Call for Papers: 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA have 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.

Deadline for abstracts is Oct. 23 2017.

“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 seeks papers on the following topics:

Buildings and Information Technology Nexus

  • Case-based learning and machine intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Modeling
  • Web-based modeling

Modeling Advances

  • New techniques and algorithms
  • Scripts and hacks for modelers
  • Non-traditional programming tools
  • HVAC component modeling and load analysis

Early Design

  • Parametric modeling for early design
  • Modeling for Resilient Buildings
  • Learning from Nature
  • High Performance and Zero Carbon Building design modeling
  • Benchmarking and goals setting
  • Opportunity assessments: Climate, Resources, and Program

Multiple Systems Modeling

  • Buildings to Grid Interoperability
  • The Community of Buildings / Urban scale modeling
  • Renewable energy technologies

Big Data

  • Real time modeling for building operation
  • Visualization
  • New Technology for Recording Data
  • Data mining for fault detection and diagnosis

Health, Wellness and Comfort

  • IEQ
  • Thermal comfort
  • Occupant behavior
  • Lighting and daylighting
  • CFD and Airflow modeling

Energy Performance and System Simulation

  • Model calibration strategies
  • Model validation and quality assurance
  • Weather and climate data
  • Performance Gap: Real versus Modeled
  • Auditing and retrofit strategies
  • Operational improvements

Codes, Standards and Compliance

  • Modeling for evolving codes and standards
  • Architecture 2030 and high performance building design
  • LEED, WELL, Green Globes, Living Building Challenge, BREEAM
  • Modeling for compliance
  • Compliance Metrics for High Performance and Net Zero Buildings

Abstracts (250 words or less) are due October 23, 2017. If accepted, papers are due February 2, 2018 and will undergo a double-blind review. The conference papers will be a maximum of eight pages in length.

To submit a conference paper abstract please click here:

Learn more about the conference at the ASHRAE website.