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The electronic Newsletter of IBPSA England (2019 No. 4)

Dear IBPSA England members
In this last issue of the year (and the decade!), our Chair Ruchi Choudhary takes the opportunity to recap the main IBPSA-England activities from 2019 and to wish you all a great holiday season. And – rejoice – the deadline for BSO2020 abstract submissions have been extended to the 10th January 2020, don't miss it!

Other articles feature Rebecca Ward reporting on the 'everything TM54' event organised in November and Vasiliki Kourgiozou, from the CIBSE Building Simulation Group, presenting the finalists of the Building Simulation Awards. Last but not least, don't miss the IBPSA-USA 'Ask a modeler' special column and the event calendar, for a new year packed with BPS-related events.

Happy reading!
Eleonora Brembilla 
IBPSA England eNews Editor
Email: e.brembilla@lboro.ac.uk

P.S. The IBPSA eNews is published on a quarterly basis, namely at the end of the following months: March, June, September, and December. If you would like to share Building Performance Simulation related information with all IBPSA England delegates, please don't hesitate to send an email to e.brembilla@lboro.ac.uk

Item 1: Season's Greetings from our Chair

As we move towards the New Year, I wish to thank you, our community of the IBPSA-England membership, for supporting the activities and events that serve to advance the science and practice of building performance simulation.

This year we had a very successful international IBPSA Conference in Rome. IBPSA-board member Dr. Clarice Bleil de Souza (Cardiff University) edited a special issue of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation on Building Performance Simulation and the User. This was also the focus of the IBPSA 2019 Webinar series, which many of you are following. We also had our own IBPSA-England event on ‘everything TM54’ this November. Finally, three of our current/past board members were made IBPSA Fellows.

We have an exciting year ahead as we plan the Building Simulation and Optimization Conference at Loughborough University in September 2020. We look forward to welcoming you there.

On behalf of the board of IBPSA-England, I wish all our members a pleasant close of the year and a very happy new year.

– Ruchi Choudhary, Chair of IBPSA-England

Item 2: Extended deadline for BSO2020 abstract submissions

Building Simulation and Optimization 2020 is allowing further abstract submissions to the conference, but for a short time only until the 10th of January 2020! 

To submit an abstract, you will be requested to provide a title and text describing the work's objectives (max 150 words), methods & key outcomes (max 200 words) and novelty (max 150 words). The total submission should be a maximum of 500 words. For more details and to submit your abstract, please visit www.bso2020.org.
Item 3: IBPSA-England event on 'everything TM54'

On Thursday 7th November, an IBPSA-England evening event entitled ‘CIBSE TM54 Evaluating Operational Energy Performance of Buildings at the Design Stage - What is it? How do we do it? Does it work?’  was hosted by HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt in their London office.  The event was well attended with over 30 representatives from industry and academia.

Dr Claire Das Bhaumik from Inkling LLP gave an insight into application of TM54 in practice and its potential for reduction of the performance gap. She stressed the need for clients to sign up to the idea of TM54 and welcomed the inclusion of TM54 practices in recent BREEAM guidance documents. Following on, Rebecca Ward of the Alan Turing Institute and Cambridge University discussed the options for specification of occupant-based internal loads in dynamic simulation tools, focussing on the potential use of monitored data. The difficulty in equating the TM54 bottom-up calculations for internal loads with metered data in operation was highlighted and she emphasised the need for communication across all interested parties at the design stage.  Discussion followed with participants keen to explore both the principles and application of the approach.

Item 4: CIBSE Building Simulation Awards 2019
On the 26th November, the CIBSE Building Simulation Group (BSG) hosted the annual Building Simulation Awards 2019 at CIBSE Build2Perform. Each entry was reviewed by three different building simulation experts to shortlist six projects. These were presented in front of an audience and judging panel in one of the sessions at B2P. There was a fantastic depth and breadth of projects showcasing the state of the art in building simulation software, practices and techniques applied to real buildings.

The three finalists work at Bryden Wood, DSSR and Arup. The overall winner was Liam Harrington from DSSR with his project 'Multi-tool building simulation modelling for Rolls Royce factory ventilation retrofit'. The judges were impressed with the use of CFD and other building simulation tools to solve a complex problem in challenging industrial settings. The Awards were sponsored by Monodraught, IES, DesignBuilder and EDSL. All the shortlisted presentations will be soon available on the BSG blogspot.

The session included a panel discussion titled 'Building Simulation Skills From Different Perspectives: An Architect, an Academic, a Consultant and a Contractor', in which Reinier Zelderust (Foster and Partners), Eleonora Brembilla (Loughborough University), Doug Baldock (Laing O'Rourke), and Darren Woolf (CIBSE BSG Chair) shared their experience and views on Building Performance Simulation.

Ask a Modeler

I've heard repeatedly about Spawn of EnergyPlus and seen this project in the DOE roadmap. What is the future of energy modeling going to look like for the industry? Can you provide a "Co-simulation 101" please?

-Curious about Co-Simulation
Michael Wetter, PhD
Staff Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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We want to hear your interesting, entertaining, or just plain odd questions about life and building performance simulation. Submit your questions to be answered by prominent building performance simulation experts. Note that questions requiring an immediate response should be submitted to the community of experts at unmethours.com. If you are interested in replying to a question as a featured expert or have any other feedback about Ask a Modeler please email askamodeler@ibpsa.us.

A calendar with events organised by other regional affiliates of IBPSA can be found in the bi-annual IBPSA World newsletter: www.ibpsa.org/ibpsa-newsletter/
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