THEME OF THE CONFERENCE
BUILDING LOW ENERGY COOLING AND ADVANCED VENTILATION TECHNOLOGIES IN THE 2IST CENTURY
SCOPE OF THE CONFERENCE
The joint 2nd Palenc and the 28th AIVC Conference focused on the advanced low energy cooling and ventilation technologies for buildings.
Increase of the living standards, deterioration of the thermal conditions in the urban environment and non-appropriate architecture design, has caused huge penetration of air conditioning in many parts of the world and not only in hot climates. Such a condition has a very serious impact on the peak electricity demand of the countries and the corresponding energy consumption. Intensive research carried out during the last years has permitted to develop new technologies, components, materials and techniques that permit to decrease seriously or even eliminate the cooling demand of buildings. In parallel, very low energy consumption for cooling new generation buildings have been realized and monitored.
Ventilation in buildings permits to decrease the cooling demand, improve comfort conditions and decrease indoor pollution. A wide range of research activities carried out over the last years, has permitted to develop advanced ventilation systems that highly satisfy the above requirements.
There is in many countries increased interest in regulations to cover the issue of summer comfort, air conditioning and peak power control, e.g. the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive asks from the Member States to undertake all the necessary measures in order to decrease the energy consumption caused by air conditioning and improve indoor environmental conditions (air quality, summer comfort, ..). Passive and low energy cooling strategies provide interesting options.
The scope of this Conference included all aspects of technology and building design, dealing with ventilation and passive cooling techniques able to improve the environmental performance of buildings. Papers related on ventilation, solar control, thermal mass, thermal comfort, urban microclimate landscaping, low energy architecture, innovative components and materials, standardization and legislation, advanced and alternative air conditioners, demand side management, etc. were welcomed. The main aims were to present and discuss the state of the art of research and applications dealing with ventilation and cooling and also to assess the results achieved almost two years after the application of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.