ASHRAE and a building performance group are looking for presenters for a conference the groups are holding next year.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the U.S. chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association are sponsoring SIMBuild 2016, a building performance modeling conference Aug. 10-12, 2016, in Salt Lake City.

Modeling is useful in HVAC construction as well as throughout a building’s life, organizers say, as it allows for green HVAC as systems to be adjusted to maximize performance during and after it is built.

“The practical application of modeling buildings includes a broad range of professional services requiring an equally broad range of expertise, knowledge, skills and tools,” said conference chairman Dennis Knight. “This call for presentations addresses these practitioner needs.”

Among the subjects organizers are seeking presentations on:

  • Energy efficiency
  • HVAC component modeling and load analysis
  • Urban scale modeling
  • Lighting and daylighting
  • Optimization
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Data exchange and interoperability
  • Energy auditing
  • Life cycle cost and economic analysis
  • Model calibration and validation
  • Automation and scripting
  • Weather data for modeling
  • Occupant comfort
  • Heat, air, moisture modeling
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Big data applications for large scale simulations

These presentations should address the practices of building modeling using existing tools,” Knight said.

Four-hundred-word abstracts and a 100-word promotional abstract are due Feb. 3, 2016. To submit or for more information, visit