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Digital 210 King Project

Autodesk Research is developing a digital model of their offices in Toronto, Canada, using Building Information Modeling (BIM). A central motivation to this work is to foster change from sustainability as an abstract discourse to quantifiable codes and practices, as well as provide a valuable resource to the community of simulation and modeling researchers.


Related Conferences

Conference Submission Deadline Conference Date
SmartGeometry January 19, 2009 March 25-April 1, 2009
ASCAAD January 30, 2009 May 11-12, 2009
IBPSA/Building Simulation February 14, 2009 July 27-30, 2009
IE'09 April 3, 2009 July 20-21, 2009
Ubicomp April 17, 2009 September 30-October 3, 2009
ACADIA April 27, 2009 October 22-25, 2009
CAAD Futures April 20, 2009 June 17-19, 2009
AAG May 31, 2008 (Bi-annually) September 13-16, 2008 (Bi-annually)
SIGraDi July 1, 2009 November 16-18, 2009
JIE (Journal Special Issue) September 2009 N/A
CAADRIA November 15, 2009 April 7-10, 2010
ICEBO   November 17-18, 2009
eSim2010 October 8, 2009 (Abstracts)
December 17, 2009 (Full papers)
May 19-20, 2010
SimAUD November 20, 2009 (Abstracts)
December 4, 2009 (Full papers)
April 12-15, 2010
SimBuild 2010 November 30, 2009 (Abstracts)
February 26, 2010 (Full papers)
August 11-13, 2010
IHPBC December 17, 2009 (Abstracts)
April 16, 2010 (Full papers)
July 10-15, 2010
eCAADe February 1, 2010 (Abstracts)
June 1, 2010 (Full papers)
September 16-19, 2009
SSB February, 15 2010 (Abstracts)
May 17, 2010 (Full papers)
December 13-15, 2010
NSB2011 April 30, 2010 (Abstracts)
October 15, 2010 (Full papers)
May 29-June 2, 2011
PLEA2011 June 15, 2010 (Abstracts)
October 30, 2010 (Full papers)
July 13-15, 2011

AAG - Advances in Architectural Geometry

Conference date: September 13-16, 2008
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2008

Advances in Architectural Geometry is planned as the premier venue for disseminating new research ideas and cutting-edge results at the interface of geometry processing and architectural design. In this emerging area, concepts from applied mathematics, architectural design, computer science, and engineering are used to design efficient algorithms for design, manipulation, simulation of complex geometries for architecture and industrial design.

This conference is held bi-annually.

ACADIA - Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture

Conference date: October 22-25, 2009.
Paper submission deadline: April 27, 2009

ACADIA has an annual conference which is hosted by a different University each year. The conference is usually in October and the contributions are published as a Conference Proceedings book.

ACADIA was formed in the early 1980's for the purpose of facilitating communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in education. The organization is also committed to the research and development of computer aides that enhance design creativity, rather than simply production, and that aim at contributing to the construction of humane physical environments.

ASCAAD - Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design

Conference date: May 11-12, 2009.
Paper submission deadline: January 30, 2009.

A society of those who teach and conduct research in computer-aided architectural design in schools of architecture in the Arab World Region. We accept members from all over the world. ASCAAD aims to facilitate communication and information exchange regarding the use of computers and information technology in architecture, planning and building science.

The society will have an annual conference that will be hosted by a different University each year. The conference will be in mid May and the contributions will be published as a Conference Proceedings book.

CAAD Futures - Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures

Conference date: June 17-19, 2009.
Paper submission deadline: April 20, 2009.

The mission of the CAADFutures foundation can be stated as follows: (i) to promote research interactions and collaborations between researchers, including PhD students and their supervisors, and to provide a platform for communication among researchers in the of CAAD; (ii) to play an active role in the dissemination of such progress to the scientific architectural community and the architectural practice.

The society will have bi-annual conference which rotates world-wide. The conference will be in mid June and the contributions will be published as a Conference Proceedings book.

CAADRIA - The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia

Conference date: April 7-10, 2010.
Paper submission deadline: November 15, 2009.

