5-6 October 2022, Conference, Rotterdam – 42nd AIVC conference
05 - 06 October 2022 | Rotterdam, Netherlands
08:00 Europe/Brussels

The 42nd AIVC conference: "Ventilation Challenges in a Changing World" was held in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands together with the 10th TightVent and the 8th venticool conferences on October 5-6, 2022.

Conference Scope

More than ever in the past, climate change and the transition to carbon neutrality are at the center of many countries´ policies and research programmes. The building sector plays a crucial role in achieving these goals, considering the carbon emissions attributed to buildings’ construction and operation, and its potential for better energy performance. At the same time the COVID-19 crisis has emphasized the need to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and ventilation in our buildings to reduce the risks of airborne virus transmission. All these challenges require a transformation of the existing building stock that at the same time achieves better IAQ and lowers environmental impact.

In 2022 the Air Inflitration and Ventilation Centre organized its first international conference since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore the conference organizers wanted to pay specific attention to the role of ventilation and infiltration in building decarbonization, and improvement of indoor air quality including epidemic preparedness. How can design, construction and renovation practices, innovative and digital technologies help in today’s challenges?

Conference Concept

The conference consisted of 3 parallel sessions largely devoted to:

  • Smart ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and health
  • Building and ductwork airtightness
  • Ventilative cooling – Resilient cooling

The conference consisted of a mixture of

  • Well prepared and structured sessions focused on the conference topics
  • Presentations upon invitation
  • Presentations from the Call for papers
  • 90 seconds industry presentation

Conference Topics

  • Smart ventilation, IAQ and health:
    • Role of ventilation in building decarbonization and epidemic preparedness
    • Ventilation reliability: performance verification and durability
    • IAQ impacts from outdoor pollutants, indoor cooking and combustion
    • Combining ventilation and air cleaning for acceptable IAQ
    • The role of consumer IAQ sensors
    • Model based data analytics and control strategies for smart ventilation
    • Building Information Modelling (BIM), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and ventilation systems
  • Building and ductwork airtightness:
    • Role of airtightness in building decarbonization and epidemic preparedness
    • Energy and IAQ impact of envelope and ductwork leakage
    • Innovative measurement and airtightness techniques
    • Compliance schemes
    • Long-term performance: durability of airtightness
  • Ventilative cooling - Resilient cooling:
    • Role of ventilative and resilient cooling in building decarbonization and epidemic preparedness
    • Ventilative and resilient cooling in a changing climate
    • Implementation in standards, legislation and compliance tools
    • Control strategies and personal comfort control

Conference Organizers

The conference was an initiative from: