IBPSA-England is organising the third Building Simulation and Optimization Conference (BSO2016) in Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The conference will take place from 12-14th of September 2016 in the Great North Museum. The first conference in Loughborough University and the second conference in UCL, were a major success and the participants’ numbers continue to significantly rise. The weblink for the conference is www.bso16.org.

The main conference themes are :

  • Progress in simulation tools and optimization methods
  • Application of environmental and sustainability modelling to case studies
  • New directions in building environmental modelling including BIM and visualization methods
  • Progress in modelling micro-urban environments


Dr. Neveen Hamza- Newcastle University (Vice Chair IBPSA-England) 


Dr. Neveen Hamza – Newcastle University (Vice Chair IBPSA-England)
Prof. Chris Underwood – Northumbria University
Prof. Malcolm Cook – Loughborough University
Prof. Dejan Mumovic – The Bartlett, UCL, UK
Prof. Pieter De Wilde – Plymouth University (Chair of IBPSA-England)



Prof. Chris Underwood – Northumbria University



Prof. Jon Wright – Loughborough University
Prof. Malcolm Cook – Loughborough University
Prof. Pieter De Wilde – Plymouth University (Chair of IBPSA-England)
Dr. Neveen Hamza – Newcastle University (Vice Chair IBPSA-England)
Dr. Liora Malki-Epshtein – UCL

KEY Dates

1st conference announcement 1st of May 2015
2nd Conference Announcement 3rd of July 2015
Abstract  submission 1st of October 2015
Abstract review completed 11th of December 2015
Abstract review notification to authors  18th of December 2015
Full paper Submission 13th of March 2016
Paper review deadline 16th of April 2016
Paper review notification 1st of May 2016
Final paper submission 1st of June 2016
Review process completed 22nd of July 2016
Final decision to authors 30th of July 2016
Early Bird registration  15th of August to 4th of September 2016

airah trainingA well-tuned car performs and saves money, so does a well-tuned building.

Reduce operating and maintenance costs. OK, but you have no budget. Building tuning can get you there. But how and where do you look to ‘tune’ a building, what can you make more efficient, how much efficiency can you gain, and what are the real benefits for the owner?

Delivered by Paul Bannister, he has worked extensively in building tuning. He has a wealth of practical experience with many of his projects achieving tuning-related energy savings of 20% and more. He has made significant contributions to the development of more energy-efficient approaches to HVAC control, including a substantial contribution to the AIRAH manual DA28 Building Management and Control Systems.

Find out more – Building Tuning Brochure

Visit “Professional Development” at www.airah.org.au or talk with one of the training team on 03 8623 3000

airahIn partnership with the Green Building Council of Australia, AIRAH has released the Building Simulation Procurement Guidelines, a critical free online resource for anyone contemplating executing a building simulation.

AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, says that although building simulation is becoming an increasingly important facet of design for high-performing buildings, there are barriers to its implementation. AIRAH’s Building Simulation Procurement Guidelines can help alleviate these, and provide clarity.

“Building simulation is a fundamental component of sustainable building design,” Wilkinson says. “Whether it’s driving early design decisions, complying with NCC Section J, submitting for Green Star certification, meeting tenants’ energy-performance requirements or proving the effectiveness of a proposed design, simulation is a powerful tool used on many new-build and refurbishment projects.”

Lead author for the Guidelines, Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH, says a building simulation is a computational model that approximates the performance of an actual building in practice, whether this is for energy consumption, thermal comfort, daylight or ventilation. A simulation has inherent limitations, functions as a valuable tool to inform the design process, and assesses a building design for benchmarking, rating and compliance.

Hampton says the lack of regulation in the building simulation industry can make it difficult to engage a quality consultant to complete the task in question.

“Common problems clients face include lack of understanding of the type of simulation required, the outcome needed, and the steps necessary to achieve that goal; poorly defined modelling scope, creating difficulty in comparing quotes; and lack of confidence in the skill of the modeller and the quality of the simulation,” she says.

Enter the Building Simulation Procurement Guidelines, available free online.

“The Guidelines provides advice for anyone – developers, architects, building owners, facility managers, and managing agents, to name a few – intending to engage a consultant to complete a building simulation,” Hampton says.

Topics covered include everything from understanding the building simulation process to getting the most from a simulation.

Regardless of the purpose for which a building simulation is required – be it NABERS, Green Star, JV3 or other types of evaluation – an often overlooked but significant benefit of a simulation is how it can be used to inform and optimise a design.

“Building simulation enables quick evaluation of the ‘what if’ scenarios, to provide reliable comparisons between design options,” Hampton says.

“Variables in a building simulation are much more easily controlled than in real-world full- or part-scale models. A simulation is also far more cost-effective than fixing a bad design post construction.”

To access the free Building Simulation Procurement Guidelines, go to the “resources” tab of www.airah.org.au and click on “technical resources”.

The following participated in the development of the guidelines: Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH, (lead author); Nick Asha, M.AIRAH (co-author); Renata Dobrolowska, M.AIRAH; Paul Graham, M.AIRAH; Karen Hovenga, M.AIRAH; Wayne Lobo, Affil.AIRAH; the GBCA’s Jack Manning; Chris Wallbank, M.AIRAH; and
Borzou Shahsavand, M.AIRAH.

At the IBPSA Special Interest Forum in Sydney on July 14th, Dr Paul Bannister will be talking on supply air temperature control.  We asked Paul what sorts of insights we might expect from the talk.
“It’s been a bit of a voyage of discovery preparing the work for this talk “said Dr Bannister. “and I’d have to say, I don’t think it’s over yet.  To put this in context, the findings of the works so far show a reduction of 8% in energy use relative what I would have considered good to best practice.  That’s no small beer!”
So what role can simulation play in this? “The work so far has taken scores of simulations, which gives a level of insight that just can’t be achieved by fiddling with the metaphorical dials on a real building” say Paul. “That said, I think it’s increasingly possible to see where the balance between theory and practice is likely to play out in real-world implementation; all along I have been looking for something that gives optimum performance theoretically but can actually be implemented with real controls in a real buildings – and still work.”
To find out more, go to  the IBPSA Special Interest Forum “Energy Modelling in the Real World”, 5:30pm 14 July 2015 at the AECOM offices, L21 420 George St, Sydney.  Register by emailing to ibpsa@ibpsa-australasia.org

It’s heartening to see that in spite of a senate gridlock that makes Australia’s senate issues look like a rather dainty garden party, the US has managed to pass legislation looking towards major steps for energy efficiency in the commercial buildings sector.  Who knows, in time they may even catch up with our NABERS and CBD schemes!