REGISTRATION

Earlybird
payment by April 6,
2018
Regular
payment from April 7,
2018
Regular with IBPSA-Canada Membership $425 $525
Regular $485 $585
Student with IBPSA-Canada Membership $250 $300
Student $300 $350
Practitioner track (Wednesday only, w/o banquet ticket) $150 $200
Additional banquet ticket (one banquet ticket is included in the registration fee) $100
Workshops Workshop fees vary – See Workshop section for details.

SUBMISSIONS

Important dates

Abstract submission (150 words) : Sunday, October 15 2017
Abstract acceptance: Week ending November 24 2017
Full papers due (1st): Sunday, February 4 2018
Reviewers comments: Sunday, March 4 2018
Final papers due: Sunday, March 18 2018

Abstract submission for the practitioner track : Friday, April 20 2018

PROGRAM

Tuesday, May 8 Wednesday, May 9 Thursday, May 10 Friday, May 11
Morning Half and/or Full Day Workshops Registration, Conference Starts, Parallel Scientific Sessions (including a practitioners track) Parallel Scientific Sessions Half and/or Full Day Workshops
Lunch Lunch Lunch
Afternoon Keynote Speech,

Parallel Scientific Sessions, Software demos,

Technical tour

Keynote Speech

Parallel Scientific Sessions,

Closing Remarks,  Conference End

Early Evening Early Registration

Reception

Conference Reception and Banquet

WORKSHOPS



May 8th AM May 8th PM May 11th AM May 11th PM
Translating Data into Information — an introduction to RapidMiner Sustainable Urban Modeling in UMI Simulating Occupants in Buildings Interactive Python for Building Simulation with EnergyPlus
NECB Compliance Automation with IESVE NECB Navigator LEED v4 Compliance with IESVE ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Navigator Modelling and simulating Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems using TRNSYS
Introduction to TRNSYS

TRNSYS for optimization and Model-Predictive Control with Matlab and GenOpt
Initiation à SketchUp / OpenStudio -Jour 1: Volumétrie et charges internes Initiation à SketchUp / OpenStudio -Jour 2: Système CVCA et mesures (incluant présentation de la
Building Technology Assessment Platform)

Tuesday, May 8th 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Translating Data into Information — an introduction to RapidMiner

Current simulation tools allow us to explore different design options and various operating scenarios. The resulting massive
amount of simulation data, which without proper analysis, offer little value or lead to incomplete if not misleading
conclusion. For example, what is the contribution to energy saving of each of the design options? One-factor-at-a-time
kind of method, while commonly deployed, presents distorted results. RapidMiner is one of those advanced platforms offering
data analytics tools that can translate our data into useful information to support decision making. This introductory
workshop includes an hour overview of potential data needs in our simulation work and a tutorial session demonstrating
the use of RapidMiner.
Note: This workshop focuses on the data analytic tools of RapidMiner rather than the data mining tools of this data science
platform. If there are any particular data analytics problems, which the participants would like to be solved during
the workshop and do not mind sharing the data with fellow participants, you are encouraged to discuss the possibility
with us. RapidMiner is free to students with some limitation; please have it installed before the workshop.

Prerequisite

None

Software required

Participants are expected to bring a laptop. The details of the software to be installed will be communicated to the participants
before the workshop.

Instructor

Dr. Bruno Lee, Concordia University

Cost

Regular $125, Student $75

Tuesday, May 8th 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

NECB Compliance Automation with IESVE NECB Navigator

NECB has been adopted across all Canadian provinces as a route to demonstrate building energy code compliance. This standard is also permitted for performing LEED v4 Modelling in Canada. IESVE has released a new Navigator tool which automatically generates the NECB Reference building thereby reducing the modelling time and mitigating risk. This workshop will teach users how to use the Navigator and its powerful auto-reporting features to demonstrate compliance quickly and easily. Included will be a demonstration of how IESVE can be applied to daylight modelling and natural ventilation strategies to further enhance the performance of the proposed design over the reference building.

Prerequisite

None

Software required

IESVE for Engineers. Free training license available upon request in advance of workshop.

