Registration is now open for the international conference Building Simulation 2017, which will take place in downtown San Francisco, California August 7-9. This conference will include presentations on leading-edge research and on best practices. Sessions will cover all types of simulation – airflow, light, moisture, acoustics, egress, and energy—at scales from components to buildings to cities.

Other activities will include pre- and post- conference software training workshops, optional tours of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University, and an exhibition of simulation software vendors.

The conference will bring together simulation practitioners, building designers, researchers, software developers, and policy makers from around the world. Practitioners will be able to learn how firms around the world use simulation for building design and code compliance and will find out which tools they are using. Researchers, software developers, and practitioners will have the opportunity to exchange ideas about the future of simulation and building science. Conference chair Philip Haves of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says, “I’m excited about the blend of research and practice coming together at this conference, and I hope that everyone involved in building performance analysis takes advantage of this special learning opportunity.”

The downtown waterfront conference venue is the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero hotel, which offers walking access to shops, restaurants, and attractions and is conveniently accessed by public transportation. Registration is open for discounted rooms via the conference website.

Building performance simulation is gaining a unique position at the center of the push for high performance buildings, zero-energy buildings, and smart cities. Simulation plays a central and increasingly vital role in integrated design and optimized operation. As a design tool, simulation allows practitioners to make informed decisions when they seek to optimize building performance, in areas such as energy efficiency, comfort, and health and safety. As a research tool, simulation is used in development of new building technologies and techniques. Simulation is also widely used to develop and evaluate policy options, such as building energy codes.

According to keynote speaker Anica Landreneau, Director of Sustainable Design at the architecture firm HOK, “Energy modeling is a no-brainer for HOK, and we believe for our clients. It’s like reading the MPG (miles per gallon) rating before you buy a car. It’s basic performance information every building investor should know.”

IBPSA-USA, the U. S. regional affiliate of IBPSA, is the host of Building Simulation 2017.


Mike Wilson, Executive Director, IBPSA-USA

Oakland, CA, USA

(510) 333-2957


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BS2017 Workshops

BS2017 Flyer

5.30pm (6pm start) – 7pm

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Guest Speakers and Presentations

Modelling for a Net Zero Energy Facility, Tim Bush, NDY

Tim will present on an all-electric Net Zero Energy facility in Victoria and how energy modeling informed the design process. He will discuss the passive design strategies, and lighting and HVAC strategies. He will discuss how particular technologies & products were selected and how the design team worked together. Tim has been with NDY since June 2016, prior to which he was with Jacobs – initially in Melbourne managing the ESD Team, and then in Saudi Arabia for two years managing the LEED certification of five large hospitals. He has a keen interest in cutting edge technologies and integrative design solutions.

Early Stage Modelling with Grasshopper, David Mahoney, AECOM

David will talk about the use of Grasshopper parametric modelling tools, including Honeybee and Ladybug. He will discuss how they can inform early stage design, from façade and shading options to impacts on HVAC loads, daylighting and glare potential. David is a recent graduate with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a passion for renewables and energy storage. As a part of the ESD team at AECOM he has primarily been involved in delivering energy efficient and healthy indoor environment outcomes for educational buildings around Australia.

Location: Jacobs, Level 16, 452 Flinders Street, Melbourne

The GBCA have approved the IBPSA seminar for 1 CPD point. Please find the registration page here:

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The IBPSA News Volume 27 No 1 is now available at

Please note, this is a special issue on climate based daylight simulation. Features include:

  • Interviews with Christoph Reinhart at MIT about ongoing projects, WELL certification and teaching sustainable design concepts and John Mardaljevic at Loughborough University about climate based daylight modelling and simulation, visual comfort and WELL certification.
  • An update about Building Simulation 2017 – find out what will happen in more detail.
  • Software news about TRSNSYS, coupling ESP-r with IEA-EBC Annex 66 occupant behaviour tool, IES VE2017, Sefaira Architecture, and a new tool from EQUA.
  • Global community news from IBPSA affiliates in Argentina, Australasia, Canada, England, France, Italy, Korea, Netherlands+Flanders. the Nordic countries, Turkey and the USA.
  • IBPSA related events, e.g. 9 conferences and other events for your diary and a new series of free webinars based on IBPSA’s first book, Building Performance Simulation for Design and Operation.

5.30pm (6pm start) – 7pm

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Guest Speakers and Presentations

Daylight Simulation – Bianca Toth, Woods Bagot

Bianca will be presenting recent projects from Woods Bagot that incorporate simulation into the design process, along with a current development initiative for a customisable building performance application that she is working on in collaboration with colleagues globally.


Early Stage Simulation: Friend or Foe? – Quentin Jackson, Aurecon

All too often Environmental Modellers are reticent to undertake modelling at an early stage of a design – instead opting for a “meet the building code” approach. This results in missing the greatest opportunity for impact early on in a project, with decisions about fenestration location, shading typologies etc being bedded in very quickly without any investigation through modelling. Given we know as modellers that building performance simulation is an abstraction of reality, what is our aversion to just getting on with it and providing modelled advice to our clients? Quentin will discuss some examples of successes and missed opportunities where modelling has been used to develop a building and support the design teams decisions.

Resilient HVAC Design – Nicki Parker, AECOM

Nicki will discuss AIRAH’s approach to Resilient HVAC Design, and how the industry can use future climate projections to understand how buildings will perform throughout their intended design life. By considering peak loads, energy consumption and thermal comfort, the interaction of climate variability and building performance will be reviewed, ensuring that the spaces we design today remain comfortable and efficient in the future.


A $5 entry charge at the door will be collected to cover cost of refreshments

Location: Aurecon, Level 14, 32 Turbot Street, Brisbane

The GBCA has accredited this seminar with  2 ‘Sustainable Development’ points. It is now live on the GBCA website:

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Call for Abstracts has been extended to Monday 27 February

AIRAH and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) are proudly hosting a joint Building Simulation Conference in Melbourne, running from November 15–16, 2017.

AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, says the conference is a worthy addition to the Institute’s suite of events.

“Building Simulation 2017 will provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and information between simulation researchers, simulation developers, building designers, and government legislators,” Gleeson says. “It will explore how simulation is helping to improve building performance, and will be an excellent opportunity to keep up to date with the latest innovations in the field of simulation and the energy performance of buildings.”

Call for abstracts

The conference will be a blend of academic and industry technical papers and posters on the latest in building simulation. The conference committee is now calling for abstracts on an array of subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Building energy simulation: teaching, practice, research, insights
  • Lighting and daylighting simulation: teaching, practice, research, insights
  • Application of computational fluid dynamics in buildings
  • Uncertainty, validation and risk management
  • Calibration of models for deep retrofits
  • Model-based control and controls design tools
  • Building information modelling and import from CAD
  • Thermal comfort modelling
  • Building regulation and policy
  • Occupant behaviours
  • Urban scale modelling.

Abstract submission process

Abstracts are sought for peer-reviewed papers to be presented at the conference. The conference committee encourages the submission of abstracts of papers on any aspect of building-related performance modelling and associated software techniques.

Abstract submissions must not exceed 300 words and should also include a separate 100-word author biography and high-resolution author photo. Abstracts should be sent to by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Abstracts will be judged primarily on scientific soundness of the applied methods and the degree to which the contribution advances the state of the art.

Authors of accepted abstracts must submit a technical paper that will be double-blind reviewed in separate academic and industry streams.

For more information or for sponsorship enquiries about the Building Simulation 2017 Conference, email or go to