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The electronic Newsletter of IBPSA England (2014 No 3)

Dear IBPSA England members
Please find the December England Email newsletter (eNews) below. The IBPSA eNews is published on a quarterly basis, namely at the end of the following months: March, June, September, and December.
The third IBPSA England eNews letter includes a message from our IBPSA England chair Pieter de Wilde, information about an IBPSA England organized workshop taking place in March 2015, the announcement of the BS2015 modelling competition, one job opening amongst others.
Happy reading!
Christina Hopfe
IBPSA England eNews  Editor
P.S. If you would like to share IBPSA England related information with all IBPSA England delegates, please don't hesitate to send an email to C.J.Hopfe@lboro.co.uk
Item 1: Message from the IBPSA England Chair Pieter de Wilde
At the end of the year, we can look back to another successful year for IBPSA-England. Highlight was undoubtedly the BSO2014 Conference organised by our colleagues at UCL in June. We also had an interesting workshop on Simulation of Greenhouses at Cambridge, and voted in a new Board. As you will see from this eNews we are working hard to establish a more regular contact and improve the connection with you, our members, in order to ensure we remain a vibrant organisation. Looking forward, 2015 already has a series of interesting events in the pipeline, including a seminar on OpenFoam and a special session at the CIBSE Technical Symposium. December 2015 will see some of us attend the Building Simulation conference in Hyderabad, India. But if any of you have ideas for further events or activities, please do get in touch.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015,
Pieter de Wilde
Chair of IPBSA-England
Item 2: Building Simulation & Optimization (BSO) conference 2016 to be held in Newcastle
The IBPSA England Board has decided (last Friday) that the forthcoming BSO-16 will be held in Newcastle, and jointly hosted by Neveen Hamza (University of Newcastle)  and Chris Underwood (University of Northumbria). Further details will be announced in 2015.
Item 3: Elections for IBPSA Board of Directors - open until 21 December 2014
The ballot to cast your votes for the new IBPSA Board of Directors has now been open until 21 December 2014. Thank you if you have participated in this election process. If you have not yet cast your votes, please kindly do so by looking for an email sent to you by TrueVote (the election service provider) on 17 November 2014. If you did not receive such an email, please email Lori McElroy (lori@sust.org) and ask for the link to be sent to you.
Your voice is important to IBPSA and to the future of this Association. Please do not miss this opportunity.
Item 4: OpenFOAM in March 2015 at Loughborough University
An increasing number of modellers are using open source CFD tools as an alternative to commercial options with graphical user interfaces. This offers potential advantages such as tailoring of numerical models and computational efficiency, as well as cost.  One such option is OpenFOAM which is being used by many CFD practitioners in industry as well as academia, primarily for external air flow analysis. A seminar is planned for March 2015 at Loughborough University which will consider the opportunities and current practices using OpenFOAM. To register your interest in attending or presenting your work, please contact Malcolm Cook (Malcolm.cook@lboro.ac.uk).

Item 5: Building Simulation (BS) 2015- modelling competition NOW OPEN
This year’s student modelling competition, which is being operated alongside the forthcoming Building Simulation conference in Hyderabad in December 2015, is now open. Full details, with instructions on how to compete can be found at http://www.ibpsa.org/downloads/competitions/BS2015/briefing.pdf and at the conference website http://www.bs2015.in/modelling_competition.php
The modelling competition is now a regular part of IBPSA’s biennial conference and provides an ideal opportunity for friendly competition amongst students, based around a real building simulation challenge. Entries from previous winners can be viewed at http://www.ibpsa.org/?page_id=464
Item 6: New opening at Newcastle University
E-Viz is an EPSRC-funded multi-centre project (www.eviz.org.uk) focusing on visualising energy in buildings to change user behaviour and reduce energy demand. The project is interdisciplinary, bringing together experts from building science, architecture, psychology, visualisation and computing in an effort to transform people’s understanding and behaviour through novel energy visualisations using personal and social pervasive digital technologies. The project team is a consortium of academic partners from Newcastle, Plymouth, Bath, and Birmingham as well as International partners in Canada, the Netherlands and Austria. For this project, we are seeking to recruit a research assistant/associate with expertise in building performance simulation for an immediate start if possible. This post is for 9 months 0.5FTE. The successful candidate will undertake modelling and simulation of building performance to feed into advanced visualizations of building energy demand. Experience with tools for CFD, thermal, ventilation and daylight modelling is essential to assess occupants’ interaction with buildings and their services. The candidate will also undertake literature reviews for intended journal and conference publications
For queries regarding this post please contact: Dr. Neveen Hamza (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU) email:Neveen.hamza@newcastle.ac.uk

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