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About the Challenge

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Why this Challenge?


To connect building simulation practitioners and developers with the latest promising new research projects.

How We Do It

We invite researchers, practitioners, students, and teachers in building performance simulation to share their work in video form. Our panel assembled by the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) curates and tags submissions. We recognize the most innovative projects with features in IBPSA's newsletters and social media, webinar opportunities, and annual awards.

Who are We?

The Next Big Ideas Challenge is hosted by the Research Committee of IBPSA-USA. Our group is made up of leaders in building simulation from industry, academia, and government. We share a passion for research, development, and dissemination of new ideas, methods, and tools for the building performance simulation community.


Why Watch Research Videos?

It's easy to miss out on the latest research in new and exciting simulation methods, workflows, and tools. Research videos are short, easily digestible, and can help connect you with cutting-edge researchers in your field.

  • Learn about and understand new research developments, even if you don't have time to attend conferences

  • Identify new trends and opportunities in industry

  • Connect and collaborate with researchers working on relevant topics

  • Recognize innovative projects with our "Simulators' Choice" award

Why Make Research Videos?

Research videos are short, shareable, and memorable. Few people have time to digest journal and conference papers, but insightful videos can increase interest in your work and attract readers and collaborators.

  • Exhibit your work to a wider audience through social media

  • Gain recognition as a trend setter or industry thought leader

  • Connect with practitioners, software developers, and others

  • Be recognized by industry leaders through awards and opportunities for webinar presentations

What Makes a Good Video?

Research videos will be judged on the basis of:

  • Originality and novelty

  • Relevance and significance to current gaps in industry and practice

  • Market readiness

  • Presentation and clarity

Preference will be given to submissions that include links to websites that allow for reproducibility. These sources may include descriptive project websites, freely available papers (including ResearchGate and the IBPSA website), and code (including GitHub repositories).


How Can I Share?

We encourage you to like and share the videos posted by others on our site. Whether sharing through the social media links or passing them around your office, sharing helps connect others with new ideas and innovations.


How Can I Contribute?

Contributing research videos is simple. Use this form to upload your video and information. You'll need:

  • An original video about your research (maximum 3 minutes)

  • An abstract describing your research (maximum 200 words)

  • A featured image or graphic (minimum resolution 1280 x 720 pixels)

What Research Can I Share Here?

Anything related to simulation of the built environment. For example:

  • Building acoustics

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)

  • Building physics

  • CFD and air flow

  • Commissioning and control

  • Daylighting and lighting

  • Developments in simulation

  • Education

  • Energy storage

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

  • New software development

  • Occupant behavior

  • Optimization

  • Simulation to support regulations

  • Simulation vs reality

  • Solar systems

  • Urban scale simulation

  • Validation, calibration, and uncertainty

  • Weather

  • Windows

  • Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB)