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 2021 is approaching quickly!

Check out the agenda for the virtual event below, and be sure to register before November 1st to get important attendee information.

Day 1: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

8:00 amIntroductions and Opening Remarks
8:15 amPanel Discussion: Statewide and National Priorities in Building Energy Modeling
Panelists discuss where the California Energy Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, and California utilities are headed with respect to BEM, and what implications that may have for CalBEM stakeholders.

Neil Bulger (Red Car Analytics, Moderator)
Panelists:
• Ryan McFadyen (Southern California Edison)
• Amir Roth (United States Department of Energy)
• Will Vicent (California Energy Commission)
9:00 amBreak
9:15 amWorking Group Breakout Sessions (1 of 3)
Three breakout sessions are run in parallel, led by the Working Group Co-Chairs. Registrants will be asked to sign up for a single Working Group session the week before the event.
10:45 am[Optional] Outdoors Time / Extended Discussion Time
As discussions wrap up, attendees are encouraged to take a walk outdoors and get a break from their screen before the afternoon sessions.
11:30 am Break / Grab Lunch
Attendees can grab lunch and settle in for Power Talks.
11:45 amPower Talks

OpenStudio Application CalBEM Update
Marc Costa (The Energy Coalition)

Title 24 Energy Modeling for a Mars Colony
Patrick Chopson (cove.tool)

Recommendations for Building for Building Energy Modeling Education in California
Hannah Maryanski (Strategic Energy Innovations)

Model America: A Model of Every US Building
Joshua New (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Introduction to the CEC’s Market Informed Demand Automation Server (MIDAS) Rate Database
Morgan Shepherd (California Energy Commission)
12:30 pmWorking Group Breakout Sessions (2 of 3)
1:30 pmBreak
1:45 pmProgress Reports from Working Groups
Working Group Co-Chairs will each give a 10-minute progress update.
2:15 pmDay 1 Closing Remarks
2:30 pmBonus BEM: Informal Sessions
Members of the CalBEM community have been invited to hold 45-minute sessions on various BEM topics. Additional ideas may be considered for additional sessions.

CBECC-Com Modeling Priorities for Non-Res and Large MF Electrification
Pierre Delforge (Natural Resources Defense Council)

SCE Project Update: Impacts of Electrification
Ryan McFadyen (Southern California Edison)
3:15 pmAdjourn

Day 2: Thursday, November 18, 2021

8:00 amWelcome and Summary of CalBEM Midterm Planning Project Findings
8:15 amPlenary Presentation: Optimizing for Zero Carbon Operations with Forecasted Emissions Data
Jamy Bacchus, Caitlin Anderson, and Nasim Mirian (ME Engineers)
8:45 amRecap of Day 1 and Goals for Day 2
9:00 amBreak
9:15 amWorking Group Breakout Sessions (3 of 3)
10:30 amBreak
10:45 amCross-Pollination Topics
Several topics have been discussed by multiple Working Groups this past year. These two parallel sessions will allow members of all interested Working Groups to join for a joint discussion.

• Improving BEM Reporting for End Uses (Working Groups 1, 2, and 3)
• The Future of BEM Certification (Working Groups 1 and 2)
11:30 am[Optional] Outdoors Time / Extended Discussion Time
As discussions wrap up, attendees are encouraged to take a walk outdoors and get a break from their screen before the afternoon sessions.
12:00 pmBreak / Grab Lunch
Attendees can grab lunch and settle in for Power Talks.
12:15 pmPower Talks

IBPSA-USA California BEM Market Analysis Update
Dru Crawley (Bentley, for IBPSA-USA)

Incentive Measure Package to Building Code (Measure to Code)
Bryan Boyce (Energy Solutions)

SPEED: Simulation Platform for Energy-Efficient Design
Benjamin Welle (Perkins & Will)

Modeling Tools to Accelerate Market Adoption of Central Heat Pump Water Heaters
Paul Kinter (Ecotope)
1:00 pmCalBEM 2021 Award of Recognition
1:15 pmBreak
1:30 pmUpdated Action Plans: Presentation and Q&A
Working Group Co-Chairs will present plans for 2022 and solicit feedback.
2:15 pmClosing Remarks
Ryan McFadyen (Southern California Edison)
2:30 pmAdjourn