conditions in building envelope systems and their impact on building energy consumption, durability and human comfort. Hartwig has worked on numerous international projects supported by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission and several German Ministries. He is involved in the development of international guidelines and standards, e.g. chairing the national standard committee on moisture control and the CEN working group on hygrothermal performance of building components and building elements. Since 1999 Künzel has been a member of the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), participating regularly in Technical and Standard Committee meetings on moisture management, insulation materials and climate data.

  • Presentation Submission

    A written paper will be required for all presentations and the conference will present two tracks. The two tracks will focus on Principles (Devoted to Research and Development) and Practices (Focus on Practical Applications and Case Studies).

    Papers should focus on the development of high impact technologies and processes to be life cycle cost effective, and reduce energy use and environmental consequences. Papers should demonstrate how their topics, on the thermal and moisture performance of the exterior envelope of whole buildings, will lead to high performance buildings. Papers on case studies need to be unique and new. Papers in the Practices Track should provide technologies ready for implementation; those in the Principles Track shall show the promise of short to mid-term adoption.

    Suggested Paper and Presentation Topics

    • Advanced Construction Practices
    • Air barriers and Air Leakage
    • Basements/Below-Grade Construction
    • Building Envelope Commissioning
    • Building Envelope Integrated Technologies
    • Building Retrofit
    • Building Sustainability and Resilience
    • Cost Optimization
    • Daylighting
    • Design Tools
    • Dynamic and High-R windows
    • Envelope Related Indoor Environment
    • Fenestration and Window Attachments
    • Heritage/Historic Buildings
    • HVAC-Envelope Integration
    • Innovative Materials and Systems
    • Insulation
    • Low Energy Buildings
    • Moisture Management, Durability and Service Life
    • Monitoring, Modeling, and Simulation
    • Offsite manufacturing
    • Residential Single and Multi-Family Applications
    • Roofs, Attics, and Walls
    • Standards, Codes, Guidelines & Test Procedure Development
    • Weatherization

    Conference Program Schedule
    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Conference Paper Abstract Notifications 
    Monday, May 13, 2019 Conference Paper Due
    Monday, July 8, 2019 Peer Review Comments Due
    Monday, August 5, 2019 Peer Review Comments Sent to Authors
    Friday, August 30, 2019 Authors Upload revised Papers
    Friday, September 13, 2019 Reviewers check Verify Revised Papers
    Monday, October 7, 2019 Final Conference Paper and Updated Abstracts Due
    Friday November 15, 2019 PPT Presentations Due
    Sunday, December 8, 2019 Pre‐Conference Workshops
    Monday, December 9 – 12, 2019 Conference

    The Call for Abstracts closed November 14, 2018.
    Conference Papers that received abstract approval are due Monday, May 13, 2019..

    To submit a final Conference Paper or PPT to the Buildings XIV Conference:


  • Venue and Housing

    The headquarter hotel will be The Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. It’s located at 1160 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767.

    We have a negotiated rate of $170.To book at the ASHRAE rate, click the button:

    Book your group rate for ASHRAE 2019 Building XIV International Conference


    You must book by November 14th to receive the discounted rate. If the block sells out prior to the 14th, the discounted rate will no longer be available. It’s best to book as soon as possible.

  • Registration Information



    Early Bird

    Available until Nov. 1  


    $ 695.00

    Non Member

    $                    715.00


     Nov. 2 – Dec. 12


    $                    715.00

    Non Member

    $                    730.00




    $                    350.00


    $                    450.00


    $                    100.00

  • Conference Organizers

    Steering CommitteeChair: Andre Desjarlais
    Steering Committee Vice Chair: Theresa Weston
    Principles Track Co-chairs:  Samuel Glass and Simon Pallin
    Practices Track Co-chairs:  Stanley Gatland and Fitsum Tariku
    Workshop Track Co-chairs: Brian Stroik and Laverne Dalgleish
    Members at Large: Fiona Aldous, Carsten Rode, Wahid Maref, and Marianne Touchie

    Conference Program Session Chairs:

    • Achilles Karagiozis, Principles
    • Carl Eric Hagentoft, Principles
    • Carsen Banister, Principles
    • Charlie Curcija, Principles
    • Cheryn Metzger, Principles
    • Chris Mathis, Principles
    • Danko Davidovic, Principles
    • Diana Fisler, Principles
    • Diana Hun, Principles
    • Dominique Derome, Principles
    • Hua Ge, Principles
    • Jesper Arfvidsson, Principles
    • Lisa White, Principles
    • Mahabir Bhandari, Principles
    • Manfred Kehrer, Principles
    • Marc Lafrance, Principles
    • Mika Salonvaara, Principles
    • Paolo Tabares, Principles
    • Par Johansson, Principles
    • Ali Hajiah, Practices
    • Bipin Shah, Practices
    • Carsten Rode, Practices
    • Emishaw Iffa, Practices
    • Fiona Aldous, Practices
    • Florian Antretter, Practices
    • Graham Finch, Practices
    • Ihab Elzeyadi, Practices
    • Jasha Kistler, Practices
    • Peter Adams, Practices
    • Targo Kalamees, Practices
    • Umberto Berardi, Practices
    • Wahid Maref, Practices
  • Sponsorship Packages

    All sponsors will have their company logo and name on the event flyer, the conference web site and recognition during the conference. A summary of the specific benefits of each sponsorship level is included. If have questions or are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Ragan McHan,


  • Sponsors