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The conference Cold Climate HVAC 2018 ‐ A great success!
April 3, 2018

The conference Cold Climate HVAC 2018 ‐ A great success!

I did not attend this conference but here is a great report from organizers Dennis Johansson, Hans Bagge and Åsa Wahlström.

Summary of HVAC Cold Climate Conference 2018!

Cold Climate HVAC 2018 conference, a SCANVAC conference held every third year in a northern Circupolar community, was held for the first time in Sweden. Hosted in Kiruna a city facing an extensive transformation due to the ore mine undermining the existing city. Under the direction of conference Chair Dennis Johansson, Co‐chair Hans Bagge and Senior advisor Åsa Wahlström, the conference was organized and run by the department of Building Services, in co‐operation with the department of Building Physics, at Lund University.

Over five days, approximately 150 delegates from 19 countries from the northern part of Europe, Asia and North America met, made connections and listened to presentations on 95 scientific papers that examined northern sustainable buildings and their HVAC systems. The conference venue was Folkets hus in Kiruna and the program included interesting and informative booths and exhibitions from nine companies and partners.

Conference keynote speakers gave lectures on topics ranging from the transformation of Kiruna city and the structural and social issues in the movement of its buildings, the construction and background of Icehotel Jukkasjärvi and their new year round Icehotel 365, and the technical, social and cultural challenges of the design of buildings and communities remote northern areas.

The program also included study visits of the local architecture of Kiruna, the city hall, the Icehotel Jukkasjärvi and the iron ore mine and its impressive HVAC system. Pre and post conference tours were made to Esrange Space Centre and the Abisko National Park and mountain area.

Over the days of the conference and related tours the numerous connections made between researchers from academy, practitioners and developers from industry help in bringing improvements to the future sustainability of both new and renovated northern buildings.

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