Webinar: Demystifying Energy Modeling for Architects & Building Designers, August 27, 1-2:30 PM EDT

  • 27 August 2020
  • Start time : 01:00 PM
  • End time : 02:30 PM
  • Event Host : USGBC National Capital Region
Demystifying Energy Modeling for Architects & Building Designers
Event Description

Architects and building designers will learn how timely design simulations can have a critical impact on building performance.

Energy efficiency in the building sector is the most cost-effective path to reduce anthropogenic carbon emissions and combat the climate crisis. The energy performance of a building depends primarily on its architectural design. Any mechanical systems (the energy hogs) in a building are there to compensate for the lack of physical comforts that a building is expected to provide by default.

Through energy modeling, a building designer can visualize the occupants’ comfort and delight measured in physical terms such as temperature, humidity, ventilation, and daylighting levels. Energy modelers do not design solutions; they evaluate the impacts of choices made by a designer and recommend alternatives — a thermal break here, thicker insulation there, or shading elsewhere — to improve comfort and avoid risks such as overheating or condensation.

By learning to speak the energy modeling language, a designer can become empowered to plan ahead intelligently, evaluate design iterations with an energy modeler, and collaborate with them to design ideal solutions that improve building performance and improve the occupant experience.

This session will introduce the key energy modeling techniques that a designer must be aware of to make good use of a models’ capabilities, and the inputs and outputs of energy models that can inform intelligent design. Case studies will showcase practical applications.

If you are motivated by the desire to design better, help slow down climate change or because DC is about to introduce the building energy performance standards (BEPS). This is a good time for designers to learn!

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • USGBC National Capital Region
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Smita Chandra Thomas of Energy Shrink
      Smita is the founder and principal at Energy Shrink, a consulting practice focused on high-performance buildings. Dedicated to enabling energy efficiency in buildings through building science, she has more than two decades of experience performing and managing techno-economic analyses for path breaking green buildings.

      Smita is a published author (ACEEE, Triple Pundit), blogger (the New Buildings Institute), and speaker on Integrated Design and Net Zero (Johns Hopkins University, WCEE, USGBC-NCR). Smita is an active member of the community of DC energy professionals. She served as elected Vice-Chair of the 2018 Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB) of the USGBC-NCR, on the leadership group of DMV-NZE Coalition (2019-2020), and has been nominated to the Joint Environmental Taskforce (JET) of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (currently serving).
  • Cost
    • General Admission will be $15. Local Community Members will be able to access a $10 ticket using their member code.
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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