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ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Call for Presenters

Nov 1, 2013
Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations

Call for Papers Extended to Nov. 12

ATLANTA – The 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Atlanta, Ga., has announced a call for presenters.  This new joint, co-sponsored conference encompasses the ASHRAE Energy Modeling and IBPSA-USA SimBuild Conferences.

The call for presenters is focused on the theme “BIM, BEM and SIM – Integrated Building Design and Modeling,” an area currently of great concern to practicing professionals that will be addressed through five broad tracks.

“Some 20 topics specific to energy modeling and building simulation practitioners are identified in the call for presenters,” Dennis Knight, Conference chair, said.  “The topics specifically address weaknesses in the energy modeling and building simulation industry and seek to provide down-to-earth, how do I get this done-type answers.”

The call for presenters seeks proposals on specific topics, which will form the basis of the conference’s program, he said.  These are non-paper presentations.

The topics are organized in five tracks:

State-of-the-Art BIM (building information modeling) track seeks presentations showing how is BIM is being used in projects to push the design envelope.  Specific topics include: Current capabilities of BIM, BEM (building energy modeling) and SIM (simulation) modeling tools; utility and applications as a project moves through various stages; what can you really do with a BIM; mobile applications; and modeling for occupant comfort.

Design Firms track examines how BIM is being implemented into existing design practices and inner office workflows.  Topics include:  How design firms are integrating BIM, BEM and SIM into office practices and workflows; multi-firm teams using integrated tools; office standards and modeling quality control.

BIM in the Cloud track describes the capability to run large-scale simulations resulting in multiple scenarios being analyzed to generate large quantities of data and to determine the optimum solution.  Specific topics include: Large batch simulation of multiple scenarios; cloud computing and modeling tools; and challenges, limitations and successes.

Codes and Rating Systems track presents how modeling tools are used for compliance with standards and rating system.  Specific topics include: Integrated and interoperable modeling and compliance reporting tools for BIM, BEM and SIM; and compliance with other codes and standards using BIM, BEM and SIM tools.

Life Cycle Cost Analysis: Show Me the Money track considers how model-generated LCCA results, with its input uncertainty, forms a major source of investment risk in terms of investments in energy-efficiency upgrades.  Specific topics include: How energy models are used to evaluate portfolio investment risk; how uncertainty calculations are being developed and used by practitioners; and what inputs matter in risk analysis.

This conference brings together the building energy analysis and performance simulation community. 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.

Call for presenter proposals are due Feb. 10, 2014.  A 400-word abstract addressing a specific topic and speaker background information are required.  Notifications will be issued in March 2014.
In addition to the call for presenters, organizers are seeking papers on topics addressing the integration and interoperability of analytic modeling tools (BEM and SIM) with physical modeling tools (BIM) as well as papers describing workarounds, case studies, how to's, challenges, barriers and cloud based solutions. 
The deadline for submitting a Conference paper abstract (400 or less words in length) has been extended to Nov. 12, 2013, to give authors an opportunity to present a paper. If accepted, papers are due March 3, 2014. The conference papers will be a maximum of 8 pages in length.

To submit a conference paper abstract or a call for presenter (non-paper presentation) or for more information, visit www.ashrae.org/simulation2014.

The conference will cover two-and-a half days and will be preceded by two days of training seminars and short courses.

Founded in 1998, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members 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.

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.