2nd International Conference Efficient Building Design

2nd International Conference Efficient Building Design: Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies
Beirut, Lebanon
September 22-23, 2016

General Information

Organized by American University of Beirut (AUB), ASHRAE and the ASHRAE Lebanese Chapter, the International Conference on Efficient Building Design – Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies (ICEBD-MET2) takes place September 22-23, 2016, in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference builds upon the previous conference, held in 2014, which attracted 120 building design and system technology professionals and experts.
The building sector in general has a major role to play in combating climate change. Better building design and state-of-the-art technologies in building materials and systems will greatly reduce energy consumption and hence reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Buildings consume more than 40% of energy worldwide, and this portion can reach 70% in some countries in the region due to high loads on HVAC systems.
The utilization and adaptability of technologies of natural materials (instead of those created using high amounts of energy) are new trends that have not been well developed in the Arab region. In addition, the HVAC sector has no clear direction on what technology is optimal and can be adopted when phasing out the HCFC in developing countries. Moreover, the energy efficiency standards and other building codes have not been successfully implemented and remain challenging issues. So this conference serves as a platform for presenting advanced research in these topics that could influence of the actions of decision makers.
The conference aims to bring together engineering professionals, students, international and local industrial companies, governmental agencies, and stakeholders and practitioners of building technologies, air-conditioning and refrigerating systems, materials and refrigerants. The conference will take place at AUB.

Keynote Speakers

Five internationally renowned speakers will be discussing the latest advances in the research and development of air-conditioning, clean energy, energy efficiency, and indoor environment.
David Underwood, P.Eng.
ASHRAE Presidential Member, Founder of Isotherm Engineering, Canada
Title: Building Energy Efficient Design, Construction and Operation Tools
September 22, 2016, 10:15–11:15 am I Maamari Auditorium
Ahmad Ghoneim, PhD
Ronald C. Crane Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Ins titute of Technology, USA
Title: The Role of Hybrid and Integrated Power Generation in the Transition
Towards Clean Energy
September 22, 2016, 14:30–15:30 pm I Maamari Auditorium
Srinivas Garimella, PhD
High Tower Chair in Engineering, Georgia Tech, USA
Title: Microscale Heat and Mass Exchange to Enable Compact Vapor
Compression and Absorption Heat Pumps
September 23, 2016, 8:30–9:30 am I Maamari Auditorium
Bjarne W. Olesen, PhD
ASHRAE President Elect, Professor of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Title: Indoor Environment – Health Comfort and Productivity
September 23, 2016, 9:45–10:45 am I Maamari Auditorium
Cornelius Rhein, PhD
Policy Officer, Directorate General for Climate Action, The European Commission, Belgium
Title: HFC phase-down under the Montreal Protocol – a unique opportunity to
increase the energy efficiency of air-conditioning
September 23, 2016, 14:30–15:30 pm I Maamari Auditorium