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Between 7th-9th August, more than 770 Building Simulationists attended the bi-annual Building Simulation Conference in San Francisco and – for once – I did not have to fly to a conference! This is IBPSA’s big international conference and there was LOTS happening. However, for the purposes of this round up, I’ve decided to highlight five significant points of interest from the event.

1. IBPSA-Fellow
Our CTO, Dr. Craig Wheatley was awarded with the ‘IBPSA-Fellow’ award for his substantial contribution to the field of building performance & simulation. He was presented the award by the IBPSA President, Chip Barnaby. Congrats to Craig!


2. IES User-Group Meeting

This is the second time we hosted a user-group meeting in the US, and this one was a great success. We had 66 people register from 36 different companies. We previewed some new features coming in VE-2018 and the users voted on what they deemed to be priority items. Thanks to everyone who came.


3. The IBPSA Practitioner Competition

This competition is something that the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of IBPSA organized to run in parallel with the traditional student competition. There were initially over 40 registered practitioner teams trying to win a $1,500 cash prize for this modeling competition. In the end, 12 teams qualified to the final report stage and ultimately team AECOM won the first prize. I welcome you all to review AECOM’s final modeling report. Some images below as a teaser.


4. IES Training Workshop

We were delighted to see that our training course was the most popular at the conference. Thanks to PG&E for hosting at the PEC.


5. Papers, Presentations & Posters

I could write a separate article on this alone. The best presentations I personally saw included features of IESVE being pushed to the limit. Examples include modeling glycol in ApacheHVAC, modeling dynamic electrochromic glazing accounting for variable VLTs, the use of Hone for multi-objective outcomes and a very impressive VE model that simultaneously passed for Part L/ASHRAE 90.1/BREEAM/LEED compliance. We don’t see that too often.

I also enjoyed participating in the joint panel of software tools, giving presentations along with EnergyPlus, Simergy, Trace 3D+, Sefaira and DesignBuilder. Of the technical papers, I enjoyed the surveyed results that showed a healthy adoption of the VE in various internationally academic institutions (UK, US, Australia & India).

Energy-Model

With a new year upon us, exciting times are ahead as we announce that IES will be sponsoring the Practitioner Modeling Competition which is being organized by the IBPSA-USA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter as part of Building Simulation 2017! The challenge, which is open to individual practitioners or teams, provides a competitive forum for non-student members of the building simulation community and aims to encourage wider participation in the conference.

This year’s competition requires entrants to use computer simulation to design and test a laboratory building with mixed uses including labs, offices and classroom spaces located in downtown San Francisco, CA, USA. You can download the competition brief here to find out more.

Not only will the winning entrant have the opportunity to showcase their submission at the Building Simulation conference, due to take place in San Francisco between 7-9 August 2017, we are pleased to confirm that the winning entry will also receive a cash prize of USD $1,500, courtesy of IES!

If you feel like giving it a go, interested candidates are invited to register before the deadline on 6th February 2017, with completed entries then due by 31st March 2017.

So, good luck to all you prospective entrants – we look forward to seeing the winning entry at BS2017 in August!

 

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