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2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild

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2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild – Co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA
Chicago, IL | September 26–28, 2018


The 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA, will be held September 26–28, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL. It is the third co-organized conference between ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA.

The goal of this conference is to present the new techniques and workflows that will help researchers and practitioners make better decisions during the simulation and modeling process of an entire building life cycle.

The conference program will consist of Keynote Speakers, Invited Speakers, a Call for Papers, a Call for Presenters and the fourth ASHRAE LowDown Showdown. Special panels may be offered by industry leaders and organizations.

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  • Conference Program

    While conference papers are still being reviewed, the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild will feature more than 60 presentations and approximately 120 papers by leading industry practitioners and academic researchers. Some of the selected presentations include application of virtual reality for daylighting design, designing for thermal nirvana, metrics and methods for carbon-neutral and net-zero building design, automated calibration techniques and modeling standards and strategies with the recently released ASHRAE Standard 209 on simulation aided design.

    Presentation types include TEDergy talks, team case studies, innovative and emerging technology ideas and workflows and lessons learned - in interesting and engaging formats for more audience participation.

    A Preliminary listing of the selected presentations is available below:

    Sustainable Design: Metrics and Methods (SD)
    SD 1: Sustainable Design Leader - Sean Quinn
    SD 2: Predicting Embodied Energy and Carbon Life Cycle Assessments - Vikram Sami
    SD 3: Redefining Metrics and Methods for a Low Carbon Future - Eddy Santosa
    SD 4: A Method for Incorporating Aesthetic Variables and Form Diversity into Architectural Design Optimization - Shermeen Yousif

    Modeling for Net Zero Design (MND)
    MND 1: Performance Modeling as Design Driver for establishing Net Zero Design Guidelines - Shona O’Dea
    MND 2: It's How You Get There: One Team's Journey to Achieving Net Zero Energy - Cindy Cogil
    MND 3: Getting to Net Zero (Revised) - Eric Dixon

    Making the Case for Modeling (MCM)
    MCM 1: What Architects Want from Building Performance Analysis - Andrew Corney
    MCM 2: Performance Designer: An Equal Design Voice - Amarpreet Sethi
    MCM 3: Building Performance Analysis: A Look Through 5 Lenses - Nicole Peterson
    MCM 4: Big Data Analysis for High Performance Design - Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei
    MCM 5: Data Analytics: Saving Much More Than Energy - Kevin Day

    Modeling in Practice: Lessons Learned (LL)
    LL 1: Lessons Learned from Architect/Engineer Shared Energy Model Workflows - Chris Mackey
    LL 2: A Meta-analysis of Energy Modeling Errors: Learn from Others Mistakes - Gail Hampsmire
    LL 3: Renewed Perspectives on Energy Modeling: 4 Insights from a Millennial - Sigal Shemesh
    LL 4: Quality Control for Energy Models - Oliver Baumann
    LL 5: Energy Modeling Practices Landscape through the Lense of Web-Scraping - Yung Nguyen
    LL 6: Advanced eQuest Techniques to Make your Model Pliable - Ian Robinson
    LL 7: How Much Should We Trust Computer Simulated Weather Data? - Joe Huang
    LL 8: Future Weather for Building Design and Urban Analysis - Janet Reyna

    Modeling Standards and Strategies (MSS)
    MSS 1: Modeling Cycles: Using ASHRAE 209P to Define and Integrate Simulation into our Design Process - Jill Kurtz
    MSS 2: Introduction to the New Standard 209 on Simulation Aided Design - Erik Kolderup
    MSS 3: Parametric Analysis Tool for Early Design Phase Study - Te Qi
    MSS 4: Setting a Zero Net Energy Workflow Paradigm for Strategic Planning and Target Setting - Sananda Mukherjee

    BIM for Building Performance (BBP)
    BBP 1: Using BIM Tools for Life Cycle Assessment of Large Buildings - Brian McKinney
    BBP 2: From BIM to BEM with the OpenBIM Workflow - Barbara Torregrosa
    BBP 3: Standard 224 - BIM Specifications for Owners - Dennis Knight

    Codes and Standards (CS)
    CS 1: Dogs and Cats Living Together: ASHRAE 90.1 in California? - Dimitri Contoyannis
    CS 2: Behind the Scenes of California Compliance Modeling: A Custom Workflow to Help Ease the Pain - Greg Collins
    CS 3: Choosing Your Own Compliance Path: Prescriptive vs. Performance - Nathan Kegel
    CS 4: How Do I Comply? Let Me Count the Ways - John Bynum

