ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Seeks Participants for 2016 Conference

ATLANTA, January 28, 2016 – After the success and popularity of the first modeling challenge, the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown will be a part of the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 Conference, Aug. 10-12, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Showdown is a modeling challenge designed to showcase the work of several teams competing to model a net zero or below building. The competition gives conference attendees the opportunity to work with vendors and developers to showcase their abilities using the vendor’s simulation tools, innovative workflows and creative problem solving to model a high performance building.

The Showdown provides a fun way of encouraging participation, demonstrating tool usage in building modeling and for participants to present their models to their peers and colleagues.

How to Join the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown
Each team will be comprised of volunteers who will sign up to play a role on each team, such as:

  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Energy modelers

The teams will be given a “baseline building” and then each team will have several months to work together to create their proposed building.

At the conference, on the day of the Showdown, each team will present their results. Teams will be scored on a number of criteria.

The deadline to sign up to participate is Monday, Feb. 15. Join a team by signing up here:

Participation in the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown is available to all registered attendees of the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference. Registration will open this spring.

Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters is now open. Abstracts (400 or less words in length) and a 100-word promotional abstract are due Feb. 3, 2016. Papers are not required for accepted presentation proposals. For more information or to submit an abstract, go to

“The first jointly organized conference was held in 2014 and was a huge success in its ability to bring the building energy analysis and performance simulation community together and provide the conference content to serve attendees,” Dennis Knight, Conference chair, said. “The ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 Conference seeks to build upon that success and further improve the industry’s ability to accurately model building performance.”

Modelers, software developers, owner and researchers will address the practices of energy modeling and building performance simulation using existing simulation tools, software development, and future simulation research and applications.

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 54,000 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. More information can be found at

IBPSA-USA is the United States regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). The mission of IBPSA-USA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States.