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Connected Buildings Challenge

E-mail sent by Supriya Goel, Monday, July 18th, 2016 @ 3:16pm

Dear IBPSA-Seattle Members

This email is to inform you about the Connected Buildings Challenge (CBC), that is being led by the Pacific Northwest National laboratory (PNNL) for the US Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with leading industry entities.

Connected Buildings Challenge focuses on solutions addressing barriers of connected buildings using PNNL’s open source software platform VOLTTRON.  CBC has selected 5 finalists for the ongoing challenge and would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the demo of the current Connected Buildings Challenge in Seattle, on August 3rd 2016, at the Smart Buildings Center (SBC), Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144 · 206-538-0685. This is a free event. Space is limited - so
register now if you are interested.

For more information please contact Ms. Xiaoli Duan at xiaoli.duan@pnnl.gov or cbchallenge@pnnl.gov

See attached flyer for more details.

IBPSA-Seattle Core Team

Nepal Biogas Project Modeling Support - Volunteers Needed

Posted by Member 1b7a947, Monday, June 15th, 2015 @ 4:49pm

  • Fellow Modelers:
    Below here is a request for volunteers to assist Architects without Borders on a modeling project in the Nepal region affected by the recent earthquake.

    Please contact Carmen directly, if you can help.

    Thanks, -krishnan

     ---------- Forwarded message ----------

    From: Carmen Cejudo <carmen@ecotope.com>
    Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM
    Subject: Nepal Biogas Project Modeling Support
    To: "kgowri.2014@gmail.com" <kgowri.2014@gmail.com>
    Cc: "home2olalla@gmail.com" <home2olalla@gmail.com>, Kirk Robinson <BKRobinson@robinson-co.com>


    A few weeks ago I mentioned the Mt. Everest Nepal Biogas project I'm volunteering with. I've attached a basic flier of information about the project. We are working with Architects Without Borders and they have helped prepare a SketchUp model. I started an Open Studio model but not yet finished it.

    We are in need of Energy Modeling and Mechanical engineering design support. Would it be possible to announce this volunteer opportunity to the IBPSA group? 

    I have placed the relevant modeling files , as well as an SD Basis of Design, on our Dropbox folder. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/57u9pfau6rkaf5j/AABFtygrHZJrBt4sVvpDBkwza?dl=0

    Please note that the weather files came from Weather Underground and are "simulated" based on the latitude/longitude.

    Let me know if you have any questions or need further information. Thanks in advance for your support!

    Carmen Cejudo, P.E. | Mechanical Engineer
    Ecotope, Inc. | 4056 9th Ave NE | Seattle, WA 98105 
    206.322.3753| Direct 206.596.4708


    EWB-USA ATDT 2015 Mt Everest Biogas Poster.pdf

City of Seattle Research Project

E-mail sent by Supriya Goel, Monday, April 13th, 2015 @ 5:19pm

Dear IBPSA Seattle Members,

The City of Seattle is working with PNNL on a research project that looks into the role energy modeling plays in advancing client goals, such as: Does the modeling process result in better daylight and views, or perhaps elimination of unwanted systems? Does it encourage early adoption of higher performing technologies?

For this purpose, the City of Seattle would appreciate any assistance that IBPSA Seattle members can provide.

As an initial step, it would help if members could provide a couple dozen real-world examples of energy modeling results, particularly where the project involves significant variance from the prescriptive code.

Only the summary sheets of energy modeling analysis are required, and, where available, the sensitivity analyses results. The data can be scrubbed of any client or project identification where anonymity is preferred.

If the modeler's contact information were attached, it would allow the researchers to call if they had any specific questions, although this information is not required.

Please contact Duane Jonlin at Duane.Jonlin@seattle.gov if you’d like to contribute.

IBPSA-Seattle Core Team

Bullitt Centre - Net Zero Energy Building Modeling

  • Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: Bullitt Center, 1501 East Madison Street, Suite 650

    The Second IBPSA Seattle Chapter meeting will provide an opportunity to tour Seattle's Net Zero…

    • 19 people attended

First working meeting for 2015

  • Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 12pm - 1pm
    Location: On-line meeting - connection details to be provided later

    We will kick off 2015 activities with a round table discussion on "Energy modeling during…

    • 17 people attended

IBPSA-USA Meeting in Seattle

E-mail sent by Supriya, Friday, June 27th, 2014 @ 10:00am

Hello everyone,

IBPSA wanted to make sure local members are aware of the IBPSA-USA meeting this Saturday afternoon/evening at Rock Bottom Brewery.  You can register at:


Registration will be $50 at the door, or $40 in advance for members and includes dinner and two drink tickets.

It is a great opportunity for networking with others in the industry.

Pre-dinner activities do not require registration - come and enjoy the technical updates and networking, although we hope you can stay for dinner as well.

Also there is a "lighting round" time scheduled where members can take ~5 minutes to talk about new developments in research or technical approach to simulation. (Or other topics if time permits? Local chapter events/highlights? Organizational wants/needs?)

Hope to see you there,

IBPSA-Seattle Core Group

IES-VE Training in Seattle

E-mail sent by Supriya Goel, Sunday, February 16th, 2014 @ 7:25pm

Dear IBPSA-Seattle Members

IES is organizing a VE training in Seattle in March. It will be held on 4th and 5th of March at the UW Integrated Design Lab at the Bullitt Center. Please click here for details on registration and curriculum for the training.

