IPBSA - Education Webinar Series

A View on Future Building System Modeling and Simulation

Target Audience:

Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists


Date and Time:

September 21, 2017 – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. MT




Integrated Design Lab - Classroom

306 S. 6th Street Boise, ID 83702




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Buildings and community energy systems continue to require increased performance, provide services to the grid, and facilitate the integration of renewable energy and waste heat sources, while providing better comfort. Consequently, their energy and control systems are becoming more integrated and complex. Arguably, current building simulation programs have not been designed with these new and emerging requirements in mind. This talk therefore present technologies and open-standards that are well positioned to address these new challenges. It will explain underlying principles for modular modeling that allows reasoning about the system as well as formal manipulations of the model to address different applications, ranging from design to verification and operation of building systems.


Micheal Wetter:

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2004.

University of California at Berkeley.

Focus: Heat and mass transfer, differential equations, nonlinear control, mathematical analysis, building simulation and optimization.
Dissertation: Simulation-Based Building Energy Optimization.

BS in Energy and Building Technologies, 1995.

University of Applied Sciences at Luzern, Switzerland.

Michael currently works for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the Deputy Group Leader of the Simulation Research Group.
The Simulation Research Group specializes in the research, development and deployment of software that support the design and operation of buildings, as well as the research of next-generation building energy and control systems. As the former developer of the DOE-2.1 and the SPARK software, the group is now developing:

The EnergyPlus whole building simulation program,

The Modelica Buildings library for rapid prototyping and controls design,

The Building Controls Virtual Test Bed for co-simulation and for model-based operation,

The GenOpt generic optimization program, and

The EnergyPlusToFMU to export EnergyPlus as a Functional Mock-up Unit for co-simulation.

The Simulation Research Group is also leading, together with RWTH Aachen, the IEA EBC Annex 60. Annex 60 is developing new generation computational tools for building and community energy systems based on the Modelica and Functional Mock-up Interface standards.