The 27th AIVC and 4th Epic Conference, Technologies & sustainable policies for a radical decrease of the energy consumption in buildings, was held in Lyon, France, 20-22 November 2006.

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The common EPIC – AIVC Conference was organized in Lyon France between 22 to 24 of November 2006. A very high number of excellent papers were presented and the conference was regarded as being of high scientific quality. 
A conference report from the 27th AIVC and 4th Epic Conference  "Technologies & sustainable policies for a radical decrease of the energy consumption in buildings", held in Lyon, France, 20-22 November 2006. .
Martin Liddament
In this paper, we discuss the characteristics, of diatomite, a moisture-absorbent material used for anew air-conditioning system. Diatomite powder is formed into grains (diameter: 8 mm) with a slantrotatingprocessing machine.
Enai, M.; Ohashi, M.; Hayama, H.
This paper summarises the work of the LowEx co-operation /1/. The aim was to promote rational use ofenergy by encouraging the use of low temperature heating systems and high temperature cooling systems ofbuildings.
Virtanen, M.J.; Ala-Juusela, M.
The EIE 2003 SAVE ENPER EXIST project ( aims to address the specificproblems of the existing buildings in the scope of the introduction of the Energy Performance ofBuildings Directive (E
Loncour, X.; Wouters, P.
Important properties of the indoor air quality are temperature and humidity. Very often in new and oldbuildings the temperature is too high or varies too strongly.
Dreyer, J.
The objective of the paper is to present a new educational concept for improving the accessibility towhole building Heat, Air & Moisture (HAM) simulation models developed in the simulation environmentHAMLab.
Van Schijndel, A.W.M.J.
Lighting is a substantial energy consumer, and a major component of the service costs in manybuildings. Lighting renovation was done on the Department of Electrical and CommunicationsEngineering at the Helsinki University of Technology.
Bhusal, P.; Tetri, E.; Halonen, L.
The project BESTFAÇADE accumulated the state of the art of double skin façades in seven European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Sweden).
Streicher, W.; Heimrath, R.; Hengsberger, H.; Mach, T.; Waldner, R.; Flamant, G.; Loncour, X.; Guarracino, G.; Erhorn, H.; Erhorn-Kluttig, H.; Santamouris, M.; Farou, I.; Duarte, R.; Blomsterberg, A.; Sjöberg, L.; Blomquist, C.
An important part of IEA 34/43 is concerning validation of building simulation models.
Adam, Ch.; André, Ph.
The building sector constitutes approximately the 40% of the total energy consumption in EU. TheDirective 2002/91/EC provides a precise legislative framework for improving the energy performanceof the built environment.
Katsamaki, A.; Kolokotsa, D.; Saridakis, G.; Geros, V.; Santamouris, M.; Bozonnet, E.; Allard, F.; Seppanen, O.; Zografakis, N.; Stefanou, C.; Prenner, M.; Bluemel, E.; Bassi, R.; Kaloyanov, N.; Radulov, L.
The IEA, section ECBCS (Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community systems), has launched the project Annex 45 ‘Energy Efficient Electric Lighting for Buildings’, of which subtask B deals with innovative technical solutions.
Pohl, W.
This paper describes ongoing energy benchmarking studies of double-skin façade buildings. Benchmarking methodology is discussed. Some preliminary results are presented.
Duarte, R.; de Matos, M.
Highly efficient thermal insulation of the building envelope demands for layers up to 40 cm thickness.This often causes problems regarding architecture and loss of space, especially in building renovation.An attractive alternative is the recently
Simmler, H.; Brunner, S.
Denmark has long experience with mandatory labelling of existing buildings.
Aggerholm, S.
Even if the quality and durability of active solar systems equipments are henceforth ensured, there arestill some considerable barriers to the development of their market, in particular their architectural andtechnical integration to the buildings
Salem, T.; Michel, P.
The use of artificial lighting in the office buildings has significant contribution on total energyconsumption of the building.
Bhusal, P.; Tetri, E.; Halonen, L.
This paper outlines the applicability of the “exergy” concept to describe the built environment for a better futuristic view of heating and cooling systems to be developed.
Shukuya, M.
Although there is significant support among policy makers and politicians for energy efficiencyimprovements in buildings, there remains a lack of understanding of what policies (regulatory,economic, communicative and organisational) can deliver th
Klinckenberg, F.
Because we spend most of our time in enclosed spaces, thermal comfort of buildings rose increasinglyand then energy consumption correspondingly is increased, aggravating the pollution of naturalenvironment.
Kuznik, F.; Virgone, J.; Reisdorf, R.