AmirRezaei_SelectedThe ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference in Salt Lake City August 10-12,  builds upon the success of the previous ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA joint conference held in Atlanta in September 2014. This conference combines the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference and IBPSA-USA SimBuild.

“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.

The conference will cover two-and-a half days and will be preceded by two days of training seminars and short courses.

MKK Consulting Engineer’s, Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei, a High Performance Design Specialist with our Innovation Lab, will be competing and speaking at the ASHRAE conference this year.   Amir will be presenting his paper, “Steps Toward Designing a Positive Energy House: Lessons Learnt,” together with Raghuram Sunnam, a Building Performance Specialist with Baumann Consulting.  This paper outlines the steps and measures taken in designing a positive energy residential building in a cold climate. The design team was given a fixed set of occupant schedules and zone characteristics to design with. Several energy modeling tools were employed early on in the design process to identify the best passive strategies that meet the building loads.

In addition to presenting at the conference, Amir will be co-captain of a team, the Energy Evangelists, for the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Energy Modeling Challenge 2016.  Participants will model a net zero or positive energy building.  The Baseline Building Modeling Specifications lists all the zones with floor area; space types; occupants; wall, roof, and fenestration areas; lighting; plug and process loads; outside and exhaust air requirements; and associated schedules that each team will use in modeling their baseline building. These requirements will be the starting point for your project. In your project, each team must include the same floor area of zones, occupants, plug and process loads, and outside and exhaust air requirements–working to make it net-zero or net-positive energy. Teams are limited to using no more than 10,000 ft2 of roof area for photovoltaic or solar thermal systems. Teams will use TMY3 weather data and local utility rates (natural gas, electricity, and water) for Omaha, Nebraska. You will use the carbon emissions factors from Standard 189.1-2014 (provided in the Challenge Resource section) to calculate carbon equivalent savings.

As a High Performance Design Specialist with over 5 years’ of high performance design experience, Amir specializes in whole building energy simulation and optimization techniques for reduction of energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings. His professional goal is to design high performance buildings for greater sustainability and to help clients make informed decisions through comprehensive analysis of the building energy use at early stages of design and construction.