This report reviews the activities of the AIVC during its first twenty years of operation. It identifies key projects and addresses them in the context of research activities and associated issues of the time. Early issues included the need for energy conservation and reducing air infiltration loss. Much work concentrated on assessing the performance of numerical models and acquiring input and validation measurement data. Towards the end of the period attention focused towards energy efficient ventilation systems for good indoor air quality and comfort. Calculation and measurement needs of the time are described.