Call for papers

AIRAH and IBPSA Australasia are looking for technical papers that share and build the knowledge of our industry on how simulation contributes to carbon- and climate-responsive outcomes both at a building and precinct scale. This means we are looking for papers that focus on outcomes more than processes. We are looking for the application of simulation – how did it deliver the outcome and how can the industry learn from it?


Paving the way for the energy transition 

Buildings are responsible for a large portion of global energy use and urban greenhouse gas emissions. We know the impending global construction boom will increase urban energy use and emissions. So why is it that despite the increase in the use of building simulation that energy use is still going up? Can simulation really help us?  

Climate change and adaptive design 

Our built environment should be capable of adapting to changing conditions while maintaining functionality and economical operation. In addition to the changing Australian and global climate – which will see increased temperatures, rising sea levels, storm surges and flooding, altered rainfall, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events – other relevant changes that the built environment may experience include increasing population density, changing building program needs, changing regulations, changes to energy costs, and disruptive economic activities. What can simulation do to deliver us future buildings that can withstand and adapt to the pressures of the future?  

Resilience and regenerative design

A resilient built environment is capable of withstanding extreme events while providing shelter and essential services to people within, and can be reasonably returned to normal operation after such events. We need solutions that address short-term shocks and long-term stresses by improving the capacity of communities, businesses and assets to adjust, respond and thrive in the face of adversity. But how can these solutions not merely lessen the harm of new development, but rather put design and construction to work as positive forces that repair natural and human systems? 

Health and indoor environment quality 

How do we align real estate, operations, human resources, and the C-suite under a shared vision to prioritise human health and wellbeing? Simulation can provide a valuable insight into the performance of buildings, but how does this relate to the performance of humans?  

Existing buildings 

Achieving zero emissions from the existing building stock will require accelerating the rate and depth of energy upgrades by leveraging building intervention points. New buildings comprise less than 10 per cent of the nation’s total building stock in any one year. How can our simulation skills renew our existing building stock for a carbon- and climate-responsive future?  

Future of cities and the workplace

What does the future of cities and our workplace look like when we consider today's lessons and tomorrows pressures? Compared to other industries, the built environment has been slower to react to this change. In some ways, we’ve been in a “catch-up” mode, clutching tightly to the “status quo”. Sustainability will no longer be an enticing feature; it will be the driving force behind any major city. There will be multiple instigators behind this shift. Climate change and advancement in technology are the obvious ones, but they’re unlikely to be the most potent forces. The main reason cities will be forced to become significantly more sustainable will be due to population surges. 

We invite contributions that address the above issues through relevant work in building performance simulation focusing on one or more of the topics below: 

  • Zero energy and zero carbon buildings
  • HVAC simulation
  • Indoor environment quality (e.g., IAQ, thermal comfort, daylight, acoustics)
  • Energy storage
  • Electrification and microgrids
  • Demand response
  • Human behaviour
  • Optimisation
  • Commissioning and controls
  • Validation, calibration, and uncertainty
  • Future weather
  • Building retrofits
  • Daylighting
  • Building integrated renewable energy systems
  • Simulation at urban scales
  • Simulation to support regulations
  • New software development and developments in simulation
  • CFD and airflow
  • Embodied carbon and life-cycle analysis

Abstract submission process

Abstracts will be judged primarily based 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.

Abstracts, papers, and presentations must not contain overtly commercial material or include trade names in titles. 

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

Abstract submissions must include:

  • A 300-word abstract
  • A 100-word biography
  • A high-resolution presenter photo.
Submissions should be emailed on the abstract template to AIRAH’s Conference and Events Coordinator at [email protected] by Monday, November 22, 2021.
By submitting an abstract for this event, you are volunteering to deliver your presentation at the conference in person. Exceptions may be made if you do not reside in Australia*

Abstract acceptance notifications are issued on Wednesday, December 15.

Peer-reviewed papers

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to develop the full papers. Papers shall be 4 to 10 pages in length. A copy of the technical paper guidelines will be sent to the authors upon abstract acceptance.

Accepted papers will be presented orally. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings if at least one author registers for the conference. Papers will be double-blind reviewed. 

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

  • November 15 – Final abstract submission
  • December 15 – Notification of abstract acceptance
  • December 17 – Release of accepted abstract titles
  • February 28 – Full paper submission deadline
  • April 4 – Notification of full paper acceptance
  • April 26 – Revised paper submission deadline
  • May 27 – Program released
  • June 10  – Final acceptance
  • July 20–21 – Building Simulation 2022 Conference 

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