TRAINING - EnergyPlus and Modelkit Workshops in Denver (September 23-28)

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Big Ladder Software would like to remind everyone that we are leading a
workshop series in *Denver* in *September! *This workshop series will be
held at *Big Ladder Software* on the days immediately before and after the
upcoming 2019 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference

in Denver. You can register for these workshops separately from the
conference.

We will offer training opportunities for *EnergyPlus* and -- *for the first
time ever* -- *Modelkit* .
*Modelkit* is a free and open-source, cross-platform framework for parametric
modeling developed by Big Ladder Software. It integrates templates and
scripting to automate the generation and management of *EnergyPlus* models,
but it?s generic enough to be used with any simulation engine that accepts
text-based input files. By integrating templates and scripting, *Modelkit*
makes it possible to create a highly-efficient and flexible workflow for
generating building energy models for parametric analysis.

*EnergyPlus* for Practitioners

*(September 23-24)*
*Modelkit* for *EnergyPlus*

*(September
28)*

*Register now for Denver
https://energyplus-modelkit-denver-09-2019.eventbrite.com
*

EnergyPlus for Practitioners

*Workshop Description*

- Have you ever wanted to truly understand how to use *EnergyPlus* at the
text level?
- Have you been using *OpenStudio*, *DesignBuilder*, or another GUI and had
the need to peek under the hood to debug a problem or implement a measure
or workaround?

*This workshop should be a prerequisite for anyone planning to work
with EnergyPlus regardless of what user interface you choose.*

In this two-day workshop we focus on the needs of the energy modeling
practitioner in order to get you up to speed and highly productive with
*EnergyPlus* as quickly as possible. We cover the fundamentals of
*EnergyPlus* such as geometry and internal loads while rapidly ramping up
to advanced topics such as HVAC systems and controls. We guide you through
the complexities of the *EnergyPlus* syntax, input/output files,
documentation, and essential software tools including the *OpenStudio* (legacy)
plugin for *SketchUp*. Most importantly, we teach you how to use the
available resources to teach yourself going forward. Demonstrations and
hands-on exercises are used extensively throughout. By the end of the
workshop, you should be comfortable with creating, running, and debugging
*EnergyPlus* models.

Modelkit for EnergyPlus

*Workshop Description*

This one-day workshop teaches you to use the *Modelkit*
framework developed by
Big Ladder Software for generating *EnergyPlus* input files. We cover the
basics of how *Modelkit* uses the *Ruby* programming language in
combination with a library of templates to highlight the benefits of these
features. We then describe the process of templates being combined together
in order to compose the *EnergyPlus* input file, and how parametric values
can be set in one template and passed to another. For example, changing an
HVAC system type from ?CAV? to ?VAV? would require changing a single
parameter ? the templates are pre-configured to update *EnergyPlus* object
types, inlet/outlet node connections, and other details accordingly.

We culminate with Big Ladder Software?s *Modelkit Excel* tool that
simplifies parametric analysis by allowing users to set parametric values
in a spreadsheet tool and apply the *Modelkit* framework to automatically
compose and simulate *EnergyPlus* input files, as well as compare
user-specified results between simulations. By the end of the workshop, you
should be comfortable with creating and simulating *EnergyPlus* input files
using the *Modelkit* framework. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises will
be used extensively throughout to generate models with a range of
energy-efficiency measures and HVAC system configurations.

*Previous experience with EnergyPlus is recommended but not required.*

Regards,
--
Aaron Boranian
808 895-1741

Big Ladder Software LLC
1624 Market Street, Suite 304
Denver, CO 80202
http://bigladdersoftware.com

Aaron Boranian
808 895-1741

Big Ladder Software
2549 Irving Street
Denver, CO 80211
http://www.bigladdersoftware.com

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