President's Message - March 2018

Springtime for IBPSA

To honor the arrival of spring, I present you a fuzzy-duckling vernal-equinox pool party. These cuties were rejected by their mother, so they’ve been living in the bathroom. But they do know how to take advantage of a sunny outdoor interlude. 

Just like these ducklings, IBPSA-USA is growing fast and full of energy. And like these young creatures, we still have far to go to realize our fully-fledged potential. IBPSA has been around since 1987, but I think we are just now entering springtime for IBPSA-USA. 

We’re growing! Here’s one bit of evidence. Attendance at IBPSA’s Building Simulation conference has tripled since the first meeting in 2003.

Not enough growth for you? The number of paper and presentation submissions have doubled for the upcoming 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild compared to the same conference in 2016!

Yet we still have far to go on our mission. Here’s a vision for the state of our industry described as a goal by the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors several years ago. 

  • The application of effective building performance simulation tools is standard practice in design and operation of healthy, productive, efficient buildings. 
  • Simulation tools are available to model the challenging issues of the current day. 
  • Building simulation provides credible, timely, information.

So, we still have some work to do.

I think it’s exciting to be around in this springtime for simulation. If you’re not yet involved with IBPSA-USA but would like to explore how to help, then please get in touch. It may not match the joy of a fuzzy-duckling vernal-equinox pool party, but I’m sure you’ll find it rewarding.  


Erik Kolderup
Board of Directors, President, IBPSA-USA
[email protected]