SAN FRANCISCO, California (March 1, 2017) – For the first time since 1995, the international Building Simulation conference will be held in the United States this year. Registration is now open for Building Simulation 2017, which will take place in downtown San Francisco, CA, August 7–9.
Building Simulation 2017 will include presentations on leading-edge research and on best practices. Sessions will cover all types of simulation—airflow, light, moisture, acoustics, egress, and energy—at scales from components to buildings to cities. Other activities will include pre-conference software training workshops, optional tours of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University, and an exhibition of simulation software vendors.
The conference will bring together simulation practitioners, building designers, researchers, software developers, and policy makers from around the world. Practitioners will be able to learn how firms around the world use simulation for building design and code compliance and will find out which tools they are using. Researchers, software developers, and practitioners will have the opportunity to exchange ideas about the future of simulation and building science. Conference chair Philip Haves of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says, “I’m excited about the blend of research and practice coming together at this conference, and I hope that everyone involved in building performance analysis takes advantage of this special learning opportunity.”
The downtown waterfront conference venue is the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero hotel, which offers walking access to shops, restaurants, and attractions and is conveniently accessed by public transportation. Registration is open for discounted rooms via the conferencewebsite.
Building performance simulation is gaining a unique position at the center of the push for high performance buildings, zero-energy buildings, and smart cities. Simulation plays a central and increasingly vital role in integrated design and optimized operation. As a design tool, simulation allows practitioners to make informed decisions when they seek to optimize building performance in areas such as energy efficiency, comfort, and health and safety. As a research tool, simulation is used in development of new building technologies and techniques. Simulation is also widely used to develop and evaluate policy options, such as building energy codes.
According to keynote speaker Anica Landreneau, Director of Sustainable Design at the architecture firm HOK, “Energy modeling is a no-brainer for HOK, and we believe for our clients. It’s like reading the MPG (miles per gallon) rating before you buy a car. It’s basic performance information every building investor should know.”
The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to advancing and promoting the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings and urban developments.
IBPSA-USA, the U.S. regional affiliate of IBPSA, is the host of Building Simulation 2017.
Mike Wilson, Executive Director, IBPSA-USA
Oakland, CA, USA