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

The conference builds on past ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conferences by addressing the industry’s 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,” Knight said.

ASHRAE seeks 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 operational and maintenance costs. 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 HVAC load analysis, daylighting, water use, computational fluid dynamics, building information modeling (BIM) integration, indoor environmental quality, natural ventilation and passive systems, humidity control, envelope optimization, and whole-building simulation are desired.

Presenters are asked to highlight the economic benefits (business cases) for owners, design professionals, constructors, and facility managers pertaining to energy models and building simulations throughout a building’s life cycle through conceptual design, final design, measurement and verification, existing building performance assessment, retrofit assessment, and end of useful life decision making.

The conference seeks to facilitate communication and coordination within all stakeholders to advance the industry’s ability to better model high-performance buildings and to advance the practitioner’s understanding of the application of existing and new tools, new technologies and processes for energy modeling, whole-building simulation, and building HVAC system design.

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

To submit a presentation application, visit Submissions should include a 300- to 500-word abstract, 100-word promotional abstract, and other information, as indicated on the ASHRAE EMC 2015 website.

Presenters will give an oral presentation, have their presentations posted online for conference attendees, and receive a substantially reduced conference registration rate.

Abstracts are due March 2. Notification of abstract decisions will be made on March 16. Accepted speaker forms are due March 30, and presentations will be due Sept. 8.

Publication date: 2/16/2015

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