General Information

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.

Call for Papers

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA have announced a call for papers for the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA. It will be the third co-organized conference between the two organizations and will take place at the Hilton Chicago, September 26 – 28, 2018.

“Building performance modeling is transforming the industry to meet the net zero and Architecture 2030 design goals, improving operational efficiency and occupant comfort,” said Krishnan Gowri, conference chair. “Recent advancements in machine learning, data science and sensor technologies are opening up new avenues to advance the analysis and modeling techniques to meet the challenges faced by designers and modelers.  This conference seeks to connect the researchers and industry practitioners to facilitate the adoption of these new techniques and workflows to make better decisions through the application of simulation and modeling over the entire building life cycle.”

Modelers, architects, software developers and researchers will address the practices of building performance analysis, energy modeling and building performance simulation using existing simulation tools, software development and future simulation research and applications.

Abstracts (250 words or less) are due October 23, 2017. If accepted, papers are due February 2, 2018 and will undergo a double-blind review. The conference papers will be a maximum of eight pages in length.

To submit a conference paper abstract please click here:

Venue & Dates

The conference will take place at the Hilton Chicago. The conference will be Wednesday – Friday, September 26-28. Pre-conference workshops will be held September 24-25.

For more information see the website here:–conferences/conferences/ashrae-conferences/2018-ashrae-building-performance-analysis-conference-and-simbuild

In preparation for our AGM on 11 October, IBPSA Australasia wants to find out what you are interested in seeing from us over the next year. Your responses will help shape the type of events we organise for 2018.Thanks for taking the time to fill out this brief survey, it shouldn’t take more than five minutes of your time.

Please respond before NOON on Wednesday, 11 October.

Survey link here


The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and The International Building Performance Simulation Association Australasia (IBPSA) are proudly hosting a joint Australasian Building Simulation Conference in Melbourne, Australia on November 15–16, 2017.

The conference will provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and information between simulation researchers, simulation developers, building designers, and government legislators. 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.

Who should attend?

The conference is for anyone working in or learning about the field of building performance simulation including:

  • Building designers using simulation
  • Architects
  • Design engineers and consultants
  • Simulation researchers
  • Simulation developers
  • Building physicists
  • Regulators specifying simulation as an assessment methodology
  • Building material and equipment manufacturers
  • Building owners and operators

Key dates

  • Final program released August 18
  • Finalised and fully reviewed paper completed by September 22
  • Building Simulation 2017 Conference – November 15–16, 2017.
15/11/2017 – 16/11/2017
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Convention Centre
1 Convention Place
South Wharf, VIC 3006 Australia


For tickets visit the AIRAH website.


5-7pm 11 October 2017
Energy Action, L10, 28 Margaret St, Sydney
By phone: 1800 896 323 participant pin 7105 1170

The AGM of IBPSA Australasia will be held 5-7pm on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at the L10 meeting room of Energy Action, 28 Margaret St Sydney and by phone conference as per the details above.  As all current Board members were elected last year for a term of 2 years, there will be no Board elections this year. The agenda for the meeting will be:

  • Review of activities undertaken in 2016-2017
    • Report from President
    • Report from Committee Chairs
  • Approval of audited accounts for 2016-2017
  • Establish activities for 2017-2018
  • General business

All IBPSA members are invited to attend and participate – please RSVP to

Dr Paul Bannister

The 2017 seminar series continues, with Erik, Martin and Paul This is a great opportunity to network with like minded people and expand your mind!

Guest Speakers and Presentations:

Grasshopper Parametric Design Testing and Optimisation – Erik Moore, Atelier Ten
Erik will present on the parametric design testing and optimization using the latest data management tools to test design options for energy, comfort and daylight performance. What it is, how it works, and what some of the challenges are.

Lessons Learnt from Commissioning Stage – Martin McGrath, Engineering Commissioning Services
Martin will present several lessons learnt from commissioning perspective of energy efficient designs that may works or may not works in reality.


Proposed Changes to NCC Section J 2019 – Paul Bannister, Energy Action
Paul will present on the proposed technical changes to the Section J National Construction Code. Energy Action was engaged by the Australian Building Code Board (ABCB) to review the current Section J and the stringency improvement for the next NCC 2019.

Event Details:
Date 27 July 2017
Time 5:30pm (6pm start) – 7 pm
Venue Norman, Disney & Young
Level 1, 60 Miller Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060

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