Survey on EnergyPlus Training

The University of Idaho, Integrated Design Lab-Boise is developing a multiple-day training for Energy Plus! We would like to get input from you so we can put together the most effective and efficient workshop. Please take a moment to answer these nine short questions to help us gauge interest in an EnergyPlus workshop.

We have designed a three-day EnergyPlus workshop in the form of a la carte menu that you can choose based on your needs and interests. The aim of this workshop is to equip designers 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.

This training is especially relevant for architects and engineers but other disciplines would also benefit from attending. Typically, the architects will be interested in Day 1 and Day 2. A mechanical engineer with a basic understanding of EnergyPlus will be interested in Day 2 and Day 3. But there is no restrictions at all for you to take any one day or all three days.

Here is a quick summary of each day:

Day 1 is about the basics of EnergyPlus. The whole simulation process is introduced step by step from A to Z, from geometry developmen to result analysis. The main tools are the OpenStudio plugin for SketchUp as the geometry modeller 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, the participant will be able to develop an input file for EnergyPlus simulation.

Day 2 is about using the simulation, or to be more precise: how to use simulation appropriately. The topic is divided into two main sections. The first section is how to use EnergyPlus to support integrated design. Several passive design strategies will be discussed: daylighting, thermal mass, and night flush. The second part is how to use EnergyPlus for compliance, be it code compliance or beyond-code compliance like LEED. The division into these two main sections is intentional to highlight the different functions of building performance simulation. At the end of Day 2, the participant is capable of developing a series of EnergyPlus simulation for performance analysis and documenting the results for code compliance.

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, a sort of automated definition of HVAC systems. In day 3, the rest of HVAC
templates will be discussed. Furthermore, a manual development of HVAC systems -- without the template -- will be discussed. A number of example is used: water source heat pump, ground source heat pump, and hybrid system.

We need your help to finalize the workshop by completing a survey. Click here to complete the survey.