Instructor

Chris Flood IES

Cost

Regular $55, Student $35

Friday, May 11th 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Modelling and simulating Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems using TRNSYS

This practical workshop on modelling of ground-source heat pump system will be divided into three main sections. First, general
concepts on borehole heat transfer and heat pump modeling will be reviewed. Available models from the standard TRNSYS
library as well as other models will be examined. Finally, the participants will simulate a complete system (bore field,
heat pump, building) to study the impact of several parameters such as bore field length, ground conditions, heat pump
oversizing, simulation time step.. etc. The workshop will be given in English. However, participants will be able to
address their questions in either French or English.

Prerequisite

Prior knowledge of TRNSYS is not required but will greatly increase the benefits of attending the workshop. Some basic understanding
on how a ground-source heat pump system works is required.

Software required

A TRNSYS license is NOT required. Participants will use Remote Desktop Connection to remotely access TRNSYS residing on a
virtual machine. Participants are expected to bring a laptop with the Windows Remote Desktop client.

Instructor

Prof. Michel Bernier, Polytechnique Montréal

Cost

Regular $125, Student $75

Tuesday, May 8th 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

Sustainable Urban Modeling in UMI

Cities across the planet are growing at an unprecedented speed. To accommodate the rising number of residents, city governments
need to densify and expand while managing their carbon emissions. At the same time, to attract and maintain a competitive
workforce, cities have to ensure that the quality of their built environment is not sacrificed at the expense of density.
The overall goal is thus to design sustainable, high density neighborhoods that combine building resource–efficiency
with quality indoor and outdoor spaces, which in turn support community building and favor human powered modes of transportation.
To help city governments and their consultants to develop such neighborhoods, the Sustainable Design Lab at MIT has developed
an urban modeling platform called umi. This platform calculates urban performance indicators related to operational and
embodied energy use as well as access to daylight and neighborhood walkability. The main simulation programs shown and
used in this workshop will be Rhinoceros 3D and umi.

Prerequisite

None

Software required

Rhinoceros 3D and umi. Participants will need a Windows Laptop with Rhino 5 trial installed. System requirements: https://www.rhino3d.com/system_requirements.

Instructor

Samuel Letellier-Duchesne, Ph D. Student, Polytechnique Montréal

Cost

Regular $125, Student $75

Tuesday, May 8th 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

LEED v4 Compliance with IESVE ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Navigator

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 has been adopted as a route to demonstrate compliance with LEED v4 Modelling in Canada. IESVE provides powerful tools to apply ASHRAE 90.1 standards from 2004 to 2013 to the modelling process with Navigator tool which automatically generates the baseline building thereby reducing the modelling time and mitigating risk. This workshop will teach users how to use the Navigator and its powerful auto-reporting features to demonstrate compliance quickly and easily.

Prerequisite

None

Software required

IESVE for Engineers. Free training license available upon request in advance of workshop.

Instructor

Chris Flood IES

Cost

Regular $55, Student $35

Tuesday, May 8th 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

TRNSYS for optimization and Model-Predictive Control with Matlab and GenOpt

This hands-on workshop will be divided in two main sessions: optimization and model-predictive control

Optimization (2 h)

Presentation of basic optimization principles. Comparison of different approaches to optimize building and system design in TRNSYS with GenOpt or using Matlab as a pre- and post-processor. Hands-on application using case studies for which TRNSYS projects will be provided.

Model-Predictive Control (2 h)

Presentation of Model-Predictive Control principles. Comparison of different approaches to implement MPC in TRNSYS in two distinct cases: using TRNSYS as the controller model for simulation or real-time implementation, and using TRNSYS as the reference model to investigate MPC using models and control algorithms implemented in Matlab through Type 155. Hands-on application using case studies for which TRNSYS projects will be provided. The workshop will be taught in English, but both instructors will be able to answer questions in French.

Prerequisite

Basic knowledge of TRNSYS. No previous knowledge of Matlab or Genopt is required.

Software required

Participants are expected to bring a laptop with the Windows Remote Desktop client. Participants will access software through
Remote Desktop Connection, so there are no license requirements.

Instructors

  • Kun Zhang, PhD candidate at Polytechnique Montréal. His research topic is model-predictive control to improve energy
    efficiency and flexibility for all-electric buildings.
  • Michaël Kummert, Professor at Polytechnique Montréal and previous TRNSYS engineer at the University of Wisconsin
    Solar Energy Lab. He is using TRNSYS for design and control optimization of buildings, HVAC system components,
    and neighborhoods for energy efficiency, flexibility and renewable energy integration. He is contributing to
    the software development with his research team through development and validation of new components and systems,
    and integration within design workflows.

