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Webinar: Teaching the fundamentals of building performance simulation?

Speaker Bio

Ian Beausoleil-Morrison is Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University, situated in Ottawa, Canada.  President of the International Building Performance Simulation Association from 2010 to 2015 and the 2021 recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award, over the past three decades he has researched, developed, and validated models and simulation tools for buildings and energy systems.  He is author of the textbookFundamentals of Building Performance Simulation and he co-founded and has served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation since its inception in 2008.

About the topic:

Building performance simulation (BPS) tools employ a large number of mathematical models to simulate a building’s performance under a given set of weather and operating conditions.  Many aspects of performance can be appraised, including energy consumption, ventilation effectiveness, thermal comfort, lighting quality, etc.  The objective is to represent the significant physical processes so that the simulation provides an accurate—or at least a useful—representation of reality.

This technology provides tremendous potential for addressing some of the key challenges facing the building industry in the 21st century by improving design and operation.  However, much of BPS’ potential remains unfulfilled.  There are various reasons for this, but one important factor is a credibility gap that can only be addressed when we adequately prepare users to effectively apply tools with full knowledge of their applicability, modelling limitations, and default methods and data, and provide them the skill set to scrutinize their results.

This talk will argue the necessity for teaching the fundamentals of how BPS tools model physical processes, the impact of modelling choices, and the significance of input data, including hidden defaults, as opposed to training on tool operation.  It will introduce the book Fundamentals of Building Performance Simulation that I have authored in an attempt to address this need and will demonstrate the methods I use to teach this topic at the postgraduate and professional development levels.

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Previous events

A JOINT CIBSE BUILDING SIMULATION GROUP AND IBPSA-ENGLAND EVENT ON ‘ESTIMATING AIRBORNE INFECTION THROUGH SIMULATION AND ANALYSIS’ – PART 1

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IBPSA-ENGLAND / CIBSE BSG EVENT: ESTIMATING AIRBORNE INFECTION THROUGH SIMULATION AND ANALYSIS – PART 2

The built environment sector has been impacted heavily by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ventilation of buildings has been identified as one of the most important measures for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and had thus become part of the international COVID-19 management strategy.
This part 2 of the joint event by IBPSA-England and CIBSE Building Simulation Group will present some of the latest knowledge and developments in this area with speakers from academia and industry discussing some of the simulation and analysis tools and methods used to understand airborne infection in the built environment and some of the latest research programmes that have been designed to further improve our understanding and applications.

The event will showcase UK and international examples of the use of ventilation modelling and simulation within research and practical applications that have: contributed to our understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted our spaces; supported the formulation of recommendations and policy on mitigating it’s spread and making buildings ‘COVID-safe’;
informed plans to open our buildings up while ensuring occupant health and wellbeing.

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About this event: This webinar will explore the application of building performance simulation in improving indoor environmental conditions in care homes.

Program:
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Presentation 2: Monitoring and Modelling the Risk of Summertime Overheating in UK Care Homes by Prof Rajat Gupta and Dr Anna Mavrogianni