EnergyPlus Training at IDL Feb 14 - 16

The University of Idaho, Integrated Design Lab-Boise (IDL) is running a three-day EnergyPlus workshop in Feb 14 -16, 2011. Energy Plus is a free software program available at and supported by the US DOE. The workshop is designed in the form of a la carte menu such that participants can choose topics based on their needs and interests. Day 1 and Day 2 is relevant to architects and mechanical engineers with little or no experience with Energy Plus. A mechanical engineer with a basic understanding of EnergyPlus will likely be interested in Day 2 and Day 3. Of course there is no restrictions at all to take any single day or all three days however there will be very little time to address questions covered during a previous day. There is very little content overlap between days.

The aim of this workshop is to equip designers and engineers with the technical skills to be able to perform building simulation using Energy Plus and understand how to use the tool as part of the Integrated Design Process. Note the emphasis on the Integrated Design Process, which means that the focus is on how to use simulation to design high performance buildings. This also means that the workshop will not focus on using simulation for compliance, be it code compliance or beyond-code compliance (e.g. LEED), however this type of simulation will be covered briefly during Day 2.

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Syllabus Summary

Day 1 is about the basics and nuts and bolts of EnergyPlus. The whole simulation process is introduced in a step by step manner, from geometry development to result analysis. The main tools described are the OpenStudio plugin for SketchUp as the geometry modeler and of course the EnergyPlus as the calculation engine. Other, more advanced, tools are also introduced, for example the use of scripts to run multiple simulations and result extraction. At the end of Day 1, participants will be able to develop an input file for and get results from basic EnergyPlus simulations.

Day 2 is about how to use simulation appropriately and how to communicate results within the integrated design process and for compliance purposes. The first section is how to use EnergyPlus to support integrated design processes for high performance buildings. Several passive design strategies will be discussed: daylighting, thermal mass, and night flush. This section focuses on loads analysis and detailed active systems are not included at this stage. This allows designers to get necessary information in order to inform passive design decisions. The second part of the day is how to use EnergyPlus for compliance, be it code compliance or beyond-code compliance. The division into these two main sections is intentional and highlights the different functions of building performance simulation. At the end of Day 2, participants will be able to develop a series of EnergyPlus simulations for performance analysis in support of passive design and the integrated design process as well as documenting the results for compliance purposes.

Day 3 is about HVAC systems definition. In the first two days, the HVAC system definition will rely on (two) HVAC templates available in EnergyPlus, an automated definition of HVAC systems. In day 3, the rest of the EnergyPlus HVAC templates will be discussed. Furthermore, manual development of HVAC systems without the template will be discussed. A number of examples are used: water source heat pump, ground source heat pump, and hybrid system.

Detailed syllabus can be found here.


Main Instructor: Ery Djunaedy, PhD is a Research Scientist (Building Physics Specialist) at the IDL, University of Idaho Boise. He has degrees in the area of Building Physics/Science from the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, National University of Singapore, and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands. His main interest is in building performance simulation, especially the building energy and airflow simulation. He has used advanced simulation tools like the energy and computational fluid dynamics simulations to design high performance buildings. He has taught building physics courses to architecture students in the Netherlands, the UAE and now in the US. He has been involved in various building design projects in Boise, Idaho and throughout the region since 2006 when he first joined the IDL.

Assistant: Jacob Dunn is a Research Assistant at the IDL, University of Idaho Boise. He is involved in energy efficiency research, building performance simulation, and passive design strategy implementation. He recently graduated with his Masters of Architecture from the University with the AIA Henry Adams Medal of Honor for his academic excellence and extracurricular involvement. During his fourth year of education, Jacob spent a summer abroad in Italy to study architecture and also had the fortunate opportunity to work at the ARUP office in London under the Foresight + Innovation and Incubation department. Jacob and a former colleague started their own business called ENlight Design LLC, which specializes in energy and daylight modeling for both commercial and residential projects. Jacob’s current involvement is split between his full time job at the IDL, running and managing his own consulting business, and staying active in the academic world of the IURDC and graduate architecture students in Boise, Idaho


The fee is based on the number of days participated:

  • One day: $250 per person
  • Two days: $450 per person
  • Three days: $650 per person

Participation Requirements

  • Registration and fee payment: via UIRSVP only
  • Laptop computer: IDL will not provide a computer. The participants need to bring their own computer for hands-on exercises. EnergyPlus works on Windows, Mac and Linux. The OpenStudio plug-in for SketchUp works only on Windows and Mac. This workshop, however, will provide support only for Windows.
  • Software installation: some software need to be installed prior to the training day. No installation support will be provided during the training day. A list of software (all freely downloadable software), along with the installation guide will be sent to the participants. We will send instructions to ensure that all installations are working correctly.

Workshop Deadlines and Cancellation
The registration is reserved on a first-come first-served basis. The participants are encouraged to register early (and make payment) via UIRSVP website. Registration cannot be done by telephone or email. The registration will be closed at 5pm on January 28th 2011 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

The IDL reserves the right to cancel this workshop due to insufficient enrollment on or before February 4th, 2011. In the event of workshop cancellation, all fees will be refunded. The IDL will not be held responsible for participants’ nonrefundable travel expenses.

Participants that have registered and decide not to attend must submit a withdrawal request via email on or before 5pm, February 10th, 2011 to be able to receive a fee refund. No refunds will be given after 5pm, February 10th, 2011. Note that the refund process can take up to 8 weeks, depending on the credit card issuing company.

Time and Location

  • Dates: 14-16 February 2011
  • Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm
  • Location: IDL (new location), 314 S. 6th St., Boise, ID 83702.

Other Participants Information

  • Persons with disabilities who require classroom assistance are encouraged to inform the IDL of their needs at least one week before the workshop.
  • Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. There are a number of hotels within the walking distance from the IDL.
  • Commercial parking lots are available just across the street from the IDL.
  • Coffee and cookies will be provided, however lunches will not be included. There are several eateries in walking distance from the IDL.