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Building Energy Modelling and Simulation Fundamentals XBEM 3050

Building Energy Model & Sim Course

Course details

This course is the first of a three part microcredential that prepares the building industry working professional to become a professional energy modeller. The learner will receive knowledge on how to build an energy model and run a simulation up to current industry standards. They will also learn how to obtain model inputs that appropriately represent the building design at various stages of the building design process. From those inputs, the learner will build an energy model from scratch, run an annual simulation, and analyze the results. With their model, they will also perform an energy efficiency and greenhouse (GHG) gas reduction study. Finally, they will present their analysis and results to their “client" in a report.​ Throughout the course skills will be assessed in assignments and examinations. Successful candidates will be awarded with an XBEM badge, from which they can ladder up into the full microcredential.


  • A diploma or degree in science, technology, engineering, or equivalent, or department approval. To be successful in this microcredential we recommend you have knowledge in the basics of heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of XBEM 3050 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49563


Thu Sep 28 - Thu Dec 14 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 49563
  • $2253.06
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 28 - Dec 14 Thu 16:00 - 19:00 Online

Jeanie Chan

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This program is part of a training initiative to provide workers with new skills needed to support a clean economy. It is temporarily being fully funded for Canadian citizens and permanent residents by Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) and the Government of Canada. Please contact for more information and to register. 3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information. 4. No textbooks are required. Course material will be provided by the instructor. Synchronous delivery format. 5. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a part-time studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Desc​ribe what an energy model is and what it represents.
  • Explain why and when to use an energy model for analysis.
  • Explain what is included in an energy model and how each component impacts building energy/GHG.
  • Create a simple energy model following standard energy modelling guidelines.
  • Analyze energy efficiency and GHG reduction measures using the energy model.
  • Evaluate simulation results and provide recommendations.
  • Develop a summary report describing the energy model and simulation results.​

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Building Energy Modelling and Simulation Fundamentals (XBEM 3050) 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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