Thank you
IBPSA-Seattle Core Team

OpenStudio Training

E-mail sent by Supriya Goel, Thursday, January 30th, 2014 @ 4:08pm

Dear IBPSA-Seattle Members,

We have been in contact with PSD Consulting (licensed training providers for OpenStudio) for providing training for IBPSA-Seattle. The training format would be a 2 day in-person training in Seattle. The training fee is estimated around $600.

For more information about the organization you can view-

PSD Consulting has provided 2 curriculums, one is a basic training which focuses on the use of the OpenStudio app and Parametric Analysis Tool. The second is a more advanced training option which briefly covers the use of OpenStudio app and addresses the scripting capabilities for writing measures in Ruby and using them through the Parametric Analysis tool.

Attached are the curriculums for both the training formats.

Based on your interest and availability please answer the brief survey below to help us understand the level of interest and tentative time frame for organizing this training.



IBPSA-Seattle Core Team


IBPSA Seattle 2014 Kickoff Meeting

  • Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4pm - 5:30pm
    Location: 901 5th Avenue 5th Floor Conference Room, Seattle, WA 98101

    Hello All,

    IBPSA Seattle will be holding a kickoff meeting for 2014.  The meeting agenda…

    • 12 people attended

OpenStudio Webinar

  • Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 10am - 11:30am
    Location: Webinar

    PSD Consulting is organizing a free OpenStudio webinar on January 16th, from 10 am - 11:30 am…

    • 5 people attended

Building Energy Modeling using eQUEST

  • Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: Seattle Central Library

    • 1 person attended

OpenStudio Training for IBPSA-Seattle

E-mail sent by Supriya Goel, Monday, July 22nd, 2013 @ 1:30pm


During the EnergyPlus training in April, we had mentioned the possibility of an OpenStudio training for IBPSA-Seattle. NREL is in the process of transitioning OpenStudio training/user support for private-sector modelers to private sector companies. They're in the process of vetting the private sector companies at present and process should be complete within the next few months.

We will try and organize this training for late fall and will keep the group informed about any developments.

On a separate note, if there are any companies that are interested in becoming training/user support providers, a summary of the RFP is here: http://openstudio.nrel.gov/content/nrel-seeking-proposals-openstudio-training-and-technical-support with a link to the full RFP on FedBizOpps at the bottom.

Thank you
IBPSA-Seattle Core Group

In-Person Working Meeting

  • Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 4:30pm - 6pm
    Location: ZGF Seattle, 925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2400, 98104

    During the last working meeting we all decided that it would be beneficial to meet in…

    • 8 people attended

IBPSA Seattle Working Meeting 22

  • Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 12pm - 1pm
    Location: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4275673417545983232

    We now have a base VAV model that is working well. Next week will begin plugging in various…

IBPSA Seattle Working Meeting 22: Chilled Beam Discussion Continued

  • Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 12pm - 1pm
    Location: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6192454236253881344

    Last week we reviewed the different methods of analyzing chilled beams in eQuest that we…

IBPSA Seattle Working Meeting 21: Chilled Beam Discussion Continued

  • Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 12pm - 1pm
    Location: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6326732093549885696

    It's time to start the working meetings again. We will start this Thursday and will continue…

EnergyPlus Training

E-mail sent by Supriya Goel, Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 @ 1:08pm

Dear IBPSA-Seattle Members

We’ve received a few questions regarding the intent of the registration fee for the E+ training as it was previously announced that the training would be free. PNNL’s sponsorship of the training, which is covering the instructor’s costs, requires that we aim for 30 attendees. The training is designed as a hands-on workshop where each attendee would be required to bring their laptop and we faced difficulties in securing a free-space which could support 30+ attendees with laptops plugged in at the same time. After evaluating many options, we decided to arrange for a space at the WSCC in collaboration with IBPSA-USA.

We hope the minimal fee is not too much of a deterrent as a 2-day workshop of this kind is usually priced over $500. We’ve opened this up exclusively to IBPSA-Seattle members at this time, in order to give first priority to our group. The training announcement will be made public On March 25th.

IBPSA-Seattle Core Group


EnergyPlus Training for Experienced Building Energy Modelers

  • Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 (all day)
    Location: Washington State Convention Center

    EnergyPlus Training for Experienced Building Energy Modelers
    Seattle, WA, USA, April…

IBPSA Seattle Working Meeting 18 - Chilled Beam Discussion Cont.

  • Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 12pm - 1pm
    Location: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/944897846

    Hello Everyone,

    In our working meeting last week we had a great discussion on…

Upcoming Trainings

E-mail sent by Supriya Goel, Thursday, February 7th, 2013 @ 3:51pm


IBPSA-Seattle is organizing an E+ training for April and an OpenStudio training for July. The E+ training is more focused towards advanced energy modelers, interested in learning simulation capabilities using E+. The framework defined through the E+ training brainstorming session held a few months ago ( http://groupspaces.com/IBPSASeattle/forum/?bview=thread&thread_id=41681 )was shared with GARD Analytics and will be addressed through the training session. 

The OpenStudio training will include the 3D model development using the Sketch-Up plug-in,use of the Open Studio Application and Building Component Library to define building assembly, schedules of operation etc. as well as introduce the new parametric simulation capabilities being added to OpenStudio.

We'd like your feedback on whether you'd be interested in attending these trainings as well as preferrable dates. 

Both of these trainings have no associated fees. Please click on the link below and respond to the short survey so we can get a count of people interested as well as plausible dates for the training.


IBPSA-Seattle Core Group

IBPSA Seattle

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