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Integrated Approach to Energy Modeling

GBCI: 0920000584

Is creating a whole-building energy model just a necessary evil to achieve LEED Certification?
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

  • LEED Green Associate

LEED version: v4, v2009

Published on: July 16, 2014

Average: 4.3 (15 votes)


Is creating a whole-building energy model just a necessary evil to achieve LEED Certification? This seminar will allow participants to understand the TRUE VALUE of incorporating whole-building energy modeling as part of the integrated (and sustainable) design approach to your next building project. While the LEED Rating System doesn't (currently) require energy modeling to occur at a specific phase of a project, this session aims to demonstrate the importance of creating an energy model at the very beginning of the design effort, running multiple iterations of design scenarios throughout the design phase.

The presentation will offer case studies of several LEED and green building projects that have been successful in saving significant first cost, energy, and ongoing expenditures.


  1. Understand the importance of using a whole-building energy model during the design phase of a project to assist in the evaluation of building envelope design alternatives.
  2. Garner a basic understanding of the capability of the typical energy modeling tools utilized to apply an integrated design approach to the energy modeling process.
  3. Understand the value of considering life-cycle cost versus only first-cost when making design decisions.
  4. Review project case studies and numerical data associated with the energy modeling process on past projects.
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Heapy Engineering
Dayton, OH
United States


Ryan Hoffman

Heapy Engineering
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Great presentation

Electrical Engineer, Centerline Solutions, Inc.

Good overview

Architectural Designer, AECOM

Basic information on the application of energy modeling. Great presentation.

Senior Energy Manager, Johnson Controls

Really nice presentation and insights

Vice President, Trammell Crow Company

This is a great, concise overview of the energy modeling process. It outlines the benefits of using energy modeling, regardless of LEED goals.


Very well presented

Engineer/Scientist - Commissioning Specialist, Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Excellent course and material. Very informative and enlightening.

Mechanical Engineer, Dar Al-Handasah

This course shows the importance of using a whole-building energy model during the design phase of a project to assist in the evaluation of building envelope design alternatives.


easy to understand for ppl without mechanical background

Manhattan Construction Company

Good course.

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

Great course with clear learning objectives.


Good seminar with appropriate level of detail on evaluating case studies.

Business & Project Development Executive - Engineering & Construction, H.H. Angus & Associates Limited Consulting Engieers

Presentation has good technical content rather than general information.

Great information provided on the application of energy modeling.

Positive approach to explaining the rudiments of basic energy savings modeling and design aspects.

Architect USGBC Faculty, Greenscape, LLC

This is a good, quick overview of what energy modeling can do for a design team, whether they're interested in LEED or sustainability, or just want to help realize savings for the Client. Most of the information comes via case studies, which are good illustrations of the points the speaker makes. The variety of case studies is also helpful as they collectively speak to a number of items and disciplines, so whether you're an architect, electrical engineer, or mechanical engineer, you'll find some examples relative to your work. The modeling software overview is brief, so this is not a course for someone who is trying to get into the specifics of what software to use for their project, or how to do energy modeling. There are some unexplained acronyms throughout, so a basic knowledge of current design and construction can be helpful, but this course is basic and well-explained enough overall to be considered "introduction" material.

Principal / Senior Sustainability Wizard, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Pro Reviewer

This is a basic introduction to the application of energy modeling as a design tool. Some understanding of energy modeling is assumed, but isn't required to achieve the learning objectives. The case studies are of value, especially in illustrating that intution is not a valuable skill in evaluating energy conservation measures.

Senior Electrical Engineer, Dar Al-Handasah

Interesting case studies and good brief about energy model integration in general. Would recommend adding more details about the different softwares and their integration.

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