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

Call for Presentation/Session Proposals — Due December 15, 2016

An exciting new feature of the Building Simulation conference is the opportunity to present alternative sessions that complement the traditional peer-reviewed paper sessions. These new sessions provide opportunities for practitioners to report on their work, for researchers to present more timely results, and for all participants to engage in discussions about the building modeling field. Creativity in content and format is encouraged; examples include team case studies, debates, forums, and mini workshops.

Building Simulation 2017 will take place in San Francisco, California, on August 7 – 9, 2017. This is the 15th biennial conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). For submission details and conference information:

Pre-Proposal Submissions Due: December 15, 2016

Abstract acceptances for peer-reviewed papers were announcend on October 19,2016 and no additional abstracts are being accepted for consideration.

The mission of IBPSA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings and urban developments.  The U. S. regional affiliate, IBPSA-USA, is the host of Building Simulation 2017.  More information is found at and

Sydney 13 October 2016, 5.00pm (5.30pm start) – 8pm

Guest Speakers and Presentations
HVAC Design & Performance – A Modern Approach, PC Thomas, Team Catalyst
Occupant Behaviours in Australian Residences, Jungsoo Kim, University of Sydney
Aim High: Using the NABERS Commitment Agreement to target efficient operation in new hotels, shopping centres and data centres
Erica Kenna, Energy Action

Download forum flyer here.

The AGM of IBPSA Australasia will be held at this time also, the purpose of the AGM will be to:

  • Review the year
  • Establish strategic directions (what do we want out of IBPSA)
  • Establish activities for 2016-2017
  • Consider our alliances and relationships with other associations
  • Vote on Board Positions
  • Review the Board Structure – noting current board members are:
    • President – Paul Bannister
    • Vice President – Nicki Parker
    • Membership Secretary – Quentin Jackson
    • Current open positions are:
      • Treasurer
      • Education and Development Committee Chair
      • Marketing and Promotion Committee Chair
      • Events Committee Chair
      • Plus up to 2 board members at large

Event Details:
Date        13 October 2016
Time        5:00pm (5:30pm start) – 8 pm
Venue      University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, 148 City Road, Darlington

Please note a $5 entry fee will be collected at the event to cover the cost of refreshments.

All IBPSA members are invited to attend and participate.  To assist with planning, please email if you are intending to come.

Dr Paul Bannister