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ASHRAE announces Energy Modeling Conference 2012; call for presenters

November 17, 2011 - ASHRAE's upcoming conference seeks to advance the industry's ability to more accurately model and simulate a building's energy use, it explained. The Energy Modeling Conference–Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings is slated for October 1-3, 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.


November 17, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

The conference aims to guide building design professionals about what does and does not work when using currently available modeling tools to design and analyze buildings and their energy using systems.

“The conference will provide the design professional with ‘workarounds’ that may be applied to improve the results of their modeling results when their modeling tool of choice may not be capable of modeling some of the more unique or hybrid buildings or energy using systems being used in high performance buildings today,” said Dennis Knight, conference chair.

With a focus on case studies and real world examples, the conference will begin with an interactive session with modeling software developers presenting common modeling scenarios on how their specific software can model a scenario, whether there are any limitations and what might be the best work around and exceptional modeling practices to obtain acceptable results when the tool cannot model the scenario out-of-the-box, added organizers.

Call for Presenters
ASHRAE is currently seeking presentations on case studies and actual projects and how they were analyzed and designed using modeling tools. Presentation abstracts are requested on the following topics:

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• HVAC load analysis
• Energy modeling
• Side-by-side software provider presentations on their ability to address specific modeling system types and applications and energy simulation programs
• Code and standards compliance issues
• Energy Star, LEED and other high performance building guidelines–impacts on models
• Innovative system modeling: chilled beams, water source heat pumps, renewables, variable refrigerant flow, cogeneration, labyrinths, electronically commutated motors
• Integration of analytic modeling tools with building information modeling
• Exceptional modeling techniques for when tools just do not work
• Simplified and rapid modeling techniques that may be applied for early analysis.
• Integration of daylighting, computational fluid dynamics and other exceptional modeling techniques and results into HVAC simulations
• Life cycle cost analysis

CLICK HERE to submit a presentation application.

Presenters will give an oral presentation, have their presentations posted online for conference attendees and receive a substantially-reduced conference registration rate.

Presentation Schedule
Full Page Abstracts due: Feb. 15, 2012
Notification of abstract decisions: March 15, 2012
Accepted speaker forms due: April 15, 2012
Presentations due: Sept. 1, 2012
Conference: October 2012

For more information, go to www.ashrae.org/EMC2012.