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2019 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference

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2019 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference

September 25- 27, 2019 | Denver, Colorado



The 2019 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference takes place Sept. 25-27, 2019 in Denver, CO.

The goal of this conference is to promote networking and present new techniques and workflows that practitioners make better decisions during the simulation and modeling process of an entire building life cycle.

The anticipated conference program consists of Keynote Speakers, Invited Speakers, a Call for Presenters and the fifth ASHRAE LowDown Showdown. Special panels may be offered by industry leaders and organizations.


  • ASHRAE's 7th year in a row organizing or co-organizing energy modeling and building simulation conferences
  • Focus on practical applications using existing tools
  • ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling challenge
  • PDHs, AIA LUs and LEED AP credits available
  • Virtual conference
  • Vendor demonstrations
  • Pre-conference courses on the 23rd and 24th
  • Call for Presentations

    Building modeling professionals and practitioners are invited to submit presentation proposals that can be 20-30 minutes in length or 90 minute panel and seminar sessions. Proposals can cover a broad range of topics addressing the needs of the building performance modeling community. Creative and interactive presentation formats are strongly encouraged.

    The 2019 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference requests the following submission types:

    • Individual presentations on projects, research or career/business development topics.
    • Panel with 3-4 industry experts on a current topic of interest or team case study
    • Seminar Session with a chair and 1-4 speakers on one of the following topics.

    Submission is a two-step process

    • Choose submission type from list above.
    • Submitters will submit a presentation and/or session title, duration of presentation, speaker information and a 300-500 word abstract.

    Individual presentation proposals should be submitted with two learning objectives and five methods of assessment (Q&As) which will be used for CEU approval and the virtual conference quizzes. Panel and Seminar proposal submissions should include four learning objectives and 10 Q&As.

    Submitters should select 1-2 topics that their presentations will cover:

    Innovation & Integration

    • Innovative Approaches
    • Integration with architectural design
    • Modeling collaborations - architects and owners to partner with modelers
    • Integrated Design Modeling
    • Occupant Comfort
    • Health and Wellness
    • Carbon Emission
    • Urban Scale Modeling

    Modeling, Modeling, Modeling

    • Modeling Deep Dives
    • Modeling for Sustainability
    • Modeling for Code Compliance
    • Modeling for Embodied Energy
    • Modeling for Greenhouse Gas Targets
    • Renewable Energy Modeling
    • Modeling Existing Buildings
    • Operational Performance Analysis

    Dealing with Data

    • Big Data
    • Machine Learning
    • BIM to BEM
    • BIM & GIS

    Back to Business

    • Measurement and Verification
    • Business Development for Modeling
    • Outcome-based Modeling - Outcomes over Process and Tools
    • Modeling collaborations - architects and owners to partner with modelers
    • Training and Education

    The deadline to submit your presentation proposal was March 22, 2019.

  • 2019 LowDown Showdown

    Unleash your innovative design and modeling skills

    Collaborate with project team members

    Present your building design to conference attendees!

    Here’s your chance to join an integrated team that will compete for fun and prizes in the annual LowDown Showdown modeling competition.  This years’ 2019 Building Analysis Conference (BPAC) will center on the integration of building science into the design process.  Innovation in modeling and analysis will be a driving force in defining high performance buildings of the future!

    In that spirit, the 2019 Lowdown showdown model building will not only challenge participants to achieve “near net zero” but also to include design and modeling elements to create a resilient building capable of withstanding natural disasters and providing prolonged emergency operations.

    And the 2019 model building is a:

    90,000 sf city hall (new construction) located in San Diego, California
    The facility will be a multi-functional building, housing many of the cities vital public services including being an Emergency Operations Center in times of disaster or crisis.

    Bring your creative ideas and analytic thinking to the table as you design a new city hall for San Diego, California.


    The goal of the 2019 LDSd competition is to engage participants in a collaborative and fun learning experience that explores new advances in building science, modeling and technology.  Teams are comprised of building analysts, designers, architects, engineers and other participants.  Teams will be responsible for creating the architectural design and a performance analysis model based on model building data.  The teams may use any software or a combination of software to complete their projects.

    Each team will create and submit a poster of their building design, complete the performance analysis model and results spreadsheet and write a one-page narrative on project workflow.  Teams will present their projects at the BPAC conference and be judged by a panel of industry experts who will select the winners.  Teams will be judged on seven categories: Creativity, Innovative Approaches, Resilience, Workflow, Energy Use, Teamwork and Presentation. 

    Learn More

  • Important Dates
    Call for Presentations January 25, 2019
    Presentation Proposals Due March 22, 2019
    Notification of Acceptance Early April
    Final Presentations Due August 15, 2019
  • Venue/Travel

    The headquarter hotel will be The Curtis Hotel in Downtown Denver. It’s located at 1405 Curtis Denver Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202.

