A few weeks ago a number of us from the Building Performance Analysis team at Autodesk participated at the ASHRAE/IBPSA Building Simulation Conference in Atlanta. It was way more fun then we expected it to be. We had some great conversations with leaders and visionaries in the Building Simulation space.
We spent a lot of time listening to what this community is doing, where they are successful and where they are still trying to make it work right. We talked to them about the Energy Model that is created by Revit and how it can help them short circuit the energy model creation process significantly. We also talked to a lot of people who were very interested in the Lighting Analysis for Revit extension. That solution has been so well received by the industry because of its speed, accuracy and ability to cut significant time and cost out of the process of LEED daylighitng analysis process.
However, I think that the biggest message and take away that we got from the conference is that the Building Simulation community has a lot of work to minimize the impact of the built environment on the planet. We all need to work together and understand that this is not the job of the few but the mission for the many. It is critical that we all work together – Architects, Engineers, Owners, Building Managers and Tenants. Each has a role to play. Pointing fingers and passing the buck will not get us to where we need to be. Also I am convinced that Building Simulation experts are now a critical players in the building design and not just the people who post-rationalize a design. They need to get involved earlier, be more vested in the design process and most importantly, be heard. The event in Atlanta gives me a lot of hope.
The next industry event will be Greenbuild in New Orleans. This is a much bigger event and it is another opportunity for the BPA team to meet our users and learn from them.
Were you at the event in Atlanta? If so, what did you think of the event? If you were not, would you have liked to attend and what stopped you?
Director – Building Performance Analysis