The Architect's Business Case For Energy Performance Modeling | HSW


Most of us think of energy modeling as an engineering exercise. The truth is that more models and simulations are performed, and to better result, if the architect understands when and how to support the process and how to utilize the output. A building energy model can provide the architect an iterative process to increase the real-world effectiveness of energy systems within a building. This session will explore the value-add of energy modeling from the architect’s perspective, providing a business case for more active involvement in avocation for energy performance modeling.

Learning Objective 1: 
Participants will be able to describe the three main types of building simulation; Daylight simulation, Energy simulation, and Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Learning Objective 2: 
Participants will be able to discuss various workflow methods in order to choose an appropriate method for their projects. For example, participants will learn about who should model, how to use models, when to model, and what to model with.
Learning Objective 3: 
Participants will be able to identify the benefits of incorporating energy modeling in the design process such as early performance impacts from design decisions, real-world effectiveness of energy systems, and economic value or rate of return for clients and building owners.
Learning Objective 4: 
Participants will be able to illustrate the importance and overall impact energy/daylight modeling has on the internal office operations via new tools or processes, increase in ease of keeping pace with stricter code requirements via market defined and accepted workflow or standards, and creating additional evidence to support design decisions.
Learning Units: 
1 LU | HSW
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Dylan Agnes
Research Scientist II
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Dylan studied the science and engineering of building design, completing a Master's in Architecture with an emphasis in urban planning and net-zero/energy efficiency building design. As a student he worked at the Integrated Design Lab and gained hands-on experience in the practice of Integrated Design. As an IDL Research assistant, Dylan worked with both the architectural and engineering side of integrated design, providing a broader opportunity to cross over fields of study. Since graduation, Dylan has been working as a Research Scientist at the IDL and has been working on a wide range of projects from Energy Modeling to Daylighting Design.