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Fri 10.14.2016

Demystifying Energy Modeling: Workshop #1


When: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM FRIDAY, ARCHTOBER 14

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 # 1: Energy Modeling Introduction and Process

Course Content:
Participants will learn to identify a range of building performance models and how they are used to make sustainable design decisions. Participants will recognize the benefits of using modeling analysis to optimize sustainable design performance and meet a project's sustainability goals and learn how models can be used to win contracts by demonstrating a firm's commitment to performance-based sustainable design. Participants will also learn how building performance models can help project teams determine the best route for achieving LEED points on a project. Participants will learn to engage energy modeling in projects, develop project performance goals, and differentiate among available modeling tools.

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 #2: Energy Modeling Management and Quality Control
Friday, October 21, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

Lab Option 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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