ATLANTA — ASHRAE has announced that its next “Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings” will take place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015, in Atlanta.

The conference builds on past ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conferences by addressing the industry need for how to do certain aspects of energy and building simulation, according to Dennis Knight, conference chair. “The conference theme is ‘Making the Difference with Modeling: From Concept to Facility Management,’ and broadly covers modeling from start to finish through high-quality case study presentations,” he said.

ASHRAE is seeking presenters who can speak specifically about the use of modeling to design, construct, commission, operate, and maintain new and existing buildings to improve a building’s energy performance and indoor environmental quality while reducing the cost to operate and maintain them. The conference will focus on the tools, step-by-step processes, best practices, and workflows for the application of single or multiple modeling techniques.

Presentations addressing the following modeling techniques and processes are requested:

• HVAC load analysis

• Daylighting

• Water use

• Computational fluid dynamics

• BIM integration

• Indoor environmental quality

• Natural ventilation and passive systems

• Humidity control

• Envelope optimization

• Whole building simulation

• Energy analysis

• Code compliance

• Building performance rating system analysis

• Utility rebates

• Incentive programs

• Renewable energy systems

• Performance assessment (modeled versus actual performance)

• Sensitivity and risk analysis

• Modeling workflow and quality control for both input and output

Presenters are asked to highlight the economic benefits (business cases) for owners, design professionals, constructors, and facility managers for using energy models and building simulations throughout a building’s life cycle.

Participants in the conference will be day-to-day energy modeling and building simulation practicing professionals, principals of consulting firms, consulting engineers, other practicing professionals and software developers.

To submit a presentation application, visit Information required for the submission are a 300-500 word abstract, 100 word “promotion” abstract, and other information indicated on the website. Abstracts are due March 2, 2015.

Publication date: 1/19/2015

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