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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Unsteady natural convection in a rectangular enclosure with a vertical saturated porous wall is studiednumerically.
Hai Mohamad, R.; Mourtada, A.
In 1997 several countries ratified the Kyoto protocol and so engage themselves to take into accountthe global warming, promote the sustainable development and act in order to reduce emission ofgreenhouse gases.
Jung, O.; Elmankibi, M.; Michel, P.
Active solar heating was a favorite topic after the first energy crisis. Usage for space heating, however,proved to be completely uneconomic. Domestic hot water systems, instead, retained attention.
Hens, H.S.L.C.; Verbeeck, G.
The mitigation of the heat island effect can be achieved by the use of cool materials that arecharacterized by high solar reflectance and infrared emittance values.
Synnefa, A.; Dandou, A.; Santamouris, M.; Tombrou, M.; Soulakellis, N.
This work is aimed at assessing the economical feasibility of a retrofit intervention consisting into the façade renovation of an office building, built in the 70s and located in Italy near Torino.
Fabrizio, E.; Filippi, M.; Perino, M.; Serra, V.
The indoor climate plays a key-role in relation to sustainable building. Often measured or simulatedtime series are used for the evaluation of indoor climate performances.
Martens, M.H.J.; van Schijndel, A.W.M.; Schellen, H.L.
1. Thoughts 1. Why care? 2. Sustainable Architecture or just Architecture, are they something different? 3. On past and future – learning from tradition. 4. On the overwhelming power of design. 5. On starchitecture. 6.
Tombazis, A.N.
There is an obvious and indisputable need for an increase in the efficiency of energy utilisation inbuildings.
Schmidt, D.; Henning, H.-M.; Müller, D.
This paper introduces a new approach for the prediction of hourly energy consumption inbuildings.
Karatasou, S.; Santamouris, M.
Nowadays energy performance is an increasing concern to sustainable urban planning because of itsimplications in energy consumption patterns.
Cardenas-Jiron, L.A.; Azar, S.; Teller, J.
The Singular Strategic Project called Bioclimatic Architecture and Solar Cooling, ARFRISOL (ARquitectura bioclimática y FRIo SOLar, in Spanish), has been promoted and supported by Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (MEC).
Heras, J.; Palero, S.; Enriquez, R.; Bosqued, A.; San Juan, C.; Ferrar, J.A.; Soutullo, S.; Guzman, J.; Jimenez, M.J.; Marti, J.; Bosqued, R.; Seco, O.; Heras, M.R.
Vegetation on the building envelope can have a marked effect on the microclimate and on the building’s energy behavior as well. In this paper, the impact of planted roofs on the thermal load of buildings is presented.
Aravantinos, D.G.; Axarli, K.N.
In this paper, a study of the energy performance in Singapore’s hotel industry is reported. Energy consumption data and other pertinent information were collected from 29 quality hotels through a national survey.
Wu, X.; Lee, S.E.; Priyadarsini, R.
As in other parts of the world, building legislation has been used since the 1980s by governmentbodies in the Arabian Gulf countries.
Awawdeh, S.; Tweed, C.
The EPLabel project is developing a ‘graduated response’ to address the EPBD Article 7.3 requirement for ‘Public Buildings’ over 1,000 m² to display an Energy Performance Certificate prominently.
Cohen, R.; Bordass, W.; Field, J.
The goal of this study, carried out on a wooden building, is to apply the methodology of identification inorder to obtain the physical parameters which characterize the thermal behaviour of the building.
Mejri, O.; Palomo, E.; Ghrab-Morcos, N.
The paper describes the transfer of technology appropriated from the social, economical andenvironmental point of view in schools at the province of Mendoza (South latitude 32, 53, Westlongitude 68 51, semi-arid climate) placed at the Southwest re
Pattini, A.; Kirschbauw, C.
In order to compare a hybrid lighting system with automatic control to a traditional lighting system withmanual control, a subjective assessment study was carried out in two rooms at the TechnicalUniversity of Istanbul.
Erdem, L.; Enarun, D.
Indoor humidity is an important parameter influencing the occupants’ perception of indoor air quality, and is also a cause of harmful processes that may occur on surfaces of materials, such as cracking of walls or microbiological growth.
Woloszyn, M.; May, M.; Kwiatkowski, J.
This paper focuses on energy performance compliance checks to the French EP-regulation RT 2000 and the way they are performed in Rhône-Alpes, Burgundy, and Franche-Comté.
Lecointre, W.; Carrié, F.R.; Fournier, M.; Garin, D.