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2nd international workshop on net zero carbon buildings

Join us on 24-25 Jan for the 2nd international workshop on net zero carbon buildings: Energy neutral and sustainability in construction and building materials.

  • 24 Jan 2024, 9.00am to 25 Jan 2024, 5.00pm GMT
  • University of Bath
  • Price from £0.00 to £75.00 (GBP)

Ticket prices

  • Two-day workshop plus dinner and visit to Bath Abbey geothermal innovation £75.00 (GBP)
  • Two-day workshop only£0.00 (GBP)

We're hosting the 2nd international workshop on net zero carbon buildings on 24-25 January 2024 under the umbrella of RILEM TC 299-TES and jointly supported by the EPSRC grant GeoBattery. The theme is 'Energy neutral and sustainability in construction and building materials'. The event aims to explore current state-of-the-art and novel advances on topics related to the green deal on construction and building materials.

Invited speakers

Day one: 24 January 2024

Day two: 25 January 2024

Day one programme

24 January 2024 (room: 2 East 3.1)

Time (GMT) Topic Speaker
09:00 - 09:30 Registration, refreshment and coffee
09:30 - 09:40 Welcome Xinyuan Ke
09:40 - 10:30 Keynote speech: An overview of sustainability and society aspects in thermal energy storage for the built environment Q and A Dr Luiza F Cabeza, University of Lleida
10:30 - 11:00 Microscale chemo-mechanics: a key step in the multiscale modelling of concrete Dr Enrico Masoero, Polytechnic University of Milan
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break, Q and A, and discussion
Session 1 Energy storage materials for buildings Session chair: tbc
11:30 - 11:45 Approaches to increase energy efficiency and sustainability in construction: integration of SCMs and bio-based PCMs Ilda Tole, LTU Lolea, University of Technology
11:45 - 12:00 Sustainable building solutions: advancements in micro-encapsulated phase change materials and alternative cements Jessica Giro Paloma, Universitat Barcelona
12:00 - 12:15 Phase change materials for built environment applications Mohammad Katish, University of Bath
12:15 - 12:30 Few layer graphene-based self-heating construction materials Salvatore Polverino, Università di Genova
12:30 - 13:20 Lunch break
13:20 - 13:30 Rilem presentation Dr Antonio Caggiano
13:30 - 14:00 Cooling our urban future: A human-centric approach in scaling up daytime radiative cooling for sustainable heat mitigation Dr Anna Laura Pisello, University of Perugia
14:00 - 14:30 Storing phase change materials (PCMs) in natural biomass for thermo-energy and mechanical retrofitting in the context of low-carbon buildings Professor Saulo Rocho Ferreira, Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA)
Session 2 Building energy storage and performances session chair: tbc
14:30 - 14:45 Thermal and energy performances of a radiant floor system incorporating phase change materials Romeu Vicente, University of Aveiro
14:45 - 15:00 Optimisation of thermal performance in building roofs using cementitious porous mortars enhanced with PCMs Mahdi Zanjani, University of Genoa
15:00 - 15:15 Dynamic shading device with phase change materials: a proof-of-concept towards improving thermal comfort Romeu Vicente, University of Aveiro
15:15 – 15:45 Travelling to city center to visit the Bath Abbey
16:00 Guided tour of Bath Abbey, tower and geothermal innovation
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner (The Huntsman, 1 Terrace Walk, North Parade, Bath)

Day two programme

25 January 2024 (room: 4 East 3:10)

Time (GMT) Topic Speaker
09:30 - 10:00 Refreshment and coffee
10:00 - 10:30 Opportunities for bio-based building materials to create net-zero new and retrofitted buildings Professor Pete Walker, University of Bath
10:30 - 11:00 Performance of low carbon technologies on purpose built and retrofit buildings Dr Jonathan Elvins, Swansea University
Session 3 Bio-based materials for green buildings Session chair: tbc
11:00 - 11:15 Bio-based materials: opportunities for a paradigm shift in the construction sector Redina Mazelli, Politecnico di Torino
11:15 - 11:30 Textile reinforced mortar composites made with jute and flax fibre textiles: experimental tests and and comparative analysis Enzo Martinelli, University of Salerno
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break, Q and A and discussion
12:00 - 12:30 FibraBIO - Sustainable material for thermal packaging Professor Umberto Berardi, Toronto Metropolitan University
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break, Q and A and discussion
Session 4 Low-carbon materials for green buildings Session chair: tbc
13:30 - 13:45 Sustainable NSM CFRP strengthening of RC structures using geopolymer adhesives Reza Mohammadi-Firouz, Universidade do Minho
13:45 - 14:00 Exploring the utilisation of mechanochemically treated 2:1 clay (montmorillonite) in limestone ternary cement Vahiddin Alperen Baki, University of Bath
14:00 - 14:15 Smart waste-containing inorganic polymers: eco-friendly materials to decarbonise the building sector Rui Novais, University of Aveiro
14:15 - 14:30 Q and A and discussion
14:30 - 15:00 Workshop closure and best presentation award
Session 5 TC-299TES Committee meeting (Room 2E 3.4) Chairs: Dr Jorge Sanchez Dolado, Dr Antonio Caggiano
15:00 - 17:00 tbd

Organising committee

  • Dr Xinyuan Ke (University of Bath, UK)
  • Dr Veronica Ferrandiz-Mas (University of Bath, UK)
  • Dr Lorena Skevi (University of Bath, UK)
  • Dr Dolado (Spanish National Research Council (CSIC))
  • Dr Caggiano (University of Genova, Italy)

Organisers and sponsors

This event is organised by the University of Bath, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Genova, supported by RILEM and the UKRI: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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UKRI: Engineering Physical Sciences and Research Council (EPSRC)

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The event will take place on the University of Bath campus.

University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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