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Building Simulation and Optimisation 2022

IBPSA-England's Sixth Conference, and Second Virtual BSO Hosted by the University of Bath, Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn)

  • 13 Dec 2022, 12.00pm to 14 Dec 2022, 4.00pm GMT
  • This is an online event.
  • Price from £10.00 to £75.00 (GBP)
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How do we design buildings that are climate resilient, low carbon, low energy and provide enhanced health and well-being?

BSO2022 is continuing the successful BSO conference series, held every two years since 2012, on the subject of building simulation and optimisation.


Day 1: 13 December 2022 Day 2: 14 December 2022
11:15-11:30 Conference Onboarding 9:45-10:00 Conference Onboarding
11:30-11:45 Conference Launch Early Start 10:00 - 11:30 Research Showcase: Indo-UK Projects
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11:45-12:15 Keynote Presentation 1: Rajan Rawal Keynote Presentation 3: Ana Paula
12:15-12:45 Keynote Presentation 2: Wolfgang Kessling Keynote Presentation 4: Jacques Laubscher
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12:45-13:00 Break Break
13:00-15:00 Parallel Sessions - 1, 2 & 3 Parallel Sessions - 4, 5 & 6
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15:00-15:15 Break Break
15:15-16:15 Debate: Are Modelers Literate? Conference headline sponsor presentation & prize distribution
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16:15 Close Close

Download Book of Abstracts

Full Papers can be accessed from here

Day 1 Sessions

Session 1: Energy

Chair: Dr. Rokia Raslan

Time Paper Title
13:00-13:15 A Demand Response Implementation Case Study for Islanding of a Building
13:20-13:35 The Twelve Percent Effect - Improvements in evidence-based design towards net-zero building performance
13:40-13:55 Examining the variation in daily and peak electricity use in urban Indian households by AC ownership
14:00-14:15 Sustainable Retrofit Solutions for Decreasing Energy Consumption of a Residential Building in Tabriz, Iran
14:20-14:35 Energy Performance Assessment of Gas Boilers, Air Source Heat Pumps and Insulation Type Pairings in UK Dwellings

Session 2: Urban Studies

Chair: Dr. Tristan Kershaw

Time Paper Title
13:00-13:15 Optimization of an energy community in Switzerland
13:20-13:35 Simulating the built environment for another globally distributed species
13:40-13:55 Towards a universal access to Urban Building Energy Modelling - The case of low-income, self-constructed houses in informal settlements in Lima, Peru
14:00-14:15 Tailoring demand-reduction strategies for communities in India – the CEDRI project
14:20-14:35 Developing an Open Access Plugin for Urban Building Energy Modelling in QGIS

Session 3: Case Studies

Chair: Dr Jacques Laubscher

Time Paper Title
13:00-13:15 Investigation on the impact of occupant-centric design method applications on building energy efficiency and comfort – a case study
13:20-13:35 Calibrated model of an experimental building to test passive thermal comfort solutions for the Global South
13:40-13:55 Evaluation of Wind Tower Effectiveness in Rammed Earth Building
14:00-14:15 Finishing with net-zero: A case study of the energy systems in an experimental building
14:20-14:35 Data driven investigation of thermal comfort in an informal settlement – a case of Mumbai

Day 2 Sessions

Session 4: Modelling and Simulation Studies

Chair: Prof. Ana Paula Melo

Time Paper Title
13:00-13:15 Ranking the Thermal Caliber of Capacitive Building Envelopes Using Data Envelopment Analysis
13:20-13:35 Comparative analysis of daylight levels in an office space considering standard overcast sky condition and measured CIE sky type of Gurugram, India
13:40-13:55 Development of Reduced Order Thermal Network Models for Indian Wall Assemblies
14:00-14:15 RoofKIT – Building simulation in sustainable housing at the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22
14:20-14:35 Performance evaluation of Phase Change Materials for cooling Photovoltaics and enhancing efficiency

Session 5: IEQ

Chair: Dr. Rajasekar Elangovan

Time Paper Title
13:00-13:15 Evaluating indoor environmental quality of onsite construction workers housing in Pune, India through performance-based simulation
13:20-13:35 The impact of built environment on thermal comfort in informal settlements. The case of José Carlos Mariátegui, Lima, Perú
13:40-13:55 Impact of Green Building on Productivity of Offices
14:00-14:15 Quantifying the effect of roof insulation on indoor comfort and cooling loads in Nigerian residences

Session 6: Machine Learning & Optimisation

Chair: Prof Pieter De Wilde

Time Paper Title
13:00-13:15 Multi-agent learning of incremental housing development strategies for solar utilisation in Peru
13:20-13:35 Optimisation of passive design implementations at an urban scale in an Am climate zone
13:40-13:55 A Modular Thermal Space Coupling Approach for Indoor Temperature Forecasting Using Artificial Neural Networks
14:00-14:15 Using a system dynamics framework to develop a decision-making model for Building Energy Efficiency Codes in the Global South 
14:20-14:35 Predicting Operative Temperature with Machine Learning (ML)

