Teaching commercial building energy dynamics through simplified energy modeling tools
Paper for ACEEE 2012 Summer Study by Lee DeBaillie, Energy Center of Wisconsin.
Building energy modelers work daily with computer simulations of the various energy interactions within a wide variety of building types. However, building energy modeling is too complex and difficult to be practically accessible by most people. What if commercial building energy interactions could be taught using simple tools that approximate building energy models and visualize data impacts?
This paper presents key concepts behind commercial building energy dynamics and outlines efforts to use simple energy models as teaching tools—such as our Back-of-the-Envelope Calculator—to convey these concepts at accessible levels.