The Association has been created with the following objectives: (a) to facilitate dissemination of information about CAAD amongst Asian Schools of Architecture, Planning, Engineering, & Building Sciences; (b) to encourage the exchange of software, courseware, experiences and staff/students amongst schools; (c) to identify research and development needs specific to CAAD education and initiate collaboration to satisfy them; (d) to promote research and teaching in CAAD which enhances creativity rather than simply production technologies.

eCAADe - Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe

Conference date: September 15-18, 2010
Submission deadlines: February 1, 2010 (Abstracts); June 1, 2010 (Full papers)

eCAADe has an annual conference which is hosted by a different University each year. The conference is usually in September and the contributions are published as a Conference Proceedings book and recently also on CD-ROM. eCAADe is a non-profit making association of institutions and individuals with a common interest in promoting good practice and sharing information in relation to the use of computers in research and education in architecture and related professions. eCAADe was founded in 1983.

The focus of the eCAADe 2010 conference is that of tools, methods, and theories that support the design of new cities and the transformation of existing cities. Authors are encouraged to submit their most recent results in research, teaching, practice and experience reports, or novel applications relating to topics of the eCAADe 2010 conference.

IBPSA - The International Building Performance Simulation Association

The building industry, without a doubt, is one of the most important industrial and economical sectors influencing the quality of life and the environment. And yet, planners and property developers pay very little attention during the design process to the life-cycle cost of owning and operating buildings.

Building Simulation offers the potential to cope adequately with building performance related concerns, as well as with the construction process. Increasingly, computer based models (programs) are being employed to aid in the design, operation, or management decision making process. The DEVELOPMENT, EVALUATION, USE IN PRACTICE, and STANDARDIZATION, of the models and programs in therefore of growing importance. For building Design, Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Management activities, there is also an urgent need for the INTEGRATION of "generally applicable" and "generally accepted" methods and tools, for various applications, each having various levels of complexity and/or various types of end-users. Also important is the TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER issue within the building modeling field.

To take a leading role in the promotion and development of building simulation technology, IBPSA aims to provide a forum for researchers, developers and practitioners to review building model developments, Facilitate evaluation, encourage the use of software programs, address standardization, accelerate integration and technology transfer.

Annual conference: Building Simulation
Conference date: July 27-30, 2009
Paper submission deadline: February 14, 2009

eSim2010 - IBPSA-Canada

IBPSA-Canada's biennial conference, eSim, brings together professionals, academics and students interested in building performance simulation issues and applications. The 2010 conference is hosted by Manitoba Hydro, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada. It will be held in Winnipeg, Canada on May 19 and 20, 2010 (pre-conference and post-conference workshops on May 18 and 21, 2010).

Conference date: May 19-20, 2010
Submission deadlines: October 8, 2009 (Abstracts); December 17, 2009 (Full papers)

ICEBO - International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations

The conference will bring together an international group of practitioners and researchers who routinely minimize the energy consumption, operating costs, and environmental impacts of buildings while improving the health and comfort of occupants. ICEBO 2009 is the leading forum for timely exchanges among individuals interested in the continuous improvement and maintenance of buildings, their energy usage and environmental impact.

Conference date: November 17-18, 2009

IE'09 - International Conference on Intelligent Environments

The conference will provide a leading edge forum for researchers and engineers from across the world to present their latest research and to discuss future directions in the area of Intelligent Environments. The conference will bring together researchers from both industry and academia from the various disciplines contributing to the area on Intelligent Environments.

Conference date: July 20-21, 2009
Submission deadlines: April 3, 2009 (Full papers)

NSB2011 - 9th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics

The NSB 2011 Nordic Symposium on Building Physics aims to play a leading role on the subject of building physics, by providing a forum for information exchange between researchers and professionals.

The objective of the symposium is to provide a forum for esearch scientists, students, practitioners, lecturers and other interested parties to network and to exchange results of research and development. The first Nordic symposium on Building Physics was held in Lund, Sweden in 1987.

Conference date: May 29-June 2, 2011
Submission deadlines: April 30, 2010 (Abstracts); October 15, 2010 (Full papers)

PLEA2011 - 27th International conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture

The objective of the PLEA 2011 conference is to gather architects, professors and researchers around questions raised by the different contexts into which sustainable architecture must be integrated as well as by the different scales of its application that range from the realm of the city to those of materials and components. The 30th anniversary of PLEA will be an opportunity to compare theory with practice, history and heritage with contemporary architecture, education and current needs, and local approaches with global objectives, ... There will be three workshops for discussion of specific questions raised by PLEA members and the conference will close with a common declaration.

