This set of proceedings is based on the International Conference on Advances in Building Technology in Hong Kong on 4-6 December 2002. The two volumes of proceedings contain 9 invited keynote papers, 72 papers delivered by 11 teams , and 133 contributed papers from over 20 countries around the world. The papers cover a wide spectrum of topics across the three technology sub-themes of structures and construction, environment, and information technology. The variety within these categories spans a width of topics, and these proceedings provide readers with a good general overview of recent advances in building research.


For building science researchers and practitioners, architects, civil engineers, and construction managers.

Table of Contents

Selected Papers. Volume 1.

Keynote Papers. Advances in materials and mechanics (K.P. Chong et al.). Human requirements in future air-conditioned environments (P.O. Fanger). Advances in IT for building design (J.S. Gero). Thermal radiation effects and their determination in room fires (K.T. Yang).

Advances in Panel Systems. Wood frame shear walls with metal plate connected framework (R.N. Emerson). Toward engineering design of gypsum board fire barriers (O.M. Friday, S.M. Cramer). Novel microcellular plastics for lightweight and energy efficient building applications (K. Nadella et al.). Mechanical, physical, and biological properties of borate-modified oriented strandboard (Q. Wu et al.).

Commissioning and Energy Management. Re-commissioning of an air handling unit (C. Cuevas et al.). Automated commissioning of air-handling units using fuzzy air temperature sensors (P.S. Lee, A.L. Dexter). Modeling of package air-conditioning equipment (M. Reichler et al.). Automatic diagnosis and commissioning of central chilling systems (S.W. Wang).

Composite Construction. Design of simply-supported and continuous beams in steel-concrete composite construction (P.A. Berry, M. Patrick). Innovations in composite slabs incorporating profiled steel sheeting (R.Q. Bridge, M. Patrick). Web-side-plate framing connections in both steel and composite construction (M. Patrick et al.). The influence of material properties on the local buckling of concrete filled steel tubes (A. Wheeler, M. Pircher).

Composites for Housing. Low-cost, bio-based composite materials for housing applications (L.T. Drzal et al.). Extruded fiber-reinforced composite (B. Mu et al.). Reversed in-plane cyclic behavior of post-tensio


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About the authors

E.S.S. Lam

Affiliations and Expertise

Civil and Structural Engineering Dept., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong