We are glad to announce the Building Simulation 2019 Conference, which will take place in Rome, September 2nd-4th 2019, at the Angelicum Congress Centre

Building Simulation is the premier international event in the field of building performance simulation. An exceptional opportunity to share information about simulation tools and applications, present and get updates about recent achievements and new developments in the research, illustrate case studies and share best practices, join special programs for students and practitioners, network during session and social programs.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Start: May 8th, 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 20th, 2018
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification: September 20th, 2018

Visit the conference website.

Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 5:30 PM
Location: AECOM | Collins Square, Level 10, Tower Two (727 Collins St)
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking (food & drinks provided)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
Cost:  $10

Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of AECOM.

Tickets: Register via Eventbright

Designing a high-speed train station in the south of France
Pablo Sepulveda, AECOM

Pablo will present on the key design challenges associated with designing a new high-speed train station in Montpelier, France. He will discuss how parametric studies in Grasshopper assisted with the design of the perforated fibre-reinforced concrete roof to minimise solar gains while preserving access to daylight. And he will talk about designing a thermal comfort system to keep indoor temperature below 26 C without air conditioning. With Masters level qualifications in Architecture and Town Planning and nine years working experience in France, Pablo is in a unique position to bridge architectural and engineering cultures. His particular areas of interest include: parametric modelling, vernacular inspired architecture, biomimicry, ‘cradle to cradle’ and ‘design for disassembly’ design.

Applying Passive House design standards in non-standard ways
Nick Mulvany, Umow Lai

The Passive House design standard is seeing exponential growth within Australia for both residential and non-residential building types. The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is a meticulously designed Excel-based analysis tool to assess performance to the Passive House standard. Nick will discuss recent experiences in the application and use of the PHPP and supporting tools ‘DesignPH’ and THERM, as used in the design of high-end residential project. Nick is an Associate within Umow Lai’s specialist Sustainability division and a certified Passive House Consultant. He has solid technical foundations in mechanical & HVAC engineering, sustainable building principles & technologies, rating & benchmarking systems, advanced analysis tools and regulatory compliance requirements.

Topic: Weather Data: Past, Present, and Future
Date: Tuesday, April 24th 2018 at 5:30 PM
Location: Arup | 201 Kent Street, Level 10, Sydney CBD
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking (food & drinks provided)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
7:00 pm on – Networking (food & drinks provided)

Cost:  $25

Tickets: Register via Eventbrite

CPD Points: Event is approved by GBCA for 1 Sustainable Development CPD point

Studying Climate Change Impacts on Buildings Using Future Weather (Dr. Lisa Guan, University of Technology, Sydney)
Dr Lisa Guan is an experienced researcher in the architecture, building, and construction industry. She has so far published over 60 papers in various high impact journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. Her research includes investigating the effects of global warming on building design, low carbon design and green building innovation, low energy HVAC systems (e.g. solar cooling, hybrid evaporative cooling), building energy efficiency and life cycle assessment, and building thermal comfort and IAQ. She will share her experience in preparing future weather data to study the impact of climate change on buildings.

Methods of Generating Future Weather Files (Benjamin Brannon, Arup)
Benjamin is a mechanical engineer at Arup, concentrating on energy modelling, digital environments, energy code compliance, and building physics. He will discuss and compare different methods of generating future weather files, including the WeatherShift tool, which uses data from global climate change modelling to produce EPW weather files adjusted for changing climate conditions.

The Making of Ersatz Future Meteorological Years: a collaboration with the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship (Trevor Lee, Exemplary Energy)
Trevor is a consultant on energy conservation in the built environment through his multi-disciplinary firm Exemplary Energy. He is the lead author of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook (ASRDH, 2006) and team leader for developing the expanded Australian Climate Data Bank (ACDB, 2016), the potential basis of all building and energy system simulation programs in current use in Australia. He led a project for the then Australian Greenhouse Office and again in 2010 for its successor to project the impact on the built environment of “inevitable climate change” and this work flowed into the Ersatz Future Meteorological Years (EFMYs) data sets for 2 scenarios to 2030 and four scenarios to 2050.

The Future of HVAC Conference 2018 is the leading conference for HVAC&R professionals and related industry experts, and will be held in Melbourne from September 12–13.

The Future of HVAC Conference was conceived as a vehicle to involve those who have an interest in where the HVAC industry is heading.

It now attracts a broad range of stakeholders beyond mechanical engineering consultants and contractors. Participants include ESD professionals, architects, tenants, building developers and investors, regulators, researchers, product and technology professionals, service providers, property and facility managers, educators and trainers, energy suppliers, workplace designers and more.

The HVAC&R industry impacts many people in a myriad of ways.

If you are interested in the future of HVAC&R, networking with the industry’s influencers, and providing expert opinion, the Future of HVAC 2018 is a must-attend event.

The conference committee is now calling for abstracts on an array of subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Advances in building and HVAC design
  • Innovations in HVAC equipment
  • HVAC and energy management
  • HVAC ownership, operation and management
  • Changes in national and international regulations – heading towards net-zero
  • HVAC industry education, training and innovation
  • HVAC research
  • Case studies in HVAC design installation and maintenance
  • Changes in building use – agile working environments and flexible workplaces
  • Suggestions for a site visit or masterclass.

For the full list of abstract subjects and for abstract submission details, please click here.

Abstracts should be emailed to AIRAH’s Conference and Events Coordinator by Friday, March 16, 2018.

Click here for more information about The Future of HVAC 2018 Conference, or contact the Conference and Events Coordinator.

The ASA 2018 Conference- Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density is being hosted by the Sustainable Building Innovation Lab (SBi Lab), School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Australia. The Conference invites architectural science and design researchers, educators, students, as well as practitioners and policymakers to present and exchange ideas that will contribute to the betterment of our environment. Please visit our website for more information: https://www.asa2018conference.com/

Call for abstract:

We invite submission of abstract of about 400 words addressing the conference themes:

  • Architecture and environment
  • Urban design
  • Outdoor environments and cities
  • Construction: Materials and technology; Modes of production and mass customization
  • Building Science: Thermal comfort; Acoustics; and lighting
  • Building and Energy
  • Digital architecture; Building and city information modelling; Building simulation, prediction and evaluation
  • Practice-based and interdisciplinary design and research
  • Design education and research
  • History and theory in architectural science

All papers will be double, blind refereed. The abstracts can only be submitted online by 31 March 2018. You can easily accept our invitation and start the process to register for participation by clicking on the following link: https://www.asa2018conference.com/register. Please contact us at asa2018@rmit.edu.au, for more information and queries.

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management is looking forward to welcome you in Melbourne!

A/Prof Priya Rajagopalan, RMIT University
52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)