IBPSA-USA

In 2023, Massachusetts will implement a new energy code, giving it one of the most progressive energy standards in the country. The code seeks to align with other upcoming regulations pushing projects to decarbonize and electrify and provides separate pathways for projects depending on their program, size, and location. This presentation will help architects and other design professionals to adapt projects already on the boards to meet these new code requirements and to start new projects off on the right foot.

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Built environment researchers and analysts love case studies — focusing on one building at a time is generally how much of the consulting-focused industry works. However, generalizability has the been a key focus of analysis and optimization across many other domains including marketing, online retail, cars, and consumer devices. This talk will give Dr. Miller’s perspective on how we can learn from these fields in understanding the concepts of scalability and generalizability of analysis across large numbers of buildings. Dr. Miller will discuss examples of these concepts such as the Great Energy Predictor III Kaggle Competition and the Cozie smartwatch human-building data collection platform. He will also cover the need for built environment professionals to improve their data literacy through coding skills.

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Whole-building energy simulation has become more common over the last two decades, but it’s not necessarily having a big impact on design decisions. Many design decisions are made during the early phases of a project with regards to passive strategies or envelope and system selection. Performance analysis is crucial during those phases. But is it done on all the projects? What are the challenges faced by the design teams and how do they overcome them? Dan Stine, Melissa Kelly and Brett Horin discuss these challenges and their process to ensure performance analysis helps with the design decisions.

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Reducing carbon or decarbonization in building design has become critical effort in tackling climate change and improving our environment. While the previous effort has been focusing on operational carbon or reducing energy usage, designing to the whole life carbon design including embodied carbon should be the current practice now. The presentation and panel discussion will discuss the whole life carbon design in building design especially in embodied carbon and its coupling to the operational carbon. Three different speakers with different backgrounds will discuss how we should implement the whole life carbon design in the building.

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The IBPSA-USA Wisconsin Chapter welcomes the City of Madison Sustainability & Resiliency Manager, Dr. Jessica Price, to present on the Building Energy Savings Program for the City of Madison. Cities across Wisconsin are playing an increasingly important role in addressing the climate crisis. The City of Madison has set the ambitious goal of reaching 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon emissions for city operations by 2030 and community-wide by 2050. This means we need to move quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors. Currently, buildings are responsible for nearly half of our greenhouse gas emissions, making them an important part of the solution. Come learn about how the City of Madison is creating policies and programs to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock. Examples include a new Building Energy Savings Program that is aimed at helping commercial building owners identify opportunities to increase energy efficiency and save money and a pilot project to bring renewable energy and efficiency upgrades to naturally occurring affordable housing. Questions, suggestions, and collaboration in this space are always welcomed.

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The City and County of Denver have developed a Climate Action Plan and set out strong goals for buildings including all new buildings and homes being “net zero energy” by 2030 and all existing buildings and homes “net zero energy” by 2040. To work towards these goals, Denver has passed the Energize Denver ordinance and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) amendments. This presentation will cover the elements of the ordinance, the timeline for implementation, and the expected results. Group14 will discuss how this impacts new and existing buildings and what steps building owners and managers can take to achieve compliance.

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Since its inception 20 years ago, The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® has blended a learning experience with the advancement of building science.  Through a competitive exercise of designing and building high-performance, low-carbon buildings, student teams have had the opportunity to connect the academic themes of their study with real-world implementation. This webinar would focus on how Solar Decathlon is creating the next generation of building science professionals, including energy modelers and see some of their design. We will speak about some student led design models, how students are designing for underserved communities, and see highlights of up-and-coming technologies not yet seen in widespread adoption.

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Boston University’s new Center for Computing and Data Science is opening this month. The new 345,000 square foot, 19 story academic center and technology incubator is all-electric and will operate at net zero carbon. In this month’s IBPSA Boston-USA’s session you’ll hear from members of the design team who will discuss the various ways building simulation were used to help this remarkable building meet BU’s aggressive goals.

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Energy models typically use two-dimensional geometry to model envelope thermal performance. Real buildings include complex junctures which can act as thermal bridges, reducing envelope effectiveness. This webinar will cover how to account for major thermal bridges (like balconies, parapets, and corners) in energy modeling software. This is demonstrated with the open-source tbd ruby gem (rd2.github.io/tbd), which automates thermal bridging derating of opaque surface constructions in OpenStudio models.

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EPSI is back with yet another interesting session – “Tool and Software Development”. Ever wondered how some of the most established tools for the building performance industry started, how they got their funding and found answers to all their questions? If you have a software idea, a grasshopper script, or a python code ready but wondering how to take it forward in the industry or are just excited to learn more about building simulation tool development, this webinar is for you.

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