Building Performance Events



These days there is an abundance of conferences, symposia, workshops and tradeshows on almost every topic of interest. The same goes for events in the field of building performance. Unfortunately, not all events are equal, and there even are some malicious 'fake conferences' that lure unsuspicious academics to pay registration fees and travel to venues without a real event taking place. To help direct you towards bonafide events with a decent

reputation, this page contains a list of reputable organizations that host conferences in which I personally have been involved, and which I found worth attending.



EG-ICE Workshops

The European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering hosts a three-day workshop every year. The focus is on a wide range of civil and building engineering issues, including building simulation, building information modeling, machine learning and others. The workshop is small (30 to 50 delegates) who present in a single session so that all work is discussed by all delegates. Good papers from the workshop proceed to a special issue in Advanced Engineering Informatics, the official journal of EG-ICE.

Upcoming and recent EG-ICE workshops:



IBPSA-World Building Simulation Conferences

The 'Building Simulation' conference series is the main biennial event hosted by the International Building Performance Simulation Association. This is a large conference, with previous events having over 700 delegates. Contributions are from academics in the field of building performance simulation, predominantly in the area of thermal building behaviour but also covering lighting, indoor air quality and acoustics, as well as from practitioners in those fields. 

Upcoming and recent Building Simulation conferences:

  • 2021: Ghent, Belgium
  • BS2019: Rome, Italy
  • 2017: San Francisco, USA



IBPSA Affiliate Conferences

Beyond the main Building Simulation conferences, there is a wide offer of smaller conferences that are organized by the various IBPSA Affiliate Regions. By nature these have a smaller size, but that sometimes is an advantage as it makes it easier to navigate and network. Amongst these,

IBPSA-England organises the BSO Conferences, IBPSA-Germany hosts BauSim; IBPSA Asia runs aSim; IBPSA-Italy ASim, IBPSA-Canada eSim, IBPSA-USA SimBuild, and IBPSA-Scotland uSim. 

Upcoming and recent IBPSA Affiliate Conferences:

  • BSO2022: Bath, England
  • BSO2020: Loughborough, England
  • BSO2018: Cambridge, England



Applied Energy Conferences

The journal Applied Energy has an active community that also runs conferences. Amongst these are ICAE, the International Conference for Applied Energy, and CUE, Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy. Note that the Applied Energy conferences have been a target of some of the spoofing conferences, so make sure you enlist for genuine events by going through Forthcoming events are:



The following list contains some other conferences that may be of interest:


  • ASHRAE conferences:
  • SEB (Sustainability in Energy and Buildings) conference series; SEB-19 will take place in Budapest, Hungary
  • CISBAT conference series, hosted by EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. See CISBAT website.
  • SSB (Systems Simulation in Buildings) conferences, hosted by the Thermodynamics Lab at the Unversity of Liege; takes place every four years, with the next version to take place in 2022 (subject to confirmation).
  • CLIMA conferences, from REHVA (Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Association). CLIMA2019 took place in Bucharest, Romania
  • EC3 conferences, organized by the European Council for Computing in Construction. See link for 2019 event.
  • AIVC conferences, by the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre.
  • Roomvent conference series
  • simAUD conferences, Symposium for Architecture and Urban Design.
  • Windsor conferences, organized by NCEUB (Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings)
  • ICCSA - International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications
  • CONVR conferences: Construction Applications of Virtual Reality








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