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International Association of Building Physics

Welcome at the official WEB site of the International Association of Building Physics (IABP).

The IABP was born on year 2000 in Eindhoven (Netherlands) at the first IBPC – International Building Physics Conference. The Association gathers researchers, professors and professionals of the Building Physics sector from over 40 countries worldwide.

The main aim of IABP is to deepen and disseminate knowledge in the field of Building Physics/Building Science, to promote the research and the teaching activity at various levels. Networking is an additional commitment that the association carries on. The network is aimed at enhancing the synergy between different research centers and between research centers and companies, thus facilitating cultural exchange and the participation to competitive projects funded by third parties.

Members of the association are all the participants at the IBPC Conference that is held every three years.

The most well known activity of the IABP is the organization of the International Building Physics Conference (IBPC) , which is held every three years in highly qualified universities all over the world.

Applicable areas of the IBPC conferences include: energy efficient design and retrofit of buildings, HAM in building envelope components, indoor environment control for comfort and/or preservation of cultural heritage, IAQ and ventilation, building and architectural acoustics, noise control, lighting, visual and acoustic comfort, building material and components, energy and economic sustainability of high performing buildings, advanced HVAC systems, optimization and modeling techniques as well as a broad range of building integrated RES (Renewable Energy Sources) and ZEB.

Besides the IBPC conference, the IABP promotes and organizes periodic PhD summer/winter schools.

Why Building Physics is relevant?Because buildings play a fundamental role in people life, since human beings spend most of their time inside a built environment. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that our buildings are able to provide us with comfortable and healthy indoor environments, where occupants can be protected from outdoor climatic variations.

Moreover, buildings must be efficient, durable and of course economical with regard to investment and operation/maintenance costs.

The increasing focus which is being put on sustainability results in ever growing requirements regarding materials and energy use.Well-performing buildings is an important part of society’s infrastructure. The society continues to put stricter requirements to the building industry to ensure that both societal and individual aspects are being served. A modern building is a complicated, composite product. A variety of different ingredients must co-operate in order to fulfil several, sometimes conflicting, performance and durability requirements.

We have long time ago passed the stage when the “trial and error” method was sufficient as a basis for development of design, choice of materials and construction. Fundamental and theoretical knowledge of the relevant physical processes, based on scientific research, is now the point of departure for design and construction of the buildings of today. Building Physics (or Building Science in North America) is the body of knowledge that underpins most of the building engineering applications and provides design tools for achieving adequate building performance.The IBPC conference provides a higly qualified forum for scientists, researchers and practitioners from all over the world to communicate: technical information, new ideas, the latest developments and to discuss future directions in the fields of building physics.

Moreover, the conference creates a common platform through which stakeholders from all countries may exchange their knowledge, traditions and experiences.

The official language of the Association and of the events is English. Publications of the association are: The International Journal of Building Physics (an indexed scientific journal) and the IBPC Conference proceedings. For the triennium 2015- 2018, there are 659 members from 44 different countries worldwide.