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Building simulation and optimisation in the Global South

Bath is hosting the next conference in the IBPSA England building simulation and optimisation (BSO) series on tackling issues in the Global South.

  • 12 Sep 2022, 9.00am to 13 Sep 2022, 5.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • Price from £30.00 to £75.00 (GBP)
A close up of a building looking up towards a blue sky
How do we design buildings that are climate resilient, low carbon, low energy and provide enhanced health and well-being?

The ticket price is under review and is only a guide at present. We will confirm actual ticket prices in 2022, when bookings open.

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.



Dr 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 topics

We invite papers on the following:

  • weather data
  • software and models: fitness to purpose, access
  • building archetypes and validated models
  • performance data: buildings and systems
  • occupancy modelling and assumptions
  • whole-life carbon
  • thermal comfort
  • urban climate and models

We also welcome papers outside these topics that fit the theme of the conference.

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

Key dates

  • December 2021: call for papers
  • 1 February 2022: abstract submission deadline
  • 15 February 2022: full paper call
  • 15 June 2022: full paper deadline
  • 15 July 2022: reviews

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch.