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CATE 2023 is set to host workshops on December 12, 2023, targeting a diverse audience from academic and practice backgrounds. The primary aim of these workshops is to impart knowledge and insights into several facets of building science and energy. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the various applications, challenges, and available resources related to simulating energy use at both the individual building and broader urban scales. Furthermore, these sessions will delve into the software tools and techniques commonly employed in this field. In addition to academic enrichment, the workshops will also offer valuable guidance and insights for individuals, both students and professionals, who aspire to advance in the field of climate-resilient building practices. This inclusive approach ensures that attendees are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of this critical subject matter.

Climate Resilient Energy Efficient Design in Architecture
10:00 - 17:00, Tuesday, 12th December, 2023
The goal of the CREEDA manual is to immerse you in the process of designing buildings that are resilient to a changing climate whilst also being highly energy efficient. The approach we take in the manual is one of “learning by doing”. That is, rather than teaching you concepts or calculations, we show you how to reason out a strategy for the design of your building at a very early stage in the design process – maybe before you even have drawings. Thus, we wish you to learn how to PLAY with these types of tools through a process of self-education. The manual contains a series of case study buildings, all based on real buildings at different stages of construction. We show you how to transform data for such buildings into a free-to-use tool called ZEBRA, use current and future weather data for any part of India at a 25 km spatial resolution and leverage existing knowledge and practices within India to achieve our goal of a truly low-energy climate resilient building. We take each case study building through carefully selected changes to expose the ramifications of designing them differently – in effect showing you how to PLAY with your own designs.
Workshop Leaders:
Sukumar Natarajan
Who should attend?
Architectural practices, students, researchers and design consultancies that perhaps have a desire to deliver high performance buildings.


  • Hands-on training with ZEBRA
  • Hotel building hands-on + future typical weather from ZED-i
  • Designing for weather extremes using Design Builder and ZED-i IPY files
Duration: Full day | 60 seats
Urban Energy Modelling in the Global South
9:30 - 12:20, Tuesday, 12th December, 2023
Large-scale models of building energy consumption are well-established tools in the global North, whereas their use in the global South is less common. This workshop aims to explore the challenges and opportunities for the application of Urban Building Energy Models in cities in the global South through case studies using real-world data.  The workshop will include presentations on Footprint extraction, Tax Data, Using Vignettes to Model Occupant Behavior and Exploring Thermal Comfort in UBEM. This workshop targets Building Performance Simulation (BPS) practitioners, researchers and local government representatives.
Workshop Leaders:
Dr. Paul Ruyssevelt
Who should attend?
Practicing professionals and researchers.


  • Talk by Dr. Yash Shukla
  • Talk by Dr. Pamela Fennell
  • Talk by Prof. Paul Ruyssevelt
  • Talk by Dr. Drury B. Crawley
  • Talk by Dr. Ruchi Choudhary
Duration: 180 minutes | 35 seats
Grounded Energy Modelling for Equitable Urban Development
13:05 - 16:25, Tuesday, 12th December, 2023
This workshop is intended to engage policy-makers and property developers, encourage active participation, and facilitate the translation of research findings into actionable outcomes. It will include a mix of presentations, panel discussions, group activities, and opportunities for networking and collaboration. The ultimate goal is to develop a list of changes to design, policy and engagement practices that can improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort and garner commitment from participants to implement these changes.
Workshop Leaders:
Dr. Pamela Fennell
Who should attend?
Local government, property developers, NGOs


  • Document setting out proposed changes to the design
  • Discussion on policy and engagement practices
Duration: 200 minutes | 35 seats
Preparing for climate change – a perspective on humans and  buildings
13:05 - 14:25, Friday, 15th December, 2023
The increasing frequency and of extreme heat events we have witnessed and endured across  the globe over the past years, highlight the seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in.  Available data and projections indicate that the average global temperature is rising sharply,  further increasing the risk for more extreme weather events, which pose a considerable risk  for human health and well-being. It is becoming very clear that climate change will affect each  and every one of us in the future, and we must prepare for the consequences on our daily  lives.  In this workshop, an overview of the 'status quo' and a look into the future regarding climate  change and temperatures in homes and workplaces will be provided and discussed. We aim  to draw attention to alternative avenues of coping with climate challenges, both with respect  to modification of the built environment and humans active and passive reasons. It will then  be debated, actively involving the audience, if allowing more thermal variation indoors seasonally and daily, though it may seem counter intuitive, can aid in enhancing resilience and  health of human occupants, while also saving precious resources, decreasing the negative  impact of building CO2-footprints.
Workshop Leaders:
Prof. Dr. Marcel Schweiker Dr. Hannah Pallubinsky
Who should attend?
Practicing professionals and researchers.


  • Discussion on the impacts of climate change on homes and offices
  • Exploring Alternative avenues of coping with climate challenges
Duration: 90 minutes | 35 seats


  • To register for the workshops, please visit ConfTool.
  • For conference delegates, workshop registration is mandatory but the charges for the workshop are included in CATE2023 conference registration fees.
  • Those who wish to attend the workshop only, need to register on ConfTool and pay the workshop registration charges.