IBPSA-USA

IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2024 Conference

Registration is Now Open!

Join us at the Auraria Campus, in Denver, CO May 21st-23rd, as we honor the past, embrace the present, and envision a brighter and more sustainable future. Dive into HackSimBuild, engaging workshops, and networking receptions. Cap it off with an award banquet recognizing leaders in the field. Don't miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and shape the future of building simulation.

SimBuild is back!

IBPSA-USA will host the SimBuild 2024 conference May 21st to 23rd, 2024 in Denver, Colorado at the Auraria Campus. After hosting joint conferences with ASHRAE from 2014 to 2022, IBPSA-USA returns to hosting SimBuild as an independent conference in 2024. SimBuild 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the first SimBuild conference, held in 2004. The theme of the conference is “Celebrating Two Decades of SimBuild.” Join us as we commemorate IBPSA-USA's contributions to sustainability and building performance simulation and look toward the future. The program will highlight the work of IBPSA-USA and its members and provide a platform to envision the future of simulation, as we explore emerging technologies, trends, and strategies that will continue to drive building performance excellence in the years ahead. Join us as we honor the past, embrace the present, and envision a brighter and more sustainable future. Keep an eye on our conference website, follow us on social media platforms, and join our mailing list to receive the latest conference updates. HackSimBuild will take place immediately before SimBuild 2024, May 19-20th.  Participants will present their work to SimBuild attendees and a panel of judges during SimBuild 2024. See you in Denver!

Registration for IBPSA-USA will open soon! Please join our mailing list and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on event updates.

ATTENDEE REGISTRATIONEarly Bird Price*Standard Price
IBPSA-USA Member$699$849
Nonmember$799$949
IBPSA-USA Student member$350$400
Student nonmember$400$450

*EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 31, 2024.

TERMS OF REGISTRATION

  • The registration of participation is binding.
  • If you have to cancel the registration, you get 80% back until 30 days before the start of the event. In all other cases, the financial responsibilities of the participants remain fully effective.
  • The participation fees are owed upon registration and are payable within 7 days following submission of the registration (but not later than 7 days before the starting day of the event).
  • Participation is not guaranteed until full payment of the registration fee is received.
  • The conference program may be subject to changes.
  • Payments will be refunded if the conference will be canceled by the organizer. In that case, the organizer will have no further liability to the client. Registrations remain valid if the conference has to be postponed.

Please note, that this is an overview schedule to allow attendees and sponsors to make travel arrangements. The schedule is subject to change. 

The events on this schedule will take place at the Tivoli Turnhalle at the Auraria Campus, unless otherwise noted. (900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204)

Sunday, May 19th (pre-conference)

12:00 PM      HackSimBuild’24 Workshops– Separate registration required.

3:00 PM        HackSimBuild’24 BeginsSeparate registration required.

Big Ladder Software Office

Monday, May 20th (pre-conference)

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM        Morning Pre-Conference Workshops

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM           Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM          NREL Tour (free - RSVP required)

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM         Attendee Registration & Sponsor Table-Top Exhibit Set-Up

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM          Opening Reception – Dinner & drinks provided @ Tivoli Brewing Co. Tap House, 900 Auraria Pkwy #240, Denver, CO 80204

Tuesday, May 21st

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM          Attendee Registration & Check-In 

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM          Speaker’s Lounge Opens

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM         Coffee & Networking – light breakfast provided.

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM        Sessions & Networking

12:30 AM – 1:30 PM         Lunch and Networking 

1:30 PM– 5:00 PM            Sessions & Networking 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM          IBPSA-USA Awards Banquet Dinner & cash bar provided @ Tivoli Turnhalle.  

Wednesday, May 22nd

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM          Speaker’s Lounge Opens

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM         Coffee & Networking – light breakfast provided.

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM        Sessions & Networking

12:30 AM – 1:30 PM         Lunch and Networking 

1:30 PM– 5:00 PM            Sessions & Networking 

Thursday, May 23rd 

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM       Speaker’s Lounge Opens

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM        Coffee & Networking – light breakfast provided.

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM       Sessions & Networking

The theme of SimBuild 2024 highlights the future of IBPSA’s mission: Building Sustainability and Performance Through Simulation. We seek papers demonstrating innovation in methods, workflows, and modeling tools for better building design, performance, and operation to meet aggressive targets for energy reduction, environmental quality, decarbonization, and resiliency.

