Conceptual energy modeling: clarifying early design opportunities

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 · available on-demand

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59 minutes

Conceptual energy modeling can help to inform many critical energy focused decisions very early in the design process.

Early energy-efficiency decisions can help to avoid expensive "re-design" fees, reduce the cost to implement measures later in design, and provide the building owner with a more valuable asset. Conceptual energy modeling is also critical when establishing performance-based energy targets.

During this webinar, we'll discuss how to perform conceptual energy modeling with relatively basic information, when to use it in the design process, and common applications and scenarios.

A live demonstration will also be conducted that will show you how to use simple tools within a comprehensive analysis format to embed energy, first cost, and life cycle cost information into the early design process.

Architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, building owners, lighting designers, general contractors, energy efficiency specialists, commissioning authorities, and anyone involved in the building design process.

We'll highlight the most effective ways to leverage conceptual modeling and empower the design team and owner to make decisions as early as the conceptual design phase. By using relatively basic information about the building and potential design options, very high level go or no-go decisions can be made in real time without the common—"I'll get back to you in two weeks" lag. We'll also explore how the interactive effects of specific efficiency measures can work to reduce the whole building first cost and life cycle cost.


  • Identify when conceptual energy modeling should take place in the design process.
  • Describe ways to leverage the conceptual energy modeling process.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of energy modeling language and processes.
  • Explain how conceptual energy modeling can be used to make real time decisions with relatively basic information.

Introduction to conceptual modeling

  • Definition
  • Application

Common scenarios and barriers

  • Role play

Live demonstration
Wrap up

  • Takeaways
  • Resources

Question and answer

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 state law.