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The electronic Newsletter of IBPSA England (2020 No. 2)

Dear IBPSA England members
Here is the June issue of your IBPSA-England newsletter, packed with information from the BPS world!

First of all, the IBPSA-England flagship event, BSO2020, is taking place online on the 21-22 September and registrations will open soon. Save the date! The call for industrial presentations is still open, more information in Item 1. After that, IBPSA-England has some 'personal' news to communicate to you all, in Item 2. If you ran out of things to watch, DesignBuilder is offering a whole series of webinars on building simulation – more in Item 3. Item 4 is all about a new report on housing performance at national scale from Oxford Brookes University, and you can find as many as three research position openings in Items 5 and 6. To conclude, the usual "Ask a Modeler" column from IBPSA-USA and a calendar of future BPS-related events. I warned you it was a packed issue.

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: BSO-V 2020 Updates! Online conference dates and call for industrial presentations

BSO-V 2020, IBPSA-England’s First Virtual conference, will be taking place on 21-22 September 2020. We received over 50 full paper submissions despite the impact of COVID-19. These submissions comes from institutions as far away as Brazil and Australia, indicating the broad reach the virtual format has been able to facilitate.

We look forward to the conversations around topics submitted, such as: redefining activities in occupancy modelling, Bayesian calibration techniques, machine learning techniques for control and modelling, evaluation of climate and daylighting sensitivities, the use of genetic algorithms for building design, smart-meter calibrated urban building stock models, characterisation of hygrothermal properties of building materials, methods for assessing heat vulnerability, impacts and integration of photovoltaic, heat pump, and thermal storage technologies, incorporating uncertainty in the evaluation and delivery of energy flexibility and many more!

We aim to offer meaningful discussion moments within the conference programme, and we are keen to involve experts from both academia and industry. We are currently advertising for presentation-only sessions from industry practitioners to contribute to the conversation around building simulation and optimization. The submission portal is available through the conference website and industry-track abstracts describing the main aspects of the presentation are due 15 July 2020.

We hope all can virtually join us for a great conference. For news and updates, please check the conference website, bso2020.org, and follow us on Twitter @BsOconference.

From the BSO-V 2020 Conference and Scientific Chairs,
Dr. Bianca Howard
Dr. Eleonora Brembilla
Dr. Argyris Oraiopoulos 

Item 2: Registration as Community Interest Company (CIC)

We are delighted to announce that IBPSA-England is now registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC). This means that we are now able to hold funds and sponsor activities that promote the science and application of building simulation.

This is a big milestone for our community. We thank Dr. Rob McLeod and Professor Malcolm Cook for their hard work in bringing this together. Over the course of the summer the IBPSA-England board will be discussing details regarding membership and management of the company.

Item 3: Webinars from DesignBuilder

Over the last few months DesignBuilder delivered a series of webinars to help professionals develop their simulation capabilities.
The first two webinars below illustrate how you can develop a certification model to assess overheating risk according to CIBSE TMs 52 and 59, and how that model can be further developed to assess operational energy performance at the design stage in accordance with CIBSE TM54. Re-building models of the same building for different purposes is time-consuming and inefficient, so these webinars will show you how to avoid that. Access the DesignBuilder Webinar on “Generating TM52/59 Reports From Your EPC Model” and the CIBSE Certification Webinar on Compliance versus Performance Modelling.

The next two webinars show how the latest technology can be modelled effectively to improve the design process. The first of these illustrates best-practice modelling techniques that will help you to confidently design and model HVAC systems. The case studies presented are from recent projects focused on ground source heat pump and VRF systems, but many of the concepts discussed apply more widely. Access the webinar.
The AEC industry faces difficult design and modelling decisions on a daily basis, not least in navigating the all-too-common conundrum: you want to improve an important project deliverable such as energy efficiency or thermal comfort, but when you do that the cost increases beyond the budget. The second webinar in this series explains how you can use the latest modelling technology to undertake advanced cost-benefit analysis to identify the best trade-off between cost and performance objectives. Access the webinar.
Other Free Resources
DesignBuilder past webinars and short case studies.

Item 4: Launch of the State of the Nation Study on housing performance

A new report published by researchers at Oxford Brookes University has revealed for the first time a detailed national picture of the actual performance of new build homes through a detailed analysis of building performance evaluation projects.

The report and summary of findings have been just released and are available here

You can watch the online presentation by clicking on the video below.
Item 5: Funded PhD studentship: Fit-for-purpose occupant behaviour modelling for simulation-aided occupant-centric design

The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering invites applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship focusing on applying fit-for-purpose occupant models in the simulation-aided design processes aiming for high performance built environments.
For further information about the research post, please visit:
Closing date is 13 July 2020

Informal enquiries on the content of the research topic should be emailed to Dr Farhang Tahmasebi (f.tahmasebi@ucl.ac.uk).
Item 6: Research positions in Low Carbon Building Research Group, Oxford Brookes University

The Low Carbon Building Research Group in Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK) is continuing to expand. We have created new research posts as part of our research grant successes related to smart local energy systems (EnergyRevLocal Energy Oxfordshire), domestic demand side response and thermal innovation projects; and UK-India Residential building energy demand reduction in India (RESIDE) project.

For further information about the research posts, please visit:
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Energy Smart Buildings and Communities (Apply here)
Researcher, Housing Performance Evaluation (Apply here)

Closing date is 12 July 2020

For more information please contact hrteam-recruitment@brookes.ac.uk

Ask a Modeler

How Well do Building Simulation Programs Model Thermal Bridging?

- Learning the Ropes
Som S. Shrestha, Ph.D., BEMP
R&D Staff Scientist, Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research
Building Technologies Research and Integration Center
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Answer on the IBPSA-USA website:

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.

  • CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium (Virtual Conference), 14-15 September 2020, [Glasgow, UK] – cibse.org
  • Building Simulation and Optimization (Virtual Conference), 21-22 September 2020, [Loughborough, UK] – www.bso2020.org
  • BauSIM conference, 23-25 September 2020, Graz, Austria – tugraz.at/bausim2020
  • BuildSim Nordic 2020, 13-14 October 2020, Oslo, Norway – buildsimnordic2020.ibpsa-nordic.org
  • IBPSA-Scotland uSIM, 11-12 November 2020, Edinburgh, UK – usim20.hw.ac.uk
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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