Sample themes include:

Climate Resilience and Forecasting

  • Approaches to Modeling Future Weather, Climate, and Extreme Events
  • Modeling of Adaptation Strategies
  • Modeling for Carbon and Embodied Energy
  • Regulatory Approaches to Carbon Neutrality
  • Urban Renaissance & Cultural Heritage

Intelligent Building Operations

  • Efficiencies and Load Management
  • Grid Interactions and Distributed Energy Resources
  • Active, Passive, and Zero-carbon buildings
  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
  • Commissioning, Diagnostics, and Control

Workflows and Simulation Case Studies

  • Building Information Modeling and Interoperability
  • Evolving Performance Indicators
  • Modeling Existing Buildings
  • Performance-Driven Design, Design Automation, and Optimization
  • Validation, Calibration, and Uncertainty

Simulation Technologies and Applications

  • Building Physics, Heat, and Moisture
  • CFD, Airflow, and Microclimate
  • Life-Cycle Modeling
  • Lighting and Daylighting
  • Machine Learning and Big Data Applications to Building Simulation
  • Passive and Hybrid Heating and Cooling
  • Urban and Community Scale Modeling

Human Factors

  • Education and Training
  • Energy Equality, Access, and Justice
  • Health and Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Occupant Health, Wellbeing, and Comfort
  • Occupant Behavior

SimBuild is the premier US venue for sharing cutting edge research in building performance simulation. The 2024 conference will include multiple formats of presentations to encourage discussions and exchange of ideas over the three days of the event. The theme of SimBuild 2024 highlights the future of IBPSA’s mission: Building Sustainability and Performance Through Simulation.

We seek papers demonstrating innovation in methods, workflows, and modeling tools for better building design, performance, and operation to meet aggressive targets for energy reduction, environmental quality, decarbonization, and resiliency.

The Call for Papers contains information about key dates, templates, and policies. 

Click here to view the Guide for Reviewers
Click here to view the Guide for Authors

 

Submissions for program ideas, presentations, and session proposals are now closed!  Click here for more information.

Committee is currently reviewing submissions and schedule will be published in the next coming weeks.

HackSimBuild ‘24 is a 24-hour hackathon where participants (you) develop and test creative new approaches to building performance simulation. This event will bring together modelers, programmers, students, academics, designers, and engineers of all types to collaborate in a design sprint. At the end of this fun and immersive event, we will award prizes to the teams with the most original, innovative, and market-ready tools, metrics, ideas, or other hacks they present to our industry-leading panel of jurors.

For more information, please visit HackSimBuild '24.

2024 SimBuild Conference Scholarships applications are closed. Winners will be announced March 13th.

For more information, including eligibility and applications, please visit the Scholarships web page. 

Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday May 20th

IBPSA-USA is excited to partner with our sponsors to offer pre-conference add-on opportunities for our attendees. You can sign up for pre-conference sessions through attendee registration. Please note that some sessions may have limited seating and will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Attendees can sign up for these events through our registration system, ConfTool.


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Extracting Valid Building Performance Simulation Models from Revit Models using Pollination Revit Plugin

In this workshop, we will cover the core features of the Pollination Revit plugin (https://www.pollination.cloud/revit-plugin) for extracting valid analytical models from Revit for energy, daylight, and comfort simulation. Our goal is to ensure that you will never redraw an analytical model from scratch after this workshop.

We will discuss the best practices for preparing the model, the most common issues in Revit models, and the appropriate workflows to address these issues using the basic and advanced Revit sample models. We will also discuss the best practices for exporting the models to 3rd party tools such as IES VE, eQuest, OpenStudio, DesignBuilder, and IDA-ICE.

This workshop is primarily intended for building performance analysts, energy modelers, engineers, and architects looking to streamline the process of producing and simulating analytical energy models from design models.
Expected Knowledge/Requirements:  

Instructors: Chris Mackey & Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Ladybug Tools, LLC

Details: $200 USD/pp


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ASHRAE 90.1-2019 Code Compliance Modeling

This workshop will use IESVE Software to generate performance-based compliance reports for ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2019 PRM.  Simulation analysis will include energy, carbon, cost and Performance Cost Index (PCI).  Free training licenses will be provided as necessary. Trainees are to have IESVE Software installed prior to arrival.

Expected Knowledge:  Attendees should have completed the free “Creating Model Geometry in IESVE” tutorial.

