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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

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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.

Credits

3.0

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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.

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