Cost

Regular $125, Student $75

Tuesday, May 8th 8:30 AM-5:30PM

Initiation à SketchUp / OpenStudio -Jour 1: Volumétrie et charges internes

Avec les nouvelles normes énergétiques, les professionnels se doivent de réaliser des concepts de plus en plus performants
et efficaces. Ils doivent donc utiliser des outils d’analyse qui leur permettent d’étudier de nombreux scénarios tout
au long du processus de conception. Les logiciels de simulation énergétique de nouvelle génération sont des outils puissants
et peuvent accompagner les professionnels dans leur démarche d’optimisation du bâtiment. La présentation portera sur
OpenStudio, un logiciel flexible et performant qui réalise des simulations énergétiques. Dans le cadre de cet atelier,
les participants auront l’opportunité de découvrir le logiciel et ces capacités. L’atelier sera composé de présentation
et d’exercice pour réaliser les premiers pas en simulation énergétique avec SketchUp / OpenStudio. Nous aborderons les
principes de modélisation de la volumétrie du bâtiment et des charges internes.

Prérequis

Il n’est pas nécessaire de maîtriser SketchUp ou la simulation énergétique pour participer à l’atelier.

Logiciels requis

Vous devez apporter un ordinateur avec la version 2.4 OpenStudio et SketchUp Make 2017

Formateur

Philippe Hudon est ingénieur en efficacité énergétique. Il œuvre dans le domaine de la simulation énergétique depuis 2005.

Prix

Régulier $250, Étudiants $150

Friday, May 11th 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

Interactive Python for Building Simulation with EnergyPlus

With the increasing demand for parametric analysis and optimizations in building simulations, it is important to develop
skills to automate the building simulation process. While there are more tools being developed to perform these tasks
such as OpenStudio and BEopt, programming still provides the most capabilities. This workshop will teach the participants
how to manipulate EnergyPlus input files, conduct simulation and analyzing results programmatically with Python. Python
is a scripting language widely adopted by the scientific community with lots of open sourced scientific packages. Its
simplicity and readability also make it an excellent choice for people new to computer programming as well as veterans
who needs a quick prototyping. This workshop will contain these main topics:

  1. A quick introduction to Python
  2. Manipulate EnergyPlus inputs with eppy and customized scripts
  3. Invoke simulation through Python
  4. Analyze and visualize EnergyPlus outputs with pandas and matplotlib

While this workshop is specifically designed for EnergyPlus interactions, the skills developed through its contents is transferrable
to other building simulation tools as well as general programming tasks such as data analytics. The workshop will be
conducted using interactive textbooks, and its contents will be made available to the participants after the session.

Prerequisites:

Basic knowledge of EnergyPlus is recommended. Some basic programming knowledge is needed, but not specifically to Python.

Software required:

Python Environment with pip (Anaconda Python is also recommended), these following packages are needed:

  1. jupyter (included in Anaconda). jupyter is a tool used for interactive computation, and jupyter notebook is especially
    powerful to create your own lab notes and even textbooks which can contain texts, images, equations and live
    codes.
  2. Numpy (included in Anaconda). Numpy is a fundamental Python package used for storing and manipulating multi-dimensional
    data. Almost all of the Python’s data analysis packages are built on Numpy.
  3. pandas (included in Anaconda). pandas, or Python Data Analysis Library, is built on top of Numpy to provide better
    data manipulation capabilities such as time series functionalities. It can be imagined as an excel sheet but
    much more powerful.
  4. matplotlib (included in Anaconda). A basic yet powerful 2D plotting tool available on Python. There are other packages
    based on matplotlib or D3.js which provides better out-of-the-box functionalities, at the expense of performance
    and flexibility.

Instructors

Prof. Scott Bucking, Zixiao Shi and Vasken Dermardiros from Carleton University

Cost

Regular $125, Student $75

Friday, May 11th 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Simulating Occupants in Buildings

To represent the effect of occupants on building performance, occupant models can be implemented in BPS tools, but how is
it done? This workshop covers the fundamentals of occupant behavior modeling and implementation in BPS tools. It is aimed
at both researchers and practitioners, where the procedures for implementing occupant models in EnergyPlus and OpenStudio
softwares will be demonstrated.

