IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2024 Authors

Call for Papers

Sample Topics

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

We are pleased to announce the call for research papers for SimBuild 2024. Full papers are due on October 30, 2023, and submissions are open to anyone to submit a paper. Read this page for submission guidelines, abstract and paper templates, and key dates. SimBuild 2024 will include multiple formats of presentations to encourage discussions and exchange of ideas as well as pre-conference events. A call for oral presentations and panel discussions will be made in January 2024.

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.

Submission Guidelines

Papers for SimBuild 2024 must be submitted through ConfTool. Each contribution will be evaluated through a double-blind peer review, scored and subsequently accepted for presentation. Based on reviewer feedback, the scientific committee may choose to accept papers for publication with an oral or poster presentation, offer a presentation without publication, or decline the submission. For papers with exceptional scores, the authors will be invited to submit an extended version to the Journal of Building Performance Simulation

Authors are responsible for the originality and accuracy of their work. Papers that have previously been published elsewhere or are currently under consideration for other publications will not be considered. Plagiarism will be considered grounds for rejection. Text or images that have previously appeared elsewhere may only be included with permission of the original creators, and the source must be cited. Where authors use large language models (for example, ChatGPT) in their work, the authors are responsible for verifying the accuracy and relevance of all generated material, as well as ensuring that it conforms with all guidelines and policies.

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend SimBuild 2024 to present the work. Our unique conference format offers networking opportunities and workshops to increase each paper’s impact, as well as training prior to the conference in scientific publishing and presentation techniques. 

Authors of accepted contributions will be requested to provide a 30-second video abstract when submitting their final manuscripts.

Please observe the following guidelines when preparing your submission:

  • Use the templates provided below when preparing your manuscript or extended abstract.
  • The maximum length for manuscripts is 12 pages, including figures and references. Extended abstracts are limited to one page.
  • Do not include author names, affiliations, or acknowledgments in your draft for review.
  • Upload all contributions through ConfTool, including both a PDF version and an editable version (Word or LaTeX) of the manuscript. LaTeX files must be compilable and packed in a ZIP file, and all uploads must be less than 10MB in size.

If you encounter any technical issues, please contact us at SimBuild@ibpsa.us.

Key Dates

August 21, 2023Optional abstract submission deadline
September 25, 2023Abstract feedback notification
October 30, 2023Full paper submission deadline
January 8, 2024Paper preliminary acceptance notification
January 29, 2024Full paper revision deadline
March 4, 2024Paper final acceptance notification
March 18, 2024Author registration deadline
May 21-23, 2024SimBuild 2024



Publishing Policy

Authors are required to accept the following conditions during submission.

(1) The author(s) and presenter(s) will automatically grant to IBPSA-USA a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, and transferable license to publish the abstract(s), research paper(s) and/or presentation(s) and/or digital posters (with unmodified content) in any fashion (including but not limited to inclusion in the SimBuild 2024 printed and electronic proceedings, via electronic means such as the world wide web, and inclusion in future compilations of presentations, also including online-exploitation via electronic means in order to organize an e-conference, regardless of the accessibility through paying registration). This "nonexclusive" license means that the author(s) are not restricted as to future use of the material except that exclusive rights cannot be granted to another.

(2) The author(s) and presenter(s) grant and assign to IBPSA-USA or its agent the nonexclusive rights to record the presentation at SimBuild 2024. These rights give IBPSA-USA the unlimited license to use, modify (format, not content), sell and distribute the recorded presentation (including voice of the presenter(s)).

(3) The author(s) and presenter(s) affirm that they have the right to grant the license specified in (1) and (2), that is, publication by IBPSA-USA or its licensees will not be in conflict with existing copyright or other restrictions.

(4) The author(s) and presenter(s) acknowledge that acceptance of the abstract(s), research paper(s) and/or presentation(s) does not imply IBPSA-USA’s endorsement of or agreement with the ideas presented. It is understood that IBPSA-USA does not accept responsibility for any content within the abstract(s), research paper(s) and/or presentation(s) that may be found to be libelous, infringing on copyright or other intellectual property rights, invading individual privacy or to be otherwise unlawful. Under no circumstances shall IBPSA-USA be liable for any damages resulting from use of information included in the presentation.

(5) Finally, the author(s) confirm that they have the power and authority to make and execute this agreement. For jointly authored works the signing author/presenter signs as authorized agent for the others.

Commercialism Policy

Authors and presenters are required to adhere to the following requirements:

  1. The intent of any SimBuild presentation or paper shall be to educate the IBPSA-USA audience about simulation research, procedures, or technological applications. The intent is not to advertise or promote commercial entities or other external groups.
  2. The inclusion of commercial information shall focus on technical aspects of products, and shall be done in a balanced, fair and unbiased way so as to avoid explicit promotion of any given product or commercial entity.
  3. Commercial names and logos not related to the profession of simulating building performance shall be permitted in presentations and papers providing that:
    • Recognition is pertinent to a better understanding of technical aspects of simulating building performance
    • Such inclusion is not intended to be promotional
    • IBPSA-USA endorsement is not conveyed 
    • There is no implication that the audience is required to use the commercial entity.