IBPSA-USA Winter Meeting in Chicago Report

More than 90 fans of building performance simulation made their way through the menswear department and up to the seventh floor of Macy’s in downtown Chicago for the IBPSA-USA Winter Meeting, on January 20, 2018.

The evening started with a presentation by Paul Erickson, Fred Betz and Sagar Rao of Affiliated Engineers, Inc. They shared an interesting approach they developed to help them more efficiently employ simulation throughout the design process. Due to popular demand, they may be talked into delivering the presentation again in the form of a webinar so that more IBPSA-USA folks can benefit from their experience.

Attendees also heard brief reports from four event Gold Sponsors: Tony Saracino of Autodesk, Drew Morrison of Seventhwave for ComEd, Oliver Baumann of Bauman Consulting, and Ken Griffin of ESD.

During happy hour, the Macy’s Narcissus room echoed with joyous IBPSA conversation. For some attendees, this cozy interlude was clearly the high point of their visit to Chicago.

Not to be outdone by happy hour, Benny Skelton of Cyclone Energy entertained the dinner crowd and shared lessons learned while modeling during the design of a net zero energy Walgreen’s store.

Finally as attendees filtered out and set sights on the June meeting in Houston, some were disappointed to find that Macy’s had closed for the night and to realize they would need to wait until morning to pick up a fresh pair of boxer shorts.