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Australasian Building Simulation Conference 2022 - Wrap-up

Well, the 2022 conference has come to an end, but don't worry we now have 2025 to look for to.

Many thanks to all the presenters, organisers, sponsors and committees. Thanks to the technical committee members for their help in organising the conference:

Thanks to the scientific committee for reviewing the abstracts and technical papers for the conference. Thanks to the Australasian Building Simulation Conference sponsors, whose support has made this event possible:

Papers and presentations will be made available soon, but for Quentin's wrap of the two days events read on:

  • Zero over time is perhaps the most effective way to get us to our zero energy goals.

  • That accurate weather data is a critical component to our simulation tools.

  • That there are 100s of years of experience in the room.

  • We all live in homes, best they are considered in our climate resilient future.

  • There is still room to save energy in commercial buildings in NCC 2025.

  • Apparently we need precipitation, or at least good data.

  • Heating electrification can help us decarbonise our buildings.

  • That we can use artificial neural networks to predict performance of borehole heat exchangers

  • An early and integrated design approach to design, supported by simulation might get us to NABERS 6 Stars, but you’re likely to need PV

  • Wind Driven Rain is a key factor in determining interstitial moisture.

  • Retrofitted Honeycomb blinds do reduce HVAC energy use but only when operated effectively.

  • More than one skin on your façade, can allow that free air via natural ventilation to work!

  • Poor building envelope has a significant affect on heat stress and thus productivity, retention etc, and there are low cost solutions to solve this.

  • BPS+ tools that cover all aspects of sustainable design are required and suggests that there is still evolution left in our Building Simulation tools, but let’s be cautious of the seven deadly sins on that journey. Maybe the way of the future is BPS+ as a service that is subjected to a standard resilience test…

  • Susan Ubbelohde tells us with her wealth of experience in BPS that all that really matters is how you carefully truck beer across the country. She also showed us the practical application of simulation delivers unbelievably beautiful and functional spaces!

  • Jen Martin suggested that without perhaps realising it,the way we communicate might be alienating ourselves from the very people we are trying to influence. Science isn’t finished until its communicated. GAMPER!

  • That BIPV and flexible BIPV do work, when design is optimised at an early phase of the project.

  • Maintaining optimal operating temperature and orientation for a BIPV system is critical to its efficiency

  • Poo has potential. The economic advantages are shown to be increasing as carbon prices rise.

  • Why are we still using PMV when the models are inaccurate, and perhaps based on a group of the population that isn’t all that diverse. Certainly when we rely on diverse and current data we can get more accurate predictions of actual experienced comfort.

  • WWR is a key influencer on Energy performance and thermal comfort. Who would have thought floor to ceiling glazing has such an impact…..pause for effect…

  • Natural ventilation is a ticket to energy efficiency and fuzzy neural networks can help us with that.

  • Economy cycles are not as simple as we think, and at the very least the challenge is to avoid a poor outcome rather than perfection in controls. But getting your supply air temp reset right might be most of the answer.

  • That while NCC is changing perhaps best you exceed NCC performance requirements with great passive design and careful BPS. Likely though that we have to adjust the code with a view to future climate resilience.

  • BPS as an active design tool can help you to think differently with unconventional design strategies.

  • Machine learning really is a active tool in testing our theories, and can be used in real time to optimise the operation of our buildings.

  • Using a sensible and dehumidifying coil separately can produce some useful energy efficiency savings

  • Off grid in the outback! Understanding the users and how the use the space is important, also question your assumptions in modelling. But let’s question our current expectations of the thermal comfort…we are not all middle aged white men…

  • Your experience is as important, if not more, than your ability to use the software.

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