Conference session with speaker Pat Huelman

4th Residential Building Design and Construction Conference (2018)

Whole Conference Proceedings

Whole Conference Proceedings (2018)

Authors: Various Authors

Publication Date: 2/28/2018

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The 4th Residential Building Design and Construction Conference was held on February 28—March 1, 2018 at The Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania. The RBDC Conference series is intended to provide a forum for researchers, design professionals, manufacturers, builders, and code officials to exchange knowledge and understanding on the latest research and development advancements and to discuss and share their own findings, innovations, and projects related to residential buildings. The RBDC Conference includes papers and presentations on various issues related to residential buildings, which encompass single- and multi-family dwellings, mid-rise and high-rise structures, factory-built housing, dormitories, and hotels/motels.

The conference included one plenary session on each day of the conference that featured a keynote lecture, four parallel tracks that accommodated presentations in 24 sessions, which grouped presentations in the following general topic areas: Building Enclosures, Building Information Modeling, Building Science Education, Community Impacts, Cross Laminated Timber, Design Considerations for Development, Design Consideration for Policy & Social Components, Design Consideration for Senior Housing, Design of Small Homes, Energy & Resiliency Modeling, Design for Resiliency, High Performance Homes, HVAC, Materials, and Passive House. Three of the sessions were Special Sections that included presentations and panel discussion on the following topics: Cross Laminated Timber, Building Science Education, and UN Global Building Network (for energy efficient buildings). 

Two keynote speakers were invited for the conference: Professor Dr.-Ing. Bohamil Kasal, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, Germany, and Professor Ryan E. Smith, Associate Dean of Research + Community Engagement and Director, Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC), University of Utah, College of Architecture + Planning. Professor Kasal discussed the German experience of home building through his presentation titled “German Residential Construction -- What Can We Learn from It?” Professor Smith presented new developments in offsite aspects of home building in his presentation titled “Global Innovations in Residential Building: Prefabrication, Modularization and Automation.”

The conference brought together university professors, researchers, graduate students, architects, consulting engineers, product manufacturers, and product related associations/councils who shared research/study findings or new developments in the field that offered insight into emerging trends and technologies, and provided better understanding of the current issues and challenges facing the residential construction sector.

Conference Program

Conference Program (2018)

Authors: Ali Memari & Sarah Klinetob Lowe

Publication Date: 2/28/2018

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Conference program for the 2018 RBDCC

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The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

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Phone: 814-865-2341

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