IBPSA makes four awards for outstanding work in the building performance simulation field. These awards are made on a biennial basis at each Building Simulation Conference, providing there is a qualified candidate. The four categories awarded are:
(1) IBPSA Distinguished Achievement Award
This award, formerly named the IBPSA Award for Distinguished Service to Building Simulation, recognizes an individual who has a distinguished record of contributions to the field of building performance simulation, over a long period. The award consists of a certificate and $500 (US). Awarded biennially.
(2) IBPSA Outstanding Young Contributor Award
This award recognizes an individual at the beginning of their career who has demonstrated potential for significant contributions to the field of building performance simulation. The award consists of a certificate and $500 (US). Awarded biennially.
(3) IBPSA Innovative Application Award
This award, formerly named the IBPSA Award for Distinguished Practice, recognizes an individual, group or firm, who has made a significant contribution to the effective application and/or advancement of building performance simulation in practice. The award may be given for a unique or noteworthy use of simulation in practice; development of simulation software or supporting software that has had a significant impact on industry practice; or other contribution that has advanced building performance simulation in practice. The award consists of a certificate and $US500. Awarded biennially.
(4) Godfried Augenbroe Award
This new award, in honour of the late Prof. Godfried Augenbroe, recognizes a recent outstanding PhD thesis on the topic of building performance simulation. Eligible candidates will have been awarded their PhD in the two years since the last biennial IBPSA World Simulation Conference.
In addition, IBPSA recognizes members who have attained distinction in the field of building performance simulation with the grade of Fellow. Information on nominations for the grade of Fellow may be found here.
IBPSA Student Travel Awards
For information on Student Travel Awards see here.
Nominations for awards must be made by an independent third party.
Nominations for the Distinguished Achievement Award should include a brief CV which gives the history of involvement with building performance simulation, publications etc., and a summary of the nominee’s specific contribution to the field of building performance simulation – e.g. in the development/ contribution to development of building performance simulation tools or in furthering knowledge in the field of application of building performance simulation, etc.
Nominations for the IBPSA Outstanding Young Contributor Award should include a brief CV, which gives a summary of the individual’s contributions to the field of building performance simulation, their publications etc., and an assessment of the potential for future contributions arising from the individual.
Nominations for the Innovative Application Award should be accompanied by a summary of the individual’s, group’s or firm’s contributions to the field of building performance simulation in practice and an assessment of the significance of these contributions.
Nominations for the Godfried Augenbroe Award should be accompanied by the following items: the student’s name and affiliation and title of PhD thesis; a cover letter (no more than 2 pages); an extended summary of the thesis (up to 5 pages); the nomination letter from the supervisor/advisors on university letterhead and in PDF format; a video recording of no more than 10 minutes, in which the nominee presents the key content and contribution to knowledge of the thesis (shared in the form of a URL); and, access to the full PhD thesis (shared via a link or PDF file).
Nominations for 2023 awards must be made by an independent third party and submitted by February 1, 2023. We would like as many nominations as possible, so please contact the Chair of the Awards and Fellows Committee, Liam O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org), to discuss a possible nomination if required.
Recent Past Recipients of these awards are:
IBPSA Distinguished Achievement Award
|1991||Gint Mitalas (Canada)|
|1993||Tamami (Tom) Kusuda (USA)|
|1995||George Walton (USA)|
|1997||Jean Lebrun (Belgium)|
|1999||Joe Clarke (U.K.)|
|2001||Ed Sowell (USA)|
|2003||Curt Pedersen (USA)|
|2005||Fred Winkelmann (USA)|
|2007||Yi Jiang (China)|
|2009||Terence J Williamson (Australia)|
|2011||Tom Maver (U.K.)|
|2013||Qinyan Chen (USA)|
|2015||Godfried Augenbroe (USA)|
|2017||Ardeshir Mahdavi (Austria)|
|2019||Jan Hensen (Netherlands)|
|2021||Ian Beausoleil-Morrison (Canada)|
IBPSA Outstanding Young Contributor Award
|1991||Jeffrey Spitler (USA)|
|1993||James Braun (USA)|
|1995||Jean-Michel Nataf (France)|
|1997||Veronica Soebarto (Indonesia)|
|1999||Martin Moeck (USA)|
|2001||Ian Beausoleil-Morrison (Canada)|
|2003||Pieter de Wilde (Netherlands)|
|2005||Michael Wetter (USA)|
|2007||Michaël Kummert (U.K.)|
|2009||Denis Bourgeois (Canada)|
|2011||Kristina Orehounig (Austria)|
|2013||Yeonsook Heo (USA)|
|2015||Ruben Baetens (Belgium)|
|2017||Liam O’Brien (Canada)|
|2019||Xin Zhou (China)|
|2021||Christiane Berger (Denmark)|
IBPSA Innovative Application Award
|2003||Michael Holmes – Arup (U.K.)|
|2005||No award made|
|2007||Enermodal Engineering Ltd. (Canada)|
|2009||No award made|
|2011||No award made|
|2013||No award made|
|2015||Jason Glazer – GARD Analytics (USA)|
|2017||John Mardaljevic (U.K.)|
|2019||Drury B. Crawley (USA)|
|2021||Per Sahlin (Sweden)|
Travel to IBPSA Conferences can be an expensive business – especially for students. In order to assist as many students as possible to participate in biennial Building Simulation conferences, IBPSA grants travel awards of up to 1000 USD to students presenting peer-reviewed papers. The number of student travel awards per biennial conference is limited, and these awards are therefore highly competitive.
The selection committee bases its decisions upon the following selection criteria:
- need for financial assistance, evidenced in a letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor/ advisor of studies (must be on university letterhead);
- overall quality of the paper;
- relevance of contribution to the field of and/or furthering the effective application of building simulation.
To be eligible, the student must be:
- enrolled in a graduate programme related to building simulation at the time of the conference; and
- the thesis project must be directly related to building simulation.
Applications must be supported by a letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor/ advisor / director of studies.
The deadline for applications is 15 days after the initial notice of paper acceptance as per the conference website; the ConfTool deadline will be dynamically updated accordingly. The application form is provided as a Microsoft Word document. Instructions to fill out the form and to submit applications are provided as a PDF document. Applications should be submitted through the IBPSA Awards and Fellows Conftool website.
applications must include a single PDF file containing the following:
- Application form;
- Letter of recommendation by supervisor/advisor;
- Paper submitted to the Building Simulation conference;
- PDF version of email from Building Simulation conference with all reviews included.
* Students are welcome to apply both to IBPSA and to their IBPSA Regional Affiliate, but the awarded amount may be revised if both travel awards are granted.
The selection committee will base its decision upon a review of the letters of support and the final manuscripts. Therefore, to be eligible the student MUST submit the paper by the conference deadline.
Payment will be made either to the academic department before the conference or directly to the student at the conference (awards are conditional to students attending the conference in person).
Please direct questions to Chair of the Awards and Fellows Committee, Liam O’Brien (email@example.com).