The organisers of BS2013 are delighted to announce that 493 papers have been accepted for this year’s conference in Chambéry (26 – 28 August 2013).

Please note that the opportunity for Early Registration will end on June 30 so please register before this date, as this is the cut off point for the special reduced/ low fee.  The organisers will not be able to offer the special rate after this date.

Website for BS 2013 – http://www.bs2013.fr/

The IBPSA News Volume 23 No 1 is now available at www.ibpsa.org.

Features include: Update about Building Simulation 2013 (including program and keynote speeches); an introduction to Stack exchange – a proposal for a supplement to the BLDG-SIM list and an interview with its creators; part 2 of the feature article and interview with Hugo Hens, continuing the discussion about the limitations of Heat, Air and Moisture (HAM) modelling and problems encountered in practice; and many other recent and future activities of IBPSA Regional Affiliates.

The success of the Building Simulation conference held late in 2011 proved there was a demand for more information about the field. With this in mind, AIRAH, supported by IBPSA (The International Building Performance Simulation Association), is hosting the AIRAH Building Simulation Workshop in Melbourne on April 18.

To download a copy of the brochure, please click here.

Below are important details for the conference:

Venue:     Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne.
Date:       Thursday, April 18 (8.30am – 4pm): Registration starts at 8.30am and presentations finish
at 3.30pm, with afternoon tea until 4pm.
Cost:       AIRAH member $255 (incl GST), non-member $325 (incl GST)

If you would like more information on the workshop, or would like to register to attend, please visit the website by clicking here.

IBPSA-USA would like to announce recent improvements to the BEMBook Wiki – www.bembook.ibpsa.us – and would like to invite the energy modeling community to participate in this online resource. You are invited to both explore and contribute content. It is simple to edit an existing page or to create a new page.

Please check it out.

We invite you to contribute your knowledge to the wiki.

Here are a few highlights about the new, improved wiki:

  • A new menu bar and table of contents greatly improves site navigation
  • Building energy modeling training presentations are available for download
  • There is a growing body of content – though we still have a long way to go! Here are examples of a few recent contributions:

www.bembook.ibpsa.us/index.php?title=History_of_Building_Energy_Modeling

www.bembook.ibpsa.us/index.php?title=Building_Information_Modeling_(BIM)_for_Building_Analytical_Modeling_(BAM)

www.bembook.ibpsa.us/index.php?title=Best_Practices_for_Checking_Results
We hope that BEMBook will become the premier resource for the energy modeling community around the world – and with your help, it will!

Keep in mind that this wiki is software-independent and intended to provide general guidance regarding energy modeling concepts and practices. Promotion of specific software is not allowed! (and will be removed) BEMBooK is an acronym for Building Energy Modeling Body Of Knowledge, and as the name indicates, its purpose is to broaden the body of knowledge available to the energy modeling community in a way that helps everyone.

See this page for quick guidance on getting started: http://www.bembook.ibpsa.us/index.php?title=Getting_Started
Contact the BEMBook Wiki editorial committee at bembook@bembook.ibpsa.us for more information.

You are also invited to join:
• IBPSA-USA (see www.ibpsa.us)
• This Education Committee
• The BEMBook wiki editorial committee

This announcement and invitation is from the IBPSA-USA Education Committee:
Joseph Deringer (Chair)
Ellen Franconi
Erik Kolderup (Chair, BEMBook wiki editorial committee)
Jim Dirkes (BEMBook wiki editorial committee)
Eddy Santosa (BEMBook wiki editorial committee)
Liam Buckley (BEMBook wiki editorial committee)
Greg Dobbs
Jared Higgins
Stephen Kemp

The IBPSA Board Elections have taken place and that the results have been checked and verified by Larry Degelman in his capacity as Chair of the Ad-Hoc voting committee, responsible for running the election.

The results below reflect the outcome of the worldwide votes received when the final vote was submitted on 7 September 2012. Larry has certified the results as the unaltered voting sums received from the membership at large.

The Board from September 2012 – August 2014 is as follows:

  • President: Ian Beausoleil-Morrison (Canada)
  • Vice-President: Charles “Chip” Barnaby (USA)
  • Secretary: Lori McElroy (Scotland)
  • Treasurer: Michael Wetter (USA)
  • Director-at-Large: Michel Bernier (Canada) Malcolm Cook (England) Drury “Dru” Crawley (USA) Christoph van Treeck (Germany)

As previously intimated, the board elected by this election will serve from September 2012 through August, 2014.