Call of Papers: IAHS2014: Sustainable Housing Construction

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Modern society faces significant challenges in terms of resources that are dwindling and a climate that is changing, factors which have boosted the need for interdisciplinary research on the design, operation and management of systems which produce, distribute and use energy. The concept of sustainable construction results from the need to establish principles for managing resources and waste in order to minimize the negative impacts of the construction and use of buildings throughout their life cycle. It is estimated that 40% of all raw materials extracted are intended for use in construction works. The construction sector is thus directly responsible for a large part of the negative impacts of extracting raw materials, transportation, the manufacturing of goods and disposing of construction and demolition waste (CDW).
It is also known that the buildings sector accounts for 40% of final energy consumption in the European Union and it is therefore responsible for a considerable amount of total GHG emissions and waste production. It is of critical importance to explore the potential for reducing energy consumption in buildings by using more efficient and sustainable materials, products and construction technologies.
We hope that the 40th IAHS World Congress, on the theme "Sustainable Housing Construction", will be an ideal forum to disseminate recent advances and discuss future trends towards a more sustainable and energy-efficient construction industry. The main purpose of the congress is to debate topics related to new environmentally friendly construction materials and technologies, energy efficiency in buildings, waste management, and other topics linked to sustainability in construction. However, the broad scope of the International Association for Housing (IAHS) series of congresses also makes this an excellent place to discuss any issue related to housing science.
We invite everyone involved in construction research to join us at the the 40th IAHS World Congress. We look forward to welcoming you in Madeira, December 16-19, 2014.

The 40th IAHS World Conference will take place in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) from December 16-19, 2014.
Submission of Abstracts
31st July 2014
Notification of Acceptance
31st August 2014
Final paper Submission
30th October 2014
Early registration
30th October 2014

Urban Planning

  • Smart cities
  • Sustainable Planning
  • Energy Planning
  • Housing policies
  • Water and Waste management
  • Rational use of materials
  • Applied social sciences in architecture and urbanism
  • Risk assessment

Economics, Financing and Management

  • Construction planning
  • Construction management
  • Housing markets
  • Housing policies
  • Financing systems

Building Design

  • Green architecture and buidings
  • Low Energy buildings
  • Sustainable design solutions
  • Intelligent buildings
  • Design for flexibility and adaptation
  • Morphological analysis of housing
  • Computational Methods for Building Design
  • Building Information Models

Materials and Building Technology

  • Innovative materials, products and technologies
  • Materials with incorporated waste
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Hygrothermal performance of materials and building components

Sustainability and Energy efficiency

  • Sustainable Housing and Construction
  • Innovative Financing Systems
  • Energy Performance of buildings
  • Energy Management in Buildings
  • Renewable Energy in Buildings
  • End-use energy efficiency
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Eco-Design and Eco-Labeling
  • Indoor air and environmental quality

Building Physics

  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Acoustics and vibrations
  • Indoor thermal comfort
  • Seismic and fire safety
  • Inspection techniques


  • Building pathologies and diagnostic
  • Sustainable and energy-efficient retrofitting
  • Innovative products and technologies for existing buildings
  • Preservation and maintenance of the built heritage

TS01 - Sustainable Affordable Housing
Org.: Crina Oltean-Dumbrava (Bradford University, UK)
TS02 - Sustainable and Energy-efficient Refurbishment
Org.: Crina Oltean-Dumbrava (Bradford University, UK)
TS03 - Earthen Housing Construction
Org.: Paulina Faria (NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal)
TS04 - Integral Sustainable Housing
Org.: Gabriella Pál Schmid and Peter Schmid (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
TS05 - Supporting Sustainable Housing
Org.: Gabriella Pál Schmid and Peter Schmid (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
TS06 - Economics, Financing and Management, Building Design
Org.: Bárbara Rangel and Vitor Abrantes (University of Oporto, Portugal)
TS07 - Innovative sustainable coatings
Org.: Isabel Torres (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
TS08 - Assessment, Diagnosis, Energy Efficiency and Refurbishment for Sustainability
Org.: Anabela Paiva (University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal) and João Lanzinha (University of Beira Interior, Portugal)
TS09 – Information and Communication Technologies in the Construction Management
Org.: Nuno Biga (ITeCons, Portugal) and Vitor Abrantes (University of Oporto, Portugal)
TS10 – Ecodesign and certification systems for sustainable buildings
Org.: Ana Sánchez-Ostiz (University of Navarra, Spain)
TS11 – Sustainable rehabilitation of buildings using emerging materials and systems
Org.: Marco Ludovico Marques (Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Portugal) and Carlos Chastre (FCT/UNL, Portugal)
TS12 – Building acoustics for newer materials
Org.: KandaSwamy Subramanian (Chennai, India) and Julieta António (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
TS13 – Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings
Org.: António Aguiar Costa (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal) and Isabel Pinto-Seppa (VTT, Finland)
TS14 – Energy optimization of buildings envelope
Org.: Nuno Simões (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and António Tadeu (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
TS15 – Thermal inspection techniques of buildings
Org.: Inês Simões (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and Nuno Simões (University of Coimbra, Portugal) 
TS16 – Streamlined Life Cycle Analysis
Org.: Vanderley M. John (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
TS17 – The Role of BIM in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Housing Renovation
Org.: Arto Kiviniemi (University of Liverpool, UK)
TS18 – How to Address Seismic Risk in the Context of (Energy-Oriented) Rehabilitation?
Org.: Eduardo Júlio (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal), Aníbal Costa (University of Aveiro)
TS19 – Sustainable and water efficient buildings
Org.: Armando Silva Afonso (ANQIP/University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Zuzana Vranayova (Technical University of Kosice, Slovak Republic)
TS20 – Passive House and Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
Org.: Romeu Vicente (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Maria Fernanda Rodrigues (University of Aveiro, Portugal) 
TS21 – New business models and innovative tools for future housing development
Org.: Roberto Di Giulio (University of Ferrara, Italy)
TS22 – Construction history and constructive systems characterization: Design, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance processes
Org.: Rui Póvoas (University of Oporto, Portugal) and Clara Pimenta do Vale (University of Oporto, Portugal)
TS23 – Efficient Architecture, including theoretical urbanistic issues, rehabilitation, conservation buildings and sustainable heritage
Org.: Adriana Matei (Technical University of Cluj, Romania)
TS24 – Professional Education on Sustainable Housing Design
Org.: Ulker Copur (School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, USA)
(To be updated)

                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
                 of the Built Heritage .
                 Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture
                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 
                 Mosul - Iraq .
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