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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.

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  • 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
  • Sit for Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification exam
  • Technical Program

    The technical program features more than 70 presentations by leading industry practitioners and academic researchers. Panels, seminars and individual presentations cover topics such as machine learning, exascale computing, data visualization and zero-carbon initiatives along with advanced techniques, innovative workflows and future trends in building performance modeling.

    VIEW PROGRAM (Updated 9/23/2019)

    You can also view an online version of the program and create your schedule in ASHRAE 365:


    Presentation Template (PPT)

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  • Keynote Speakers

    Renée Azerbegi, PE, CEM, LEED AP, WELL AP


    Title: The Next Gen: Planning for a Regenerative and Resilient World

    As we move towards increased frequency and severity of climate change threats, it will be imperative for our industry to design for a regenerative and resilient world. The architecture and engineering community is moving towards net-zero energy buildings, but what does it mean to take the next step and be regenerative, restorative, and resilient? Engineers and architects need tools, standards and simulation programs to define the next generation of buildings, after net-zero standards have already become a reality. How do we create net-positive buildings? How do we predict both the carbon impact of our buildings and the energy impact of them to focus on maximizing carbon reduction? What weather data should we use – the average of 20 years or future weather predictions with anomalies? And how do we have those early conversations with the design team about resiliency planning? How can IoT (Internet of Things) and technology advancements help us to reach these lofty goals? This presentation will be about planning, designing and modeling the next generation of buildings.

    David Kang


    Title: Integrating Planning, Design, Construction and Operation to Reduce Life-Cycle Cost and Drive Sustainability and Resiliency

    Facilities play a key role in the success of the University of Colorado Boulder’s mission of education and research. Our buildings are expected to serve the needs of students, faculty and staff and, in doing so, they need to be both sustainable and resilient. As our requirements grow, new buildings are planned and older buildings are updated. In either process, life-cycle cost--not first cost--of construction needs to be the new mantra of our facilities teams. This means an integrated approach to planning, design, construction and operation. Mission-critical facilities across campus--our data centers, labs, production facilities, housing and dining--also need to be resilient. How do we work together to more effectively and efficiently meet the facilities needs of our constituents (i.e. delight our customers) while optimizing use of space, reducing life-cycle costs and meeting the programmatic needs of education and research in a way that is both sustainable and resilient? Recent projects at CU Boulder illustrate the benefits of this approach, including endeavors like the Integrative Physiology addition, the ongoing buildout of East Campus, and the Main Campus microgrid.

    Rajan Rawal


    Title: The Global Cooling Prize

    Affordable cooling is becoming a global necessity, supporting increased productivity, positive health outcomes, and accelerated economic development. The business-as-usual global increase in cooling demand will see the world go from 1.2 billion room air conditioning (RAC) units in service in 2018 to 4.5 billion units by 2050. Developing countries will see a five-fold increase in demand over the same period with India alone seeing the adoption of about 1.0 billion RACs by 2050. The resultant increase in power demand would place a massive new burden on electricity grids. When combined with the atmospheric impact of the refrigerants utilized by RAC systems, the energy consumption associated with mechanical cooling represents one of the single largest end-use risks to our climate.

    The Global Cooling Prize aims to build momentum on past and current initiatives to drive innovation in this industry and achieve dramatic breakthroughs in energy-efficiency and climate impact of room air-conditioners globally. The Global Cooling Prize is an innovation competition to develop a climate-friendly residential cooling solution that can provide access to cooling to people around the world without warming the planet. In his presentation Prof. Rajan Rawal, CEPT University will elucidate Global Cooling Prize technical evaluation criteria. He will further explain the laboratory and field-testing protocol to be followed during an evaluation state to determine the winner.
    Global Cooling Prize activity has the potential to save up to 100 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2050 and mitigate up to 0.5°C in global warming by 2100, all while creating a better standard of living for people across the globe.

  • 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 30, 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 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.

    Load Calculations; HVAC Sizing; Building Energy Modeling; ZNE and Code-Compliance (Presented by IES Ltd.)
    Tuesday, Sept 24 
    Start Time:
    9 a.m.
    End Time:
    5 p.m.
    Liam Buckley, Matthew Duffy


    This is an interactive workshop using IESVE-2019 Software for:

    • Heating and Cooling Load Calculations (ASHRAE Heat Balance Method);
    • HVAC Equipment Sizing & Sequencing;
    • Building Energy Modeling;
    • Simulation of Renewable Energy & Low-Carbon Technologies;
    • Code-Compliance Modeling for ASHRAE 90.1; with ASHRAE 62.1 & ASHRAE 55 Integration;
    • Reports, Metrics & Outputs (Loads, Energy, Carbon, Peak Demands & Code Compliance)

    Increase the Value of Simulation and Data-Driven Decision Making with modeFRONTIER
    September 24
    Start Time: 1p.m.
    End Time: 4 p.m.
    Cost: Free Walk In
    Presenters: Ansley Barnard, Nachiket Kasarekar 

    This workshop will explore two topics:
    1) Automate your decision making process by integrating your existing simulation and analysis tools in a modeFRONTIER workflow.  Gain further insight by running an DOE or optimization.  We’ll explore an example in modeFRONTIER and optimize an apartment energy model with integration to EnergyPlus.
    2) Train data with machine learning techniques.  Create a Response Surface Model (RSM) to aid decision making or replace a time consuming analysis.  We’ll explore an example by training sensor and geometry data from existing buildings to predict building thermal loads

    Attendees will be provided a free demo license, demo project files and data to keep exploring after 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), Aman Singhvi (AECOM)
    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, and Aman Singhvi, High Performance Design Specialist. Starting with graphics theory, Alejandra, Kjell, and Aman 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.

    TRACE 3D Plus
    Tuesday, Sept 24
    Start time: 1:00 p.m. 
    End Time: 5:00 p.m. 
    Presenters: Sarah Hilden
    Price: $25


    Introduction to TRACE 3D Plus - including newest features coming in Version 2.

    In this course you will use TRACE 3D Plus to create a building and familiarize yourself with the following:

    • Use of Themes and Templates to efficiently input and modify load information
    • Geometry and complex roof creation
    • Introduction to Systems and Plants
    • Where to find most common outputs
    • Question and Answer session
    • Users do NOT need to hold a TRACE license and computers will be provided for conference use
  • 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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