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Introduction to Building Energy Modeling

Number: BCT 597BE
Credits: 3
Format: UWW (CPE)

Semester: Spring
Meeting Times: Wed, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Peter Levy,

Building Performance Analyst, The Green Engineer

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Course Description

*Currently Not Offered

This course introduces conceptual and technical aspects of whole building energy simulation. Students will learn to use the energy modeling software eQUEST, underlying principles of energy modeling, and the ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G modeling methodology.

The technical aspects of this course will include using the "Wizard" and "Detailed" sides of eQUEST, to create building geometry, assemblies, internal loads, schedules, and HVAC systems. In addition, students will use parametric analysis to assess energy conservation measure (ECMs) to see how design alternatives can reduce energy use. The conceptual aspects of the course will explain the significance of these elements and how they interact with a model, independent of what software is used. In addition, the course will cover the ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G modeling methodology, which is used for the LEED "Optimize Energy Performance" Credit, energy code compliance and utility incentive programs.

This course has no prerequisites but students should have a basic understanding of envelope assemblies, HVAC systems, and building physics.

This is a Continuing Education (CPE) course, which can be taken by anyone for a per-credit fee.

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Learning Goals

  • Understand the relationship between energy model inputs and resulting outputs
  • Ability to create an eQUEST model from scratch, beginning with the geometry and other preliminary features in the “Wizard Mode” then creating detailed assemblies, schedules, HVAC systems, etc. in the “Detailed Mode”
  • Learn to use Global Parameters, Parametric Runs, User Expressions, and other advanced features of the “Detailed Mode” in eQUEST
  • Learn how to model and assess the impact of energy conservation measure (ECM) design alternatives
  • Understand, and learn to apply the AHSRAE 90.1 Appendix G modeling methodology
  • Create a LEED Baseline model and understand the LEED energy performance pre-requisite/credit.


None required

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