Simplified Energy Modeling to Increase Building Performance and Resiliency: Accessible, Accurate, and Affordable Analysis
Energy modeling brings many benefits to both new and existing buildings of all sizes and scopes, but despite the benefits, there is a gap in the market. Modeling is still often seen as too expensive and time-consuming, particularly for smaller projects, building tune-ups and retrofits. Project schedules are faster than ever, thus, if they are to be used, modeling solutions need to support the schedule, not hinder it. The accuracy of the models to predict savings varies and can be widely dependent on the skill of the modeler. With almost endless design solutions for any given project, energy modeling is key to evaluate and compare options and optimize the building design. Add to this a grid experiencing a significant scale-up of clean energy, with two-way flows of energy and information supporting reliability, security (cyber and physical), and resiliency—modeling value increases. Using case studies, we will discuss the advances in simplified modeling tools, through software and technologies, to address these barriers, demonstrating how energy modeling is now accessible, accurate and affordable for all.
Chris Baker is a Project Executive focused on energy efficiency and sustainable design. In this capacity he works with design teams, building owners and utilities to improve building performance through energy modeling and analysis, daylighting studies, and a variety of rating and certification programs, including the 2030 Challenge and LEED®. He is a licensed architect, licensed mechanical engineer, and he received an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He has presented on energy modeling at national conferences for ASHRAE, National Association of State Energy Officials, International Building Performance Simulation Association, Association of Energy Service Professionals, and regional components of AIA and USGBC.