ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016:
Building Performance Modeling Conference
August 10-12, 2016 ∙ Salt Lake City, Utah
NEW! Final Technical Program Now Available!
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The ASHRAE App is available for this conference.
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Kjell Anderson to Deliver Keynote Address
Kjell Anderson, AIA, cSBA, LEED AP, delivers a message of improving project performance by focusing on relationships between architects and modelers during the keynote address on Wednesday, August 10 at 8:15 am.
His address is entitled “So Happy Together: Architects and Energy Modelers Informing Building Design.”
To meet Architecture 2030 goals, all project teams need to analyze passive and active design solutions from project outset, requiring a collaboration of energy modeling and architectural design efforts. While compliance modeling efforts are understood and widely performed, the early design process remains enigmatic to both modelers and architects.
Architects ask ‘how is this performing?’ and want various geometries compared with immediate answers; modelers want detailed data and enough time to perform simulations. Architects often fail to understand the loads they create with geometry and glazing, and modelers don’t often present their results clearly enough to get ideas across to architects and their clients. Architects, in many cases, never even meet the energy modeler on their project.
We can drastically improve project performance by focusing on the relationship between architects and energy modelers: forging a better process as outlined in ASHRAE 209, understanding each other’s language and constraints, learning to ask the right questions, and realizing the amazing things we can accomplish together.
Kjell is an Associate and the Sustainability Coordinator at LMN Architects, recipient of the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm award. He is a licensed architect, speaker and author of “Design Energy Simulation for Architects.” In addition to regular design work on LMN’s projects, he serves on the AIA Energy Leadership Group, is involved in energy code writing projects, and has taught building simulation at the University of Washington.”
The ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference builds upon the success of the previous ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA joint conference held in Atlanta in September 2014. This conference combines the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference and IBPSA-USA SimBuild.
“The first jointly organized conference was held in 2014 and was a huge success in its ability to bring the building energy analysis and performance simulation community together and provide the conference content to serve attendees,” Dennis Knight, Conference chair, said. “The ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 Conference seeks to build upon that success and further improve the industry’s ability to accurately model building performance.”
Modelers, software developers, owner 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 conference will cover two-and-a half days and will be preceded by two days of training seminars and short courses.
Registration is now open.
Downloadable Registration Form >> (Updated)
Registration prices are as follows:
Early Bird through July 10
- $515, ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA members
- $590, Non-Member
Fees beginning July 11
- $580, ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA members
- $665, Non-Member
Registration fees for speakers and students
- $400, speaker
- $350, students
- $280, one-day rate
- $129, virtual conference only for ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA members
- $179, virtual conference only for Non-Members
Conference registration includes:
- Conference proceedings
- Virtual conference
- Reception on Tuesday, August 9
- Breakfast and Lunch on Wednesday, August 10
- Breakfast, Lunch, Reception and Dinner on Thursday, August 11
- Breakfast and Boxed Lunch on Friday, August 12
Schedule at a Glance
| Monday, August 8 – Pre-Conference Workshops and Courses (separate registration required):
| 8 am – 5 pm
||EnergyPlus for Practitioners Day 1 presented by Big Ladder Software
| 8:30 am – 5 pm
||DesignBuilder Fundamentals and Early-Stage Modeling Day 1
|9 am – 5 pm
||HVAC Loads Sizing and Energy Modeling presented by IES, Ltd.
|1 pm – 5 pm
||Show Me the Money - Using OpenStudio Frameworks to perform IPMVP Option D Adherent Analysis presented by Performance Systems Development
|Tuesday, August 9 – Pre-Conference Workshops and Courses (separate registration required):
|8 am – 5 pm
||scSTREAM (CFD) for Indoor and Outdoor Analysis presented by Cradle North America Inc.
|8 am – 5 pm
||EnergyPlus for Practitioners Day 2 presented by Big Ladder Software
| 8:30 am – 5 pm
||DesignBuilder for Detailed Design and the New LEED Modeling Tools Day 2
|9 am – 4 pm
||Energy Modeling Best Practices co-sponsored by ALI and IBPSA-USA
|9 am – 5 pm
||Advanced HVAC Modeling presented by IES, Ltd.
| 5:30 – 6:30 pm
|Download more information about pre-conference workshops.
| Wednesday, August 10
|7 – 7:30 am
|7:30 – 8 am
||Vendor Demonstration: Autodesk
|8:15 – 9:15 am
||Welcome and Keynote
|9:15 am – 12:15 pm
|12:15 – 1:30 pm
|1 – 1:30 pm
||Vendor Demonstration: Cradle North America Inc.
|1:45 – 5 pm
|5 – 5:30 pm
||Vendor Demonstration: Trane
|Thursday, August 11
|7 – 7:30 am
|7:30 – 8 am
||Vendor Demonstration: DesignBuilder
|8:15 – 8:45 am
|9 am – 12 pm
|12 – 1:15 pm
|12:30 – 1 pm
||Vendor Demonstration DOE
|1 – 1:30 pm
||Vendor Demonstration: IES, Ltd.
|1:30 – 5 pm
||ASHRAE LowDown Showdown presentations
|5 – 5:30 pm
||Vendor Demonstration: CYPE Software
|6 – 9 pm
||Reception, Dinner and Awards*
|Friday, August 12
|7 – 7:30 am
|7:30 – 8 am
|8:15 – 12 pm
||Technical Program and Closing
|12:10 – 12:30 pm
|12:30 – 1 pm
|1 – 4 pm
||ASHRAE Certification Exams
|*included in registration fee
On Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9, software companies and educators are conducting full-day or half-day workshops at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center 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 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 Ragan McHan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to limited availability, space is available on a first-reserved basis. For more information about hosting a pre-conference workshop click here.
