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2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA 

September 26-28, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

General Information   Call for Papers
Call for Papers  Venue and Dates
Registration Steering Committee LowDown Showdown


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General Information

The 2018  Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA, will be held September 26-28, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL. It is the third co-organized conference between ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA.

The goal of this conference is to present the new techniques and workflows that will help researchers and practitioners make better decisions during the simulation and modeling process of an entire building life cycle.

The conference program will consist of Keynote Speakers, Invited Speakers, a Call for Papers, a Call for Presenters and the fourth ASHRAE LowDown Showdown. Special panels may be offered by industry leaders and organizations.

Call For Presentations

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA announce a call for presentations for the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA.

Researchers, practitioners and building modeling professionals are invited to submit presentation/session proposals that  can be 15-90 minutes in length and can cover a broad range of topics addressing the needs of the building performance modeling community. Creativity in presentation format and audience engagement is strongly encouraged.

Submitters will choose their presentation type from the following list:

  1. Team Case Studies: (15 min, 25 min, 45 min, 60 min or 90 min) Coordinated presentation from several members of high performance building design projects.  The abstract should include a detailed description of the project, design goals, modeling challenges, performance benchmarks used and experiences from all stages of design, construction and operation.  Also identify the team members and include brief descriptions of their role in the project and the presentation.
  2. Individual Presentations:  Traditional seminar type presentation on topics of interest to the conference attendees.  Presentation duration is 15 minutes.
  3. Pecha-Kucha: Visually compelling presentations with a maximum limit of 30 slides, each presented in 30 seconds each with a recommended limit of maximum 30 words per slide (unlimited images sans text).
  4. TEDergy Talk: Similar to the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk presentations, TEDergy talk is intended to address a specific novel idea, new modeling technique, workflow, software utility or technology in a concise 10 minute presentation to generate audience interest and participation.

All submissions must include:

  • Presentation title
  • Duration of presentation
  • Speaker information
  • 100 word abstract.

The conference seeks presentations on the following topics:

  • Building Information Model Technology Nexus
  • Modeling Advances (New techniques, scripting, etc.)
  • Early Design Modeling and Analysis
  • Multiple Systems Modeling
  • Health, Wellness and Comfort
  • Energy Performance and System Simulation (including existing buildings, model calibration)
  • Codes, Standards and Compliance Modeling
Submit Your Presentation Proposal Submit Your Presentation Proposal
(updated 01/10/2018)

Call for Papers

The Call for papers is now CLOSED

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA announced a call for papers for the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA. It will be the third co-organized conference between the two organizations and will take place at the Hilton Chicago, September 26 – 28, 2018.

“Building performance modeling is transforming the industry to meet the net zero and Architecture 2030 design goals, improving operational efficiency and occupant comfort,” said Krishnan Gowri, conference chair. “Recent advancements in machine learning, data science and sensor technologies are opening up new avenues to advance the analysis and modeling techniques to meet the challenges faced by designers and modelers.  This conference seeks to connect the researchers and industry practitioners to facilitate the adoption of these new techniques and workflows to make better decisions through the application of simulation and modeling over the entire building life cycle.”

Modelers, architects, software developers and researchers will address the practices of building performance analysis, energy modeling and building performance simulation using existing simulation tools, software development and future simulation research and applications.

The conference accepted abstracts on the following topics:

  • Buildings and Information Technology Nexus
  • Modeling Advances
  • Early Design
  • Multiple Systems Modeling
  • Big Data
  • Health, Wellness and Comfort
  • Energy Performance and System Simulation
  • Codes, Standards and Compliance

Papers are due February 2, 2018 and will undergo a double-blind review. Conference papers should not exceed eight pages.

Template Conference Paper Word Template
(updated 12/22/2017)
Template Conference Paper LaTeX Template
(updated 12/22/2017)

Venue & Dates

The conference will take place at the Hilton Chicago. The conference will be Wednesday – Friday, September 26-28. Pre-conference workshops will be held September 24-25.

Travel and accommodation information will be posted soon.

Registration Information

Once available, the registration portal will be posted here.

Steering Committee

Krishnan Gowri, Chair
Annie Marston, Vice Chair
Carrie Brown
Susan Collins
Dennis Knight
Vikram Sami
Lauren Wallace
Rahul Athalye, Scientific Committee Chair
Jon Cohen (CEC representative)