HEALTHY BUILDINGS 2021 EUROPE Conference: Healthy & Sustainable Built Environment for the Future. June 21-23, 2021 Oslo, Norway

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Welcome to the 17th Healthy Buildings conference!

Organized every 2 years, during years with no Indoor Air conference, Healthy Buildings conferences bridge the gap between science and profession, making it one of the most influential conferences on best-practice sustainable solutions for the indoor environment.
     We are planning a truly wonderful technical and social programme in Oslo, sharing with you the midsummer delights of this beautiful harbour city with midnight twilight, in one of world's most sustainable cities[*], interwoven with joint webevents with Healthy Buildings 2021 - America.
     Healthy Buildings Europe 2021 is organized by OsloMet (Oslo Metropolitan University), SINTEF and NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), under the auspices of ISIAQ (International Society for Indoor Air Quality).

The conference will play host to numerous topics, including four important D's:

  • Digitization: Increasing digitization opens up new opportunities to optimize the design, operation, and IEQ of new or refurbished nZEB buildings. However, technically advanced sensor-based measurement and control (e.g. demand-controlled ventilation) poses numerous challenges.
  • Decarbonization: of the European building stock by 2050. Deep energy renovation of buildings and neighbourhoods without compromising on indoor health. We need to improve LCA methods to evaluate embodied energy of building materials and fittings.
  • Dwellings: Increased urbanization: Community-scale measures, such as outdoor air quality regulation, urban canyon issues, heat island effects & climate adaptation (heat and extreme rainfall) for urban buildings.
  • Disease: We spend more time indoors, with exposure ourselves to multiple pollutant sources and microbes. The COVID19 pandemic has exposed our lack of knowledge on the transmittance of respiratory diseases in the buildings.

We have introduced a number of great innovations to the Healthy Buildings conference programme:

  • In addition to the traditional scientific content, we are introducing new workshops that we call practice sessions aimed at practitioners, but that will appeal to all, professionals and scientists alike! These will provide continued professional development, with hands-on training, and you can ask the experts first-hand! These workshops will be developed in collaboration with experts, professional organizations and companies.
  • Double-blind 2-stage peer-reviewed proceedings with en Open Access academic publisher, guaranteed publishing points by Nordic research-councils!
  • Attracting students and young professionals/researchers. Those with little experience with academic publishing need not worry; you can submit short papers (extended abstracts) or posters!
  • Live-streaming plenum sessions to low income regions, and in necessary a CoViD19 contingency-plan digitize the event but keep the dates.
  • Rich social programme with civic reception in the City Hall (Nobel Peace Prize), walks, zero-emission fjord cruise dinner, and more.

We really look forward to meeting you, either here in Oslo or on the web, and hope that this will be a truly enriching conference for all!.

Peter G. Schild, Professor, OsloMet
President of HB21-Europe
Sverre Holøs, Senior scientist, SINTEF
Vice-President of Practice atHB21-Europe
Guangyu Cao, Professor, NTNU
Vice-President of Science at HB21-Europe

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