Conference date: July 13-15, 2011
Submission deadlines: June 15, 2010 (Abstracts); October 30, 2010 (Full papers)

SimBuild 2010 - IBPSA-USA

The fourth in a series of biennial conferences to improve the design and operation of buildings through advances in the modeling and simulation of building performance. The conference is hosted by the NY Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA).

Conference date: August 11-13, 2010
Submission deadlines: November 30, 2009 (Abstracts); February 26, 2010 (Full papers)

International High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue

Conference date: July 10-15, 2010
Submission deadlines: December 17, 2009 (Abstracts); April 16, 2010 (Full papers)

This new conference will cover several areas of building design and performance.


Conference date: March 25-April 1, 2009
Paper submission deadline: January 19, 2009

Computation and the use of computer as an intelligent design aid provide the focus for the SmartGeometry Group. It was formed in 2001 as a partnership between Practice, Research and Academia. Some of the world's leading architectural and engineering practices ( Foster+Partners, KPF, Arup, Buro Happold) and educational institutions (Architectural Association, MIT, Delft Technical University, University of Bath) are represented in its core organisation.

Geometry is one of many systems which are amenable to modeling. Architectural design as a process should, we maintain, exploit the new potential available in computing. To the new generations of architects mathematics and algorithms are becoming as natural as pen and pencil.

The activities of the SmartGeometry Group promote the emergence of a new generation of digital designers and craftsmen, who are able to expolit the combination of digital and physical media. The group’s interests range from parametric design and scripting to digital manufacturing.

SIGraDi - Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital

Conference date: November 16-18, 2009
Paper submission deadline: July 1, 2009

Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics offers a rare opportunity for an international debate about the challenges that emerge when digital technologies are applied in architecture, engineering, urban design, industrial design and arts in general.

SSB - International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings

Conference date: December 13-15, 2010
Submission deadlines: February 15, 2010 (Abstracts); May 17, 2010 (Papers)

Since 1982, SSB conference is an opportunity for researchers and specialists in Building and HVAC&R systems simulation to present high quality papers and attend sessions and discussions on last developments and progresses in this challenging and evolving sector.

Ubicomp - International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing

Conference date: September 30-October 3, 2009
Paper submission deadline: April 17, 2009

Ubicomp is the premier outlet for novel research contributions that advance the state of the art in the design, development, deployment, evaluation and understanding of ubiquitous computing systems. Ubicomp is an interdisciplinary field of research and development that utilizes and integrates pervasive, wireless, embedded, wearable and/or mobile technologies to bridge the gaps between the digital and physical worlds.


Related Journals

Advances in Building Energy Research (ABER)

Energy and Buildings is an international journal publishing articles with explicit links to energy use in buildings. The aim is to present new research results, and new proven practice aimed at reducing energy needs of a building and improving indoor environment quality.

It is published with the editorial support of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)

Building Simulation

An International Journal publishes original, high quality, peer-reviewed research papers and review articles dealing with modeling and simulation of buildings including their systems. The goal is to promote the field of building science and technology to such a level that modeling will eventually be used in every aspect of building construction as a routine instead of an exception. Of particular interest are papers that reflect recent developments and applications of modeling tools and their impact on advances of building science and technology.

Paper submission is solicited for the following five fixed sections:
A: Building thermal, lighting, and acoustics modeling
B: Building systems and components
C: Indoor/outdoor airflow and air quality
D: Architecture and human behavior
E: Advances in modeling and simulation tools

The above scope will develop as the field of building simulation evolves. Authors are encouraged to contribute papers from different angles of interest, making Building Simulation: An International Journal a dynamic channel and valuable resource for new scientific findings and engineering applications.


Energy and Buildings

This annual volume brings together invited contributions from the foremost international experts on energy efficiency and environmental quality of buildings. Offering state-of-the-art information on the environmental science and performance of buildings, the journal also links new technologies and methodologies with the latest research on systems, simulations and standards.

