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
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.
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.
Many modern office buildings have highly glazed facades. Their energy efficiency and indoor climateis, however, being questioned.
Blomsterberg, A.
It is often claimed that energy is consumed, not only in everyday conversation but also in scientificdiscussions associated with energy and environmental issues.
Schmidt, D.; Müller, D.
This paper is based on the first Belgian case study developed in the frame of theIEA-ECBCS annex 48 project.
Hanus, V.; Lebrun, J.; Lemort, V.
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.
The aim of the Pythagoras project is the development and assessment of Greek national trainingmaterial in the sector of indoor environmental quality.
Papaglastra, M.; Santamouris, M.; Mihalakakou, G.; Matthopoulos, D.; Geranios, A.; Papadopoulos, A.; Stavrakakis, G.; Deligiannakis, I.; Kolokotsa, D.; Giama, E.; Aristotelis, A.; Tsezos, V.; Nicolaou, T.; Doulka, E.; Mouriki, E.
High energy savings can be expected from building energy and climate concepts which combinethe heat pump technology with a low temperature energy distributions such as concrete corewater pipe circuits within building zones.
Madjidi, M.; Dippel, Th.
In 2005, the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems (ECBCS) program approved the start of a new four-year research project on building commissioning.
Castro, N.; Friedman, H.; Frank, M.
This paper describes an educational tool developed at LASH ENTPE (France) laboratory.
El Mankibi, M.; Michel, P.; Cantin, R.
We have conducted a campaign of testing efficient lighting installations during 6months in the area of Lyon, France. 26 work places were tested, each of them with aspecific lighting scheme.
Fontoynont, M.; Escaffre, L.; Avouac-Bastie, P.
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.
This paper analyzes the indoor hygrothermal loads measured in 27 detached houses and in 13apartments. A survey was conducted during the years 2003-2006 in Estonia.
Kalamees, T.
It is often claimed that energy is consumed; this is not only done in everyday conversation but also inscientific discussions associated with energy and environmental issues.
Schmidt, D.
This paper presents an analysis of the transient thermal performance of dynamic insulation.
Qiu, K.; Haghighat, F.
This paper is part of the “Best Practice for Double Skin Facades” – ‘BESTFACADE’ project (supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Community) and aims to describe the cut back of non-technological barriers to the applic
Santamouris, M.; Farrou, I.; Zerefos, S.
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.