ASHRAE’s LowDown Showdown will be a part of the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 Conference, Aug. 10-12, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Showdown is a modeling challenge designed to showcase the work of several teams competing to model a net zero or below building. The competition gives conference attendees the opportunity to work with vendors and developers to showcase their abilities using the vendor’s simulation tools, innovative workflows, and creative problem solving to model a high-performance building.

ASHRAE says the Showdown provides a fun way of encouraging participation, demonstrating tool usage in building modeling and for participants to present their models to their peers and colleagues.

Each team will be comprised of volunteers who will sign up to play a role on each team, such as engineers, architects, designers, and energy modelers. The teams will be given a “baseline building” and then each team will have several months to work together to create their proposed building. At the conference, on the day of the Showdown, each team will present their results. Teams will be scored on a number of criteria.

The deadline to sign up to participate is Monday, Feb. 15. Join a team by signing up here:

Participation in the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown is available to all registered attendees of the ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference. Registration will open this spring.