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Fri 10.21.2016

Demystifying Energy Modeling: Workshop #2


When: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM FRIDAY, ARCHTOBER 21

Where: At The Center   

Energy modeling is the practice of using computer-based programs to simulate the energy performance of an entire building or the systems within a building.

Through presentations and hands-on exercises, this course will give project architects the background and experience necessary to effectively manage the energy modeling process and deliver high-performance buildings. This course will cover types of modeling tools, their applications, and how model inputs and outputs can be effectively gathered and presented. Participants will gain further understanding about appropriate uses for energy modeling at each phase of the design process. The course is taught as a series of two sessions and is not available on an individual class basis. The topics and exercises in the course are an excellent complement to AIA’s “An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process.”

Participants will become familiar with a number of modeling and simulation programs through hands-on exercises.

Computer and software requirements for Demystifying Energy Modeling Series:

Flash drives or internet downloads may be needed. It is intended that free software will be used for module exercises for ease of accessibility in practice. Students should sign up for FormIt here, and download COMFEN 5.0 here, and eQUEST v3.65 here
Computer hardware requirements include:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 32-bit Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium
  • Single- or Multi-Core Intel® Pentium®, Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology.
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 monitor with true color
  • Display adapter capable of 24-bit color for basic graphics;
  • 256 MB DirectX® 10-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 (or later) or Mozilla Firefox® 3.0 (or later)
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Autodesk login for weather station access and energy analysis
  • Internet connectivity for solar radiation, essential skills videos, and help

Workshop Topics: The course will investigate the benefits of modeling the impacts of sustainability-related performance variables at various project phases,  from evaluating site conditions and developing early design models to interpreting late design model results to meet project performance targets.

Program Format: Two sequential, 3-hour learning modules, and two additional workshop options, totaling AIA CES 9.0 LU| HSW continuing education hours. A PC laptop is required with software installed prior to the first workshop. Minimum PC requirements and software installation information can be found in the attached PDF. All software used in the workshops will be freely available. Previous energy modeling experience is not required.

Module Format: Each 3-hour learning module will focus on a specific design phase, as listed below, using three distinct learning approaches:

  1. Overview of principles: Presentation of the module’s underlying principles.
  2. Case studies: Example projects to demonstrate the principles of the module topic.
  3. Application exercise: Instructor-led practice of energy modeling methods.

Workshop # 2: Energy Modeling Management and Quality Control

Course Content:
Participants will learn how assumptions and inputs must be updated and refined as a design progresses. Participants will learn to use parametric analysis to evaluate Energy Conservation Measures and understand how to review detailed energy modeling software reports. Participants will learn to interpret energy reports created by consultants and third parties as a way to become better coordinators of the energy modeling process. Participants will also learn the nuances of how to take credit for high performance strategies such as natural ventilation within the LEED rating system which references the ASHRAE Performance Rating Method.

Series Presenters:
Arpan Bakshi, LEED AP BD+C, ESTIDAMA PQP, is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at Foster + Partners where he works with project teams to review, develop and deliver high performance design solutions. He has been active in academia as a research consultant with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, graduate studio consultant at PennDesign and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the City College School of Architecture. He currently organizes Performance.Network, a webinar based knowledge community for building professionals.

Seok Yoon works in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM), where he specializes in computational strategic design, building system optimization, and project information workflow. He has worked on large transportation and hospitality projects in the US and South Korea. His focus is the integration of building design with quantitative project information including climate and energy data. Yoon received a Master’s degree at the Department or Architecture in Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Architectural Engineering at Korea University.

Other sessions:
Workshop #1: Energy Modeling Introduction and Process
Friday, October 14, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Optional Lab A: Whole Building Modeling
Friday, October 28, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Optional Lab B: Shoebox Facade Modeling
Friday, October 28, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cost for Workshop 1 and Workshop 2 (total 2 sessions) You must attend both sessions.
$125 for AIA members; $175 for non-members

Cost for Workshop 1, Workshop 2, and Optional Lab A OR Optional Lab B (total 3 sessions):
$175 for AIA members; $225 for non-members


Organized by: AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Sponsored by:


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