ASHRAE 4th International Conference on Efficient Building Design—Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies


The conference, organized by ASHRAE, the ASHRAE Lebanese Chapter, the Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Beirut, will take place October 1-2, 2020 at AUB, Beirut, Lebanon.

The objective of the conference is to present advanced research on the topics of advanced building and bioclimatic designs for attaining occupant comfort and good environmental quality addressing systems and technologies adapted to the Arab region at moderate and hot humid climates.

The focus of the 4th ASHRAE Beirut Conference is on novel building technologies that enhance environmental quality in buildings and the impact of energy reforms on both the demand and the environmental quality with the goal of saving costs while providing the needed thermal and air quality environment for better performance and improved health. Concepts for improved efficiency and interventions that are adaptive to climate are sought including building fabric technologies, natural, mixed and mechanical ventilation practices/systems, and the manipulation of ventilation rates through operable windows to maintain thermally comfortable environment while relying on renewable energy as applicable. Other related concepts are also sought for smart building systems design and for integrating technologies that are passive, personalized/modular and energy efficient and tackling the human behavior in adopting these technologies and understanding their impact in reducing energy consumption and reducing carbon footprint of buildings. 

Parallel to the conference, a number of courses will be facilitated and offered on site​ by the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) for credit on September 30, 2020 (the day preceding the conference opening on October 1, 2020) for participants to register and perform training and certification exams.) 

Papers are being sought for the 4th ASHRAE International Conference on Efficient Building Design—Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies. The call for abstracts (400 words in length) is now open. Abstracts are due September 30, 2019. If accepted, papers are due February 15, 2020. Authors of accepted papers are responsible for travel and registration. Hotel accommodations are free for authors presenting papers.  

The schedule below is tentative and subject to change:

  • Abstract (400 words) Submissions Due: September 30,2019
  • ​​Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts: October 15, 2019
  • Submission of Complete Manuscript: February 15, 2020
  • Paper Reviews Due: March 31, 2020
  • Final Paper Acceptance: June 15, 2020

The conference topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Sustainable building designs
  • Energy efficiency standards
  • Building materials
  • Indoor air quality systems
  • HVAC technologies
  • Solar heating and cooling for built environment
  • Low and near zero energy buildings

The Executive Organizing Committee:

  • Ghaddar, Nesreen, (Conference Chair, AUB)
  • Bitar, Ahmed (President, Lebanese ASHRAE Chapter)
  • Chakroun, Walid, (Kuwait University)
  • Ghali, Kamel (AUB)
  • Giometti, Tony (ASHRAE)
  • Moukalled, Fadl (AUB)
  • Traboulsi, Samir (AUB, MSFEA Alumni Chapter)
  • Elassaad, Bassam (ASHRAE)​

Click here to submit an abstract ​​

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