Energy Modeling: A Tutorial and Introduction to eQuest

  • Buildings consume over 70% of all electricity in the United States. It is critical for project teams to have the ability to evaluate and assess performance throughout a project's life-cycle.  Energy modeling is a process that enables decision-makers to estimate performance, compare impacts, and select among viable design alternatives. Modeling building performance, however, is complex, and requires numerous inputs and assumptions. The fidelity of results largely depends on the quality of such assumptions. In this exercise students explore the basics of the energy modeling, including a detailed look at the inputs required and outputs generated. Students use results to evaluate and compare alternatives. The learning objective is to expose students to a basic energy modeling process and to explore the value of the results.
  • Michael Knox
  • Caroline Clevenger
Learning Resource Type:
  • Community – Wiki
  • Engineering – Construction
  • Engineering – Green Design and Sustainable
  • Engineering – Architectural
  • Engineering – Environmental
  • College Junior – Graduate
Media Type:
  • Document
  • eQuest
  • Green Building
  • Green Design
  • Energy Use
  • Energy Modeling
  • Simulation
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Publication Date:
  • May 2015