Student Modelling Competition

As part of the 16th IBPSA International Conference and Exhibition, IBPSA is organizing a student modelling competition. The aim is to facilitate wider participation in the conference and to provide a competitive forum for student members of the building simulation community. It is expected that several tutors of relevant courses in universities around the world will use the brief of this competition as part of their teaching material.

The 2019 Student Modelling Competition is set up as a SIMULATION PENTATHLON organized in five contests.
All entrants must be enrolled as students (PhD, MSc, BSc or equivalent) at the time of submission. Team participation is encouraged.
The two finalists will be notified by June 1st, 2019 and will receive free registration to BS2019 plus up to € 2000 in reimbursed travel expenses. The two finalists will be expected to attend the Building Simulation 2019 conference and to prepare a short presentation and produce a poster for display at BS2019. Based on the conference presentation and poster, an overall winner will be selected and announced at the conference.

More details can be found in the brief downloadable at Brief and Materials section of this page.



The Pentathlon is organized in five contests which represent the phases that a practitioner should go through when designing the retrofit of an existing building.

These are:

1. Model and simulate the existing building

2. Assess the buildings energy consumption and indoor environmental quality

3. Redesign using retrofit measures to enhance the buildings performance

4. Assess the building daylighting performance and visual comfort

5. Optimize the building performance using previously assessed performance measures (or more) by using parametric design, sensitivity analysis or multi-objective optimization

Case Study

The object of the competition is the simulation of an historical palace in Rome (Italy) in order to lead its energy retrofit design. The building is a seventeenth-century palace now hosting classrooms and offices.

Case Study | Student Competition | Building Simulation 2019 Rome
Case Study | Student Competition | Building Simulation 2019 Rome

Brief and Materials

Please download the competition brief for more information. We look forward to your participation!

Key Dates

  • October 15th October 30th, 2018: Announcement of brief

  • January 31st, 2019: Entrants notify their intent to submit an entry

  • April 28th, 2019: Deadline for completed entries

  • June 1st, 2019: Finalists notification

  • September 2nd-4th, 2019: Winner announced at BS2019 Conference in Rome, Italy


Competition Committee

Ilaria Ballarini | Fabio Bisegna | Filippo Calcerano | Francesca Cappelletti | Cristina Cornaro | Claudia Guattari | Christina Hopfe | Alessandro Prada | Christian Struck | Gerhard Zweifel | Sergey Zhukovskiy


Competition FAQs

If you require any information, please contact us at the following e-mail:

Please look in this section first to check that your query has not already been answered. Thank you.

Q: We have finished our announcement of brief, but we don’t know how to submit it, could you please tell me?

A: You can find the brief at this link.

This brief contains all the rules for participating to the competition.

When you decide to participate, please notify your intent to submit an entry via email to: (by the end of January 2019).
A bonafide letter on the university/institute letterhead from the supervisor or faculty-in-charge AND the Student ID provided by the university/institute must be sent with the notification of your intent to submit an entry.

Deadline for completed entries is 28th April. The final entry should be sent via email to:

Q: I would like to kindly know about the specific floor height of the building for all floors since it has not been specified anywhere in the brief document.

A:  You should download the drawings (plans and sections) in CAD format at the Brief and Materials section of the website. You can measure all the dimensions you want in those files.