Matt Abid and Jim Dirkes make the case for Energy-Modeling for the non-engineer. This detailed presentation answers the why and how of energy-modeling, including questions such as:
Why are energy-models so important?
What is the best way to decide on CapEx investments?
Does climate change or weather effect my builds?
How do I use my energy-model?
Using case studies and real life examples to illustrate the savings and misconceptions of energy-modeling, they walk through the process a professional Energy-Modeler takes to prepare an energy-model. This includes:
On site investigation done by energy-modelers
interview with key personnel
measurements of key equipment
building layout and usage
Detailed gathering of data
schedules for occupancy, lighting, equipment,
review utility bills
use actual weather data for billing period
Drawing the building, defining major energy users, and identifying heating and cooling systems
Input into high end energy-modeling software
Validation of results
do calculations match reality?
if not, what was missed or misunderstood?
most of the time there is a lot of recalibration to ensure accuracy
Savings and recommendations
After the due diligence and calculations match reality...
What can we make better? What difference will it make?
Calculate savings from fixing obvious problems
Calculate savings from improving operations and technology
Accurate savings and accurate cost estimates drive actionable, data-driven recommendations
Watch the free presentation to learn about the holistic process of energy-modeling and why it is necessary to make smart building investments.
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