Performance Huddle 2019

Performance Huddle is an annual full-day symposium organized by IBPSA-Houston relating to building performance simulation.

The speakers are building scientists,  architects, engineers involved in practice or academia. It is geared towards students, practicing architects or engineers and experts in the field.

Update: For AIA members, 4.5 CEU available. CEUs also available for USGBC, PE via self reporting.

Venue & Date

Friday, Sep 20th 8:00am- Optional Workshop, 10:00am- main conference registration

Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW American Plaza, 14919 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

Free parking available.


An optional 2-hour comprehensive workshop will be provided by Sefaira, SketchUp. Hariharan Natarajan and Niraj Poudel will guide you through what they call a “Quick and Easy Daylight Analysis for Architects”. All attendees should have a laptop with them at the conference. They will need to have a basic knowledge of buildings and familiarity with Sketchup. Information for software installation will be forwarded to your registration email. Places are limited, make sure you register on time. Contact Mili Kyropoulou for more details

The workshop will cover: 

1. The Basics of Daylight – concepts of illumination, luminance and terms/units

2. Shadow Studies in Sketchup

3. Daylight Availability in Sefaira

4. Spot checks in Velux Daylight Visualizer

5. Daylight Rendering Studies in VRay


Workshop 8:00-10:00Quick and Easy Daylight Analysis for ArchitectsHariharan Natarajan, Niraj Poudel -Sefaira
10:00-10:30Registration for Conference/Coffee Break
10:30-11:15Design Informed by Performance Luke Leung -SOM
11:15-11:30Traveling without MovingHeath May -HKS
11:30-11:45Virtual Reality & Lighting Simulations: New Gensler Houston office Jared Gunlock -G2LD & Angela Palmer -Gensler
12:00-13:00Lunch (inc. 15 min Demo by EDSL TAS)
13:00-13:45Ideas are not Black and White: Attitudes for Successful Climate-Responsive DesignErik Olsen -Transsolar KlimaEngineering
13:45-14:00Occupancy Simulation Kevin Giuseppetti -Kirksey
14:00-14:15Energy Modelling: Expectation vs. RealityEric Granhaug -Noresco
14:30-15:15Coffee Break (inc. 15 min Demo by IES VE)
15:15-16:00Engineering Instinct and Analytics: An Unfinished Journey in Climate Zone 2BEmir Pekdemir & David Bersohn -BuroHappold
16:00-16:15Effects of Indoor Environmental Parameters Related to Building HVAC Systems on Patients’ Medical Outcome: A Review of Scientific Research on Hospital BuildingsAmreen Shajahan -Texas A&M
16:15-16:30Enhancement of “Effective” Thermal Resistance of Building Insulation Using Phase Change Weihuan Zhao -University of North Texas
16:45-17:00Closing remarks

For more info on speakers and their topic visit this Page


Conference onlyConference + Workshop
End DatestudentProfessionalStudentProfessional
Early BirdSep 5th$15$35$25$55
RegularSep 18th$30$50$45$80
On site registrationSep 20th$50$75

Lunch is included in the registration fees.