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ASHRAE/IBPSA Building Simulation Conference in Atlanta

September 24, 2014

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?



Emile Kfouri

Director – Building Performance Analysis

Autodesk, Inc.


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  1. AvatarJerome Sebbag



    Dear Emile,
    I am very interested in the tools that Autodesk is developing for whole building energy analyses. They are very user-friendly while being physically accurate, and help the design team to make informed decisions early on when it counts the most.
    I work as a green building engineer, and am involved in many LEED projects around the world. I was wondering if Autodesk’s Building Performance Analysis team is working on tools to perform energy simulations compliant with LEED requirements? From a technical point of view, Revit is already able to model the building envelope, internal loads, weather and schedules. The only missing component is a detailed HVAC simulation, but I don’t think it should be complicated to add such feature. What is your opinion ? I am pretty sure many people would be interested in such integrated tool.
    Best regards,
    FROM Emile on 10/22/14
    Thank you very much for your question and for your kind words about our solutions. We are working very hard to make our solutions easy to use as well as trustworthy and we really appreciate it when our customers notice our work.
    We understand that there is room for improving the HVAC systems and that what we have in Revit is not enough for some. GBS provides more options for systems beyond what Revit has but still not a comprehensive list nor the level of flexibility that is available in other products. Please check out what we have in GBS in case it helps you out and see if they are adequate for you. We are actively working on improving the level of flexibility with defining HVAC systems but unfortunately I am not able to give you exact timing or details. Please stay tuned to the Blog and we will announce it as soon as it is available.
    In the mean time, I invite you to check out all the capabilities that we have announced for Greenbuild 2014 event in New Orleans.