ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference

Conference Deadlines

  • Presentation proposals due February 3, 2016
  • Revised papers due April 22, 2016
  • Final Manuscripts due June 10, 2016

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference — August 10 - 12, 2016 | Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Call for Presenters

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Conference Papers are no longer being accepted for this meeting.


ATLANTA – On August 10-12, 2016, ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA will jointly host a conference at the Salt Lake Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The co-organized conference, entitled ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling, now has an open call for presenters.

Presentation proposal abstracts (400 or less words in length) and a 100-word promotional abstract are due Feb. 3, 2016. Papers are not required for accepted presentation proposals.

“The practical application of modeling buildings includes a broad range of professional services requiring an equally broad range of expertise, knowledge, skills and tools. This call for presentations addresses these practitioner needs,” Dennis Knight, conference chair, said.

With a goal to address the lifecycle of buildings, the overall theme for the conference is “Using Simulation to Improve Building Performance from Planning and Design to Construction, Operations and Retrofit."

The conference seeks practical application presentations on the following building modeling topics:

● Energy efficiency

● HVAC component modeling and load analysis

● Urban scale modeling

● Lighting and daylighting

● Optimization

● Algorithm advances

● Computational fluid dynamics

● Data exchange and interoperability

● Energy auditing

● Life cycle cost and economic analysis

● Model calibration and validation

● Automation and scripting

● Weather data for modeling

● Occupant comfort

● Heat, air, moisture modeling

● Uncertainty analysis

● Big data applications for large scale simulations

● Standards, organization, best practices and workflow for BEM and SIM

● Documenting existing conditions in BIM using photographs, laser scans and point clouds for use in BEM and SIM applications

Modelers, software developers, architects, engineers, building owners and other practitioners are invited to submit presentation proposals on these topics. Presentations addressing case studies, workflow and process, cloud-based solutions, and challenges and workarounds are encouraged.

“These presentations should address the practices of building modeling using existing tools,” Knight said.

To submit an abstract, click on the green button that says "Begin a Presentation Proposal" on the top left of this page.

A call for papers recently closed with more than 200 abstracts received. Authors of accepted papers will present at the conference as well. For those whose paper abstracts were accepted, papers are due January 22, 2016. This is the extension deadline. No more extensions will be given. The conference papers will be a maximum of eight pages in length.

The conference papers will undergo a double-blind review and will need to receive two “accept” reviews in order to be accepted for the conference. Authors will be asked to omit their names and affiliations from the paper at this beginning stage.

Invited speakers and keynote speakers will be announced soon.

The conference will cover two-and-a half days and will be preceded by two days of training seminars and short courses.

“The conference seeks to keep pace with advances in computing, data and automation as well as to help modelers make better decisions through the application of simulation and modeling over the entire building life cycle,” Knight said.

For future updates, continue to visit www.ashrae.org/simbuild2016.