Intelligent Buildings International (INBI)

Going beyond traditional engineering and architecture solutions, the Intelligent Buildings International (INBI) journal examines new methodologies and tools for intelligent buildings, smart materials and systems, and explores the wider context beyond theoretical foundations, linking practical solutions with philosophical or sociological considerations.

International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC)

Published quarterly.

The International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) is a peer-reviewed publication created by ACADIA and its international sister organizations. This print and online journal is committed to deepening the understanding of digital systems for architectural design and technologies enabling their development.

Journal of Building Performance Simulation (JBPS)

JBPS is the official journal of the International Building Performance Simulation Association which is a non-profit international society of computational building performance simulation researchers, developers, practitioners and users, dedicated to improving the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and existing buildings worldwide.

JBPS is an international refereed journal, publishing only articles of the highest quality that are original, cutting-edge, well-researched and of significance to the international community. The journal also publishes original review papers and researched case studies of international significance.

Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE)

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on "Environmental Applications of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)" by September 1, 2009. Detailed call for papers

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a peer-reviewed international journal owned by Yale University, published by Wiley-Blackwell and headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Industrial ecology is an emerging field that examines the flow of materials and energy at various scales as part of the study and pursuit of sustainable production and consumption.


Related Standards


CityGML is a common information model for the representation of 3D urban objects. It defines the classes and relations for the most relevant topographic objects in cities and regional models with respect to their geometrical, topological, semantical and appearance properties.


A specialized XML data file format containing civil engineering and survey measurement data commonly used in the Land Development and Transportation Industries.

gbXML - Green Building XML

gbXML was developed to facilitate the transfer of building information stored in CAD building information models, enabling integrated interoperability between building design models and a wide variety of engineering analysis tools and models available today.

IFC - Industry Foundation Classes

IFC can be used to exchange and share BIM data between different software applications used for design, construction, procurement, maintenance and operations. The data schema comprises interdisciplinary building information as used throughout its' lifecycle.

More information can be found at the IFC Wiki


Research Centers


Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, they are Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies.

As the largest energy science and technology organization working on clean energy research, development, demonstration and deployment, their goal is to ensure that Canada is at the leading edge of clean energy technologies to reduce air and greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of Canadians. We are a leader in science and technology delivery within the federal government, serving as a provider and catalyst for a sustainable energy future for Canada.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is dedicated to research, collaboration and outreach that lead us to workable solutions for the challenges of urban sustainability. When it opens in 2011, CIRS will be among the most innovative and high performance sustainable buildings in North America, demonstrating leading edge research and partnerships on sustainable design practices, products, systems and policies.

U.S Department of Energy

DOE's national laboratories offer extensive scientific and technical R&D expertise for new building technologies and improved building practices. DOE labs work to enhance energy efficiency nationwide by conducting advanced research, technology development and demonstration, market transformation, energy codes and standards modeling, and industry and consumer education.

Energy Systems Research Unit

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) was established in 1987 as a cross-discipline team concerned with new approaches to built environment energy demand reduction and the introduction of sustainable means of energy supply.

The team's belief is that options for energy demand and supply must be considered together if society is to attain significant levels of energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment.

The work of the team is divided between research, consultancy services, education & training and software distribution. Research activities cover a wide range of topics from global/local energy systems performance to indoor/outdoor health & comfort. Consultancy services include the laboratory testing of new products, the performance appraisal of proposed new designs or retrofits, and the field monitoring of energy systems in use. Education & training offerings include courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and training in modelling and simulation for practitioners.

Finally, the team supports a number of open source programs that may be used to examine the performance of traditional or new energy systems at all scales – from a large wind farm to a building-integrated photovoltaic component. ESRU is located within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Simulation Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Simulation Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California specializes in creating building energy simulation software such as EnergyPlus. EnergyPlus is a new-generation building energy simulation program based on DOE-2 and BLAST, with numerous added capabilities. Released in April 2001, the program was developed jointly by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Illinois, the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, GARD Analytics, Inc., Oklahoma State University and others, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs.


Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium

A public/private consortium, working with DOE to develop and deliver technology, policies, and practices to achieve a market transition to Zero Net Energy Commercial Buildings by 2030


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