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The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BPKC) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

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Call for papers: 2018 ASTM International Symposium

  • 1.  Call for papers: 2018 ASTM International Symposium

    Posted 09-07-2017 11:35
    Papers Invited for October 2018 ASTM International Symposium on Building Science and the Physics of Building Enclosure Performance
    Abstracts due September 29

    The symposium is co-sponsored by ASTM International's Committee on Performance of Buildings (E06) and Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing (D08), and will take place in conjunction with the October standards development meetings of Committee E06.
    This one-day symposium will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on current research regarding building science and the physics of building enclosure and whole building performance, with an emphasis on transitions between the horizontal and the vertical and the critical points of intersection; testing and assessment of heat, air, and moisture transfer; energy use, and the environment. The program will begin with an opening keynote and unfold as follows:
    • Building Science Fundamentals
      • Physics of Heat/Air/Moisture Transfer
      • Material Selection for Durability and Performance
      • Interface Detailing and Continuity of Environmental Control Layers
    • Assessment and Understanding of Whole Building Performance
      • Critical Review of Standard Guides, Practices, and the Codes
      • Energy Modeling Facts, Myths and Legends
      • Testing and Assessment of Building Enclosure and Whole Building Performance
    • Case Studies in New Construction and Adaptive Reuse (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)
      • New Construction: Promises Made/Promises Kept?
      • Adaptive Reuse: A Road Paved with Good Intentions
      • Conservation: A Living Testament to 'Sustainable Design'
    • Plenary Session and Panel Discussion
      • Lessons Learned
      • The Road Ahead
    In the spirit of collaboration between D08 and E06, papers co-authored by D08 and E06 members are encouraged but not required.

    To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than September 29, 2017. The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The Symposium Chairs will notify you via postal mail by November 24, 2017, of your paper's acceptability for presentation at the symposium.

    Registration questions can be directed to Tessa Sulkes (see below). For technical information or questions, contact symposium chairman Dan Lemieux (, or co-chair Jennifer Keegan ( For more information, please visit

    ASTM Staff Contact: Tessa Sulkes, tel +1.610.832.9677;

    Maggie Brown
    Specialist, Knowledge Communities
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC