CalBEM (California Building Energy Modeling) is an industry collective and an annual statewide event hosted by Southern California Edison on behalf of the California Investor-Owned Utilities. Participants are invited as representative voices in the field of energy modeling. Throughout the year the group collaborates on systemic solutions that advance California’s climate action goals. CalBEM is facilitated by industry leaders who thoughtfully plan and drive progress through Working Groups focused on three core goals. Read more about CalBEM’s core goals or what the Working Groups are up to these days.


CalBEM 2020: Agenda and Details

  • WHO: Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Stakeholders
  • WHAT: Two days of breakout discussions on the future of California’s building energy modeling landscape
  • WHEN: November 17 (morning) and 18 (afternoon), 2020
  • WHERE: Online via Adobe Connect
  • HOST: Southern California Edison, on behalf of the California Investor-Owned Utilities

Day 1: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Morning Session Only

8:00 amIntroductions
• Welcome and Opening Remarks
• Symposium Structure and Goals
• Quick introduction to Adobe Connect
8:30 amKeynote
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, PhD
Director, Institute for Health in the Built Environment
9:00 amPanel Discussion – Working Group Accomplishments and Ongoing Priorities
Setting the stage with a brief review of 2020 accomplishments and a formal Q&A with panel speakers.

• Elise Wall (2050 Partners, Moderator)
Panelists:
• Neal Kruis (Big Ladder Software), Working Group 1 Co-Chair
• Supriya Goel (PNNL), Working Group 1 Co-Chair
• Erik Kolderup (Kolderup Consulting), Working Group 2 Chair
• Neil Bulger (Red Car Analytics), Working Group 3 Co-Chair
9:40 amThe New CalBEM Project Funding Process
Elise Wall, 2050 Partners
9:50 amBreak
Background short video voted highest by participants.
10:00 am Working Group Breakout Sessions
Focused discussion sessions led by each group’s Co-Chairs.
11:30 amBreak / Grab Lunch
Attendees can grab lunch and set up to eat while watching Power Talks.
11:40 pmPower Talks
Are You Communicating, or Just Simulating? (i.e. Working with Architects)
Kjell Anderson (LMN Architects)

CityBES: Supporting design and operation of energy efficient and climate resilient buildings
Tianzhen Hong (LBNL)

Driving Commercial Building Decarbonization Through Software for Commercial New Construction
Abhijeet Pande (TRC)

Ecosizer: Standardizing Central HPWH Sizing
Paul Kinter (Ecotope)
12:00 pmDay 1 Closing Remarks and Take-Home Survey Distribution
12:15 pmCo-Chair Office Hours (Optional)
Sign up for small discussion sessions with Working Group co-chairs.

Day 2: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Afternoon Session Only. Take-Home Survey due by 10:00 am.
Attendees asked to grab an early lunch prior to event start.

12:00 pmPanel Discussion: Emerging Carbon Metrics and Implications for Building Energy Modeling
With recent California legislation calling for ambitious carbon reductions, emissions impacts are rapidly becoming the metric of choice. In addition to the traditional energy savings impacts, the Energy Commission’s hourly simulation model, CBECC-Res has added emission impacts to the 2019 code software. This panel will discuss why carbon is becoming the metric of choice and will review the current carbon metric included in the CBEC software.

• Nic Dunfee (TRC, moderator)
Panelists:
• Ritesh Nayyar (TRC)
• Scott Blunk (SMUD)
• Charles Kim (SCE)
1:00 pmTake-Home Survey Results Review
1:10 pmBreak
Background short video voted on by participants.
1:20 pmWorking Group Breakout Sessions
Focused discussion sessions led by each group’s Co-Chairs.
2:30 pmPower Talks
Modeling Compliance for Electrification Reach Codes
Farhad Farahmand (TRC)

IBPSA-USA Building Data Exchange Committee: Consensus Documents for Data Modeling Standardization
Sagar Rao (Affiliated Engineers)

Utility Allowances in Affordable Housing Finance
Sean Armstrong (Redwood Energy)
3:00 pm Break / Open Networking Rooms (Optional)
Topic-oriented open meeting rooms will be open for optional networking conversations.
3:30 pmWorking Group Report-Out Session
• Supriya Goel and Neal Kruis for Working Group 1: Creating a Streamlined Process for Building Simulation
• Erik Kolderup for Working Group 2: Educating BEM Users and Developing Resources
• Neil Bulger for Working Group 3: Advancing BEM Simulation Capabilities, Accuracy, & Metrics
4:00 pmPresenting the 2020 CalBEM Award of Recognition
• Introduction by Martha Brook, 2019 recipient
4:15 pmClosing Remarks
4:30 pmBEM Trivia Game
Match trivial BEM knowledge with your peers for bragging rights!
5:15 pmAdjourn