2019 Competition Announcement

The Project StaSIO Team is excited to announce our 2nd annual competition!

The 2019 StaSIO call for submissions has closed, and judges are working hard to pick the winners. Stay tuned!

Check out the winners from last year’s 2018 competition!


Project StaSIO is back with a competition, in conjunction with the ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference 2019! Similar to the Project Stasio 2018 Competition, the competition winners will be announced at the conference award ceremony.

2019 Competition Guidelines

The objective is to catalyze crowd-sourced submissions to Project StaSIO through execution of an online competition for Project StaSIO’s two forms of submissions: 1) Graphic Outputs and 2) Case Studies. The competition would be open to organizations or individuals who want to submit through either of the paths.

This competition is open to both individuals and project teams. Participants can submit one or more case studies or graphics through the online submission forms on Project StaSIO’s ‘Contribute’ page. Each participant can make multiple submissions and all submissions would be considered separately for the competition.

As a part of the submission process, the participant is required to identify the building performance question that is being answered through the graphic or case study, or link to one or more of the sample questions defined on the ‘Questions Menu’ on the website.

Track 1: Graphics  

Submissions made through this track should highlight data visualization best practices and what insights they can provide towards making decisions during the design process. Participants are required to submit graphic outputs of building simulation results that are successful in informing the design process, or conveying complex simulation data to clients. The graphics track has the following categories; each submission would be required to identify one or more applicable categories:

  • Climate
  • Lighting and Daylighting
  • Solar Loads, Shading, Glazing
  • Passive Design (thermal massing, natural ventilation, resilience)
  • Whole Building Analysis

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Track 2: Case Studies

This track would allow submissions of case studies that aggregate various aspects of building performance simulation and articulate the value of modeling in the early stages of the design process. These case studies should emphasize how the use of multiple simulation methods / metrics that are adequately communicated can provide a more holistic perspective of a design decision. The case study should serve as a resource for those advocating to integrate building performance simulation into their firms, or to simply provide a roadmap of what types of questions can be answered through modeling.

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Contact us as ibpsaprojectstasio [at] gmail [dot] com  regarding any questions related to the competition or the website.

Competition Timeline

    • Submission Deadline: July 15th
    • Jury Review: July 15th to August 15th
    • Winners informed: By September 1st
    • Presentation at 2019 ASHRAE BPAC – September 25th to 27th
    • Award Ceremony at 2019 ASHRAE BPAC – September 26th

Evaluation Criteria-

Track 1: Single Graphic

An image that successfully communicates the impact of certain design alternatives on a building’s performance. It can portray one or multiple metrics. If applicable, highlight the ASHRAE 209 # modeling cycle the question or study falls under. Submissions made through the graphics track would be judged on the following criteria-

  • Clarity (the ability to convey complex information concisely)
  • Innovation (uniqueness of the graphic)
  • Effectiveness ( effectiveness or impact on design or design thinking due to the graphic )
  • Aesthetic design (composition of the graphic)

Track 2: Case Study

A set of images forming a narrative that successfully tells the story of how performance simulation was integrated into the design process It should highlight how modeling workflows and different metrics were jointly evaluated to gain insight from the analysis toaffect design.

If applicable, highlight the different modeling cycles used to impact the design, either using  the ASHRAE 209 # Modeling cycles or your own process cycles. Submissions made through the ‘Case Studies’ track will be evaluated based on-

  • Integration (how integrated was the modeling process? Was it done in a silo, or in tandem with the design team? Etc.)
  • Clarity – (does the modeling approach follow a legible structure? Is it driven by targeted analysis questions? Can it be understood by its intended targeted audience?)
  • Innovation (uniqueness of the approach)
  • Effectiveness (Did the study impact the design through quantifying impact on performance or answering analysis questions? Did the team learn something non-obvious that could only have been learned through simulation? )

Judging Process

The review of submissions will be carried out by four judges. This panel would consist of experts in field of energy efficient building design, building energy modeling and analysis, with wide ranging experience and expertise in a large number of energy modeling projects. The judges for this competition are still in the process of being contacted and the competition guidelines would be updated once the panel is finalized.

Competition Review

Each submission will go through two rounds of evaluation.

First Round of Evaluations:

In the first round, each judge will evaluate and score the graphic or case study based on the criteria defined above. The top 25% submissions for the graphics track and top 25% evaluations for the case study track will make it to the second round of evaluations.

Second Round of Evaluations:

The submissions shortlisted through the first round of evaluations will undergo a second round of evaluations, which will be carried out by two entities:

  1. Public voting process: The top 25% graphics and 25% case studies (as identified by the judges) would be uploaded on the Project StaSIO website. A survey would be sent out to the energy modeling community who would be able to view the anonymized submissions and score them based on the identified criteria.
  2. Judges Review: The judges will meet online for the second round of evaluations before the conference and give the final ranking for each submission based on the scores received through the survey as well as the evaluation criteria. Judges will identify the winning entries through a unanimous vote.


Upto 4 awards would be awarded to the best Graphics and Case Studies, as identified by the panel of judges.

Recognition of Awardees:

The top 10% of submissions, as identified through the judges review, will be invited to present their work at the award session at the 2019 ASHRAE BPAC.  Winners of the Judges Awards will be announced at the Awards Reception during the conference.

Awardees and their organizations will also be featured on the Project Stasio website and showcased in the IBPSA-USA Newsletter.