CISBAT 2021 will be held under the topic  "Carbon Neutral Cities - Energy Efficiency & Renewables in the Digital Era". The built environment’s transition to carbon neutrality has entered a new phase with building science expanding its focus to urban design, new materials and advanced methods for simulation and management of energy demand and resources. Academic research is pushing the boundaries of renewable energy technology and energy efficiency, drawing from expertise in fields as diverse as materials science, climatology and machine learning. Circular economy is gaining ground. All this is reflected in the topics of the CISBAT 2021 call for papers.

The hybrid event organised from 8 to 10 September 2021 at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, offers a platform for dialogue, presentations and networking.

Over three days, CISBAT will feature high-level keynotes, thematic sessions, workshops and technical visits. An evening event will allow networking among participants who attend in person. Remote attendance will also be possible.

The call for papers is now open.

The following topics will be covered:

no 1Smart materials for building envelopes (micro- and nanotechnologies)
no 2Climate resilient buildings (ecobuildings, retrofit, performance gap)
no 3Daylighting and electric lighting (human centric & green lighting)
no 4Human & building interaction (user centered systems, health, behaviour)
no 5Building simulation & ICT (design, optimisation, analysis) - IBPSA CH special session
no 6Renewable energy in the built environment (electricty, heating and cooling)
no 7Smart buildings & districts (distributed energy systems, predictive & adaptive control, energy demand & supply)
no 8Data mining for the built environment (big data & machine learning)
no 9Urban climate modelling (microclimate, energy performance, regenerative design)
no 10Innovative construction for circular economy (LCA, recycling, design)

Hosting organisation:
Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Scientific partners:
Cambridge University, Department of Architecture (Prof. Koen Steemers)
MIT, Department of Architecture (Prof. Leon Glicksman)
Swiss Chapter of International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA CH)

Conference chair:
Prof. Jean-Louis Scartezzini, Conference Chair
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

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  1. Smart materials for building envelopes
  2. Climate resilient buildings
  3. Daylighting & electric lighting
  4. Human & building interaction
  5. Building simulation & ICT
  6. Renewables in the built environment
  7. Smart buildings & districts
  8. Data mining for the built environment
  9. Urban climate modelling
  10. Innovative construction for circular economy

Hosting Organisation

Scientific partners