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The Fourth International Conference on Efficient Building Design

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The Fourth International Conference on Efficient Building Design

Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies

Virtual Conference held November 5-6, 2020



The conference, organized by ASHRAE, the ASHRAE Lebanese Chapter, the Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Beirut, will take place virtually November 5-6, 2020.

The objective of the conference is to present advanced research on the topics of advanced building and bioclimatic designs for attaining occupant comfort and good environmental quality addressing systems and technologies adapted to the Arab region at moderate and hot humid climates.

The focus of the 4th ASHRAE Beirut Conference is on novel building technologies that enhance environmental quality in buildings and the impact of energy reforms on both the demand and the environmental quality with the goal of saving costs while providing the needed thermal and air quality environment for better performance and improved health. Concepts for improved efficiency and interventions that are adaptive to climate are sought including building fabric technologies, natural, mixed and mechanical ventilation practices/systems, and the manipulation of ventilation rates through operable windows to maintain thermally comfortable environment while relying on renewable energy as applicable. Other related concepts are also sought for smart building systems design and for integrating technologies that are passive, personalized/modular and energy efficient and tackling the human behavior in adopting these technologies and understanding their impact in reducing energy consumption and reducing carbon footprint of buildings. 

Parallel to the conference, a number of courses will be facilitated and offered on site? by the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI). 

  • Conference Papers

    The conference topics include but are not limited to the following:

    • Sustainable building designs
    • Energy efficiency standards
    • Building materials
    • Indoor air quality systems
    • HVAC technologies
    • Solar heating and cooling for built environment
    • Low and near zero energy buildings

    The deadline to submit full papers was February 15, 2020. 40 papers were received and are currently undergoing a single blind review process. The papers include titles such as:

    • Vapor-compression-chiller in District Cooling: Modelling Review
    • Green Energy Audit approach for Public Building in Sever Climate Weather
    • Optimized Methodology Towards Near Zero Thermal Energy Residential Building in Lebanon
    • Moisture Problems in Subsequently Insulated Heritage Buildings
    • Shifting To Hybrid Solar Air-Conditioning Systems In Buildings Mechanical Design
    • Indoor Climate Measurements And Derivation Datasets For Building Simulations
    • Solar Regeneration Loop of a Desiccant Liquid Simulation
    • A Framework Towards Net zero Energy and Water for Commercial Buildings
    • HVAC Design In Extreme Defensive Conditions Such As Temporary Refuges & Shelters
    • Smart Insulation System for Energy Efficient Fa?ade in Warm Countries

    To submit a paper:

    Paper Template

    Agreement to Publish

  • ASHRAE Global Training Center Course Offerings


    The following two courses from the Global Training Center
    will be offered in conjuntion with the conference:

    Click on Register Now, choose “Purchase additional items” and choose “ASHRAE Learning Institute” Registrant Type to register to any of the trainings only.

    High Performance Health Care Facilities Design Complying with ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 (MENA)

    3-4 November 2020

    In the Middle East, healthcare facility owners and managers are incorporating greater sustainable design strategies in facilities than compared to other regions of the world. Not to mention, the need to reduce Hospital Associated Infections is now needed more than ever. Although many aspects of healthcare facility design do not differ across countries, however, a growing focus on sustainability is place in the MENA region based on its extreme climate which is known for limited annual rainfall, hot temperatures, and significant energy needs.

    As a result, the ASHRAE Global Training Center developed the course High Performance Health Care Facilities Design Complying with Standard ANSI/ ASHRAE/ ASHE 170-2017 (MENA) to addresses the role of HVAC systems in helping to reduce Hospital Associated Infections (HAI), explaining airborne vs contact transmission. Through filtration, air patterns, air changes, dilution, temperature, humidity, UV, and pressurization the hospital HVAC can either help or hinder efforts to reduce HAI.

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    Effective Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings (MENA)

    9-10 November 2020

    In recent years, energy consumption in the Middle East is rising exponentially due to rapid industrialization and high population growth rate. The level of energy consumption in the MENA region is one of the highest worldwide. However, the efficiency of energy production and consumption patterns in the region requires significant improvements.

    As a result, the ASHRAE Global Training Center developed an energy management course that offers techniques for the adoption of energy optimization, and the introduction of specialized energy-saving systems in the Middle East region. The course weaves together energy management principles of the ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications, ENERGY STAR guidelines, and ASHRAE Standard 100-2018, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings that guides organizations in reducing overall energy costs, carbon emissions, and energy risk.

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  • Featured Panels

    Panel 1: Reform in Energy and HVAC Education and Training for the MENA Region

    Panel 2: Advancements in Adsorption Technologies and Passive Cooling Innovations for Providing Good Air Quality in University Buildings

    Panel 3: Energy Efficiency and Building HVAC Systems

  • Registration and Conference Fees


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    Residing In Lebanon Virtual Conference Only – No Proceedings


    Conference Registration Includes:

    • International keynote speakers
    • Peer reviewed papers on sustainable design, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality (Available if the proceedings package was purchased)
    • A panel on Reform in Sustainable Energy and HVAC Education and Training
    • ASHRAE 2-day online training for selective courses

    For more information, please contact meetings@ashrae.org

  • Executive Organizing Committee

    Ghaddar, Nesreen, (Conference Chair, AUB)
    Bitar, Ahmed (President, Lebanese ASHRAE Chapter)
    Chakroun, Walid, (Kuwait University)
    Ghali, Kamel (AUB)
    Giometti, Tony (ASHRAE)
    Moukalled, Fadl (AUB)
    Traboulsi, Samir (AUB, MSFEA Alumni Chapter)
    Elassaad, Bassam (ASHRAE)

  • Staff

    Sandrine Assaad (AUB)

    Haley Booker-Lauridson (ASHRAE)

    Nathalie Daou (AUB)

    Ragan McHan (ASHRAE)

    Chris Preyor (ASHRAE)

  • Keynotes