Prerequisite

Basic knowledge on building energy modeling.

Software required

A laptop with EnergyPlus V8.8 and OpenStudio V2.4 is required for attending this workshop.

Instructors

Prof. Liam O’Brien, Mohamed Ouf and Sara Gilani from Carleton University

Cost

Regular $125, Student $75

Tuesday, May 8th 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Introduction to TRNSYS

This class will provide a basic introduction to TRNSYS, a powerful and flexible simulation engine that can be used to study individual buildings in great detail, district cogeneration plants, solar water heating applications, the impact of new technologies or innovative controls. A brief overview will also be given on writing new components to expand on the engine’s built-in capabilities.

Prerequisite

Users are not expected to have any prior experience with TRNSYS and arrangements will be made for ahead of time for class participants to install a version for use during the workshop.

Software required

A copy of TRNSYS will be available for preinstallation. Students should plan on bringing a Windows laptop for use during the class.

Instructors

David Bradley from TESS

Cost

Regular $125, Student $75

Friday, May 11th 8:30 AM-5:30 PM

Initiation à SketchUp / OpenStudio -Jour 2: Système CVCA et mesures (incluant présentation de la Building Technology
Assessment Platform)

Ce programme fait suite à la première journée d’atelier. Cette deuxième journée abordera les principes et les techniques
pour modéliser les différents types de systèmes CVCA et leurs contrôles dans OpenStudio. Nous découvrirons les mesures
en efficacité énergétique, les rapports de résultat et le lien entre OpenStudio et EnergyPlus. Enfin, l’outil d’analyse
paramétrique PAT sera abordé afin de mettre en avant les avantages des simulations énergétiques en phase de préconception.
À la fin de la séance, les participants seront en mesure de créer leurs propres simulations énergétiques et d’en comprendre
les résultats. La journée sera séparée entre des informations techniques et des exercices pratiques. Nous conclurons
la journée par une présentation ( en anglais) de la plateforme BTAP par Phylroy Lopez : The Building Technology Assessment
Platform is an internal framework used to conduct large-scale commercial building simulations. It can help determine
the most cost effective energy efficient design solutions based on building types, climates, and economic conditions
across Canada

Prérequis

Avoir assisté à la journée 1 et avoir une connaissance des systèmes électromécanique.

Logiciels requis

Vous devez apporter un ordinateur avec la version 2.4 OpenStudio et SketchUp Mach 2017

Formateurs

  • Philippe Hudon, ingénieur en efficacité énergétique. Il œuvre dans le domaine de la simulation énergétique depuis
    2005.
  • Phylroy Lopez, Senior Technical Advisor at Natural Ressources Canada.

Cost

Régulier $250, Étudiants $150

LOGISTICS AND TRAVEL

Travelling to Montréal

There are many convenient ways to travel to Montréal. Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) offers many flights and is conveniently located, approximately 20 kilometres from downtown Montréal. Ground transportation to the airport is possible using the Bus 747 Express or taxis/limousines. Major car rental firms are located at all airports.
For travel within Canada, visitors can travel to Montréal via VIA Rail or bus. For more information on getting here, please visit the Tourism Montréal website.

Where to Stay

No block of rooms has been reserved since Montréal offers multiple options in terms of lodgings. The following hotels are within walking distance of ÉTS-Montréal. Additional options can be found on the Tourism Montréal website:
Alt Hotel
approximately 0.5 km from ÉTS Montréal
Hyatt Regency Montréal
approximately 1.7 km from ÉTS Montréal

How to Get to ÉTS

Maps and directions
For taxi service from Téo Taxi (download the app) or Taxi Diamond514 273-6331
The métro (subway) and many buses service ÉTS from the downtown area. Fare is $3.25 per trip. Visit the STM website for more information.

Finding your way around campus

Please see the campus map for the location of buildings we will be using for the conference or consult ÉTSmap, an Android App to Help You Find Your Way Around ÉTS.

Parking on Campus

Conference delegates requiring daily parking can use the parking lot located in Building B for $15 CAD per day.

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We are pleased to provide partnership opportunities for organizations and individuals interested in demonstrating a commitment to the use of building simulation tools in the design of sustainable buildings. Our partnership packages are summarized in the following document, though we would be open to other possibilities.

PARTNERS