building simulation 2017
august 8, 2017


August 10, 2017 - Conference Recordings Available Online

All conference delegates may view recordings of conference sessions online. Others may access the entire set of recordings for a fee of $200. More information here:

August 9, 2017 - Building Simulation 2017 Biggest Ever

More than 770 delegates gathered in San Francisco, the largest ever attendance for a Building Simulation conference. Those delegates attended 105 technical sessions. Contributions included 334 refereed papers and 103 additional technical presentations. The conference was supported by 40 sponsors and 10 endorsing organizations, and 17 sponsors participated in the exhibition.

July 28, 2017 - Conference App Now Available

The free phone app is now available! Install the “Conference4me” app on your mobile phone. Then select “Building Simulation 2017” from the list of upcoming conferences. Browse the agenda and create your personal schedule. Once the program is downloaded, the app works even without a data connection.

July 27, 2017 - Final Program Posted

The final program has been posted. Find a link to an interactive website and a pdf version of the printed conference program at

July 7, 2017 - Registration Now Open for Second Berkeley Tour

Due to popular demand, a second Berkeley tour has been added and registration is open on a first-come first served basis for conference registrants. The new Sunday morning tour leaves the conference hotel at 8:30am Sunday, August 6 and returns by 1:00pm. The two stops include the David Brower Center in Berkeley and the Flexlab facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The registration deadline is July 21, but space is limited. Details may be found here:

July 7, 2017 - Hotel Registration Cutoff Extended to July 14

The deadline to reserve a room and receive a discounted rate at the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, has been extended to Friday, July 14. After that date, the room rates revert to the standard rate, which is currently $419 per night. The discounted rates are:

The hotel allows cancellation without a fee if made more than 72 hours before check-in time.

U.S. government employees and contractors please note that the discounted rate complies with GSA per diem limits for San Francisco.

Hotel registration information is here:

June 8, 2017 - The Value of the Building Simulation 2017 Conference

Looking for reasons to attend? Check out this announcement about the value of Building Simulation 2017.
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June 8, 2017 - Last Call for Early Registration Discount

Friday June 9 is the last day to register at a discounted price.
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June 1, 2017 - Registration Open for Conference Social Events

Join fellow delegates for a bicycle ride, wine-country tour, SF Museum of Modern Art tour, Giants baseball game, and student/young professional dinner. Sign up now while space is available.
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June 1, 2017 - Preliminary Program Posted

The list of accepted conference contributions is now available. The preliminary program includes 451 contributions in 30 topic areas.
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May 18, 2017 - Workshop and Tour Registration Open

Seventeen pre- and post-conference workshops have been announced and registration is open. Click here for workshop information.

Registration for conference tours to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University is also open. Click here for tour information

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!