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ASHRAE And IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference Spotlights Practical Application

  • 03 May 2016
  • Atlanta

ASHRAE And IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference Spotlights Practical Application

Media Contact:
Allen Haynes

ATLANTA (May 3, 2016)
– ASHRAE has announced a preliminary technical program for the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference.

The conference takes place Aug. 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. For complete information, visit

The conference focuses on practical applications with an emphasis on simulation techniques and design. Presentations are given on topics such as, Simulation-Based Metrics in Well and LEED Rating Systems, which discusses building-performance standards intended to affect 90 percent of new construction projects in the United States. Rethinking Climate and Weather Data for Building Simulation examines a new system for climatic data representation in buildings. How to Include the Impact of Thermostat into Building Load Calculation is a presentation that explores a process that includes the impacts of thermostat, including the set point and location of the thermostat on building loads.

Case studies and demonstrations are also scheduled that address standards and code compliance. Topics such as Closing the Simulation Gap Between Zero Energy Buildings and Code Compliance and a session that covers ASHRAE Standard 205P, Standard Formats for Equipment Data Exchange, are included in the conference program. Keynote speakers will also be added to the program, as well as conference papers. There are 79 papers currently under review.

“This conference offers highly valuable information for industry practitioners to advance the quality and technical rigor in energy modeling,” Krishnan Gowri, vice chair of the conference steering committee, said. “Attendees will gain knowledge of new modeling tools and techniques from leading industry experts for high performance and net zero building design.”

There are 16 presentation sessions scheduled. One session, Simulation Techniques II, supports the theme of the conference with presentations such as Residential Design Decisions: A Case Study Using PPD/Pmv Modelling to Drive Architectural and HVAC Choices for Enabling Thermal Comfort in a Cold Climate Home. Also, application of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, will be demonstrated for design practitioners who may be unfamiliar with it.

An overview of the ASHRAE Standard 209P is also scheduled. ASHRAE Standard 209P, Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, defines minimum requirements for providing energy design assistance using building energy simulation and analysis. The proposed standard is open for public comment until May 9, 2016. To comment or learn more, visit

Other sessions that highlight codes and standards include Calibration, IEQ and Ventilation Modeling.

Also announced is the 2016 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown. Participants will model a net zero or below building. The baseline building for the challenge is a 50,000 square foot, three story outpatient health care facility. Nine teams and over 70 participants will create their model using the following tools:

  • Autodesk
  • Carrier HAP
  • CYPE
  • DesignBuilder
  • EnergyPlus
  • eQuest
  • IES
  • Sefaira

The teams, which will present their results during the conference, will be evaluated on energy, teamwork, creativity, workflow and practicality.

To participate on a team as a “fan” or for more information on the LowDown Showdown, visit

The conference will cover two-and-a-half days and will be preceded by two days of training seminars and short courses. To register for the conference, visit

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

IBPSA-USA is the United States regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). The mission of IBPSA-USA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States.