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ASHRAE LowDown Showdown seeks 2016 participants

January 29, 2016 - After the success of the first modelling challenge, ASHRAE says its LowDown Showdown will once again be a part of the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 Conference from August 10-12, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

January 29, 2016  By  Renée Francoeur

The Showdown is a modelling 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, ASHRAE says, to showcase their abilities using the vendor’s simulation tools, innovative workflows and creative problem solving to model a high performance building.

Each team will be comprised of volunteers who will sign up to play a role on each team, such as: engineers, architects, designers, and energy modellers.

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 February 15, 2016.

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

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

“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.”

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