    We have a negotiated rate of $209.To book at the ASHRAE rate, click the button:

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  • Registration


    Registrant Type


    Early Bird Now – August 14



    $ 575.00

    Non Member

    $ 650.00

    Registration - August 15 – September 25



    $ 640.00

    Non Member

    $ 710.00




    $ 350.00


    $ 400.00

    Virtual Conference Only Member

    $ 129.00

    Virtual Conference Only Non-Member

    $ 179.00

    Your registration includes the following:
    Evening Reception 
    Light Breakfast, lunch and breaks on Wednesday, September 25
    Light Breakfast, lunch, breaks and a reception on Thursday, September 26
    Light Breakfast and break on Friday, September 27
    Access to the Virtual Conference for up to 18 months after the conference*

  • Steering Committee
      • Krishnan Gowri (Chair)
      • Annie Marston (Vice-Chair)
      • Aaron Boranian
      • Carrie Brown
      • John Bynum
      • Susan Collins
      • Vikram Sami
      • Lauren Wallace
  • Sponsorship Packages

    The conference organizers are pleased to offer several sponsorship opportunities to engage industry participation. The sponsorship offsets conferences expenses and provides access to seasoned practitioners and principals responsible for managing modeling services.

    All sponsors will have their company logo and name on the event flyer, the conference web site and recognition during the conference. A summary of the specific benefits of each sponsorship level is included. If you have questions or are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Ragan McHan,

    Sponsorship Packages

  • Pre-Conference Courses

    On Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24, software companies and educators are conducting full-day or half-day workshops at The Curtis DoubleTree prior to the start of the conference. You can register for these pre-conference workshops through online registration once it has launched. Pre-conference workshops have limited seating.

    Separate registration is required. These workshops and course are not included with the conference and will not be included in the virtual conference.

     If your company is interested in hosting a pre-conference workshop please contact Ragan McHan at Due to limited availability, space is available on a first-reserved basis. For more information about hosting a pre-conference workshop click here.

    Effective simulation throughout the building life cycle with Tas (presented by EDSL)
    Tuesday, Sept 24
    Start time: 9 a.m. 
    End Time: 12 p.m. 
    Presenters: Michael Sawford & Robert Yori
    Price: $25

    With the adoption of ASHRAE 209, designers, engineers, and energy consultants now have a comprehensive, cogent framework on which to base their sustainability strategies.  This workshop will demonstrate how Tas Engineering can be used throughout project phases and design cycles for analysis, decision making, and visualization.

    Topics will include:

    • introduction to Tas Engineering software (dynamic building simulation software)
    • effective communication of input data and results
    • interoperable BIM and BEM data for flexible workflows
    • how to minimize re-work within teams and across disciplines
    • advanced design analysis of plant room/ water-side and air-side systems
    • post occupancy performance gap analysis

    This 3-hour workshop will be presented by Michael Sawford (Building Simulation Analyst) and Robert Yori (Designer). Registrants will be provided with an extended trial license to Tas software and example models. No experience in Tas software is necessary and participants will not be required to use the software during the workshop.”

    Crafting your story with building performance simulation data
    Tuesday, Sept 24
    Start time: 1 p.m. 
    End Time: 5 p.m. 
    Presenters: Alejandra Menchaca (Thornton Tomasetti), Kjell Anderson (LMN Architects)
    Price: $450 Thanks to EDSL sponsorship, the discounted rates are:
    Professionals: $100, Students: $25


    For energy analysts, one of the most difficult challenges is condensing a great deal of data into an intelligible format so architects can understand it. Architects are looking to simulation professionals to help them make early design decisions that align with energy, cost, and design goals.

    This 4-hour workshop is taught by two people who helped create Project StaSIO: Alejandra Menchaca, a Building Scientist and Kjell Anderson, an Architect. Starting with graphics theory, Alejandra and Kjell will take participants through pragmatic steps to improve communication as well as common mistakes simulation professionals make in creating reports for Architects. They will focus on helping attendees find the right data to communicate and then present it simply and compellingly. A final exercise will ask participants to create a graphic using techniques covered in the workshop.

    The workshop will only use freely/commonly available software tools such as Excel. No experience in creating advanced graphics is necessary.

    HVAC Solutions
    Tuesday, Sept 24
    Start time: 1:00 p.m. 
    End Time: 4:30 p.m. 
    Presenters: Joe Simmons
    Price: $75


    •  What use to take hours and days now takes minutes.
    •  Import HVAC Loads into HVAC Solution Software.
    •  Answer Questions and build HVAC Systems.
    •  All necessay calculations are completed, i.e. pump head, static pressure, etc.
    • Automatically select equipment from over 60 HVAC manufactures.
    • Automatically create equipment schedules, schematics, BOM, Control schedules and more!
    • Use our Revit Add-in to place schedules and schemtatic in your Revit Model.

    Registration will open in April 2019.

  • 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild

    The 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild was co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA. The conference took place in Chicago, IL September 26-28, 2018.

    Virtual conference REGISTRATION

    Even though you missed the conference, you can still access the entire technical program by for just $129 ($179 for non-members).
    The virtual conference includes almost 200 presentations comprised of some 120 papers and nearly 70 non-paper presentations.


    Presentation Types include:

    1. Team Case Studies: Coordinated presentation from several members of high performance building design projects. The abstract should include a detailed description of the project, design goals, modeling challenges, performance benchmarks used and experiences from all stages of design, construction and operation. Also identify the team members and include brief descriptions of their role in the project and the presentation.
    2. Individual Presentations: Traditional seminar type presentation on topics of interest to the conference attendees. Presentation duration is 15 minutes.
    3. TEDergy Talk: Similar to the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk presentations, TEDergy talk is intended to address a specific novel idea, new modeling technique, workflow, software utility or technology in a concise 10 minute presentation to generate audience interest and participation.
    4. Poster Presentations:  3-5 minute presentations of an accepted paper, utilizing a poster as a visual aid.

    You may access many of the papers that were presented:


  • Sponsors
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