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IAQ 2020: Indoor Environmental Quality Performance Approaches

Transitioning from IAQ to IEQ

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IAQ 2020: Indoor Environmental Quality Performance Approaches

Transitioning from IAQ to IEQ

September 14-16, 2020 | Athens, Greece 


The conference organized by ASHRAE and AIVC will take place September 14-16. 2020 in Athens, Greece. The conference will also be the 9th TightVent and 7th venticool conference. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has been the core of ASHRAE’S IAQ series of conferences for the past 30 years.  This conference will expand from Indoor Air Quality to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).  IEQ includes air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, and illumination and their interactions.  The particular focus of this conference is on performance approaches including the metrics, systems, sensors and norms necessary to implement them.


  • Health and Well-being: Appropriate technical and operational definitions
  • Performance Metrics: For all aspects of IEQ
  • Interactions: Interactions between IEQ parameters
  • Occupant Behavior: How behavior impacts IEQ and how IEQ impacts behavior - psychological dimensions of IEQ
  • Smart Sensors and Big Data: Sensor properties, data management, cybersecurity, applications
  • Smart Controls: Equipment properties, commissioning, equivalence
  • Resilience and IEQ: Responding to climate change and disasters
  • Ventilation: Mechanical, passive, natural and hybrid systems
  • Air Tightness: Trends, methods and impacts
  • Thermal Comfort: Dynamic approaches, health impacts and trends
  • Policy and Standards: Trends, impacts, implications

  • Call for Papers

    Authors have the option to submit either a conference paper or an extended abstract and to state their preference for either an oral or poster presentation. Authors are invited to submit a 300-word or less abstract on a conference topic by December 9, 2019.

    Decisions on abstracts will be made by February 12, 2020. Authors of accepted abstracts will have until April 17, 2020 to submit their conference paper or extended abstract. A template will be provided for the paper and extended abstract. Peer review of the papers will be conducted by the Scientific Committee.

    Why Publish With ASHRAE?

    ASHRAE authors enjoy benefits that include:

    • No publication charges
    • Interaction with other researchers
    • Authors of accepted papers may be invited to submit expanded papers for publication consideration in Science and Technology for the Built Environment, ASHRAE's journal for archival research.
    • Papers will be submitted papers to the following Citation, Indexing and Abstracting Services for evaluation  (Acceptance is not a guarantee)
      • Clarivate Analytics Web of Science’s Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI)
      • Elsevier's Scopus and Compendex
      • Elsevier's Ei Engineering Village’s Ei Compendex and Engineering Index
      • ProQuest Technology Research Databases: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Materials Research Database with METADEX, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Engineering Research Database, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts High Technology Research Database with Aerospace and ProQuest Central

    • Submission of abstract, December 23, 2019
    • Notification of decision on abstract, February 12, 2020
    • Submission of complete manuscript, April 17, 2020
    • Final acceptance, June 12, 2020

    To submit an abstract:

    Submit Abstract

    For more information, contact

  • Keynote Speakers
    Philomena Bluyssen
    Professor of Indoor Environment, TU Delft

    Prof. dr. Philomena Bluyssen received her building engineering degree in 1986 at the Technical University of Eindhoven, and in 1990 her PhD at the Technical University of Denmark with a thesis on ‘Air quality evaluated by a trained panel’. After working for more than twenty years as researcher with TNO, where she coordinated among others several European projects on optimization of Indoor environment quality and energy use, she was appointed full Professor Indoor Environment in 2012 at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, of the Delft University of Technology in Delft. At the TU Delft she initiated the SenseLab, a recently opened semi-lab environment partly open to the public, sponsored by 25 companies and organizations.  Bluyssen is member of the (inter)national organizations TVVL, REVHA, ASHRAE, ISIAQ and CIB. She is co-founder of the Dutch ISIAQ chapter and was the first president of  She has contributed and/or authored to more than 230 publications.

    Richard de Dear, Ph.D.
    Director, Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory, University of Sydney

    Professor Richard de Dear is the Director of the Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory, The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning (Sydney Australia) where he is also Program Director for the Masters in Architectural Science (High Performance Buildings). Richard has been actively conducting thermal comfort research for almost forty years, during which he has worked in various universities in Australia, Denmark, Singapore, China and the US. Richard is a Fellow of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate, and for the last five years he has been a chair of the IEA-EBC Annex 69 on Adaptive Thermal Comfort. Richard de Dear is currently an editor for the Elsevier journal, Energy and Buildings, and also ASHRAE’s archival research outlet, Science and Technology for the Built Environment. Previously he served as an editor for Wiley’s Indoor Air, Inter-Research’s Climate Research, and Springer’s International Journal of Biometeorology.

    Mariana Figuiero
    Director of the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Mariana Figueiro, Ph.D., is Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has also served as the LRC’s Light and Health Program Director since 1999. Dr. Figueiro is well known for her research on the effects of light on human health, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults. She holds a bachelor's in architectural engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a master's in lighting and a doctorate in multidisciplinary science from Rensselaer. Her master's and Ph.D. dissertation research focused on the human circadian response to light. In 2013 she was elected Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. She is the author of more than 80 scientific articles in her field of research. Her research is regularly featured in national media (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American) and she was a TEDMED speaker in 2014.

