Introduction to Building Energy Modeling

Sep 15 2017


Interested in energy modeling but don’t know where to start? Through presentations and hands-on exercises this course will investigate the benefits, explore software options, costs, and resources available. Programs that will be demonstrated in the course are OpenStudio, BEopt, SketchUp, and REM/Rate. Participants will gain further understanding about appropriate uses for energy modeling at different phases of the design process.

Energy modeling is the practice of using computer-based programs to simulate and compare the energy performance of an entire building or the systems within a building. In response to the growing demand for qualified building energy modeling professionals, several organizations are offering certifications for energy modeling. For example, ASHRAE has a Building Energy Modeling Professional certification and the AEE certifies a Building Energy Simulation Analyst. Energy modeling is a must to meet the energy targets of the AIA 2030 Commitment.

Bring your personal laptop or reserve a loner computer for the hands-on activities (but not required). Software will be identified via email prior to the workshop to download. In addition, a remote question and answer session will be possible with industry and research professionals. Q&A format TBD.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a knowledge of the different software programs available to use for building energy modeling, the value they add to projects, and how it can optimize the sustainable design performance of a building.
  2. Participants will learn how model inputs and outputs can be gathered and presented, and how inputs are used to make design decisions that will increase efficiency or impact strategies like daylighting.
  3. Participants will apply methods to create schedules, construction sets, establish spaces, define loads, and create HVAC systems in the software.
  4. Participants will analyze output data to an existing building, evaluate basic issues with the data, and understand the scope of decisions that predicted energy use can inform.

Early Registration Cost: $200 *
Cost after September 1st (Early rate extended one week- originally August 25): $250
Student in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $175**
Student Cost after September 1 (Early rate extended one week- originally August 25): $200

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Reich College of Education, Room 229.
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 6 PDH, 6 LU|HSW                               
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


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