Incorporating energy modeling into the design process

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 · available on-demand

Free to view; $95 for credit
75 minutes

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the critical steps to incorporating energy modeling into the design process.
  • Develop contract language to address the need for scope analysis early on.
  • Explain solutions to common pitfalls in the integration process.
  • Gain insight into the key questions needed to make the most of energy modeling.
  • Determine when and where specialized services may be required.

Who should watch?
Architects; new construction project managers; building designers and owners; mechanical, building, and electrical engineers; general contractors and anyone with basic knowledge, interest, and involvement in the building design process.

Through the use of real world examples and an enhanced understanding of the design process, this webinar will empower project managers and design team members to utilize energy modeling on their projects. From contract language to communications, we’ll address the key components you need to understand in order to successfully incorporate energy modeling into the design process.

Following a typical project timeline, from conception and appointment of the team to completion of design and occupancy, we’ll walk through the key steps to incorporate energy modeling into the design process. Contract language and the necessary scope to go beyond code compliance energy analysis on projects will be discussed. In addition, we’ll review what is typically required for code compliance and some interesting trends that may indicate where the industry is headed.

Not all analysis needs to be carried out by engineers or external consultants. So, we’ll explain when and where architectural firms should leverage and build in-house analysis capabilities especially during the formative period of conceptual design. A brief overview of tools and capabilities, including how to best use different types of energy models, will take place.

Finally, to help aid in the communication process, we will outline effective information sharing techniques and timeframes that matter to energy modelers. We’ll also cover important questions that project managers should be asking of the design and their consultants.


Contract development

  • Where and when there is need for modeling

Early design/concept

  • Where can architects implement their own analysis to make the biggest impact
  • Review tools and capacities

Energy modeling differences

  • Complying with code and informing design
  • Trends in energy code

Ways to leverage energy analysis

  • Get the most out of your design
  • Key steps to be proactive
  • Collaboration with energy modelers

Measurement and verification of performance

Question and answer

In order to receive credit for viewing this webinar, you'll need to pass a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be provided in your registration confirmation email. Separate registration is required for each individual requiring continuing education credit.

All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quiz as soon as possible.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 1.5 LU.

ASHRAE BEMP This course fulfills ASHRAE guidelines for acceptable PDHs (1.5) for recertification purposes. The registrant must ensure course content is related to the Building Energy Modeling Professional certification practice area.

GBCI Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 1.5 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

IACET As an IACET Accredited Provider, Seventhwave offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Seventhwave is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program.

WI PE This course qualifies for up to 1.5 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must verify that the course content is related to their area of professional practice (more information).

ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering

Building Energy Efficiency
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering provides technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage design teams and building owners to surpass standard practices and exceed energy code requirements. The best time to identify high performance building design strategies and technologies is at the beginning of the design process. Applications must be submitted early in design to qualify for the program (pre-design or schematic design is best).

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Funds are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded by ComEd customers in compliance with Illinois law.