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 wonderful programme around digital attandence. If the COVID-19 situation improves in the spring of 2021, we will also invite you to optional physical attendence in Oslo, and share with you the midsummer delights of this beautiful harbour city with midnight twilight, in one of world's most sustainable cities[*]. We also plan a joint summer school 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 COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an astounding increace in research / 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 both practitioners and scientists/experts, 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.
  • We accept two kinds of publications:
    • Scientific 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/technical papers (Short papers): We also welcome contributions related to "real life" application/technical issues from everyday practice. This suitable for contributors with little or no experience with publishing, and for preliminary or small studies. This is an active option for practitioners/professionals, students and early-career researchers.
  • Digitally interactive sessions, and, if possible, some events physically in Oslo.
  • A rich social programme, both for virtual or physical attendance.

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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