ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Preliminary Schedule

ATLANTA – A preliminary schedule has been announced for the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Atlanta, Ga. The Conference merges the ASHRAE Energy Modeling and IBPSA-USA SimBuild Conferences.  In addition, the schedule of pre-conference courses has been finalized, and applications are now being accepted for student scholarships to attend the event.

“The Conference theme of ‘BIM, BEM and SIM – Integrated Building Design and Modeling’ focuses on workflow and integration,” Dennis Knight, Conference chair, said.  “The papers and non-paper presentations selected for the Conference address these areas as well as innovations in modeling for the benefit of the energy modeling and building simulation industries.”

The papers and presentations are organized around the following topics:

  • Urban Modeling
  • State of the Art BIM
  • Design Firms
  • New Simulation Approaches
  • BIM in the Cloud
  • Codes and Rating Systems
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis

 “Attendees will benefit by networking, by participating in numerous hands-on modeling and simulation presentations, and by seeing current tools available in the marketplace, their applications and workarounds,” Knight said.

In all, some 80 papers and some 80 non-paper presentations are slated to be presented.

A featured keynote speaker is Dru Crawley, Bentley, who is scheduled to deliver an address titled “BIM to SIM: Trends in Buildings, Technologies and Tools.”  Additional keynote speakers are being identified. 

A “Market-Reality Session - Modeling Tools” features major modeling and simulation vendors who will explain, defend and answer questions about their software’s capabilities.  Confirmed vendors are: Autodesk, Carrier, EnergyPlus, IES, OpenStudio and Trane.

Early bird registration closes on July 24.  For more information or to register, visit

In addition, 12 courses and software training are scheduled prior to the Conference on Sept. 8-9.  See the Web site for the course descriptions and registration.

Student scholarships are available to students and recent graduates to apply for support for registration, hotel and travel.  The application cut-off is July 25, 2014. Visit to submit a scholarship application.

A post-conference ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional certification exam will be administered on Sept. 12.  Separate registration is required.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

IBPSA-USA is the United States regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). The mission of IBPSA-USA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States.


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