Coupled Heat, Air, Moisture and Pollutant Simulations in Built Environment Systems (CHAMPS-BES): Modeling VOC Emissions and Sorption of Building Materials (IABP Graduate Course)

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Workshop summary: The course is intended for Ph.D. and M.S. students with prior knowledge of undergraduate levels of heat and mass transfer. It provides an in-depth discussion of the fundamental mechanisms and processes involved in the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building materials and indoor furnishings. Influencing factors to be considered will include the material properties (such as material composition, porosity, and specific surface area), chemical properties of the VOC species (such as the molecular weight and vapor pressure) and environmental conditions (such as air temperature, relative humidity, air velocity and concentrations). A coupled heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulation (CHAMPS) model will be introduced, detailing the governing equations, initial and boundary conditions, numerical scheme and interpretation of simulation results. Several case studies, from simple to more complex ones will be used for in-class exercises to enhance the understanding of the fundamentals as well as developing practical modeling and simulation skills. Participants should bring their own laptops for in-classroom exercises in groups, while a computer room with 35 desktops will be available for use outside the classes.

Date: September 21-23, 2018

Total contact hours: 15 hours, 2.5 days

Number of participants: 15-30

Course fees: $150 (including a USB containing the course presentations, reference materials and software to be used)

Contact: Dr. Meng Kong, BEESL, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University. Email:

Connecting Woman Faculty in Sustainable Building Research (WISB)

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Workshop summary: Sustainable Building research, which focuses on improving indoor environmental quality, reducing building energy consumption and overall life-cycle cost, as well as promoting a better human-building relationship, has grown significantly in the past decade. This is an area of research that requires collaboration among many disciplines including engineering, computer science, social sciences and architecture. However, due to the STEM gender gap, woman faculty may be isolated and find it difficult to identify, network, and collaborate with other researchers from different disciplines. Following our successful 1st international Woman Faculty in Sustainable Building Research (WISB) workshop at Dalian China on July 5-6, 2018, we will offer our 2nd WISB workshop as part of the IBPC program. Similar to the 1st WISB workshop, our 2nd WISB workshop @IBPC aims to engage woman faculty worldwide in sustainable building research 1) to provide a networking opportunity that will promote future international and multidisciplinary research collaborations; 2) to identify the challenges and gaps that affect woman faculty’s success in this area and to seek potential solutions, and 3) to explore future research directions. Travel support will be provided to qualified female graduate students, post-doc researchers, and junior faculty who are in the sustainable building research area. Registration and detailed information can be found here (updates are pending).

Date: September 23, 2018, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Number of participants: 50

There is no charge for this workshop.

Contact: Jin Wen, Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University  Email:

CIB W040 Research Roadmap: Determining Stakeholder Needs

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Workshop summary: This workshop is for everyone who is involved in or would like to be involved in the international CIB W040 Working Group. We are drafting a Research Roadmap to determine stakeholder needs for increasing moisture safety in buildings and reducing the risk of moisture damage. During this workshop, the project and the guiding principles behind the concept will be presented. The project framework will be refined, and the research projects and new academic studies from graduate students will be discussed (i.e. Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations at the partner institutions, and question papers). The results from the initial questionnaires in the member countries for different architectural and engineering groups will be presented, and strategies for collecting data from the other stakeholder groups will be discussed. The scope of this project is to promote moisture safety in all buildings (i.e. new construction, renovations, protected buildings, and all building uses). Each member who has conducted a needs analysis study will present his or her results. Participants will agree on a timeline with milestones for submissions, questionnaire launch, analysis and dissemination. New members are very welcome to join the CIB W040 Research Roadmap. Information is available on the website,

Date: September 23, 2018, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Total contact hours: 6 hours, including lunch and refreshments

Number of participants: 15-20

Course fees: $ 35

Contact: Prof. Thomas Bednar, Naomi Morishita, Research Center for Building Physics and Sound Protection, Institute for Construction and Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Vienna University of Technology

Modeling Environmental Data for Virtual Reality

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Workshop Summary: This workshop introduces participants to the capacity of virtual reality (VR) to facilitate the communication and understanding of the quantifiable information generated through design simulation and analysis. Participants will be introduced to VR as a representation tool through a hands-on demonstration, an illustrated and guided workflow through how virtual environments are generated, and a collective data integration exercise using Unity 3D. The virtual model will focus on representing building and urban analysis data including daylighting, temperature variation, airflow, resource allocation, demographic distribution and zoning. During the workshop, participants will be able to virtually walk through and interactively engage with coinciding layers of building and city data. Upon conclusion, it is anticipated that participants will infer how VR design environments can encourage comprehension of quantifiable data that is critical to optimizing design for healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments

      Suggested Equipment: Laptops pre-loaded with a 3D modeling software of your choice and Unity3D.

Date: September 23, 2018, 9 am – noon

Course fees: $ 10

Contact: Amber Bartosh, Syracuse University  Email:

Airflow modeling in and around buildings using OpenFOAM and Energy Plus

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Workshop Summary: Participants will learn modeling approaches to simulate airflow around and through buildings to inform Building Energy Models (BEMs). The two simulation tools used in this workshop are OpenFoam and EnergyPlus through Eddy and Archsim, which enable the participants to run BEMs coupled with accurate ventilation boundary conditions provided by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). It is recommended that participants have good understanding of energy modeling, CAD modeling with Rhino and Grasshopper.

Additional requirements: Laptops with Windows 10(!) and Rhino 5 / Grasshopper and at least 10 GB remaining space on the HDD.

Date: September 23, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm

Course fees: $ 40

Contact: Timur Dogan, Cornell University. Email: