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2014 ASHRAE--IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference

General Information 
Technical Program Pre-Conference 
Schedule Registration  Hotel 
Sponsors Steering Committee 


2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference
September 10-12, 2014
Atlanta, GA

General Information

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA are convening this conference to improve the industry’s ability to accurately model building performance. The conference merges the IBPSA-USA SimBuild and ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conferences. The focus is on making better decisions through the application of simulation and modeling over the entire building life cycle from the earliest concept through operation and maintenance.

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Technical Program

The theme of the conference is “BIM, BEM and SIM – Integrated Building Design and Modeling.” The conference brings together the building energy analysis and performance simulation community for three days of discussion, seminars, and short courses. Modelers, software developers, owners, and researchers will address the practices of energy modeling and building performance simulation using existing simulation tools, software development, and future simulation research and applications.

The technical program is comprised of three elements:

  1. Peer-reviewed Papers
    Some 140 conference paper abstracts have been accepted for the conference and full paper submission is now underway. The papers address various aspects of building simulation, energy modeling and integrated building design topics.

  2. Application-based Presentations
  3. The conference seeks to meet the needs of day-to-day energy modeling and building simulation practicing professionals, especially in Integrated Building Design and Modeling.  Presenters selected from the industry as well as invited speakers will address the following topics:
    • State of the Art BIM
    • Design Firms
    • BIM in the Cloud
    • Codes and Rating Systems
    • Life Cycle Cost Analysis: Show Me the Money

  4. “Market-Reality Session” – Modeling Tools
    This quick paced, information session with software developers gives attendees a finger on the pulse of current software capabilities and workarounds.  A panel of software developers answer questions on how their software performs specific functions.  This is a heavily interactive session.  Participants at the 2012 Energy Modeling Conference session were: EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, Trane, Carrier, IES, Sefaira and eQuest.

Pre-Conference Education

On Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9, software companies and educators are conducting full-day or half-day workshops at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead hotel 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 are limited to the first 30 people to register.

Separate registration is required. These workshops and course are not included with the conference.

If your company is interested in hosting a pre-conference workshop please contact Lizzy Seymour at lseymour@ashrae.org. Due to limited availability, space is available on a first-reserved basis. Learn more about hosting a pre-conference workshop >


Current Pre-Conference Schedule

Monday, September 8

  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.        Slot 1 – Still Available
  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.        Slot 2 – Still Available
  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.        Slot 3 – Still Available
  • 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Integrated Solar, Daylight & Energy Modeling (IES - $50)
  • 1 – 5 p.m.                 Slot 1 – Still Available
  • 1:30 – 5 p.m.            Natural Ventilation & Thermal Comfort Modeling (IES - $50)
  • 2 – 6 p.m.                 Reserved for Rocky Mountain Institute Session
  • 3 – 6 p.m.                 Exceeding Standard 90.1-2013 to Meet LEED® Requirements (ALI – fee TBA)

Tuesday, September 9

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.          Reserved for EnergyPlus
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.          Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications, (ASHRAE, IBPSA-USA, RMI – fee TBA)
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.          Leveraging and Extending OpenStudio – Measure Authoring (PSD - $395.00)
  • 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Energy Modeling for ASHRAE Standard 90.1 IES ($50)
  • 1:30 – 5 p.m.            Advanced HVAC Systems Modeling (IES $50)

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, September 8
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pre Conference Workshops and Courses
Tuesday, September 9
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pre Conference Workshops and Courses
5:30 – 7 p.m. Reception*
Wednesday, September 10
7-8 a.m. Breakfast*
7:30-8 a.m Vendor Demo: IES
8 – 9 a.m. Keynote and Welcome
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Technical Program
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch*
1-1:30 p.m. Vendor Demo: Design Builder
1:45 – 3 p.m. Technical Program
3-3:15 p.m.  Break
3:30 – 5 p.m.  Technical Program
5-5:30 p.m. Vendor Demo: Trane
Thursday, September 11
7-8 a.m. Breakfast*
7:30 – 8 a.m. Vendor Demo: Carrier Corporation
8:15 – 10 a.m. Technical Program and Posters
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Technical Program and Posters
12 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch*
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Vendor Demo: Sefaira
1:30 – 3 p.m. Technical Program and Posters
3-3:15 p.m.  Break
3:30 – 5 p.m.  Technical Program and Posters
5-5:30 p.m.  Vendor Demo: BUILDlab, LLC
6 – 8:45 p.m. Reception, Dinner and Awards*
Friday, September 12
7-8 a.m. Breakfast*
7:30 – 8 a.m. Vendor Demo
8:15 – 10 a.m. Technical Program
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Technical Program
12 – 1 p.m. Boxed Lunches*
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. ASHRAE BEMP Certification Exam
*included in registration fee


Registration will open in June for the conference. The registration fees are:

Early Bird (through July 24)
  • Member: $535
  • Non-Member: $610
Advance (July 25-September 10)
  • Member: $560
  • Non-Member: $645
Registration fees for speakers and students:
  • Speakers: $400
  • Students: $335
Conference registration includes:
  • Conference proceedings
  • Virtual conference
  • Reception on Tuesday, September 9
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Wednesday, September 10
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Reception on Thursday, September 11
  • Breakfast and Boxed Lunch on Friday, September 12

Hotel Information

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead
3405 Lennox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Atlanta Marriott Buckhead is centrally located in the heart of Buckhead's business, shopping and entertainment district. Within walking distance to Lenox Square Mall, Phipps Plaza and MARTA- Lenox Station, The Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel is steps away from amazing Buckhead restaurants and nightlife. Convenient to many of the area's major attractions, you’ll find yourself minutes from downtown Atlanta , the Georgia Aquarium, The Fox Theater, World of Coca-Cola, Underground Atlanta and Zoo Atlanta.


To make a room reservation please call 1-888-855-7741 and reference the group code “ASHASHA” when booking your accommodations to receive the negotiated room rate.

You may also make you hotel reservation online online

Room reservations must be made by August 18, 2014 to guarantee availability and the negotiated room rate.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference sponsorships offset conferences expenses and provides access to talented new graduates coming into the job market, seasoned practitioners, and principals responsible for managing modeling services.  Sponsorships also fund the Scholarship Program, which covers conference expenses for qualifying students and allows them to attend this important industry event. In recognition, sponsors are invited to mix with students at the Sponsors Reception held Wednesday evening.

View sponsorship levels and download a Sponsorship Agreement Form to get started or contact Lizzy Seymour at lseymour@ashrae.org.

Sponsor Plus
Don’t forget to check the schedule to see when these sponsors will be hosting a demonstration.





Steering Committee

The Steering Committee members are:

  • M. Dennis Knight, Chair
  • Chuck Gulledge, Vice Chair
  • Rahul Anthalye
  • Chris Balbach
  • Chip Barnaby
  • Dru Crawley

In addition, a Scientific Committee has been organized to review the papers. They are:

Scientific Committee Chair:

  • Carrie Brown

Scientific Committee Members:

  • Michael Wetter
  • David Bosworth
  • Rahul Athalye
  • Weimin Wang
  • Holly Wasilowski Samuelson
  • Christoph Reinhart
  • Alejandra Menchaca