ATLANTA — The technical program has been set for the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference. The conference takes place Aug. 10-12 in Salt Lake City.

The conference features some 100 speakers presenting practical applications of tools and case studies and papers on simulation, research, and a deeper dive into current technology.

Conference paper sessions address a wide range of current topics: model calibration and verification, urban scale modeling, uncertainty analysis, optimization, data visualization, reality captures for modeling, HVAC component modeling and load analysis, lighting and daylighting, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), energy auditing, life cycle cost and economic analysis, automation and scripting, combined use of tools, occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and weather data.

Seminar (non-paper) sessions have an emphasis on simulation techniques and design. Case studies and demonstrations address standards and code compliance, such as ASHRAE Standard 205P, Standard Formats for Equipment Data Exchange, ASHRAE Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, and presentations on ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, ASHRAE Standard 205P, Standard Formats for Equipment Data Exchange, and IBPSA Project BIM/GIS Modelica Framework for Building and Community Energy System Design and Operation.

In all there are 17 conference paper sessions and 15 seminars with international participation from speakers.

Held in conjunction with the conference is the 2016 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown. Participants will model a net zero or below building. The baseline building for the challenge is a 50,000-square-foot, three-story outpatient health care facility. Nine teams and over 90 participants will create their model using the industry’s major tools.

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Publication date: 7/27/2016

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