    Building Operations and Advanced Modeling Techniques (BAT)
    BAT 1: Automatic Building Detection and Energy Model Creation Technologies (AutoBEM) - Joshua New
    BAT 2: Integrating Energy Model with a Customized Script to Optimize Building Operation - Te Qi
    BAT 3: IBPSA Project 1 - BIM/GIS and Modelica Framework for Building and Community Energy System Design and Operation - Michael Wetter
    BAT 4: Bridging Machine Learning and Controls for Demand Response and Building Energy Management - Achin Jain
    BAT 5: Interoperable Algorithmic Modeling (IAM): Two-Dimensional Finite Element Method Heat Transfer Translation and Analysis - Kyleen Rockwell
    BAT 6: Testing and Modelling of Phase Change Materials for Building Applications - Mark Richards

    Modeling Best Practices: Daylighting (BPD)
    BPD 1: The Role of Daylight Analysis in Design Decision-Making - Ramana Koti
    BPD 2: RadVR: A Virtual Reality Daylighting Design Tool - Mohammad Keshavarzi
    BPD 3: The Holistic Design Process: Integrating Daylight Simulations in Dynamo in Revit - Maha Shalaby
    BPD 4: Willis Tower Repositioned: The Glass Gridshell - Nicole Peterson
    BPD 5: Dynamic Interior Roller Shades: Daylight and Energy Model Comparison with Experimental Data - Niraj Kunwar

    Modeling Best Practices: Occupant Comfort (BPO)
    BPO 1: The Disconnect Between Legacy Occupancy Schedules and Ventilation Design Occupant Densities or "How Many Spaces Can One Person Occupy? - Fred Porter
    BPO 2: A Workflow for Assessing Circadian Daylight Performance of the Electrochromic Glazing - Ahoo Malekafzali Ardakan
    BPO 3: Designing for Thermal Nirvana - Shona O’Dea

    Model Best Practices: Calibration (BPC)
    BPC 1: Existing Calibration Approaches for Building Performance Comparison and Case Studies - An-Lei Huang
    BPC 2: Baselining and Energy Model Calibration Techniques - Dana Etherington
    BPC 3: Reducing Building Energy Modeling Workloads Through Automated Calibration - Daniel Villa
    BPC 4: Smart Thermostat Data-Based Residential Buildings Remote Energy Assessments: You Are Probably Doing It Wrong! - Amine Lazrak
    BPC 5: Empirical Validation Under Experiment and Model Uncertainties: Methods and Results - Qi Lu
    BPC 6: Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage: Modeling and Value Stacking - Ian Robinson

    Modeling Best Practices: Case Studies I (CSO)
    CSO 1: Net Zero Energy Hospital Design via Simulation: An Architect and Engineer's Perspective - Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei
    CSO 2: Lessons Learned from Pursuing ZNE Retrofits for Municipal Facilities through BayREN Program - Yung Nguyen
    CSO 3: Web-Based Energy Calculator for Master-Planning Project - Te Qi
    CSO 4: Simulation-Driven Design: Integration of Energy Simulation and Daylighting to Inform High-rise Buildings – Elnaz Tafrihi
    CSO 5: Boosting Confidence in Green-Field Data Center Cooling Performance Using Advanced Simulation Tools and Techniques - Peter Czerwinski
    CSO 6: CFD Simulation of Airflow through World's Largest Reverberant Chamber - Chaitanya Johar

    Modeling Best Practices: Case Studies II (CST)
    CST 1: Statistical Framework for Energy Prediction in Office Buildings - Thulasi Ram Khamma
    CST 2: Asset Rating Methodology and Analysis of Food Service Buildings - Juan Gonzalez
    CST 3: Batteries for Peak Shifting in an All-Electric Multifamily Building - Anna McCullough
    CST 4: Modeling Indoor Swimming Pools - Suyash Vidwans
    CST 5: Mechanical and Thermal Characterization of Cork Concrete Composite: Experimental and Modeling Study - Boussetoua Hocine
    CST 6: EnergyPlus Model of Novel PCM Cooling System Validated with Installed System Data - Chao Yang
    CST 7: Optimal Control of Ten Parallel Heat Pumps Using Gaussian Process Model - Cheol-Soo Park
    CST 8: Pulse Air Tracing - Clifford Cooper

    Presentation Types include:

    1. Team Case Studies: Coordinated presentation from several members of high performance building design projects. The abstract should include a detailed description of the project, design goals, modeling challenges, performance benchmarks used and experiences from all stages of design, construction and operation. Also identify the team members and include brief descriptions of their role in the project and the presentation.
    2. Individual Presentations: Traditional seminar type presentation on topics of interest to the conference attendees. Presentation duration is 15 minutes.
    3. TEDergy Talk: Similar to the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk presentations, TEDergy talk is intended to address a specific novel idea, new modeling technique, workflow, software utility or technology in a concise 10 minute presentation to generate audience interest and participation.

    The conference accepted abstracts on the following topics:

    Buildings and Information Technology Nexus
    Modeling Advances
    Early Design
    Multiple Systems Modeling
    Big Data
    Health, Wellness and Comfort
    Energy Performance and System Simulation
    Codes, Standards and Compliance

Co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA
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