Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes
of Whole Buildings XIII International Conference

December 4-8, 2016



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Workshop Chair:  Dr. Wahid Maref
Senior Research Officer at NRC-Construction Canada


Envelopes 13 Workshops

     Insulation Materials and Systems 2.0


Hartwig Kunzel, Ph.D., Fraunhofer IBP, Andreas Holm, Ph.D., FIW Munich, and André Desjarlais, ORNL

What are the trends in building insulation? How do new systems perform and how durable are they? Where are the limits? Appreciate the dependence of thermal performance on temperature, humidity and air flow. What are the pitfalls of testing and evaluating the thermal properties of insulation systems?  We will discuss appropriate protection and maintenance measures to ensure long service life of insulated building assemblies.  Learn about the recycling options for insulation materials and systems.

     Thermal Mass Workshop V


Jan Kosny, Ph.D., Fraunhofer CSE

Since 2001, a group of building scientists, architects, and researchers has been meeting during the Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes Conference to discuss current research and new application trends in areas of thermal storage and thermal stability of buildings.

A modern "massive building" is one, which can utilize thermal excitations coming from the environment to improve overall energy efficiency. Significant energy-savings are possible by blending thermally massive building envelopes with natural elements such as sunlight, temperature fluctuations, breezes, and appropriate landscaping. When properly combined, these elements produce a building with less reliance on purchased energy, less environmental impact, and improved thermal comfort.

Today, building designs, utilizing either conventional thermal mass or phase change materials, are receiving wider acclaim due to both energy cost concerns and the increasing interest in the environmental impact of buildings.  In 2016, the following sessions will be offered during the workshop:

Session 1: Low Energy Buildings – Why Thermal Mass?
Session 2: Introduction of Thermally Massive Building Products Which Have Not Been Yet Acknowledged by Building Energy Codes
Session 3: New Developments in PCM Testing and Whole Building Energy Modeling
Session 4: PCM Sampling (Informal)
Please join us in the hotel lobby for continuation of discussion about Thermal Mass. At this time we will serve PCMs: free margaritas and ice (PCM) and ice-cream (PCM) will be available for all workshop participants.

    Buildings XIII - Building Science Education Update


Samuel Taylor

An update and open forum will be provided on progress in implementing university building science education programs.  The meeting will be followed by side meetings, during the week, seeking comments and input from BUILDINGS XIII participants - particularly from North American and European university professors – on building science teaching resources and approaches.

The year 2016 begins with the NIBS Building Innovation Conference with the “Symposium on Building Science Education in North America” addressing solutions towards building science competency.  It will be followed by presentations at Penn State expanding on “not so difficult” approaches for teaching building science fundamentals and the infusion of building science in traditional courses, as well as a forum addressing the pairing of experiential and academic learning.  

The Joint Committee on Building Science Education and the BETEC Education Committee will provide updates on the implementation of these approaches and the use of new teaching resources (e.g., textbooks, modules, databases).  Also, updates will be provided by DOE on the “Race to Zero” Student Design Competition; the new university section of the Solution Center, and progress in implementing the building science guidelines.  For further information, see "Events" on


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