Australasian Building Simulation Conference 2017

Australasian Building Simulation Conference 2017
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 program released August 18 
  • Finalised and fully reviewed paper completed by September 22
  • Building Simulation 2017 Conference – November 15–16, 2017.
15/11/2017 - 16/11/2017
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Convention Centre 1 Convention Place South Wharf VIC 3006 AUSTRALIA


Note: early bird prices close on October 20, 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 [email protected] 

Click here to read the payment and cancellation policies.

Sponsors and exhibitors





Charles S. Barnaby (USA)

Keynote address: Modeling Building Services Equipment: Getting Beyond Ratings and Default Curves

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A long-standing issue in the building simulation field is the paucity of part-load and off-design performance information for HVAC and other building services equipment. Detailed data is often difficult to obtain and frequently requires manual reformatting. Given these barriers, modelers commonly use defaults and built-in correlations when constructing equipment models. Yet, accurate modelling of actual equipment is more important than ever, given regulatory and market pressure for low-energy buildings, not to mention emerging applications such as microgrid optimisation.

ASHRAE Standard 205P, Standard Representation of Performance Simulation Data for HVAC&R and Other Facility Equipment (now in review) is an important effort to support automated transfer of full-performance data from manufacturers to modelling software. The 205P project committee consists of equipment vendors, software developers, and simulation users. Under ASHRAE’s consensus process, stakeholders strive to understand each other’s requirements and work to devise data schemes acceptable to all.

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. The keynote will present the standard, its development history, and lessons learned during the process. The saga is instructive, given that comparable effort will be required across the entire industry to realise BIM and other interoperable systems.

Charles S. “Chip” Barnaby is an independent software developer specialising in building-performance simulation. His recent work has focused on development of CSE, a detailed model that supports compliance with California’s Title 24 residential energy code.

Barnaby is a founding member of IBPSA and is currently its President. He is also a Director of IBPSA-USA and a member of the Building Simulation 2017 Organizing Committee. He is an IBPSA Fellow and an ASHRAE Fellow. Within ASHRAE, he serves on several technical committees and is chair of SPC-205 (Standard Representation of Performance Simulation Data for HVAC&R and Other Facility Equipment).

Barnaby holds degrees in Engineering and Applied Physics (Harvard) and Architecture (University of California, Berkeley).

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Robert Cohen, Verco, UK

Keynote address: Towards nearly-zero-energy buildings – the role of simulation in the UK: past, present and future

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Schemes like Australia’s “measure, rate and disclose” NABERS regime for base-building energy performance are absent from Europe, and investors lack metrics to identify the operational energy efficiency of property assets.

In response, a broad church of property development and construction industry organisations is trialling Design for Performance (DfP), an initiative aiming to replicate the NABERS Commitment Agreement process in the UK.

Following a detailed feasibility study, DfP is being applied in 10 real office developments, as pilot studies, with a key change from normal UK practice being the use of dynamic simulation with simultaneous detailed modelling of the HVAC system and its controls to predict actual building performance.

This paper will describe the UK context, how these pilots are progressing, and the potential to achieve “nearly-zero-energy” commercial buildings in operation, not just in theory.

Robert Cohen (BSc MSc PhD MEI) is Technical Director at Verco, and with 30 years’ professional experience in building performance and energy management, is responsible for sustaining the highest levels of technical expertise throughout Verco on the energy efficiency of buildings. Robert sits on the BBP Sustainability Benchmarking Working Group and the Climate Bonds Initiative Low Carbon Buildings Technical Working Group, and has served on Advisory Boards for UK government Departments, the Green Construction Board, BSI, CIBSE and CEN Standards Committee TC89/WG4. He is author of numerous publications.

Robert is an international expert on building performance standards and evaluation. He managed the PROBE studies (1995-2002), and was a Building Performance Evaluator for Innovate UK (2010–2014). He led two European projects which paved the way for non-domestic building energy performance certificates to be based on metered energy use (2002-2008).

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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.


Click here to download the list of accepted abstract titles.



Contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email [email protected] 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

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 [email protected]