Key dates

  • 16 September 2022 Full Paper Submission deadline
  • 25 October 2022 Registrations
  • 13 - 14 December 2022 Conference

BSO conference topics

  • Building simulation software and models
  • Fitness for purpose of models/tools, accessibility of models/tools
  • Progress in optimising building design and operation
  • Advances in model calibration, uncertainty analysis, and model validation
  • Building archetypes and validated models
  • Analysis of performance data: buildings and systems
  • Occupancy modelling and assumptions
  • Whole-life carbon models
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Urban and district scale simulation of climate and energy use
  • Innovative applications of simulation in practice

The Global South

This year, we have aligned the conference with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which focus on gathering all countries in a global partnership to develop a sustainable future for people and the planet. The Global South alone is expected to nearly double current global built floor space by 2050, driven primarily by growth in urbanisation. A typical building lasts 60 years and we spend about 90% of our lives in them. This means that buildings built now will have an impact on carbon, energy and health well into the 2080s.

We need to design buildings in the Global South to be carbon, energy and health optimised from the get-go. But first there are significant challenges to overcome around equity, access, localisation, fitness-to-purpose, cultural sensitivity and cost. This conference will provoke thought and gather knowledge on how we can address these challenges at scale and with speed.

As well as accepting papers on the traditional BSO themes above, the conference will also have a special focus on building simulation and optimisation in the Global South. This special focus explores the specific challenges faced by this neglected part of the world and includes:

  • Affordable simulations
  • Simulations in informal cities
  • Simulations to reduce inequalities in access to energy and other natural resources
  • Simulations of natural ventilation in hostile outdoor environments (mosquitoes, unsafe streets, pollution, noise)
  • Unaffordable comfort
  • Simulation in context of energy poverty
  • Solar energy in informal and overcrowded settlements

Paper format

Papers can be in one of two formats:

  • full length papers (8 pages)
  • short papers (4 pages). These can include adventurous or early stage academic work or industrial applications and case studies.

Download full and short paper templates.

New: fast-track submissions

Abstract submission is now closed. However, as we received a lot of requests for submissions after the abstract dates we are now accepting papers across all the above topics without needing to go through an abstract stage . You can submit full papers at Easychair Smart CFP. You will need to register or sign in to do so.

Conference format

Happening in a post-COVID world, this conference will be completely virtual, attempting to be more inclusive for colleagues who might struggle to get funding to travel.


What's in store for #BSO2022?

In the run up to our conference, view our introductory videos:


Prof Sukumar Natarajan will moderate an Oxford-style debate where speakers will argue for and against the motion 'Building energy modellers are not literate.' Using audience polling, we'll measure audience sentiment before and after the debate to judge which side moved the most people and won the debate.


We want our delegates to have plenty of opportunities to engage with each other and the speakers at the conference. We are working on making sure the online experience supports networking to foster new research collaborations across the globe.

Research showcase

We plan to showcase key outputs from a series of high-profile research grants awarded under the Newton Fund between researchers in the UK and India. This will show what is achievable using effective collaboration between the Global North and the Global South.

Conference mission

We want to encourage more research-active academics and research students from the Global South to take part in our conference. We're achieving this through:

  • reduced rates for participants from the Global South to enable the widest possible access
  • a fully virtual conference to eliminate travel, visa and accommodation costs as barriers to entry
  • a speaker line-up that reflects global diversity


View our speakers and debate team.

Our committees

Organisational committee

  • Chair: Prof. Sukumar Natarajan, University of Bath
  • Prof Pieter De Wilde, University of Strathclyde
  • Prof Clarice Bleil De Souza, Cardiff University
  • Dr Anna Mavrogianni, University College London
  • Prof Ruchi Chaudhary, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Rokia Raslan, University College London
  • Dr Neveen Hamza, Newcastle University
  • Prof Dejan Mumovic, University College London
  • Dr Steven Firth, Loughborough University
  • Dr Renjith Jaypalan Nair, Design Builder software
  • Isha Rathore, Doctoral researcher, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Scientific executive committee

  • Dr Tristan Kershaw, University of Bath
  • Prof Clarice Bleil De Souza, Cardiff University
  • Prof Pieter De Wilde, University of Strathclyde
  • Prof Sukumar Natarajan, University of Bath

Scientific Review Committee

  • Dr Tristan Kershaw, University of Bath
  • Prof David Coley, University of Bath
  • Dr Parag Wate, The University of Sheffield
  • Prof Rajan Rawal, CEPT University
  • Dr Jacques Laubscher, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Prof Ana Paula Melo, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina: Florianopolis
  • Prof Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr David Jenkins, Heriot-Watt University
  • Dr Kathryn Janda, University College London
  • Dr Nick McCullen, University of Bath
  • Dr Rajasekar Elangovan, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Ticket Prices

  • Standard regular ticket£75.00 (GBP)
  • Standard Global south ticket£50.00 (GBP)
  • Attendance only £10.00 (GBP)


BSO 2022 is sponsored by

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