Instructors: Birajan Bhandari, Nathan Kegel, IES

Details: 20 people capacity;  $150 USD/pp;


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Creating Building Performance Simulation Models with Pollination Rhino

In this workshop, we showcase a range of workflows using the Pollination Rhino Plugin starting from different options to create a valid analytical model from scratch, review and find the issues in your model, and geometry cleanup process to eliminate the need to manually re-trace or rebuild the design geometry to create a valid analytical model. The workshop will also discuss the export pathways to IES-VE, DesignBuilder, and eQuest as well as Pollination, Ladybug Tools, OpenStudio, and Radiance.

This workshop is primarily intended for building performance analysts, energy modelers, engineers, and architects looking to streamline the process of producing and simulating analytical energy models from design models. We assume that you are familiar with the basic concepts of energy modeling.

Our goal is to ensure that you will never redraw an analytical model from scratch after this workshop.

Requirements

  • A Windows laptop computer with Rhino 7 or 8 installed along with the Pollination Rhino Plugin (https://www.pollination.cloud/rhino-plugin). All the attendees will be given access to a Pollination Rhino plugin license during the workshop.

Instructors: Chris Mackey & Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Ladybug Tools, LLC

Details: $200 USD/pp


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Impactful Data Visualization

For building performance analysts, one of the most difficult challenges is condensing a great deal of data into an intelligible format so architects can understand it. Architects are looking to simulation professionals to help them make early design decisions that align with energy, cost, and design goals.

This 4-hour workshop is taught by the core team at Project StaSIO, led by Alejandra Menchaca, founding principal at AIRLIT studio and co-founder of Project StaSIO, and Guanzhou Ji, PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University. Starting with graphics theory, the facilitators will take participants through pragmatic steps to improve communication as well as common mistakes simulation professionals make in creating reports for Architects. They will focus on helping attendees find the right data to communicate and then present it simply and compellingly. A final exercise will ask participants to create a graphic using techniques covered in the workshop. 

The workshop will only use freely/commonly available software tools such as Excel. No experience in creating advanced graphics is necessary.

Requirements

  • No prior experience is required. Attendees should bring a laptop.

Instructors: Alejandra Menchaca, AIRLIT studio & Guanzhou Jii, Carnegie Mellon  

Details: $150 USD/pp

Visit to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO 

Organized by IBPSA-USA EPSI Committee

The tour includes a unique opportunity to learn about various research facilities and buildings on the NREL campus and will be hosted by current NREL employees.

The tour will include a visit to: 

  1. Research Support Facility (RSF)
    A 442,907 ft2 award-winning model for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, zero energy, and high-performance building design facility known for the use of an innovative performance-based design-build process. It was the world’s largest zero energy building of its time.
  2. Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)
    A 182,000-square-foot LEED Platinum research facility housing 17 commercial and residential high bay laboratories, 3 mock homes, and the Insight Center, hosting both 3D and 2D visualization laboratories in addition to immersive visualization and interaction technologies.  
Tour Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 PM Mountain Time
Additional documentation or information may be requested after registration, and failure to provide such information promptly may result in delays in tour approval. Approval for each individual solely depends on NREL's security clearance. Confirmation of the tour is contingent upon obtaining clearance. 

*Additional instructions will be provided a few days prior to the tour. 

 
 

Getting To Denver

The closest airport to fly into is Denver International Airport (DEN). United Airlines is offering a discount for conference attendees. To make flight reservations on United Airlines use IBPSA-USA exclusive promotional code ZPJ2179096 or copy and paste the code on United Airlines

 The Denver Train A Line provides economic transportation to downtown Union Station, nearby the Auraria Campus (900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204) where SimBuild 2024 will take place.

 

Staying in Denver

Stay right by the 2024 SimBuild Venue, the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver at the SpringHill Suites Marriott (1190 Auraria Parkway Denver, CO 80204).

You can book online HERE reservations department at 877-249-9279 x 2800 and mention the "IBPSA-USA" room block. Special room rate of $239 with free breakfast for guests.

NOTE: No other booking agent is authorized to sell rooms outside of this link or phone number provided.

SimBuild 2024 Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of IBPSA-USA & SimBuild 2024.

 

Platinum Sponsor

 

Gold Sponsors

 

Silver Sponsors

 

HackSimBuild Sponsors

Venue Sponsor
Software Sponsor
Meal Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities

SimBuild 2024 is pleased to offer numerous opportunities for sponsors. Our sponsors are vital to creating a meaningful and memorable experience for our attendees. By becoming a sponsor, you will gain prominent visibility among researchers, academics, practitioners, and more. SimBuild is also an excellent place to meet graduate students who may be looking for career opportunities with your company.

If you have questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor for SimBuild 2024, please contact events@ibpsa.us.

Stay tuned for more information about key dates, registration, and program.

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