The Building Physics Forum 2021 will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 12 via Zoom.

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 supports AIRAH’s advocacy work around low-emission HVAC systems and means:

  • The envelope of the building or container, its thermal performance and the air-sealing characteristics must all be optimised to ensure that the minimum amount of climate control energy is required
  • Systems are accurately sized to meet documented realistic operating requirements
  • Systems are designed to have a reduced environmental impact, measured over the entire life-cycle of the system
  • Low-energy, high-productivity systems that utilise energy recovery where practical
  • Optimised ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor environment quality outcomes in buildings, with controls that are adaptive to external climate conditions and internal occupant needs.

(Extracted 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 2021 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.

More information about the Building Physics Forum program will be available later in the year.

Key dates:
  • Friday, April 9 – speaker submissions close
  • Wednesday, June 16 – notification of speaker acceptances
  • Friday, October 1 – speaker PowerPoints due
  • Tuesday, October 12 – Building Physics Forum 2021
For more information on the Building Physics special technical group, including how to get involved, please click here.