BEST 4 Technical Committee Calls for Papers

Natl Inst of Building ScienceThe Technical Committee of the fourth Building Enclosure Science and Technology Conference (BEST4) is now accepting abstracts of potential papers to be considered for presentation at the event.

Hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council of Kansas City (BEC-Kansas City), BEST4 will be held April 12-15, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The conference will address critical issues related to the performance of the building enclosure, in conjunction with whole building performance.

With the theme, “Performance-Driven Architectural Design,” BEST4 serves to enhance attendees’ understanding of critical design changes and provide a forum for discussion of unresolved issues.

Suggested Topics
Potential speakers are requested to submit a paper and share their experience with others. The following list is indicative of the topics the Technical Committee is encouraging potential speakers to consider for submission:

  1. Strategies and technologies needed to meet whole house savings of 50%.
  2. Efficient thermal upgrade of existing building envelopes.
  3. Innovative materials and systems, high-performance insulations.
  4. Thermal performance of assemblies under field conditions (thermal bridges and phase-change materials).
  5. Predicting and testing to ensure the performance of the building enclosure (BE).
  6. Commissioning and quality management in design and construction of the BE.
  7. Hygrothermal performance of the BE under service conditions.
  8. Thermal upgrade of existing buildings.
  9. Energy efficiency, lighting and other aspects of small building performance.
  10. High performance and dynamic building enclosures for large buildings.
  11. Reflective assemblies, exterior continuous thermal insulation systems, and advanced insulation concepts.
  12. Durability of masonry structures and plasters, the effect of water on durability.
  13. Control of indoor environment, air tightness, the effect of air flow on building performance.
  14. Glazing and fenestration.
  15. Measured house performance as compared to design.

Submission Guidelines
In their abstracts, potential speakers should address new or existing building issues they consider important. Abstract must be 300 to 500 words in length. Presenters should prepare the abstract using MSWord 2003 – 2007, and email it, along with their author contact information and affiliation, to the Technical Committee via email, as well as upload it to ProposalSpace. Abstracts may be submitted any time before August 1, 2013.

Program Timeline
If selected, presenters must agree to meet the following program timeline:

August 1, 2013 — Abstracts are due to Technical Committee
October 15, 2013 — Technical Committee notification of abstract acceptance
January 15, 2014 — Send draft of paper to Technical Committee for review
May 30, 2014 — Technical Committee sends review comments to authors
November 1, 2014 — Final paper due date
January 15, 2015 — PowerPoint Presentation due date

Abstracts for all of the papers to be presented at BEST4 will be included in a book of Conference Proceedings, which will be available to registered participants. Select conference papers, after a successful peer review, will be considered for publication in several industry journals. Members of the Technical Committee are available to answer questions about abstracts and papers. The BEST4 Technical Committee includes: Mark Bomberg, PhD, PE (Chair); David Yarbrough, PhD, PE (Co-Chair); and Jan Kosny, PhD (Co-Chair).

Download the BEST4 Abstract Template.

View the BEST Conference Manuscript Preparation Guidelines.

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