LoLo Representation in IBPSA 2017

LoLo Representation in IBPSA 2017
26th October 2017 Karen Holmes

LoLo CDT Presence at Building Simulation 2017, San Francisco-USA


The 15th international conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) took place on the 7th – 9th August 2017 in San Francisco, USA. A number of LoLo CDT students and academics took advantage of the opportunity to attend and present their work. LoLo CDT members who attended the conference are the PhD students Argyris Oraiopoulos, Charalampos Angelopoulos from Loughborough University and Pamela Jane Fennell from UCL along with the Loughborough University Centre Director and Centre Deputy Directors Prof Kevin Lomas and Prof Dennis Loveday (respectively) and the Academic Manager Dr Robert McLeod.

The Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco in the Embarcadero district, a stone’s throw from the iconic Ferry Building and waterfront IBPSA 2017 attracted a large number of academic and industrial delegates from various countries and different disciplines, varying from building design and operations, through to architecture, teaching and software development. With over 800 delegates and approximately 450 contributions (including poster presentations and oral presentations along with full papers submissions) transformed the conference into a beehive of new and interesting discussions and ideas.

After the registration on Sunday the 6th followed by a welcome drink, the conference started in earnest on Monday with a great keynote talk addressing “The value of Modelling to Owners and Architects” by Anica Landreneau (HOK). On Tuesday morning Prof Paul Linden presented a fascinating keynote on “The challenge of simulating airflow in buildings: lessons from oceanography to aerospace”. During each day presentations were structured into categories based on thematic topics and during the breaks, delegates had time to have a look at the posters and engage with the presenters. The conference categories covered a wide range of topics addressing: Building Physics, Thermal comfort, HVAC, Occupant behaviour, Daylighting, Education etc.

The LoLo CDT contingent from Loughborough University saw 1st year PhD student Charalampos Angelopoulos presented his paper entitled “Evaluation of thermal comfort in naturally ventilated school classrooms using CFD” on Monday whilst on Tuesday Dr. Robert McLeod presented his work “Community Decision Making and Resilience Using Building Performance Simulation –” and final year student Argyris Oraiopoulos presented his paper on the “Development of a Statistical Model for the Prediction of Overheating in UK Homes Using Descriptive Time Series Analysis”. From UCL the LoLo CDT team represented by Pamela Jane Fennell presented her poster on “Exploring the Commercial Implications of Measurement and Verification Choices in Energy Performance Contracting Using Stochastic Building Simulation” on Monday.

IBPSA 2017 conference offered an unparalleled opportunity for the LoLo CDT members to attend and present their cutting-edge research in a prestigious and multidisciplinary international conference. The engaging discussions that took place after the presentations helped the presenters to receive valuable feedback on their work and explore other alternatives routes for their future research.   Thanks are given to the LoLo CDT for supporting student and staff participation in this event.

Article was written by Charalampos Angelopoulos and Robert McLeod