Anticipation for simulation innovation as conference preliminary program released

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

An exciting preliminary program has been released for the Australasian Building Simulation Conference, featuring a stellar line-up of speakers. 

AIRAH and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) are jointly hosting the conference in Melbourne from November 15–16.

AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, says the conference is a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

“I encourage anyone who works in the HVAC&R and related industries to attend this landmark event,” Gleeson says. 

“The conference will be a blend of academic and industry technical papers on the latest in building simulation, both in Australia and internationally.”

Forty speakers have confirmed their attendance to the conference, and 15 are international experts in their fields. 

The two keynote speakers include Charles S. Barnaby from the US, and Robert Cohen, from the UK. 

Barnaby is an independent software developer specialising in building-performance simulation, and will be discussing “Modelling building services equipment: getting beyond ratings and default curves” in his presentation. 

After more than six years of work, the Standard 205P committee has reached consensus on performance data representations for unitary air conditioners, fan assemblies, and chillers. Barnaby plans to present on the standard, its development history, and lessons learned during the process.

Cohen is technical director at Verco, and has 30 years’ professional experience in building performance and energy management. His keynote on Day 2 is titled “Towards nearly zero-energy buildings – the role of simulation in the UK: past, present and future”, and will examine how “Design for Performance” is being applied in 10 office developments as a pilot study. 

Other topics being discussed include building energy simulation, lighting and daylighting simulation, application of computational fluid dynamics in buildings, calibration of models for deep retrofits, model-based control and controls design tools, building information modelling and importing from CAD, thermal comfort modelling, building regulation and policy, occupant behaviours, and urban-scale modelling.
Gleeson says the final touches to the program are still to take place. 

“We are planning to announce demonstration sessions from a variety of suppliers on the latest in simulation technology,” he says. “The conference is your chance to come together with industry leaders and innovators who are driving our industry’s future.”

For more information about the Australasian Building Simulation Conference, visit