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4th Residential Building Design and Construction Conference

Wednesday, November 16, 2016  
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The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and the Architectural Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University, is delighted to announce the 4th Residential Building Design and Construction (RBDC) Conference. The 4th RBDC Conference will provide a forum for researchers, architects, engineers, other design professionals, product manufacturers, builders, developers, and code officials to discuss challenges to sustainable, energy efficient, healthy, environmentally friendly, natural hazard resistant, and affordable residential construction, and share recent research findings, state-of-the-art technologies, and innovative projects and approaches in the field. This conference will focus on various types of residential buildings including single-family dwellings, multi-family multi-story apartment buildings, mid-rise and high-rise residential building towers, factory-built and modular housing, dormitories, and hotels/motels. The conference is a two-day event, February 28-March 1, 2018, and will be held in The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA. Information about the hotel and location can be found at:

Keynote speakers include: Prof. Dr-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research at the Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut in Germany (“German Residential Construction: What Can We Learn from It?”) and Professor Ryan E. Smith, Associate Dean of Research + Community Engagement and Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center at the University of Utah, College of Architecture + Planning (““Global Innovations in Residential Building: Prefabrication, Modularization & Automation”).

Experts from academia, A/E design firms, builders, developers, manufacturers, and government and code officials are cordially invited to submit 200-300 word abstracts by March 15, 2017 on all aspects of residential buildings. Authors of accepted abstracts will submit their full papers for review and comments by the Organizing Committee and/or Scientific Committee for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. The Proceedings will be made available at the time of the conference in digital format on USB memory sticks for all Registrants. The Conference Proceedings will be an edited document and will require the authors of the papers to transfer copyright to PHRC for its publication with an ISBN number.

Key Conference Submission Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017
Abstract Acceptance Notification: April 12, 2017
Full Paper Submission Deadline: August 23, 2017
Full Paper Acceptance and Review Comments Notification: October 4, 2017
Camera-Ready Final Full Paper Deadline for Inclusion in the Proceedings: November 30, 2017

Please submit your 200-300 word abstract through e-mail to:
Sarah Klinetob Lowe, Conference Secretariat
Pennsylvania Housing Research Center
219 Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-7915; Fax: (814) 863-7304


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