BSUG 2.0


Building Simulation Users Group

The Building Simulation Users Group (BSUG) was created in 2009 to help to start a community centered around architecture and engineering-focused building simulation. Three years, later, BSUG secured funding for another three years from the Idaho Power Company, whom also provided funding for the 1st three years. Dubbed "BSUG 2.0" the second cycle of the group made some tweaks to its mission and aspired to provide more value to its members than just a static lecture series. Users groups are in unique positions to generate content that draws upon the diverse expertise of its members and guest lectures. This content has the potential to help support and add value to the established simulation community. The goals of BSUG 2.0 include:

    Continue to procure a lecture series from internal speakers, local experts, and regional/national/international
    Create a website to house newly archived sessions and serve as a gateway of knowledge concerning building simulation
    Create a living document that outlines the simulation protocols used by the UI-IDL on projects
    Conduct market assessments of the market penetration of building simulation in the local market


BSUG 2022

There are six lecture given each year. Lectures are split up to be presented in the first half of the year and the end of the year. Topics include energy modeling software, integrating building performance in the design process, and workflow/methods for an integrated design process. Door prizes are given away each lecture. Prizes focus on energy efficiency or related lecture topics.


Newsletter Sign-Up

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Video Archive

All BSUG session are streamed live and then uploaded to our YouTube channel. To view past lecture please click here.

2022 Calendar

Click here to see this year schedule or past years of BSUG.


2022 Schedule

The schedule will be updated as details become available and is subject to change at any time.

March 30th 2022 - Indoor Air Quality Impact Modeling

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COVID-19 has brought the issue of indoor air quality to the forefront of building science. Virus mitigation strategies range in effectiveness, efficiency, and costs depending on the building type, use types, and local climate. Using Open Studio and Energy+, the IDL examined the energy and cost impacts of six different mitigation strategies for commercial buildings in the Treasure Valley.

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April 27th 2022 - Decarbonized Building and District Energy Systems

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Due to demands caused by climate change, the energy sector is undergoing a rapid transition. Energy systems for buildings and communities need to become decarbonized, grid-responsive, resilient, and adaptive to changes in usage, technology options, and markets. This leads to increased complexity in their design and operation. Fortunately, new energy systems provide an opportunity to integrate and optimize renewables and storage across multiple prosumers and energy carriers. New system architectures and control challenges emerge, as do new requirements on design flows that can manage the increased complexity. After laying out these challenges, we will present recent progress on new generation computational tools for building and district energy and control systems. We will also present new tool chains that allow for rapid system-level prototyping, model-based design flow and digitization, ranging from design to installation and operation. We will close with a discussion about what foundation should be built to meet design and operation challenges of decarbonized energy systems.

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May 25th 2022 - Embodied Carbon and Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment

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The built industry has focused its efforts on measuring and reducing operational carbon emissions, carbon emissions related to materials used in our projects is gaining relevance; measuring, understanding, and reducing these emissions should be a key addition to all design practices. This presentation will cover general embodied carbon concepts, Whole-Building Life-Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) tools to quantity embodied carbon in buildings, and tools for all disciplines to start the conversations.

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August 24th 2022 - Benchmarking Buildings using EnergyStar and DDX

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Benchmarking is a method for measuring a building’s energy efficiency by comparing its energy use to other buildings with similar functions (commercial office, school, warehouse, etc…). Benchmarking allows owners to take a snapshot of how their building is performing currently in regards to energy consumption and then compare the performance to other buildings to infer if improvements can be made. In addition, software developed by the Government or organizations, AIA and AHSRAE, can be used to further evaluate a building’s performance. Software, such as, EnergyStar’s Portfolio Manager will assist with tracking a building, sharing information, performing data analysis, setting goals, and meeting those goals.

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September 21st 2022 - Energy Codes Panel Discussion

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Joint session with ASHRAE. Description coming soon!

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October 26th 2022 - To Be Determined

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Details Coming Soon!

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