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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In this paper the thermal behaviour of a direct ground cooling system located in Milano, Italy, isstudied by means of dynamic simulations performed in the TRNSYS environment.
Angelotti, A.; Solaini, G.
The purpose of this paper is to introduce Energy Smart Tool, a new web-based building energyperformance benchmarking system developed recently by Energy Sustainability Unit of NationalUniversity of Singapore.
Lee, S.E.; Sun, H.S.; Wu, X.C.; Chia, Y.L.
Researchers and practitioners have proposed a variety of solutions to reduce electricity consumptionand curtail peak demand.
Amrani Joutey, H.; Vaezi-Nejad, H.; Clemonçon, B.; Rosenstein, F.
Heat and mass transfers in building materials influence the thermal properties and performances ofthe materials more especially as they are porous.
Samri, D.; Arnaud, L.
In this past decade, glazed façades use in new buildings has soared. Some of these façades, called "double skin façades", are made of internal and external glazing.
Safer, N.; Gavan, V.; Woloszyn, M.; Roux, J-J.
This project aimed at developing a methodology to help the Local Authorities and the town managersto carry out suitable policies in order to save energy and promote the use of renewable energies.
Duquesne, M.
Since most important design decisions are taken during the first design phase, an evaluation ofthe total environmental impact is necessary at that moment.
Allacker, K.; De Troyer, F.
The EPLabel project addresses the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Article 7.3: the requirement for ‘Public Buildings’ over 1,000 m² to display an Energy Certificate prominently, OJEC (2003)[1] and is supported by the EC’s Intel
Boonstra, C.; Cohen, R.; Field, J.; Bordass, B.
At present 95% of energy consumption for heating, domestic hot water, air conditioning, lighting andventilation in Europe are related to buildings built before 1980.
Ferrari, S.
This paper presents the results of a Radiance-based intermodel comparison between the validatedDaysim daylight coefficient model and a new standard model for dynamic daylighting simulations (DDS).The new model offers independence from site locatio
Bourgeois, D.; Reinhart, C.F.
Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BiPV) systems is a “Zero Land and Zero Water” power systems as it neither consume any additional land nor consume any water. Moreover, introduction of BiPV systems reduces the thermal load of the building.
Ghosh, B.; Roy, M.
The objective of this paper is to analyse if Radiant Cooling Ceiling (RCC) has the potential to providebetter comfort and energy consumption in prefabricated buildings by comparison with conventionalsystems installed on this structures.
Catalina, T.; Virgone, J.; Martin, J.J.
This paper presents a case study of a typically poor energy performing factory building singled outfrom nation-wide study on factory buildings for improving energy performance.
Chia, Y.L.; Lee, S.E.
This paper presents the energy and economic analysis used to determine cost effective requirementslevels to the thermal standard for buildings in Lebanon.
Mourtada, A.; Ordoqui, J.; Thibon, J.L.; Karaki, A.
In the context of pressing and frequently conflicting environmental, economic and social policyobjectives, energy efficiency investment is repeatedly found to be a cost-effective and reconcilablecomponent of energy policies.
Guertler, P.; Smith, W.
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.
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.
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.

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