ASHRAE tabs energy modeling conference

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Atlanta — ASHRAE has announced that its next “Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings” will take place September 30 to October 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, said.

“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 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 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


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:

Conceptual design

Final design


Existing building performance assessment

Retrofit assessment and end of useful life decision making

The conference seeks to facilitate communication and coordination within the energy modeling and building simulation industry and software developers 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 technology and processes for energy modeling, whole building simulation and building HVAC system design.

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.

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

Presentation Schedule:

Abstracts due: March 2, 2015
Notification of abstract decisions: March 16, 2015
Accepted speaker forms due: March 30, 2015
Presentations due: Sept. 8, 2015
For more information, including sponsorship opportunities and conference schedule, go to

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