The Building Physics Forum 2022 will be held in Sydney and online on Wednesday, October 12. 

A science on the rise:

As an applied science, building physics addresses several different areas in constructed performance. This includes a building’s air movement, thermal performance, control of moisture, sensible and latent energy, acoustic performance, light, solar control, climate, and biology.

Building physics aims to improve building (and thereby inhabitant) health and increase durability while delivering low-energy outcomes. This is in line with AIRAH’s advocacy work around low-emission HVAC systems, which supports:

  • Optimising the building envelope or container, its thermal performance, and air-sealing characteristics to ensure that the minimum amount of climate control energy is required
  • Accurately sizing systems to meet documented realistic operating requirements
  • Designing systems to have a reduced environmental impact, measured over the entire life-cycle of the system
  • Implementing low-energy, high-productivity systems that utilise energy recovery, where practical
  • Optimising ventilation, thermal comfort, and indoor environment quality outcomes in buildings, with controls that are adaptive to external climate conditions and internal occupant needs.

(Adapted from: AIRAH FORESIGHTS, Future of HVAC – in a Net-Zero World, An industry foresighting perspective on developments in the Australian HVAC market, FUTURE OF HVAC FORESIGHTING REPORT, Paul Bannister, F.AIRAH, Director; Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, Executive Manager; and Vince Aherne, F.AIRAH, Technical Manager, 2017)

About the event:

The 2022 iteration of the Building Physics Forum expands the investigation and focus on air movement, thermal performance, and the control of moisture across building envelopes.

The intention of the Building Physics Forum is to explore ways of controlling heat, air, and moisture flows across a building’s fundamental architectural elements and assemblies. Controlling these flows across the building envelope can deliver better indoor environmental quality, thereby improving the comfort, wellness, and performance of its inhabitants.

Envelope design using these principles of building physics can substantially affect how HVAC systems are considered, selected, designed, and operated. Designs that control moisture also reduce the risks of accelerated decay or failure of the building envelope.

Key dates:
  • Friday, March 18 – Speaker submissions close
  • Friday, April 8 – Notification of speaker acceptances
  • Friday, September 2 – Early-bird registration ends
  • Friday, October 1 – Speaker PowerPoints due
  • Wednesday, October 12 – Building Physics Forum 2022
For more information on the Building Physics special technical group, including how to get involved, please click here.


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