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The success of the Building Simulation conference held late in 2011 proved there was a demand for more information about the field.
With this in mind AIRAH – supported by IBPSA (The International Building Performance Simulation Association) – is hosting the AIRAH Building Simulation Workshop in Melbourne on April 18, 2013.

AIRAH Building Simulation Workshop committee chair Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH, says a lack of skills among professionals is what’s holding the discipline of building simulation back, and is driving the need for such an initiative.

“The use of computer simulation of building performance has become embedded in many of the industry’s standard processes, including the BCA, NABERS and Green Star, and yet for many this has been a recent development,” Bannister says.

“As a result there are significant skills gaps in the industry that lead to sub-optimal – and sometimes substandard – work being produced," Bannister says. "This Workshop is intended for dynamic thermal simulation users and their managers, and will cover many of the key questions facing the industry and how it uses simulation.”

Key Topics


  • Harmonisation of the BCA, NABERS and Green Star requirements
  • Improved accuracy in the modelling of key HVAC elements including chillers, boilers and fans
  • Quality control
  • The role of simulation in ESD consulting
  • Simulation, calibration, measurement and verification
  • Accreditation, teaching and quality assurance.

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Conference program


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8.30 - 9.00

9.00 - 9.10
Phil Wilkinson M.AIRAH


9.10 - 9.40

Presentation TBC Ben Liley
NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
Session supported by DCCEE.
9.40 - 10.40

Harmonisation update
Ian Swain DCCEE 
PC Thomas, Affil.AIRAH Team Catalyst 
Zofia Kuypers, Green Building Council of Australia

10.40 - 11.00
Morning tea  
11.00 - 11.30
Simulation, calibration, measurement and verification

Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH Exergy Australia 
Graham Carter, M.AIRAH Lend Lease

11.30 - 12.00
Chillers and boilers, cooling towers, pumps, fans and infiltration
Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH Exergy Australia 
Graham Carter, M.AIRAH Lend Lease

12.00 - 12.30

The use and abuse of simulation
Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH Hampton Sustainability

 12.30 - 1.00
Questions and answers  
Facilitated by Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH

1.00 - 2.00
2.00 - 3.30
Panel discussion: Accreditation/teaching/quality assurance
Jonathan Dalton Viridis E3 Pty Ltd 
Veronica Soebarto The University of Adelaide
Erica Kenna, M.AIRAH Exergy Australia
Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH Hampton Sustainability
 3.30 - 4.00 Afternoon tea

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Conference committee


  • Paul Bannister, M.AIRAH, Exergy Australia Pty Ltd (Chair)
  • Veronica Soebarto, The University of Adelaide
  • Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH, Hampton Sustainability

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To register online please click here.

Alternatively you can download the conference brochure and email fax or post it to AIRAH.


AIRAH Members: $255 (inc GST) 
Non-members: $325 (inc GST) 

Cancellation and refund policy

Registration may be cancelled up to three weeks before commencement of the workshop, with participants receiving a refund less a 20% administration fee. In all other cases of cancellation the extent of any refund will be at the discretion of AIRAH.

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.

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Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens
13 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Accommodation in a City View King room is available for a special rate of $160.00 for workshop attendees.
Please contact reservations directly on 03 9825 9999 and advise you are attending the Building Simulation Workshop on April 18 to access this negotiated rate.

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Sponsored by:                                                   

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For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristy Intamanon on 03 8623 3000 or

To complement the AIRAH Building Simulation Workshop, DesignBuilder is holding a one-day training workshop, Introduction to DesignBuilder, on Wednesday, April 17, at the same venue.

For further information, please click here.

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Conference Contact


Kristy Intamanon
Phone: +61 3 8623 3003
Fax: +61 3 9614 8949

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