November 11, 2016

Topics

A_CONSTRUCTION HISTORY AND PRESERVATION:

A1 – Construction History
Papers related to this topic should focused on relevant questions about construction history. They should present original elements in dealing with specific experiences that characterised the historic development of diverse ways of building in different cultures and local backgrounds. Particular attention will be paid on papers focused on anti-seismic techniques used in the past.

A2 – Urban vulnerability
Papers submitted under this topic should deal with quick seismic risk assessment tools, methods and techniques at urban and block of buildings level and different steps of actions to improve the seismic behaviour of existing heritage. This should be also aimed at defining which parameters can play a key role when an economic evaluation is needed for strategies related to the financing of the structural retrofitting costs in high seismic risk urban scenarios.

A3 – Construction techniques and performances of existing buildings
Under this topic, submitted papers should focus on how historic constructions are related to the main themes of their structural safety and their adaptive reuse (i.e.: acoustic and visual comfort, energy saving, and so on…), including the discussion of solutions and measures to improve these performances singularly or in a combined way. Particular attention will be paid on papers focused on the evaluation of the effectiveness of strategies and techniques used for the repair and strengthening of existing buildings against earthquakes according to a preservation and re-use standpoint.

A4 – Preservation of historic centres and human safety
Papers related to the preservation of historic centres, that are representative of cultural and geographical diversity, taking into account their adaptability to new functional, environmental and comfort requirements, as well as their seismic risk, in order to improve their performance as well the life quality and safety of the inhabitants, are welcome. Under this topic, authors should submit papers related to historic centres preservation and rehabilitation, focusing the problem of urban references, urban fabric and the interaction with the safety of inhabitants and visitors, especially with special needs. Evacuation strategies and procedures in emergency conditions are also welcome.


B_CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING PERFORMANCE:

B1 – Innovative solutions for efficient (sustainable) constructions
Under this topic papers may be submitted regarding new constructions that use novel solutions for joining together two or more parameters such as acoustic comfort, visual comfort, indoor air quality, health, energy saving and safety, as references for the assessment of housing livability and usability.

B2 – Innovative solutions for the rehabilitation of historic building
Preservation and rehabilitation techniques are in constant development. New materials and products for specific building pathologies and strengthening appear in the rehabilitation market introducing several important questions on their adequacy and performance that are important to know and discuss.

B3 – Methods and techniques for inspection and monitoring of buildings performance and pathologies
Papers focused on this topic should address questions on techiniques and procedures for monitoring and assessing existing buildings behaviour, including structural performance, indoor environmental quality, as well building pathologies such as materials ageing, thermo-hygrometric damages, biotic attacks, among others.


C_BUILDING AND DESIGN TECHNIQUES:

C1 – Sustainability principles and practices in the anti-seismic retrofitting (Refurbishment and upgrading) of existing buildings
Papers submitted under this topic should address questions regarding design techniques for historic buildings preservation, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, maintenance, as well as questions related with sustainable use of historic constructions, that consider the whole building from its structural behaviour to its energy efficiency. In fact, retrofitting and improvement of existing buildings often regard only sustainability standards, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, water efficiency, hygiene, comfort and health, whereas a reduction of seismic risk should be also addressed. Case studies are also accepted. They may cover from the conservation procedures to examples of renovation of existing structures for new uses, including additions of new architectural elements.

C2 – Housing in disaster scenarios
Papers under this topic should deal with the evolution, typologies, design techniques, performances and urban planning of housing solutions in emergency with less environmental impact and less economic costs, including their portability, comfort and safety. Pre-fabricated and transportable housing modules solutions are also an important subject to discuss in this topic.

C3 – New instruments for designing safer and sustainable buildings
Papers under this topic should deal with new processes involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of new and existing buildings (i.e.: BIM and GIS-based BIM). These should represent a shared knowledge resource for information about a building, by forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle, and for an integrated building design from both a structural and a sustainable standpoint. In this way, technical and economic strategies related to the financing of the re-construction costs, as well as tools for a sustainable insurance policy are welcome.