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 will explore synergies between simulation and data-driven methods of building analysis. An emphasis will be placed on new advances in machine learning and surrogate modelling techniques for building performance simulation; novel uses of operational building data and Internet of Things sensors; data-driven decision-making for building design and retrofits; and closing the performance gap. This broad theme will help the conference to extend beyond the traditional building simulation audience to include energy auditors and energy service providers, software developers and policy-makers.

CONFERENCE TOPICS AND THEMES

  • Building operations & controls
  • Occupant behaviour, comfort and well-being
  • Whole-building design
  • Innovative HVAC systems and components
  • Innovative building envelope systems
  • Airflow / infiltration / natural ventilation
  • Urban / district / community / stock modelling
  • Renewable energy systems and components
  • Impact of climate / future climate on building performance
  • Simulation in practice
  • The Internet-of-Things (IoT) and IoT-integration with building simulation
  • Machine learning for building energy applications
  • Surrogate-modeling / fitting models to synthetic data
  • Optimisation / Design space exploration
  • Parametric building design
  • Data collection / sensors / smart meters / smart thermostats
  • Model calibration to measured data
  • Analysis of measured data / big data
  • Code compliance / code development / incentive programs
  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    eSim 2020 is now accepting abstracts for research papers and posters to be presented at the conference. Abstracts should be 150 words.
    The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2019.
    Full submissions will be due February 21, 2020.

    SPECIAL FEATURES FOR eSIM 2020

    SUBMISSION OF INTERACTIVE JUPYTER NOTEBOOKS AS PROCEEDINGS

    In addition to written papers and posters, eSim 2020 will accept research publications in the form of annotated Jupyter Python Notebooks

    BUILDING DATA SCIENCE WORKSHOPS

    From data analytics and visualization using Python to integration machine learning with building performance simulation, eSim 2020 will offer a range of workshops on emerging fields in the building sciences

    INDUSTRY AND POLICY TRACKS

    eSim 2020 will bring together regional experts to discuss British Columbia and Canada's state-of-the-art in simulation-driven building design and performance-driven building codes

    CONFERENCE INFORMATION

    ABOUT eSIM

    eSim is the conference of IBPSA-Canada, held biannually since 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. Though its reach for 2020 is global, eSIM will continue to represent the community of Canadian practioners and researchers pursuing advances in building performance simulation.

    VENUE

    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 will be provided in November 2019.

    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.

    ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

    eSim 2020 is organized jointly between the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Victoria (UVic), the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Exchange (zebx), and Edge Consulting, in partnership with IBPSA-Canada. The organizing committee (from left to right above) is Dr. Adam Rysanek - Co-Chair (UBC), Dr. Ralph Evins - Co-Scientific Chair (UVic), Eoghan Hayes - Co-Chair (Edge), and Christian Cianfrone - Co-Scientific Chair (zebx)

    Contact eSim 2020's organisers

    Feel free to reach out to the organizing committee if you have any questions about the conference