IBPSA-USA

SimBuild 2024 is seeking small group session submissions for a more interactive conference experience. This workshop will go over basic small group formats and moderation considerations. You’ll leave the workshop with the knowledge and ideas to propose a small group session.

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Retrofits of existing buildings represent a big market and opportunity to reduce energy, cost, and carbon emissions. Even though building energy codes are getting more stringent every year for new construction projects toward net-zero energy or carbon neutral goals, emissions of existing buildings become the elephant in the room. Common approach to tackle high utility bills, system failures or comfort issues of an existing building is to conduct an energy audit or a retro-commissioning service. While building energy modeling is only required for ASHRAE Level3 audits as a calculation methodology, it could be utilized for more services. A calibrated baseline model is the digital twin of an existing building that reflects the operational characteristics of each building elements. While it provides more accuracy, it also is a great way to capture the interactive effects between systems.

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IBPSA Mixas are intended to be casual discussions with technical experts on emerging and exciting topics. Our experts will provide lightning talks, and we will have space for open discussion and debate. Following the technical portion, we will have time to connect with IBPSA colleagues from all different building-related fields. Please join us for the next IBPSA Mixa where we’ll discuss daylight savings time as it relates to building modeling. Feel free to come with your questions on the topic, add your expertise, and have a fun time! For the social portion of the Mixa, get ready to defend your love/hate of DST!

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Many individuals engage in valuable and innovative research and projects, but they often neglect the critical step of sharing their work. The struggle to convey complex ideas coherently, finding the right audience to share one’s work, fear of rejection or presenting in front of an unknown audience are all valid challenges faced by both professionals and students alike. EPSI brings a panel discussion that can help you gain valuable insights into the nuances of effective knowledge sharing through papers and presentations. This guidance can help you jumpstart your careers, build your professional reputations, and navigate the often complex process of publishing and presenting work.

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With the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Austin Energy Green Building developed the first residential rating in 1991. In 1995, a checklist for commercial buildings was developed and in 1998 the multifamily green building rating tool was added. The rating systems reward sustainable building practices, lead to high-performing buildings and create market demand for green buildings. As the market recognizes sustainable building practices, these measures are incorporated into Austin’s codes and local building regulations.

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