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.

Contains 153 papers 

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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Double skin facades have become a major architectural element in office buildings over the last 15years.
Waldner, R.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.