Current Pre-Conference Schedule
Monday, August 8
- 8 am – 5 pm EnergyPlus for Practitioners Day 1 presented by Big Ladder Software
- 8:30 am – 5 pm DesignBuilder Fundamentals and Early-Stage Modeling Day 1
- 9 am – 5 pm HVAC Loads Sizing and Energy Modeling presented by IES, Ltd.
- 1 pm – 5 pm Show Me the Money - Using OpenStudio Frameworks to perform IPMVP Option D Adherent Analysis presented by Performance Systems Development
- (1) Half-day Slots
Tuesday, August 9
- 8 am – 5 pm scSTREAM (CFD) for Indoor and Outdoor Analysis presented by Cradle North America Inc.
- 8 am – 5 pm EnergyPlus for Practitioners Day 2 presented by Big Ladder Software
- 8:30 am – 5 pm DesignBuilder for Detailed Design and the New LEED Modeling Tools Day 2
- 9 am – 4 pm Energy Modeling Best Practices presented by ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI)
- 9 am – 5 pm Advanced HVAC Modeling presented by IES, Ltd.
NEW! Final Technical Program for ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference (7-26-16)
The conference features some 100 speakers presenting practical applications of tools and case studies and papers on simulation, research and a deeper dive into current technology.
Conference paper sessions address a wide-range of current topics: model calibration and verification, urban scale modeling, uncertainty analysis, optimization, data visualization, reality captures for modeling, HVAC component modeling and load analysis, lighting and daylighting, CFD, energy auditing, life cycle cost and economic analysis, automation and scripting, combined use of tools, occupant comfort, energy efficiency and weather data.
Seminar (non-paper) sessions have an emphasis on simulation techniques and design. Case studies and demonstrations address standards and code compliance, such as ASHRAE Standard 205P, Standard Formats for Equipment Data Exchange, ASHRAE Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, and presentations on ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, ASHRAE Standard 205P, Standard Formats for Equipment Data Exchange, and IBPSA Project BIM/GIS Modelica Framework for Building and Community Energy System Design and Operation.
In all there are 17 conference paper sessions and 15 seminars with international participation from speakers.
Upcoming Speaker Deadlines
July 25, 2016
ASHRAE LowDown Showdown
The ASHRAE LowDown Showdown is back for 2016! This year’s challenge will showcase the work of nine teams competing to model a net zero or below building. The baseline building is a 50,000 ft2, 3-story Outpatient Health Care facility.
How It Works
Each team will be comprised of registered attendees who will sign up to play a role on each team such as:
- Energy modelers
Nine teams and over 90 participants will create their model using the industry’s major tools. Team names include:
- The DeeBees
- The EUI Evangelists (TEE)
- The BEM Bang Theory
- Energy Derailment
- Insane Energy Savers
- Outpatient Zero
- Quest for Zero
- Newbie Energizers
For more information about the 2016 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling challenge:
2016 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Challenge Requirements >>
Elevate your reputation among peers, in the workplace and among clients with an ASHRAE certification in Energy Modeling, or one of these other built-environment fields: Energy Assessment I Commissioning l Healthcare Facility Design l High Performance Building Design l Building Operations. Already recognized by over 25 national, state and local government bodies – and with over 2,250 certifications earned – ASHRAE certifications increasingly have become the must-have credential for built-environment professionals. ASHRAE Certification exams to be administered on August 12.
Hotel registration deadline, July 15, 2016!
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
255 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The Hilton Salt Lake City Center is located ideally located in the heart of Salt Lake City on the Salt Lake light rail system. The rail system provides easy access to local attractions such as the Clark Planetarium, EnergySolutions Arena, Utah Museum of Natural History, Hogle Zoo and the Utah Symphony and Orchestra. The Hilton Salt Lake City Center is approximately 15 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport.
$159/night + tax
To make your reservation please call 801-328-2000 or 1-800-445-8667 and reference the group code “ASH” to receive the negotiated room rate. You may also make your hotel reservation online at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=52666164.
Room reservations must be made by Fri., July 15, 2016 to guarantee availability and the negotiated room rate.
The ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA room block will open for reservations in 2016.
The Steering Committee members are:
- M. Dennis Knight, Chair
- Krishnan Gowri, Vice Chair
- Chris Balbach
- Chip Barnaby
- Carrie Brown
- Susan Collins
- Dru Crawley
- Joe Huang
The ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference builds upon the success of the previous ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA joint conference held in Atlanta in September 2014.
The expected attendance for this conference is 300. Modelers, software developers, owners, and researchers will address current and new practices in energy modeling and building performance simulation using existing simulation tools, state-of-the-art software, and innovative simulation research. This conference seeks to promote industry collaboration and address the most pressing market needs.
The conference organizers are pleased to offer several sponsorship opportunities to engage industry participation. The sponsorship offsets conferences expenses and provides access to talented new graduates coming into the job market, seasoned practitioners, and principals responsible for managing modeling services. For more information about sponsoring the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference please contact Ragan McHan at email@example.com.
Thank you to our ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference sponsors: