eSim 2020 is the biennial conference of IBPSA-Canada, first hosted in 2001. IBPSA-Canada is one of the largest and most active of the 28 Regional Affiliates of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, with over 600 members from industry, academia, and government. eSim 2020 is exploring new synergies between building simulation and data-driven methods of building analysis.

ABOUT eSIM 2020 Building Simulation meets Building Data.

The building performance simulation domain is evolving. The increasing availability and affordability of collecting data from buildings is making it easier for simulation modelers to either calibrate physics-based models with data, or altogether replace some of these models with data.

eSim 2020 is exploring synergies between simulation and data-driven methods of building analysis.

Whilst eSim 2020 will continue IBPSA-Canada’s tradition of representing the wide body of researchers and practitioners in Canada in the building performance simulation industry, the conference is prototyping new ways of engaging with emerging trends in the fields of building data analytics and machine learning.

Workshops on building data analytics

eSim 2020 will host several workshops on June 17th for conference participants who are eager to expose themselves to new tools and skillsets in the building simulation and data analytics arena.

Alternative conference submission formats for pracitioners and researchers

eSim 2020 is inviting conference proceedings in both traditional and new formats, including short position papers by industry and government practitioners, and interactive research submissions in the form of Python Jupyter Notebooks

A unique perspective on building performance codes and standards in Canada

British Columbia is home to the Energy Step Code, the first simulation-based building energy performance rating scheme in Canada, and one that has changed the face the building performance simulation industry on the West Coast. eSim 2020 will host a diverse discussion panel on the Step Code, covering its success, challenges, and its future.


MEET OUR Keynote Speakers

Susan MacDougall

Principal, Focal Engineering

Dr. Clayton Miller

Director of the Building and Urban Data Science (BUDS) Lab, Assistant Professor, National University Singapore

ENGAGE WITH OUR Special Sessions and Panels

Industry Pecha 

Rapid-fire presentations on the latest ideas, innovations, and projects out of Canada’s building simulation industry

Power-Hour for Women in Energy Simulation

Hosted by Susan MacDougall (Focal Engineering) and Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank (Carleton University)

A Candid Talk about the Step Code

A gathering of members of the BC Energy Step Code Council, academics, and consultants on the past, present, and future of the Step Code


Call for Short Papers by Practitioners

Do you have a project, innovation, or idea that’s moving the simulation and data analytics industry forward? Submit a two-page short paper and present your work at eSim 2020. 

Abstracts due: March 1st, 2020
Submissions due: May 1st, 2020


Call for Workshops

eSim 2020 will include a Workshop Day on 17 June, and the organising committee is soliciting proposals for workshops for half day (3 hour) or full day (6 hour) sessions. Possible workshop formats include demonstrations or tutorials of a simulation program or analysis method, and discussions or break-out sessions on specific topics.

Short Proposals due: March 1st, 2020

EXPLORE OUR Draft Programme

eSim 2020’s core programme will take place on June 15 and 16, 2020, with additional workshops held on June 17, 2020. The conference programme will include paper and poster presentations, industry and policy-led discussion panels, receptions and networking events, and participant-led side events.
4.00 - 6.00 PM

Opening Reception & Registration

8.00 - 9.30 AM Registration

Registration & Opening Remarks

9.30 - 10.45 AM
Keynote Talk

Keynote Talk

Susan MacDougall

10.45 - 11.15 AM Break

Coffee & Tea Break

11.15 - 12.30 PM

Parallel Sessions A

12.30 - 1.30 PM Lunch

Sponsored Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Parallel Session B

3.00 - 3.30 PM Break

Coffee & Tea Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Parallel Session C & Industry Pecha-Kuchas

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Panel Discussion

5:30 - 9:00 PM Dinner Reception

Dinner Reception

Buses will be provided to and from an off-campus dinner reception

09.00 - 10.15 AM Keynote Talk
Keynote Talk

Keynote Talk

Dr. Clayton Miller

10.15 - 10.45 AM Break

Coffee & Tea Break

10.45 - 12.15 PM

Parallel Sessions D

12.15 - 01.30 PM Lunch

Lunch & Power-Hour

Power-Hour for Women in Energy Simulation hosted by Susan Hayes and Prof. Cynthia Cruickshank

1.30 - 3.00 PM

Parallel Sessions E

3:00 - 3:30 PM Break

Coffee & Tea Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Parallel Sessions F

4:30 - 5:00 PM Closing

Closing Remarks

9.00-12.00 PM

Morning Workshop Sessions

12.00 - 1.00 PM Lunch


1.00 - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

THE VENUE The University of British Columbia

eSim 2020 will be held at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Ample discounted on-campus accommodation will be provided to conference participants. Further details on accommodation discounts, transport will be provided in February 2020.

eSIM 2020 IS PROUDLY Sponsored by:

eSIM 2020 IS JOINTLY Organized by:

CONTACT THE Organizing Committee:

General Information

Conference Chairs

Dr. Adam Rysanek
University of British Columbia

Eoghan Hayes
Edge Consulting

Scientific Committee Chairs

Dr. Ralph Evins
University of Victoria

Christian Cianfrone
Vancouver Zero Emissions Buildings Center of Excellence