Key dates
Dates and venue

Conference overview

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) are proudly hosting a joint Australasian Building Simulation Conference in Melbourne, Australia on November 15–16, 2017.

The conference will provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and information between simulation researchers, simulation developers, building designers, and government legislators. It will explore how simulation is helping to improve building performance and will be an excellent opportunity to keep up to date with the latest innovations in the field of simulation and the energy performance of buildings.  

Who should attend?

The conference is for anyone working in or learning about the field of building performance simulation including:

  • Building designers using simulation
  • Architects
  • Design engineers and consultants
  • Simulation researchers
  • Simulation developers
  • Building physicists
  • Regulators specifying simulation as an assessment methodology
  • Building material and equipment manufacturers
  • Building owners and operators

Key dates

  • Final abstract submissions close February 17
  • Notification of abstract acceptance – March 17
  • Release list of accepted abstract titles, authors (end of March – only visible on conference website)
  • Paper submission – June 23
  • Final program released August 18 
  • Finalised and fully reviewed paper completed by September 22
  • Building Simulation 2017 Conference – November 15–16, 2017.



Or download the registration form 


Note: early bird prices close on October 6, 2017.

 Cost      Member     Non-member
Conference early bird    $790     $950
Conference rate (after early bird)            $890     $1,050
 Conference speaker    $660    $770
Day registration      $450     $550
Cocktail function (November 15)    $75    $95
 Student*    $350    $450

*Must provide evidence of full-time study. Please send copy of student card and/or a copy of your current student enrolment to conferences@airah.org.au 

Your payment must be received prior to the commencement of the event. Unpaid tentative bookings do not guarantee a position in this event. Engineers Australia members can choose to record CPD hours for attendance at this event in their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia’s CPD policy for details of requirements and conditions.

Cancellation policy
Registration may be cancelled up to five working days prior to the commencement with participants either transferring to another course/event or receiving a refund less a 20% administration fee. No refund will be given where cancellation is 24 hours or less. In all other cases of cancellation the extent of any refund will be at the discretion of AIRAH. You maybe substitute another participant at any time prior to commencement should the nominated person be unable to participate. Where a non-member replaces a member the difference between the member and non-member rates will be charged. Requests for refund can be made by email to accounts@airah.org.au

Please note: the event organisers retain the right to alter or amend any of the details of the event, or any other matter associated with the event. Personal insurance for injury or loss of property or baggage is the responsibility of the attendee



Click here to download the list of accepted abstract titles.

Abstract submission process

Abstracts are sought for peer-reviewed papers to be presented at the AIRAH/IBPSA Australasian Building Simulation 2017 Conference. You are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers on any aspect of building-related performance modelling and associated software techniques.

Abstract submissions must not exceed 300 words and must also include a separate 100-word author biography and high-resolution author photo. Abstracts should be sent to AIRAH conference coordinator, Emily McLaughlin by Friday, February 17, 2017. Email: conferences@airah.org.au  

Abstracts will be judged primarily on scientific soundness of the applied methods and the degree to which the contribution advances the state of the art. Authors of accepted abstracts must submit a technical paper that will be double-blind reviewed in separate academic and industry streams.

Peer-reviewed papers

Abstract acceptance notifications are issued on March 17. 
Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters, based on author preference, available session time and scientific committee consideration. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings if at least one author registers for the conference. Papers shall be 4–10 pages in length. Papers will be double-blind reviewed.

The conference committee has the final say on acceptance of papers.

Limit on number of presentations

A single person may not make more than three oral or poster presentations.

Conference information


Dates: November 15–16, 2017


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Convention Centre
Meeting Rooms 105 and 106
1 Convention Place
South Wharf

Click here to see the venue map. 


Getting there

By tram
Catch any of the following trams and get off at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:
Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda

Alternatively catch tram number 48 or 70 and get off at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, click here.

By train
Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Get off at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Public Transport Victoria website here.

By bus
The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.

Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lormier Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).

For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.

Catch a taxi
Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at Convention Centre Place, next to the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and DFO South Wharf.

If you are travelling by car, please visit the MCEC website for parking options.



Contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email sponsorship@airah.org.au to be sent information on the conference sponsorship packages.

Conference committees

Technical organising committee

Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH, Energy Action
Nicki Parker, M.AIRAH, AECOM
Dong Chen, CSIRO
Priya Gandhi, Jacobs
Quentin Jackson, M.AIRAH, Aurecon

Scientific committee

Volunteers are sought for members of the scientific committee, who will be responsible for reviewing abstracts and papers.  The scientific committee will consist of both academic and industry experts. If you are interested in applying, please include your name, position, contact details and an identification of your areas of expertise against the topics listed above.

Please email your nomination by February 3, 2017.

Alan Fung, Ryerson University, Canada
Andrew Corney, Affil.AIRAH, Sefaira
Ashfaque Chowdhury, CQ University, Australia
Ayshwarya Venkatesan, Team Catalyst, Australia
Chiara Dipasquale, EURAC Research, Institute for Renewable Energy, Italy
Clayton Miller, Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore
Dr Bianca Capra, QUT, Australia
Dr. Astrid Roetzel, Deakin University, Australia
Gao Naiping, Tongji University, China
Georgios Kokogiannakis, M.AIRAH,  University of Wollongong, Australia
Geraldine Quek, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Giorgio Baldinelli, University of Perugia, Italy
Hongsen Zhang, Energy Action, Australia
J. Alstan Jakubiec, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
James Wong, RMIT, Australia
John Bell, QUT, Australia
Li Huan, Murchie Consulting, Australia   
Lisa Guan, Australia
Mark Dewsbury, Affil.AIRAH,  University of Tasmania, Australia
Mehdi Amirkhani, QUT, Australia
Nathaniel Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America
Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH, Energy Action, Australia
Priya Rajagopalan, RMIT University, Australia
Quentin Jackson, M.AIRAH, Aurecon, Australia
Ramada Narayanan, M.AIRAH, CQ University, Australia
Rob Lord, SEED Engineers, Australia
Usha Iyer-Raniga, RMIT University, Australia
Wendy Miller, QUT, Australia
Yacine Lamoudu, Schneider Electric, France
Yolanda Li, RMIT, Australia
Zhengen Ren, CSIRO, Australia

Organising committee

Emily McLaughlin, AIRAH
Brendan Pejkovic, AIRAH


For further information about the Australiasian Building Simulation 2017 Conference please contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email conferences@airah.org.au