Officials say the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 conference will focus on practical uses with an emphasis on simulation techniques and design.

Taking place Aug. 10-12 in Salt Lake City, 16 presentations are scheduled on topics such as simulation-based metrics green HVAC rating systems, rethinking climate and weather data for building simulations and how to include thermostat impacts in building load calculations. 

The event is co-sponsored by the International Building Performance Simulation Association and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers. 

“This conference offers highly valuable information for industry practitioners to advance the quality and technical rigor in energy modeling,” said Krishnan Gowri, vice chair of the conference steering committee. “Attendees will gain knowledge of new modeling tools and techniques from leading industry experts for high performance and net-zero building design.”

Case studies and demonstrations are scheduled that cover standards and code compliance. 

The 2016 ASHRAE “lowdown showdown” will also take place at the conference. For the competition, participants will be required to model a net-zero or below building. The baseline building for the challenge is a 50,000-square-foot, three-story outpatient health care facility. Participating teams will present their results during the conference.