Technical Sessions

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Technical Session 1: Monitoring and model verification

Wed, July 30, 10:30-12:00

Development of New Self-Comparison Test Suites for EnergyPlus

M Witte, R Henninger, D Crawley (paper | presentation)

Identification of Building Model Parameters and Loads Using On-Site Data Logs

T McKinley, A Alleyne (paper | presentation)

Energy Modeling for Measurement and Verification

L Morrison, R Azerbegi, A Walker (paper | presentation)


Technical Session 2: Airflow-thermal modeling 1

Wed, July 30, 1:00-2:30

The EnergyPlus UFAD Module

Q Liu, P Linden (paper | presentation)

A System Level Simulation Model of SOFC Systems for Building Applications

KH Lee, R Strand (paper)


Technical Session 3: Cutting edge simulation techniques

Wed, July 30, 1:00-2:30

Using SPARK as a Solver for Modelica

M Wetter, P Haves, M Moshier, E Sowell (paper | presentation)

Testing and Validating an Equation-Based Dynamic Building Program with ASHRAE Standard Method of Test

S Yuan, Z O’Neill (paper | presentation)

Building and HVAC System Simulation with the Help of an Engineering Equation Solver

S Bertagnolio, G Masy, J Lebrun, P Andre (paper | presentation)


Technical Session 4: Operation (controls and fault detection)

Thurs, July 31, 8:30-10:00

Specification of an Information Delivery Tool to Support Optimal Holistic Environmental and Energy Management in Buildings

J O’Donnell, M Keane, V Bazjanac (paper | presentation)

A Modular Building Controls Virtual Test Bed for the Integration of Heterogeneous Systems

M Wetter, P Haves (paper | presentation)


Technical Session 5: Applications 1

Thurs, July 31, 10:30-12:00

Federation Tower Moscow – Different Room Climates Under One Roof

O Baumann, C Reiser (paper | presentation)

CFD and Daylight Simulation Calibrated with Site Measurement for Waiting Hall of Shanghai South Railway Station

Y Pan, G Wu, F Yang, Z Huang (paper | presentation)

Simulated Performance of Solar Domestic Hot Water Technologies in New York State

A McNamara, J Perlman, R Perez (paper | presentation)



Technical Session 6: Energy performance optimization

Thurs, July 31, 10:30-12:00

An Enhanced Sequential Search Methodology for Identifying Cost-Optimal Building Pathways

S Horowitz, C Christensen, M Brandemuehl, M Krarti (paper | presentation)

Comparative Simulation of a High Performance Building with EE4-DOE2.1E and EnergyPlus

Z Tian, W Tian, J Love (paper | presentation)

Simulation of Off-Grid, Off-Pipe, Single-Family Detached Residences in U.S. Climates

M Malhotra, J Haberl (paper | presentation)



Technical Session 7: Airflow-thermal modeling 2

Thurs, July 31, 1:00-2:30

Validation and Parametric Analysis of EnergyPlus: Air Flow Network Model Using CONTAM

S Dutton, L Shao, S Riffat (paper | presentation)

CoolVent: A Multizone Airflow and Thermal Analysis Simulator for Natural Ventilation in Buildings

MA Menchaca-B., L Glicksman (paper | presentation)

The Role of Wind in Natural Ventilation Simulations Using Airflow Network Models

J Good, A Frisque, D Phillips (paper | presentation)


Technical Session 8: Applications 2

Thurs, July 31, 3:00-5:00

Potential and Limitations for Hydronic Radiant Slabs using Waterside Free Cooling and Dedicated Outside Air Systems

T Moore (paper | presentation)

Bracketing Residential “Net-zeroness” During Design Stage

R Brahme, G Dobbs, T Carriere (paper | presentation)

TQM Approaches to Incorporating Simulations into Residential Energy Retrofit Programs

C Balbach, G Thomas (paper | presentation)


Technical Session 9: Applications 3

Fri, Aug 1, 8:30-10:00

DIN 18599 – Accounting for Primary Energy: New Code Requires Dynamic Simulation

C Reiser, R David, M Faigl, O Baumann (paper | presentation)

Simulation and Model Calibration of a Large-Scale Solar Seasonal Storage System

T McDowell, J Thornton (paper | presentation)

Effective Early Collaboration Between Engineers and Architects for Successful Energy-Efficient Design

T White, M Dec, D Troy, B Thornton (paper | presentation)


Technical Session 10: Tool development 1

Fri, Aug 1, 10:30-12:00

Development of a Simplified Simulation Tool for High Performance K-5 Schools in Hot and Humid Climates

P Im, J Haberl (paper | presentation)

Visualizing Pedestrian Comfort Using ENVI-met

A Rosheidat, D Hoffman, H Bryan (paper | presentation)

