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The IBPSA-USA Research Committee promotes research activities in building performance simulation by advocating research outcomes, facilitating research exchange, and generating new research ideas and so on. The committee meets monthly, as do its three subcommittees. Additionally, the committee hosts and sponsors webinars, events, and conference panels to develop research objectives and make building simulation practitioners aware of new advances in the field.

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The IBPSA-USA Research Committee meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28th, 2016.

About

The IBPSA-USA Research Committee promotes research activities in building performance simulation by advocating research outcomes, facilitating research exchange, and generating new research ideas and so on. There are currently three subcommittees:

Architectural Simulations Subcommittee

The major objective of the Architectural Simulations research subcommittee is to re-establish IBPSA as a “big tent” organization where various other applications of simulation in the buildings arena will have a dedicated platform. These areas include indoor air, lighting, acoustics, moisture, fire, and occupant flow, among others. This subcommittee seeks to elevate these key non-energy areas of interest, and will facilitate deeper cross-disciplinary discussions with researchers and practitioners in these areas.

Emerging Simulation Technology Subcommittee

The major objectives of the Emerging Simulation Technology research subcommittee are to identify and promote emerging hardware tools and software techniques in building simulation. It seeks to create awareness and promote use of emerging technologies within the research, industry, and government communities, and to facilitate interaction between these communities. The subcommittee takes special interest in high performance computing platforms, equation-based methods, and numerical methods suited to these platforms; however, it also seeks to identify new emerging technologies.

Urban Scale Simulation

Urban scale simulation is the modeling of resource consumption in multiple buildings or representative building types at geographic scales from the neighborhood up to the national level. The Urban Scale Simulation subcommittee aims to promote awareness and collaboration among practitioners, researchers, and other interested parties in the area of urban scale simulation. The subcommittee also provides input to IBPSA-USA in developing its broader research strategy as it relates to this specific area of building performance simulation.

Members

The research subcommittees are open to any volunteers interested in serving on them, and chair positions are open to IBPSA-USA members. Please contact us if you are interested in serving on one of the subcommittees.

Research Committee

Past Members

Architectural Simulations Subcommittee

Past Members

Emerging Simulation Technology Subcommittee

Past Members

Urban Scale Simulation Subcommittee

Past Members

 

Activities

See current and upcoming events: https://www.ibpsa.us/events

Ongoing Projects:

  • Project Stasio - IBPSA USA’s Project Stasio is a crowd-sourced, public website that connects performance questions with graphics from simulation outputs that succinctly answers the question.
  • Ask a Modeler - Ask a Modeler is a monthly advice and discussion column in the IBPSA-USA newsletter, think Dear Abby for energy modelers. Each month, we match an interesting user submitted question to a selected expert to get their unique take. 
  • Webinar Series - IBPSA-USA's Education on Demand video catalog features videos on a variety of building sim topics, and more.