Program Set For ASHRAE 2015 Energy Modeling Conference: LowDown Showdown Announced

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has announced the technical program for its “Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings,” Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga., at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

The Conference focuses on the practical application of high performance building modeling. In addition to the three-day Technical Program, the conference includes software demonstrations by leading vendors, networking opportunities and the new ASHRAE “LowDown Showdown,” an interactive modeling challenge for conference attendees.

 “What makes this conference unique from the previous Energy Modeling Conferences and other industry events is that we will be engaging the vendors and the Conference participants in the practical application of modeling tools,” Dennis Knight, conference chair, said. “Between the very strong line-up of speakers and the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown challenge, conference goers will come away with hands-on information that can be taken back and implemented in the workplace.”
The conference sessions are organized into two tracks:

  • Modeling Tips and Tricks: Modeling Techniques; Modeling Workflow; Daylighting; Parametric Modeling for Design; Code Compliance; and Optimization.
  • Modeling Best Practices: Conceptual Design; Business Cases for BIM and BEM; Incentive Programs; New Tools and Techniques; Thermal Comfort; HVAC Systems Modeling; Calibration, Measurement and Validation; and Weather.

New to the conference this year is the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling challenge. The ASHRAE LowDown Showdown showcases the work of several teams competing to model a net zero or below building. The purpose is to give conference attendees the opportunity to work with the vendor/developer of their choice to showcase their abilities using the vendor’s simulation tools, innovative workflows and creative problem solving to model a high performance building while having fun. Participants are required to sign up by Monday, June 1, and to register for the conference. To sign up for the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown, visit

Prior to the start of the conference, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, ASHRAE will present a six-hour course titled, “Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications.” for more information.

In addition, six pre-Conference workshops will be presented by software companies  Monday, Sept. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 29. Visit for the complete list.

Post conference, ASHRAE will offer a Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification exam, as well as certification exams for Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP), Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP), High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP). The certification exam session will take place Friday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Apply by Sept. 10 at sit for the ASHRAE certification exams.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities and the conference schedule, or to register, go to

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at