logoShaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today

2021 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference

Share This


2021 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference

November 10-12, 2021 | The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO

NEW! Hybrid Format


ASHRAE will host its first hybrid conference for the annual Building Performance Analysis Conference November 10-12 in Denver, CO. Practitioners, vendors, researchers, utility and government officials, and owners will address the practices of energy modeling and building performance simulation using existing simulation tools, software development, and future simulation research and applications.

The anticipated conference program consists of Keynote Speakers, Invited Speakers, a Call for Presentations and the seventh ASHRAE LowDown Showdown. Special panels may be offered by industry leaders and organizations.

Conference attendees will have the option to gather in-person under CDC, hotel and ASHRAE Covid-19 safety restrictions and guidelines, or attend the conference live via a virtual platform. The virtual format will include a mixture of live and on-demand technical and interactive sessions.  

“ The past year has brought forward new challenges for the design and operation of new and existing buildings, in particular challenges related to the health and well being of occupants,” says John Bynum, conference chair. “Additionally, interest in embodied energy and operational emissions continues to grow across the industry due to regulatory and other drivers. This conference will provide an opportunity for building professionals across disciplines to share and learn about these topics and many others as we continue to work towards a better built environment. 

  • Call for Presentations

    ASHRAE has announced a call for presentations for the 2021 Building Performance Analysis Conference to be held November 10-12 in Denver, Colorado. The theme for the conference is “Design and Operation for Resilient and Healthy Buildings”.

    Building performance analysis professionals and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for individual presentations between 20-30 minutes in length or 90 minute panel or seminar sessions. Proposals can cover a broad range of topics addressing the needs of the building performance analysis community. Creative and interactive presentation formats are strongly encouraged.

    The 2021 Building Performance Analysis Conference requests the following submission types:

    • Individual presentations on projects, research or career/business development topics. (20-30 min)
    • Panel with 3-4 industry experts on a current topic of interest or team case study. (90 min)
    • Seminar Session with a chair and 1-4 speakers on one of the following topics. (60-90 min)

    Topics include (but aren’t limited to):

    • Modeling Advances
    • Cost Effective & Efficient Modelling for Design Support & Facilitation
    • Modeling for Greenhouse Gas Targets
    • Modeling for Embodied Energy
    • Modeling Existing Buildings
    • Occupant Behavior & Comfort
    • Occupant Health & Wellbeing
    • Passive Survivability & Resiliency
    • Innovations in Passive and Hybrid Heating and Cooling
    • Modeling for the Future
    • Urban Scale Modeling
    • Measurement and Verification
    • Intelligent Building Operations
    • Lighting and Daylighting
    • CFD Applications for Architectural Decision Making

    Presentation proposals include an abstract, learning objectives and methods of assessment and are due May 7, 2021. If accepted, presentations will be due September 27, 2021. 

    Submit an Abstract

  • LowDown Showdown

    The goal of the LowDown Showdown modeling competition is to engage participants in a collaborative and fun learning experience that explores new advances in building science, modeling and technology. Teams are comprised of building analysts, designers, architects, engineers and other participants. Teams will be responsible for creating the architectural design and a performance analysis model based on model building data. The teams may use any software or a combination of software to complete their projects.

    Each team will create and submit a poster of their building design, complete the performance analysis model and results spreadsheet and write a one-page narrative on project workflow. Teams will present their projects at the BPAC conference and be judged by a panel of industry experts who will select the winners. Teams will be judged on eight categories: Creativity, Innovative Approaches, Sustainability/Durability, Energy Use, Indoor Environmental Quality, Workflow, Teamwork and Presentation.

     The deadline to sign up to participate in the 2021 LowDown Showdown is May 20, 2021.

     For more details on the 2021 LowDown Showdown or to sign up, click here!

  • Steering Committee

    John Bynum - Chair
    Aaron Boranian – Vice-Chair
    Annie Marston
    Lauren Wallace
    Supriya Goel
    Walter Grondzik
    Alex Rempel

  • Important Dates

     Upcoming Deadlines:

    May 14, 2021: Presentation Proposals Due
    May 28, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
    June 7, 2021: Speaker Acceptance and Forms Due
    September 27, 2021: Final Presentations Due

  • Registration

    Registration Type:

    Early Bird Rate
    Member $  675.00
    Non Member $  725.00
    Virtual $  225.00
    Registration Rate
    Member $  725.00
    Non Member $  775.00
    Virtual $  285.00
    Other Rate
    Student $  300.00
    Speaker $  450.00

    Your registration includes the following:

    • Evening Reception 
    • Light Breakfast, lunch and breaks on Wednesday, November 10
    • Light Breakfast, lunch, breaks and a reception on Thursday, November 11
    • Light Breakfast and break on Friday, November 12
  • Sponsorship Packages

    The conference organizers are pleased to offer several sponsorship opportunities to engage industry participation. The sponsorship offsets conferences expenses and provides access to seasoned practitioners and principals responsible for managing modeling services.

    All sponsors will have their company logo and name on the event flyer, the conference web site and recognition during the conference. A summary of the specific benefits of each sponsorship level is included. If you have questions or are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Staci Loeffler sloeffler@ashrae.org.

    Sponsorship Packages

  • Pre-Conference Courses

    On Tuesday, November 9, software companies and educators are conducting full-day or half-day workshops at The Curtis DoubleTree prior to the start of the conference. You can register for these pre-conference workshops through online registration once it has launched. Pre-conference workshops have limited seating.

    Separate registration is required. These workshops and course are not included with the conference and will not be included in the virtual conference.

     If your company is interested in hosting a pre-conference workshop please contact Staci Loeffler at sloeffler@ashrae.org. Due to limited availability, space is available on a first-reserved basis.

    >> For more information about hosting a pre-conference workshop click here.