Blog posts

06.20.16 | June 20, 2016 Marge Anderson, Seventhwave’s Executive Vice President, explores the energy modeling landscape during a Q&A session with Keith Swartz, PE, BEMP, LEED AP, Senior Energy Engineer. Keith Swartz shares the art of energy modeling with...
03.24.16 | March 28, 2016 | by Saranya Gunasingh LEED AP BD+C, Energy Engineer, Seventhwave I think my work is very cool and I love it—well, mostly—because sometimes I think energy modeling needs the calmness of a Zen master and the strength of a matador!...

Publications

04.15.14 | Utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs for commercial new construction are designed to push building efficiency beyond what is required through compliance with building codes. Yet there are opportunities for increasing the efficiency of new...
11.20.12 | 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...
09.20.12 | This thesis investigates opportunities to reduce energy and electrical demand at two representative cheese factories. Using computer modeling and thermodynamic analysis, the study explores using low-temperature steam to recover waste heat from a...

Tools

11.07.11 | Play and learn Our Back-of-the-Envelope calculator is a learning tool that allows anyone to interact with a building as an energy system. You can see real-time energy connections between building components, isolate the effects of changing a single...

Videos

12.18.13 | Our Back-of-the-Envelope calculator is a learning tool that allows anyone to interact with a building as an energy system. You can see real-time energy connections between building components, isolate the effects of changing a single energy...
12.18.13 | Daylight modeling is important for understanding light levels, environmental quality and energy saving impacts of early design decisions. Many daylight modeling tools have been developed, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. In this video,...

Webinars

04.02.15 | 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...
08.26.14 | As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: Discuss the expected climate impacts on Chicago temperatures and building performance. Describe the process used to analyze climate impacts on building performance. List key energy efficiency...
02.13.14 | As a result of this webinar you will be able to: Describe the various definitions of net zero, and how your building projects can utilize these definitions to stretch performance. Explain the strategies and steps involved in designing net zero...
09.03.13 | 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...

Featured resources

Accelerate Performance—achieve desired energy performance goals

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculator—explore energy connections among building components

EUI Analyzer—understand actual building performance