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CESA 7100 - Energy Modelling for Building Professionals

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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), complemented by a field trip to a building site. 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. Watch this short video about CESA 7100





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 44168

Tue Sep 10 - Fri Dec 13 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Dec 13 Tue 18:30 - 20:30 Online


Chris Flood

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  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 Tuesdays from 6:30 pm– 8:30 pm on: • September 10, 17, 24; • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; • November 5, 12, 19, 26; • December 3, 10 The primary energy modelling software tool to be used will be Integrated Environmental Solutions Virtual Environment (IESVE) for which a training license will be provided for the duration of the course. The instructor Chris Flood is an expert user of the IESVE software suite and 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. In order to participate in the project portion of the class, students are advised to have computer loaded with the following FREE software: • IESVE, EE4, eQUEST or Can-QUEST • Spreadsheet Software • Word Processing Software

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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