11 Sep 2017 | Aeroventic
2017 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference

The 2017 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference takes place Sept. 27-29, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga. The conference, formerly known as the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference, addresses energy modeling, the core topic of the past four conferences, and expanded subject matter which now encompasses non-energy building performance analysis and simulation and those professionals responsible for that work. The conference program addresses the needs of designers and modelers.

“As an architect looking to push the boundaries of high performance buildings, the ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference offers me technical content that I cannot get at other conferences. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and technology in the field of building performance. I highly recommend it!”  Vikram Sami, AIA, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, OLSON KUNDIG, Seattle, WA

“Seeking to keep yourself on the cutting edge of the building performance community by combining practical knowledge and advice with new and innovative solutions? The ASHRAE BPAC provides a forum for merging users, developers, practitioners and other customers in a melting pot overflowing with energy and enthusiasm. See you there.” Chris Balbach, PSD Consulting

"There are few occasions where, not only does everyone understand modeling, but has made it part of their pursuit of excellence. The ASHRAE BPA conference is an amazing place to network, learn and grow. I wouldn't miss it!" Jim Dirkes, Building Performance Team

“As a new energy modeler who has only been in the profession for a few years, I find the BPAC a great way to meet, engage with, and learn from experienced industry professionals. It's a great place to network and find mentors." Mariah Schwartz, Whole Building Systems, LLC

“You don’t have to be an expert energy modeler to get tremendous value from attending BPAC.  The conference brings together modelers, architects, engineers and high-performance building professionals who are looking to push the envelope on informed, data driven design.” Susan Collins, LEED AP, ASCEM, CSPM, BPI BA&EP, Whole Building Systems


  • 21 PDHs, AIA LUs and LEED AP credits available
  • ASHRAE's 4th year in a row organizing or co-organizing energy modeling and building simulation conferences and 6th overall.
  • Re-branding of the conference to include an integrated workflow with content for architects, designers and modelers.
  • Focus on practical applications using existing tools
  • Third Annual ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling competition
  • On demand recordings of presentations with a quiz function to earn professional development hours/credits
  • Vendor demonstrations
  • Pre-conference courses presented by software manufacturers and ASHRAE

Technical Program

NEW for Architects and Designers! The conference content has been expanded to engage the design aspect of modeling and simulation, such as:

Performance Modeling and Design: How Analysis can Influence the Design Process – Wednesday, September 27, 9:15 am. This session covers three examples of detailed HVAC modeling methodologies, the variability of their results and recommended best practices.

Early Design Modeling and Performance Assessment – Wednesday, September 27, 1:45 pm. This session provides new perspectives on designing high performance building envelope using early design modeling and performance assessment.

Existing Building Modeling to Validate Building Performance Improvement – Wednesday, September 27, 3:45 pm. Case studies in this session demonstrate how calibrated energy models are used to help improve building performance. 

Integrating the HVAC Engineering Workflow into the BIM Work Environment – Wednesday, September 27, 3:45 pm. Presenters with extensive experience designing mechanical systems for large and small high performance building projects share how they’ve leveraged the power of BIM and its ability to create essential data.

Other organized sessions that address the work of HVAC engineers, architects and other building design professionals who rely on simulation and modeling tools include:

Building Performance Analysis for Policymaking, Part 1 – Wednesday, September 27, 11:15 am. This session discusses how building performance simulation is most useful beyond the performance of individual buildings.

Persistence of Performance: Lessons Learned from Modeled ZNE Projects with Post-Occupancy Data – Wednesday, September 27, 1:45 pm. This session explores ZNE modeling and monitoring best practices to encourage persistence of performance.

LEEDing the Market Transformation in Energy and Environmental Design in the Built Environment through Integrated Design - Thursday, September 28, 8:15 am. This session provides a focus on the current LEED rating systems approach to integrated design, early phase design analysis and documenting the decisions that analysis informed.

The technical program will include 16 sessions and 41 presentations. 

The goal of the conference is to serve practitioners with the most up-to-date best practices, work flows and processes required to plan, design, construct and operate healthy buildings that are high performing, low energy consuming, environmentally responsive, responsible, safe and secure.

The program is a mix of sessions organized by the conference steering committee and sessions submitted through a review process

Program PDHs

All of the sessions presented in the technical program are approved for professional development hours (PDHs), including State of Florida PDHs. In addition, some sessions are approved for the State of New York PDHs and AIA Learning Units.  Those programs are indicated with a  NY-PDHs-symbol.gifsymbol.  Others are approved for LEED AP credits and are indicated with a G-symbol.gif symbol. In order to report your attendance at a given session, PDH and AIA sign-in sheets are in the session rooms. Sessions are approved for 1, 1.5 or 2 PDHs depending on the length of the session.

In addition, professional development hours (PDHs) toward the renewal of an ASHRAE certification may be earned from any session related in content to the ASHRAE certification in question.  ASHRAE certificants are responsible for keeping track of their PDHs.  Send any questions to certification@ashrae.org.

 Program Book

Complete Listing of Technical Presentations (9-8-2017)


Personal Scheduler and Interactive Tech Program (Updated daily)


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Early Bird registration fees from March 27th through August 14th  

  • $545, member
  • $620 non-member

Registration fees from August 15 through September 27

  • $570, member
  • $655, non-member

Registration fees for speakers, students and virtual conference

  • $400, speaker 
  • $350, student member
  • $129 Member Virtual Conference
  • $179 Non-member Virtual Conference

Pre-conference workshop descriptions >>

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