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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 have planned a wonderful programme around digital attandence giving all the benefits of social interaction in conventional conferences, but in a safe and sustainable way.

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 topics include four important D's:

  • Disease: We spend more time indoors, with exposure ourselves to multiple pollutant sources and microbes. The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an astounding increace in research / knowledge on the transmittance of respiratory diseases in the buildings.
  • Decarbonization: of the European building stock by 2050. Deep energy renovation of buildings and neighbourhoods without compromising indoor health. We need improved LCA-methods to evaluate embodied energy in buildings and fittings.
  • Digitization: Increasing automation and sensor tech opens up opportunities to optimize the design, operation, and IEQ of new or refurbished nZEB buildings. However, technically advanced sensor-based control (e.g. demand-controlled ventilation) have many practical challenges.
  • Dwellings: How can we achieve healthy homes with 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.

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

  • In addition to the traditional scientific content, we have a large number of practice-related workshops, seminars, and mini-courses, where you can learn the latest best-practice knowledge, and you can ask the experts first-hand! These will appeal to all, professionals and scientists alike. These sessions are developed in collaboration with experts, professional organizations and companies.
  • The conference has two kinds of publications:
    • Scientific/technical/review papers (Full papers): A Double-blind 2-stage peer-reviewed proceedings will be published by an Open Access academic publisher, guaranteed publishing points by Nordic research-councils!
    • Applications/case-study papers (Short papers): We have also welcomed short papers (also called extended abstracts), which will be appended to this Book-of-Abstracts after the conference. This suitable for contributors with who wish to publish short case studies of fresh results from ongoing studies.
    • Selected papers (short or full) will be invited to submit an expanded version to a special issue of Indoor Air (Wiley) or a Healthy Buildings special issue of the Journal of Building Engineering (Elsevier).
  • A handy Question-and-Answer feature integrated into the online programme. All questions written there will be answered live during the sessions, and also by e-mail from the authors in the days following the conference. You can also use this feature to agree to meet up with the authors during a coffee break.

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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