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4th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference

Following on the success of the 3rd Residential Building Design and Construction (RBDC) Conference, the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) is delighted to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 4th RBDC Conference, held February 28 - March 1, 2018 in State College, PA.

*New Submission Date!* Call for Abstracts 

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 April 5, 2017 on all aspects of residential buildings.

Please email Conference Secretariat Sarah Klinetob Lowe with the abstract and for additional information - slowe@engr.psu.edu.

For the full conference announcement and details, please click on the image below.

R B D C Conference Announcement Cover

Keynote Speakers

The RBDCC will host the following keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, "German Residential Construction: What Can We Learn from It?"

Professor Ryan E. Smith, "Global Innovations in Residential Building: Prefabrication, Modularization & Automation"


Call for Abstracts link

Third R B D C C Overview

Past Conference Proceedings Link



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.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304

E-mail: phrc@psu.edu