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Membership & Conferences

The Third International Conference
on Efficient Building Design —

Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies

October 4-5, 2018
Beirut, Lebanon



The conference, organized by ASHRAE, the ASHRAE Lebanese Chapter, the Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at American University of Beirut, will take place October 4-5, 2018 at The American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.

The objective of the conference is to present advanced research on the topics of advanced building and bioclimatic designs for attaining occupant comfort and good environmental quality addressing systems and technologies adapted to the Arab region in both moderate and hot humid climates.

The International Conference will include several keynote presentations from experts and professionals in the field.  In addition, specialized and organized sessions, including oral and poster presentations.

Parallel to the conference, ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) courses will be offered for participants to register and perform training.

Conference Themes
The topics of the conference will include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable building designs
  • Energy efficiency standards
  • Building materials
  • Indoor air quality systems
  • HVAC technologies
  • Solar heating and cooling for built environment
  • Energy efficient hybrid systems
  • Low and near zero energy buildings


Call for Abstracts/papers

The call for abstracts is now closed. Papers for accepted abstracts are due February 7, 2018. Authors of accepted papers are responsible for travel and registration. Hotel accommodations are free for authors presenting papers.  

The schedule below is tentative and subject to change:

  • Call for Papers Opens: Monday, July 31st
  • Abstract (400 words) Submissions Due: October 31, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts: November 7, 2017
  • Submission of Complete Manuscript: February 7, 2018
  • Paper Reviews Due: March 31, 2018
  • Final Paper Acceptance: June 15, 2018

It is of interest to present conference papers on design, systems, and control strategies of low energy and near zero energy buildings and prospects of next-generation sustainable HVAC systems that are dependent on renewable energy sources. Moreover, presentations on the latest developments of energy efficiency standards and other building codes including new refrigerants that are adapted to the warmer climates. 


Venue & Dates

The conference will take place at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. The conference will be held on Thursday and Friday October 4-5, 2018.

The Conference Organizing Committee will facilitate Hotel reservation for speakers at a competitive conference rate in a number of hotels within walking distance from AUB. Travel and accommodation information will be posted soon.


Conference Language

The official language of the conference will be English.


Registration Information

Registration is not yet open for this conference. Once the registration site goes live, it will be posted here.


Executive Organizing Committee

  • Ghaddar, Nesreen, (Conference Chair, AUB)
  • Assaf, Riad, (President, Lebanese ASHRAE Chapter)
  • Chakroun, Walid, (KU)
  • Moukalled, Fadl (AUB)
  • Ghali, Kamel (AUB)
  • Traboulsi, Samir (AUB, FEA, Alumni Chapter)
  • Slim, Rayane (Lebanese University)



Scientific Committee

  • Bahnfleth, William (Penn State University, USA)
  • Bakhache, Bassem (OEA)
  • Chakroun, Walid, (KU)
  • El-Hayek, Michel (NDU)
  • El-Khoury, Khalil (LU)
  • Ghali, Kamel (AUB)
  • Hosni, Mo (KSU, USA)
  • Moukalled, Fadl, (AUB)
  • Traboulsi, Samir (AUB, FEA, Alumni Chapter)






The Department of Mechanical Engineering at American University of Beirut