A Scalable Lighting Simulation Tool for Integrated Building Design

YC Huang, KP Lam, G Dobbs (paper | presentation)



Technical Session 11: Envelope modeling

Fri, Aug 1, 1:00-2:30

Modeling of Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) Systems

T Webster, F Bauman, F Buhl, A Daly (paper | presentation)

Development of a Toolkit for the Selection of High-Performance Systems for Office Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates

S Cho, J Haberl (paper | presentation)


Technical Session 12: Tool development 2

Fri, Aug 1, 1:00-2:30

Demeter – a Green Building Plugin for SketchUp

N Finlayson, M Murray, D Maciver, J Morrison, M Morrison, D Macdonald, D Macaskill D Macritchie, I Rizos (paper | presentation)

Energy Design Plugin: An EnergyPlus Plugin for SketchUp

P Ellis, P Torcellini, D Crawley (paper | presentation)

COMFEN: A Commercial Fenestration/Facade Design Tool

R Hitchcock, R Mitchell, M Yazdanian, E Lee, C Huizenga (paper | presentation)


Special Cases

These papers were submitted as technical session papers, but because of their merit and content, they have been incorporated instead into the invited sessions.

Simulating the Impact on Buildings of Changing Climate – Creation and Application of Ersatz Future Weather Data Files

T Lee, D Ferrari (paper | presentation)

Lessons from an Advanced Building Simulation Course

G Augenbroe, J Brown, YS Heo, SH Kim, Z li, S McManus, F Zhao (paper | presentation)

Invited Sessions


Plenary Speakers

Wed, July 30, 10:30-12:00

Dian Grueneich, California Public Utilities Commission, The Role of Energy Efficiency

Mark Jacobson, Stanford University, Computer Modeling of the Atmosphere

Arthur Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission, California Progress in Energy-Efficient Buildings, The Long View: 1974 – 2030


Climate Change and Buildings

Wed, July 30, 10:30-12:00

Larry Degelman, Texas A&M University, Climate models: the new scenarios they present for building simulation approaches under a global warming trend

Trevor Lee, Energy Partners, Creation of Ersatz Future Weather Data Files

Norman Miller, LBNL, Climate, Extreme Heat and Electricity Demand in California

Joe Huang, White Box Technologies, The Potential Impact of Climate Change on Building Energy Use in California and the US



Wed, July 30, 1:00-2:30

Ron Judkoff, NREL, Validation of Building Energy Simulation Software

Bruce Wilcox, Berkeley Solar Group

Martha Brook, CEC

Chip Barnaby, Wrightsoft

Mike Witte, GARD Analytics

Codes & Standards

Thurs, July 31, 8:30-10:00

Mark Hydeman, Taylor Engineering, Application of Simulation Tools to Energy Codes (Title 24 and 90.1)

Martha Brook, CEC, Software Tools for Standards Development and Compliance

Bruce Wilcox, Berkeley Solar Group, Simulation in the California Residential Building Standards


Lighting and Daylighting

Thurs, July 31, 10:30-12:00

Prasad Vaidya, The Weidt Group, and Joe Deringer, SU.PER.B Daylighting Systems – Use Commissioning (CxDL) to Avoid/Fix Problems

George Loisos, Loisos+Ubbelohde

Susan Ubbelohde, UC Berkeley

Eleanor Lee, LBNL, High-Performance Commercial Building Facade Solutions


Design Tool Needs

Thurs, July 31, 1:00-2:30

Sandy Mendler, Mithun, Design Tool Needs

Maurya McClintock, Arup

Andrew Corney, Advanced Environmental


Teaching / Education / Training

Thurs, July 31, 3:00-5:00

Jeff Haberl, Texas A&M University, SIMBUILD Survey: Academic Use of Simulation Software

Jason Brown, Georgia Inst. of Tech., Lessons From an Advanced Building Simulation Course

Joe Deringer, SU.PER.B


BIM / Interoperability

Fri, Aug 1, 8:30-10:00

Vladimir Bazjanac, LBNL

Chip Barnaby, Wrightsoft, gbXML From a Developer’s Point of View

Dan Gonzales, Swinerton Builders, A Builder’s View



Fri, Aug 1, 10:30-12:00

Malcolm Lewis, CTG Energetics, LEED 2009 Credit Weighting Process to Develop New LEED Scorecards

Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute, The Energy Performance of LEED Buildings

Gail Stranske, CTG Energetics, Lessons Learned from EA Credit 1 LEED Reviews


Tools for Innovation

Fri, Aug 1, 1:00-2:30

David Bradley, TESS-Inc, Tools For Innovation: You Can’t Always Use Your Hammer

Scott Bortoff, UTRC, Methods and Tools for System Inversion and Data Assimilation

Michael Wetter, LBNL, Modeling vs. Simulation to Support Innovation in Buildings