ASHRAE Announces Topics for New Building Performance Analysis Conference

ATLANTA, January 3, 2017 – ASHRAE has announced the topics and a call for presenters for its new Building Performance Analysis Conference, formerly known as the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference.

This year’s conference addresses energy modeling, the core topic of the past four conferences, and expanded subject matter which now encompasses non-energy building performance analysis and simulation and those professionals responsible for that work. The conference program addresses the needs of designers and modelers.

“This conference engages the design aspect of modeling and simulation,” Dennis Knight, conference chair, said. “The conference topics address the work of HVAC engineers, architects and other building design professionals who rely on simulation and modeling tools to perform their day-to-day work and meet their standard of care.”

The 2017 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference takes place Sept. 27-29, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga. A call for presenters is now open for presentations that address the following conference topics:

  • Modeling for and during the design phase (includes thermal comfort, visual comfort, water, and health, safety and welfare)
  • Early design modeling and concepts
  • Modeling innovative or new technologies
  • Existing building modeling
  • Model validation and calibration
  • Data visualization
  • Future trends in modeling
  • Making the business case for modeling

Presentation proposals are due March 13, 2017, and decisions will be announced April 3, 2017.

“The conference’s goal is to serve practitioners with the most up-to-date best practices, work flows and processes required to plan, design, construct and operate high performing, low energy consuming, environmentally responsive and responsible, safe, secure and healthy buildings for human occupancy,” Knight said.

The conference program will include keynote speakers, invited speaker sessions, other program types and presentations and the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling competition.

For more information or to submit a presentation proposal, visit

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.