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



Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

September 26 - 28, 2018

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 new techniques and workflows that help researchers and practitioners make better decisions during the simulation and modeling process over a building's entire life cycle.

Technical Program Announced
The program is bigger than ever and includes 185 presentations covering a mix of research, best practices and case studies.

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The topics will be compelling for anyone interested in analysis of high performance buildings and communities. The following is a sample of the topics in the program. 

  • Early design modeling
  • Model calibration
  • Daylight and lighting modeling
  • Thermal comfort modeling
  • CFD and airflow modeling
  • Electrical grid modeling
  • Energy storage simulation
  • Urban scale modeling
  • Building information models (BIM)
  • Machine learning
  • Scripting
  • Modeling controls 
  • Heat pumps
  • Earth tubes
  • Stasio
  • Practice of modeling
  • Weather data
  • Net zero buildings
  • Modeling for code compliance

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Conference Highlights:

Project StaSIO Competition

Finalist will be presented at the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild. Project StaSiO (Standard Simulation Inputs and Outputs) was created through work completed by the IBPSA Architectural Simulations Subcommittee. It is an online website populated with crowd-sourced simulation graphics and case studies organized around the ASHRAE 209 framework. The objective is to catalyze crowd-sourced submissions to Project StaSIO through execution of an online competition for Project StaSIO’s two forms of submissions: 1) Graphic Outputs and 2) Case Studies.

For energy analysts, one of the most difficult challenges is condensing a great deal of data into an intelligible format so architects can understand it. For architects, one of the challenges in working with analysts is not knowing what performance-related questions can be asked and answered. A solution that connects both of these is IBPSA Project StaSIO, a crowd-sourced, public website that connects performance questions with graphics from simulation outputs that succinctly answers the question.

IBPSA-USA’s Research Committee organized a competition for submissions of graphics and case studies to populate Project StaSIO. Over 50 excellent submissions were received and this session will explain the motivation behind Project StaSIO and showcase some of the winning entries where the submitters would share their best practices through the graphic and case study examples. They would explain how these graphics helped improve the communication between designers, engineers and energy modelers and helped answer the specific design questions the submissions were developed for.

Public Voting Process: August 1 – September 20, 2018

Learn more by reviewing the competition guidelines.