    Dr. Benjamin Jones
    Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

    Benjamin Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment. His work focuses on analytical and modelling approaches to the indoor environment that can inform policies to create low-carbon and healthy building stocks. He is particularly interested in the energy efficient ventilation of buildings and has contributed to the development of ventilation and air quality standards for UK schools. Benjamin is a UK representative on the board of the International Energy Agency’s Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre.

    Cath Noakes, PhD, FIMechE, FIHEEM
    Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds

    Cath is a Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. She is a chartered mechanical engineer with a background in fluid dynamics, and significant expertise in ventilation and indoor air quality. Her research group conduct experimental and modelling based studies, with a strong focus on ventilation for health including exploring the transport of airborne pathogens and effectiveness of engineering approaches to controlling infectious disease transmission. She has been an investigator on projects worth over £15M (over £4M as PI), which have supported 11 postdoctoral researchers/KTP associates and 14 PhD students, and have allowed her to work with researchers across a wide range of disciplines. She has over 100 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and has co-authored design guidance for CIBSE and the Department of Health. In addition to her research activities Cath teaches undergraduate and MSc modules in building physics and indoor air quality. She is the Director of Research and Innovation for the School of Civil Engineering and the Deputy Director of Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics and the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics.

    Stephanie Taylor MD, M Architecture, CIC, FRSPH(UK), MCABE
    Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc.

    Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts and subsequently practiced pediatric oncology and researched cellular growth mechanisms. Alarmed by the high number of patients acquiring infections during their in-patient treatment, she became determined to better understand the role of the built environment in patient outcomes.   To learn about the design and management of buildings, she obtained her Master’s in Architecture at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.    Dr. Taylor now works as an international consultant and research leader in designing and operating hospitals and other commercial buildings. Her unique approach is to use health data of building occupants to determine which indoor air and design characteristics support or harm human health. She has published in Nature, Science and other peer reviewed journals, is a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE, and a regular contributor to Engineered Systems magazine.

  • Registration

    Registration is not yet open. Once open, a link will be available here

  • Steering Committee

    Max Sherman (Co-chair)
    Bill Bahnfleth (Co-chair)
    Don Weekes (IEG-GA)
    Peter Wouters (AIVC)
    Dimitris Charalambopoulos (ASHRAE Hellenic Chapter)
    Chandra Sekhar (DAL)
    Bjarne Olesen
    Charlene Bayer
    Marwa Zaatari
    Shelly Miller
    Maria Kapsalaki

  • Scientific Committee
    Arnold Janssens Ghent University  Belgium chair
    Joseph Firrantello Envinity Inc. USA co-chair
    Marc Abadie Université de La Rochelle France  
    Alireza Afshari Aalborg University Denmark  
    Anita Avery Aerodyne Research, Inc. USA  
    William Bahnfleth The Pennsylvania State University USA  
    Constantinos Balaras National Observatory of Athens  Greece  
    Brandon Boor Purdue University USA  
    Wouter Borsboom TNO The Netherlands  
    Hilde Breesch KU Leuven Belgium  
    Samuel Caillou BBRI Belgium  
    Chun Chungyoon Yonsei University Korea  
    Willem de Gids VentGuide The Netherlands  
    François Durier CETIAT France  
    Steven Emmerich NIST USA  
    Laszlo Fulop University of Pécs Hungary  
    Sonia Garcia Ortega IETCC, CSIC Spain  
    Jaap Hogeling EPB Center, REHVA The Netherlands  
    Kevin Houser Oregon State University USA  
    Jae-Weon Jeong Hanyang University Korea  
    Pär Johansson Chalmers University of Technology Sweden  
    Benjamin Jones University of Nottingham UK  
    Theoni Karlessi University of Athens Greece  
    Maria Kolokotroni Brunel University London UK  
    Jelle Laverge Ghent University Belgium  
    Yun Gyu Lee Korea Institute of Construction Technology Korea  
    Yuguo Li The University of Hong Kong China  
    Pilar Linares Alemparte IETCC, CSIC Spain  
    Corinne Mandin CSTB France  
    Richard Mistrick Penn State University USA  
    Lidia Morawska Queensland University of Technology Australia  
    Bjarne Olesen Technical University of Denmark Denmark  
    Lorenzo Pagliano Politecnicao di Milano Italy  
    Andy Persily NIST USA  
    Manfred Plagmann BRANZ New Zealand  
    Dustin Poppendieck NIST USA  
    Carsten Rode Technical University of Denmark Denmark  
    Mat Santamouris University of New South Wales Australia  
    Takao Sawachi Building Research Institute Japan  
    Chandra Sekhar National University of Singapore Singapore  
    Ulla Haverinen-Shaughnessy Tampere University Finland  
    Shinichi Tanabe Waseda University Japan  
    Kari Thunstelle SINTEF Norway  
    Erik Uhde Fraunhofer WKI Germany  
    Iain Walker LBNL USA  
    Paula Wahlgren Chalmers University of Technology Sweden  
    Pawel Wargocki Technical University of Denmark Denmark  
    Donald Weekes InAir Environmental Ltd. Canada  
    Hiroshi Yoshino Tohoku University Japan  
  • Sponsors
    ASHRAE would like to thank these sponsors for supporting IAQ 2020.