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Energy Modelling for Building Professionals CESA 7100

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course introduces the principles, procedures and benefits of energy modelling to enable building professionals to usefully and efficiently incorporate energy modelling into the design process. This will include a review of building orientation, envelope design, space configurations and massing, opportunities to minimize the need for mechanical equipment (e.g., passive design and net-zero solutions). Attention will be given to conceptualizing the building as a whole system, including integrated design and project delivery processes that yield high-performance results. The course will also address the implications of energy modelling in the general practices of consulting architects and engineers and the challenges that arise during and after construction. Specifically, the course will explore the concepts, terminology and techniques required to perform building performance analysis, how to interpret the energy model results and how to integrate energy modelling effectively into the design process. The project portion of the course will comprise an introduction and comparison of a selection of leading modelling tools, their use, and how to improve accuracy in gauging the relationship between predictive modelling and building performance outcomes post-occupancy.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of CESA 7100 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 44168


Thu Sep 07 - Thu Dec 07 (14 weeks)

  • 14 weeks
  • CRN 44168
  • $756.95
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 07 - Dec 07 Thu 18:30 - 20:30 Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Please email Program Head at a copy of your resume for approval to register for CESA 7100. Note: A computer with speakers and a web camera is required for this course. Students must be logged in onto the Learning Hub on: Thursdays from 6:30 pm– 8:30 pm The primary energy modelling software tool to be used will be eQuest, which is available free of charge. The instructors will provide training and support during the duration of the class appropriate to the expected level of expertise required to complete building modelling project tasks. Students are free to use other energy modelling software. Students are advised to have a computer loaded with the following free software: eQuest, spreadsheet software, word processing software. The course instructors are Brittany Coughlin an Energy and Sustainability Specialist, and Eric Catania a Senior Energy and Sustainability Analyst with RDH. Together they have more than 20 years' experience working with a variety of energy modelling tools, and have performed modelling for a wide range of projects.


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the role that design plays in affecting energy performance in buildings (i.e., take a whole systems approach to analysis).
  • Determine how various aspects of design including orientation, material treatments and glazing, thermal mass, etc. affect energy performance.
  • Develop and apply an energy model to their design.
  • Use familiar energy modelling tools including Revit and BIM.
  • Produce a technical energy modelling report.
  • Determine which modelling results to deliver and how to deliver them in a professional consulting environment.

Effective as of Fall 2014


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