Call for speakers

AIRAH’s Building Physics Forum will be held in Melbourne on September 13, 2023. The technical organising committee is calling for presentations on an array of subjects. Content from real-world applications including building sites will be favoured.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:  

  • Building physics in the NCC, GBCA Green Star Homes, Passive House, and other standards
  • Thermal bridging and thermal break solutions
  • Thermal resilience case studies
  • Air barrier quality control
  • Mould/humidity/indoor air quality case studies
  • Human comfort and building health
  • Links between design, building fabric, and HVAC systems
  • Building and architecture case studies – challenges and lessons learnt
  • Innovative building envelope solutions led by science
  • Costs of building poor envelope durability
  • Analytical tools and techniques for building physics
  • Building physics and sustainable design
  • Suggestions for a panel discussion or workshop
Other ideas will also be considered by the technical organising committee. The committee has the final say on accepted presentations. 

Abstracts and presentations must not contain overtly commercial material or include trade names in titles.*

Presentations will be 25 minutes in length, including time for questions and answers.

All submissions must include:
  • A 300-word presentation overview submitted as a Word document
  • A 100-word condensed presentation overview submitted as a Word document
  • A 100-word biography submitted as a Word document
  • A high-resolution presenter photo

If a speaker's application is successful, they will also be required to submit a PowerPoint deck before the Building Physics Forum. More information and a template will be provided to the confirmed presenters.


Submissions should be emailed to AIRAH’s Engagement and Event Executive at [email protected] by Friday, March 24, 2023. 
     By submitting an abstract for this event, you are volunteering to deliver your presentation at the conference in person. Exceptions may be made if you do not reside in Australia.**

For this Forum, speakers are not required to provide a technical paper. However, if you are interested in preparing a technical paper along with your presentation, this will be distributed to Forum attendees as well as forwarded for publication consideration by AIRAH’s official journal, Ecolibrium. Submission of a paper does not guarantee publication, and all papers are subject to peer review. If you are interested in submitting a paper, please contact AIRAH’s Engagement and Program Coordinator for more information about the technical paper requirements. 

*AIRAH’s Speaker Commercialism Policy

Commercialism is the inclusion of visual, written, or verbal references to any organisation for the promotion or commercial advantage of that organisation or the commercial disadvantage of a competing organisation. 

AIRAH will strictly enforce this policy for AIRAH papers, presentations, and/or research documentation at AIRAH conferences and professional development events. 

 **AIRAH is committed to the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff. Our aim is to use only COVID-safe venues and ensure that a range of protocols and enhanced hygiene measures are in place to safeguard your health and wellbeing. This includes compliance with any commonwealth, state, or territory health orders that might include density limits, vaccination requirements, or mask wearing.

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We request you stay home if you are unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms including cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, vomiting, diarrhoea, or shortness of breath.

Please do not attend the event if you have been in contact with a confirmed case.

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