The objective of this BenchSys workshop is to ascertain several ongoing research and advancements in the application of building energy use benchmarking and rating methods across countries, while connecting academic scholars, industry partners, government agencies and policy makers. Topics of interest for the workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:
Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication. Paper submissions must be at most 4 single-spaced US Letter (8.5"x11") pages, including figures, tables, and appendices (excluding references). All submissions must use the LaTeX (preferred) or Word styles found here
. Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their submissions by (1) using the "anonymous" option for the class and (2) using "anonsuppress" section where appropriate. Papers that do not meet the size, formatting, and anonymization requirements will not be reviewed. Please note that ACM uses 9-pt fonts in all conference proceedings, and the style (both LaTeX and Word) implicitly define the font size to be 9-pt.
High-quality technical articles are solicited, describing advances in methods, design, implementation, and validation of building energy benchmarking systems are welcome under this category. This may also include demonstrated evidences supporting policy changes towards net-zero energy.
BenchSys’23 would like to facilitate a forum exchange of ideas, stimulate active engagement with larger stakeholder group outside academia and document critical perspectives. For instance, fresh perspectives employing data-driven decarbonization opportunities in unconventional forms/functions/use type of buildings and facilities such as worship facilities, public buildings such as rural child care centre facilities, secretariat buildings, transportation hubs, public schools, healthcare facilities etc. are specially welcome. Topics describing new public policies, programs, their digital implementation and expected socio-economic and environment impact around the workshop theme of ‘advancements in building energy benchmarking’ are solicited.
Henceforth, in addition to the previous edition, the BenchSys’23 opens a special call soliciting critical position articles (as short-papers or posters or documentaries or other creative forms) from practitioners, NGOs, policy makers, and think tanks (such as MoHUA and NIUA) who are championing and pushing the frontiers of both science, research, and policies both globally and regionally. This includes architects and urban planners working on large community transformation projects for large corporations or institutions or government agencies are welcome under this category. But the scope of employment of digitalization catalyzing democratization leading to decarbonization in their design and/or implementation has to be articulated well.
The workshop solicits submissions under three categories:
- Technical papers: Upto 4-6 pages (everything except references), reporting on novel research, to be presented at the workshop as an oral presentation.
- Short paper and Posters: Submission from public administrators and practitioners can be made in posters, and short papers (2-4 pages) are welcome, in addition to regular technical research papers (4 to 6 pages).
- Documentary videos and other creative aids: Under this category, we solicit submissions inspired by other disciplines outside CS such as art and social sciences that stimulate engagement and active interaction leading to urban innovation. Authors submitting under this category have to clearly structure articulating their ideas and approach in a single page or a poster, indicating the relevance to the workshop audience, how it stimulates critical analysis & reflection among workshop participants, the originality, the creativity, and lastly, how they would like to present them in a hybrid mode. These creative submissions will also go through peer review as other submissions. However, these may not be indexed or published in workshop proceedings but will be archived in the BenchSys workshop portal.