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Advanced Building Performance Simulation XBEM 3052

Building Energy Model & Sim Course

Course details

Representing mechanical, electrical and control systems in a whole building energy model, and simulating the dynamics of the building and systems over the course of a representative year of operations and weather, is a complex task. Building on the knowledge of modelling and simulating a whole building with simple systems (XBEM 3050 or equivalent experience), this course focuses on the representation of heating, cooling, and ventilation systems of the complexity relevant to real-world projects. In practice, buildings which require detailed energy models are typically large, complex, or both, with different zones using different systems. Delivering fresh air and space conditioning efficiently, meeting recent, high-performance codes, standards and certifications, relies on modern, well designed building systems. Modelling these appropriately, following the required level of accuracy – not too detailed but resolving all relevant features – is critical for a professional energy modeller. This course will show how common systems are modelled and will also equip the learner with the information on how to model new systems they might encounter.


  • 50% in XBEM 3050
  • Or departmental approval of equivalent experience





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of XBEM 3052 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 68516


Thu Apr 06 - Thu Jun 22 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 68516
  • $2208.16
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 06 - Jun 22 Thu 16:00 - 19:00 Online

Jeanie Chan

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. Please contact for approval to register. No textbooks are required. Course material will be provided by the instructor. Synchronous delivery format. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Create an energy model including complex HVAC systems and controls
  • Analyze energy efficiency and GHG performance of HVAC systems, using the energy model
  • Evaluate simulation results and provide recommendations on HVAC systems
  • Develop a summary report describing the energy model, simulation results, and recommendations

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Advanced Building Performance Simulation (XBEM 3052) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Building Energy Modelling and Simulation
    Microcredential Part-time
  2. Mechanical Systems
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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