building simulation 2017
august 8, 2017


March 3, 2017 - Workshop Space Now Available

Space is available in the conference hotel for organizations to host software training and other workshops. These workshops will be held on the two days leading up to the conference: Saturday, August 5 and Sunday August 6. Slots for both half-day and full-day sessions are available. Please contact for information on pricing and availability. Workshops will be promoted on the conference website and other promotional materials. Attendee registration will be through the conference website.

March 3, 2017 - Presentation proposals entering Stage II with several exciting topics and innovative formats

When the call for presentation pre-proposals closed on December 23, 2016, more than 200 submissions were received. These proposals covered eight presentation formats including Debates, Pecha-Kucha style and interactive design charrette. A large majority of the proposals are focused on industry issues that are critical, practical, innovative and need to be addressed soon. Some of the topics include: "Energy Data – Are we afraid to share?", "Script my measure", "Debate: it is dangerous for architects to do energy analysis" and "ECMs falling through the cracks: An early design stage simulation…". One major focus of the presentations committee was to identify and bring together team case studies on how performance simulation impacted design decisions. More than 40 case study related submissions have been received covering net-zero building design to large scale projects such as airport design decision making.

The review committee has invited 160 most interesting proposals for the next round of detailed proposal submission, which are due by March 30, 2017. If there is anything particular you would like featured during these presentation sessions, please share your thoughts and send your suggestions to

February 28, 2017 - IBPSA-USA Encourages Global Participation

IBPSA-USA looks forward to welcoming the world`s simulation community to San Francisco, California this summer, a city that embraces diversity. The IBPSA-USA board recently adopted the following position statement, recognizing that valuable contributions come from all corners of the globe.

America has always encouraged the best and the brightest from around the world to further the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The building simulation industry is no different, we have been lucky to have been at the forefront of many innovations and have members from all backgrounds contributing significantly to our success. IBPSA-USA would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all the members of its community and state unequivocally that all are welcome, always, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or country of origin.

January 19, 2017 - Practitioner Competition Announced

The IBPSA-USA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is organizing a practitioner modeling competition. The aim is to facilitate wider participation in the conference and to provide a competitive forum for professionals in the building simulation community.

Submit your intent to join the competition by February 6th 2017. Final entries are due March 31st 2017. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of USD $1,500.00 – Good luck!

For registration and more information, check out the competition webpage:

November 22, 2016 - Peer-reviewed paper deadline extension

The deadline for the submission of completed peer-reviewed papers has been extended to December 15, 2016. Paper templates and instructions for submission are found here:

November 3, 2016 - Student Competition Announced

As part of Building Simulation 2017, IBPSA is organizing a student modeling competition.This year`s competition involves using 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. The winning team will present their work at the conference. For information go to here.

October 19, 2016 - Peer-reviewed paper abstract review complete

Building Simulation 2017 received 827 abstracts for peer-reviewed papers. Each has been double-blind reviewed by at least 3 referees. 578 have been accepted. The author(s) have been notified and invited to submit full papers by 30 November 2015. Instructions for paper format are found under Submissions. Questions about peer-reviewed paper preparation or submission should be sent to

October 15, 2016 - Call for Building Simulation 2017 Presentation/Session Proposals

An exciting new feature of the Building Simulation conference is the opportunity to present alternative sessions that complement the traditional peer-reviewed paper sessions (abstract acceptance for peer-reviewed papers to be announced October 19, 2016). These new sessions provide opportunities for practitioners to report on their work, for researchers to present more timely results, and for all participants to engage in discussions about the building modeling field. Creativity in content and format is encouraged; examples include team case studies, debates, forums, and mini workshops.

Pre-proposal submissions are being accepted through December 15, 2016.

For more information please click here.

October 10, 2016 - Student Travel Awards

In order to assist as many students as possible to participate in Building Simulation 2017, IBPSA will grant travel awards of up to $1,000 USD to students presenting peer-reviewed papers. The number of places is limited to a maximum of 5 grants and as a result is highly competitive. Deadline for submission is January 17, 2017.

For more information click here

October 10, 2016 - Building Simulation 2017 Abstract Call is Big Success

More than 750 abstracts for peer-reviewed papers have been received for IBPSA`s Building Simulation 2017 conference to be held in San Francisco, Aug 7 - 9, 2017.

Double-blind abstract reviews will be conducted in the coming weeks. Authors will be notified of review results by 19 October 2016. Full papers are due 30 November 2016.

August 1, 2016 - Abstract Extension

The due date for abstracts for peer-reviewed papers has been extended to August 17, 2016. Details of the submission process are here.

July 31, 2016 - Anica Landreneau, Keynote Speaker

The program committee of Building Simulation 2017 is happy to announce that Anica Landreneau will join the conference program as a keynote speaker.

Ms. Landreneau is a Principal and Global Sustainable Design Director of HOK, and she leads the sustainable discipline and consultancy practice at HOK. Anica serves on HOK’s Board of Directors and Design Board, and is a past member of the Management and Marketing Boards.

Anica co-authored with the U.S. General Services Administration The New Sustainable Frontier: Principles of Sustainable Development, and for the Saudi Arabian government authored the Sustainable Urban Planning Guidelines for New Growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Especially interesting to Building Simulation 2017 attendees is Anica’s advocacy of building performance simulation.

Energy modeling is a no-brainer for HOK and 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. Energy modeling on all our projects helps HOK meet our internal energy and carbon commitment (AIA 2030), helps our clients find cost-effective ways to meet their sustainability goals, and supports a more creative, beautiful and resilient design outcome.

For more information about HOK’s approach to modeling, see

June 15, 2016 - Call for Abstracts

The Building Simulation 2017 Scientific Committee is pleased to announce that we are now accepting abstracts for peer-reviewed papers. Abstracts are due on August 10, 2016. Details of the requirements and the submission process are on the conference website.

The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) will host Building Simulation 2017 in San Francisco, August 7-9, 2017. This is the 15th conference in the series that is the premier gathering of building performance simulation specialists from around the world.

June 1, 2016 - Welcome to San Francisco

IPBSA-USA is proud to host IBPSA’s 15th international conference, Building Simulation 2017, in San Francisco. We’re excited about the conference venue, the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel. This high quality meeting facility will provide delegates with excellent networking and socializing opportunities. Its prime central location near the San Francisco Bay waterfront is convenient to both public transportation and to a wide range of dining and entertainment opportunities. Chinatown, North Beach and many of San Francisco’s interesting neighborhoods are within easy walking distance. We also hope that delegates will have time to explore other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California. Redwood forests, the wine country, the Pacific coast, and Yosemite Valley are just a few examples of the opportunities that are easily accessible from San Francisco. We hope to see you here!