ATLANTA — ASHRAE and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)-USA have announced a joint conference that merges the IBPSA-USA SimBuild and ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conferences. The joint conference, called the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2014, in Atlanta, currently has a call for papers.

“This conference is a first for the industry, and we’re excited about the benefits it can bring to the building energy analysis and performance simulation community,” said Dennis Knight, conference chair. The conference seeks to improve the industry’s ability to accurately model building performance.

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

The conference will address building information modeling (BIM), building energy modeling (BEM), and building simulation (SIM), with the theme “BIM, BEM and SIM – Integrated Building Design and Modeling.”

Organizers are seeking papers on topics addressing the integration and interoperability of analytic modeling tools (BEM and SIM) with physical modeling tools (BIM). In addition, papers are sought describing workarounds, case studies, how to’s, challenges, barriers, and cloud-based solutions.

Topics include: HVAC component modeling, urban scale modeling, HVAC load analysis, computational fluid dynamics, data exchange and interoperability, energy auditing, life cycle cost and economic analysis, model calibration and validation, co-simulation, and more.

Abstracts of 400 words or less are due Nov. 4, 2013. If accepted, papers are due March 3, 2014.

To submit an abstract or for more information, visit

Publication date: 9/2/2013

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