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2025 Buildings XVI Conference

Clearwater Beach, FL

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Buildings XVI Conference

December 8-11, 2025

Clearwater Beach, FL


Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings

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  • Call for Abstracts

    ASHRAE is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 2025 Buildings XVI International Conference to be held in Clearwater Beach FL on 8 - 11 December 2025 at the newly renovated Sheraton Sand Key Resort. The conference is co-organized by ASHRAE and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    “This conference draws heavily on the advanced technical knowledge of our global experts and takes place every three years, allowing time to develop new research and technology applications and to document findings,” said André Desjarlais, conference chairperson. “It’s a great opportunity for product manufacturers, research groups, technical advisors, builders, designers, and consultants to discuss their work achievements, interest, and awareness of buildings issues, and provide solutions to some of our major building problems.”

    The conference steering committee is seeking papers focused on the development of high impact technologies and processes that are cost effective, reduce energy use and environmental consequences, as well as case studies that are unique, new, and contribute to the body of knowledge and practice.

    Abstracts on both residential and commercial applications are sought.  The topics for the residential track are broader and also cover research related to heating, cooling and ventilation systems and their impact on the indoor environment and energy performance. Papers should demonstrate how their topics will lead to high performance buildings, demonstrate technologies ready for implementation, and show the promise of short to mid-term adoption. Selected papers will be offered the opportunity to be expanded and published in ASHRAE’s Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

    New for 2025 is the opportunity to present your work to a broader audience through the Buildings XVI Poster Session. Students, Post Doc or Masters, and early career professionals are highly encouraged to submit their research to via the poster session – only an initial abstract and a poster is required, no papers with posters. When submitting, please indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for a full paper or poster.

  • Topics for Papers

    The conference includes three tracks focused on Principles (research and development), Practices (applications and case studies) and Residential Buildings. 

    • Adaptation to a changing climate
    • Advanced building construction,  modular and offsite manufacturing
    • Air barriers and air leakage
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications in building envelope and whole-building design and operation
    • Building decarbonization and lifecycle impacts including embodied carbon
    • Building envelope commissioning
    • Building/grid interaction
    • Building retrofits and weatherization
    • Building sustainability, passive survivability, circular construction, and resilience
    • Cost performance optimization
    • Design tools
    • Dynamic and high-R windows and attachments
    • Dynamic (smart) and passive roofs, attics, walls, basements/below-grade construction, and integrated technologies
    • Heat and moisture transfer in materials and assemblies
    • Heritage/historic buildings
    • HVAC-envelope integration
    • Insulation and bio-based solutions
    • Mass timber construction and other innovative materials and systems
    • Moisture management, durability, and service life
    • Monitoring, modeling, and simulation, including micro-climates and boundary conditions
    • Standards, new energy codes, guidelines, and test procedure development
    • Thermal energy storage including thermal mass and phase change materials
    • Whole building performance including thermal bridging

    Additional topics for the Residential single and multifamily buildings track include:

    • Indoor environmental quality including air cleaning, daylighting, emissions from building materials, overheating, kitchen exhaust, and ventilation
    • Sustainability certification programs
    • Smart buildings
    • Urban heat islands and urban physics

    Abstracts (300 words maximum) should concisely present the problem statement, the novelty of the work, the methodology and the findings.

  • Schedule for Call for Papers

    Friday, September 20, 2024

    Abstracts for Conference Papers Due

    Tuesday, April 1, 2025

    Papers Due

    December 8 – 11, 2025

    Conference Begins

  • Steering Committee

    Steering Committee

    Desjarlais, Andre - Chair

    Weston, Theresa – Vice Chair

    Principles Track Chairs

    Pallin, Simon

    Tariku, Fitsum

    Practices Track Chairs

    Maref, Wahid

    Gatland, Stan

    Residential Track Chairs

    Olesen, Bjarne

    Weston, Theresa

    Workshop Chairs

    Dalgleish, Laverne

    Stroik, Brian

    Members at Large

    Antonopoulos, Chrissi

    Blanford, Michael

    Glass, Sam

    Gowri, Krishnan

    LeViseur, Suzanne - CEC Representative

    Mumme, Sven

    Rode, Carsten

    Rothgeb, Stacey

    Shrestha, Som

    Ziviani, Davide - CEC Representative

  • Hotel

    The Buildings XVI Conference was held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, FL.  The conference hotel offers an excellent combination of meeting and beach/recreation facilities. The hotel is located about 21 miles west of Tampa International Airport.