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Abstracts Sought for ASHRAE-Endorsed AiCARR Conference on Historical, Existing Buildings

Abstracts are being sought for papers for the 49th AiCARR international conference, Historical and Existing Buildings: Designing the Retrofit, An Overview from Energy Performances to Indoor Air Quality. The conference takes place Feb. 26-28, 2014.

 Abstracts are due May 15. For more information, visit http://www.aicarr.org/Pages/Convegni/Roma_2014/Home_English.aspx

The Conference provides a comprehensive overview on the retrofit deign of historical and existing buildings; with themes related to energy performance, indoor air quality, energy sustainability; and innovations on buildings and their systems.

Endorsed by ASHRAE, the Conference fulfills an initiative of ASHRAE President Tom Watson’s presidential theme, Broadening ASHRAE’s Horizons. President Watson called for the Society to provide guidance for a variety of building applications, including historic buildings.

 “Historical buildings are a personal interest of mine. There are many historic buildings in my community; how do we save them? We can’t simply give up on using historic buildings. They are too valuable and leave too large an environmental footprint to be neglected or abandoned.”

The need to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings is an important goal

for all countries that seek a rational use of resources and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Interventions in existing and especially historical buildings must be carefully designed and

defined due to esthetic constraints and for use requirements, operational, maintenance and cost.

The energy performance of buildings shall be defined on the basis of methodologies, including thermal characteristics and  other factors that play an increasingly important role such as heating and air-conditioning installations, application of energy from renewable sources, passive heating and cooling elements, shading, indoor air quality, adequate natural light and satisfactory indoor noise level.

The conference aims to analyze the main technologies in plants and equipment applicable today in existing buildings to improve energy performance, indoor environmental quality and sustainability.



  • Italian historical buildings: state of conservation

  • Sustainability and historical heritage: open questions, proposals, solutions

  • A guideline for environmental control systems in historical buildings and cultural heritage

  • HVAC for buildings retrofit


Topics include:

  • Cultural heritage and historical buildings: conservation, microclimates and sustainability

  • Materials and techniques for refurbishment of building envelopes

  • Building and HVAC&R systems: energy evaluation and interventions for performance improvement

  • HVAC&R operating mode, management and maintenance

  • Indoor acoustic and daylighting improvements

  • Standards

  • Indoor climate: design, measurements and monitoring

  • Case studies

For more information, visit: http://www.aicarr.org/Pages/Convegni/Roma_2014/Home_English.aspx